How to Get School Libraries to Embrace Digital Fiction
Ever since the days of Victorian libraries, children have been encouraged to read. And while this doesn’t seem to be the case in many school libraries, the times are clearly changing.
We’ve all heard the common story of how books were first made accessible to us on a wooden shelf for generations of kids to fall in love with, at an age when we were able to engage in prolonged adult-based book discussions. According to the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Books, kids now have an average of 14 book choices over the course of a year. And in today’s world, you’d have to be really bright to believe that your teen doesn’t have a library card.
Although we’re constantly grateful for the ability to read books at a moment’s notice, a large number of schools across the country are now turning to a technology solution to encourage a different kind of physical interaction between parents and children.
Convergence of print and digital
One of the most popular platforms today is digital checkout. You can begin your book-soaked journey anywhere on a tablet, where you can continue while you visit other classrooms and libraries, and from there track exactly what you’ve read in your entire collection.
With digital-only author appearances, integrated archiving and digital scanning, students can create a virtual treasure trove of their past reading adventures. Books from any book retailer, a lifetime of reading experience, and a lifetime of material – any time, anywhere, a student can research, read, and shop for their favorite titles.
And although digital-only author appearances may not yet be common in a school setting, these events are a means to get your bookworms interested in new authors, as well as exploring the vast majority of what’s available on the shelves.
Books and Libraries Are Great Together
It’s no secret that studies show that both high school and college students prefer physical books to digital – and that physical books are better suited to getting students to flip the pages on their smartphones to understand and dissect complex narratives.
So, whether you live in a college or a high school district with a library, consider the idea of physical book borrowing as an added bonus for kids who love to pick up a chapter or two and stick it away for later when they don’t feel like doing the whole text in class.
Sure, going to a physical bookstore to browse through a book may not sound appealing to a smaller school district looking to save a few hundred dollars a year, but there’s no reason that paperbacks can’t bring its literature collection to a whole new level.