Can you imagine library without books? If you cant, the story that I am going to tell you will help you visualize it.
The Fisher-Watkins Library, part of the Cushing Academy School, an elite peparatory school located near Boston decided to get rid of their books, give them to local libraries and embrace a digital future.
"When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,’’ said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing and chief promoter of the bookless campus ( in front of the Boston Globe newspaper )
Here is briefly what the library plans to do:
* monitors that provide students with real-time interactive data and news feeds from around the world
* state-of-the-art computers with high-definition screens for research and reading
* quiet cyber-carrels
* open classroom space
* faculty lounge
* cyber-café in a convivial setting for formal and informal student and teacher interaction
In addition the school administration is spending $10,000 to buy 18 electronic readers ( Kindle and Sony Reader).
I know of school districts which have given laptops to all of their students, but never heard of libraries without books.
Simply put, we are not there yet. There are still professors and students out there that strongly prefer books, instead of various electronic gadgets and the e-book industry and electronic reader manufacturers are not ready for the digital only world.