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    . LIBRARIES: Booking a Librarian Could be Difficult at This Library: A Gamble Has Been Made on Throwing Away ALL of the Bookies Welcome to the library. Say
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      LIBRARIES:
      Booking a Librarian Could be Difficult at This Library:
      A Gamble Has Been Made on Throwing Away ALL of the Bookies


      Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.
      Cushing Academy embraces a digital future

      Home / News / Local / Mass.
      Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.
      Cushing Academy embraces a digital future

      When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before
      books, said headmaster James Tracy. (Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe)

      By David Abel
      Globe Staff / September 4, 2009
      The Boston Globe
      <http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/
      2009/09/04/a_library_without_the_books/?page=1>


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      <http://tinyurl.com/m3arbz>



      ASHBURNHAM - There are rolling hills and ivy-covered brick buildings.
      There are small classrooms, high-tech labs, and well-manicured fields.
      Theres even a clock tower with a massive bell that rings for special
      events.


      Cushing Academy has all the hallmarks of a New England prep school, with
      one exception.

      This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books,
      officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have
      decided the 144-year-old school no longer needs a traditional library. The
      academys administrators have decided to discard all their books and have
      given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks - the classics,
      novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to
      the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital.

      When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before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. This isnt Fahrenheit 451 [the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel in
      which books are banned]. Were not discouraging students from reading. We
      see this as a natural way to shape emerging trends and optimize
      technology.



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      Celebrate Labor Day with a book
      September 4, 12:02 PM
      Minneapolis Performing Arts Examiner
      Claudia Haas
      The Examiner (Philadelphia)
      <http://www.examiner.com/x-19120-Minneapolis-Performing-
      Arts-Examiner~y2009m9d4-Celebrate-Labor-Day-with-a-book>


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      <http://tinyurl.com/na68gs>


      Cushing Academy in MA has done away with all of their books. It seems they
      take up too much space.


      <snip>


      Books are so wonderfully physical. You can take them camping, on subways,
      while you wait for your child to get out of soccer practice/dance
      lessons/trombone lessons/basketball/orthodontist. Will you truly curl up
      with your computer and snatch a twenty minute break while you read the
      next few chapters in a book?



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      A library at your fingertips
      Cushing takes steps to move to a virtual content
      By Caitlyn Kelleher JOURNAL REPORTER
      The Community Journal
      <http://www.thecommunityjournal.com/news/2009/0828/front_page/001.html>


      Anderson and Tracey both say they do not believe the printed book will
      disappear. Tracey said most of his students bring books they read for
      pleasure from home and that the school will provide paperback books in a
      variety of areas on campus, such as the new coffee shop.

      "We are not anti-book," he said. "We don't want them to feel too attached
      to their laptop; we still want them to go out and listen to the birds."

      The school will keep the historic collections of books as well as a number
      of visual media and children's books, Tracey said. So far the Academy's
      librarians examined the entire collection of 20,000 books, and donated
      nearly half to the community.

      Cushing's internal research shows students rarely rely on printed books
      for their academic work, and instead search for information online. Tracey
      said the wide range of information students have the ability to access
      today is something they have to be taught to use. Tracey said it is an
      educator's jobs to show students how accessing a peer reviewed journal
      article in an Internet database is better than accessing a person's blog
      or a non-reviewed article.

      "Librarians are going to become more important not less important. You
      need a guide," Tracey said.



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      Books: An Outdated Technology?
      September 4th, 2009 | Electronic Reading
      The Late Age of Print
      <http://www.thelateageofprint.org/2009/09/04/books-outdated-technology/>


      From the annals of VERY BAD IDEAS comes this story in todays Boston Globe.
      Cushing Academy, a prep school located in western Massachusetts, has
      decided to dispense with its library of printed books more than 20,000
      volumes in all and switch over entirely to digital media resources. The
      change was prompted in no small part by Headmaster James Tracy, who is
      quoted in the article as saying, When I look at books, I see an outdated
      technology, like scrolls before books.

      To fill the void once occupied by its collection of printed books, Cushing
      is spending about a half-million dollars on large, flat-screen data
      displays, laptop hookups, Amazon Kindles, Sony Readers oh, and a $12,000
      cappuccino machine. (I went to public school. The cappuccino machine
      seems a little how should I put it? indulgent to me.)


      <snip>


      Cushing Academy just gave away 20,000 printed books. Theyre not getting
      them back. This is an object lesson in what not to do in the digital age.



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      September 4, 2009
      A Tragic Decision [8:34 am]
      A library without the books (pdf)
      Furd Log
      <http://msl1.mit.edu/furdlog/?p=7945>


      Where the reference desk was, they are building a $50,000 coffee shop that
      will include a $12,000 cappuccino machine. [emphasis added]




      Friday, September 04, 2009
      A Library Without Books? Sigh.
      Warning: This Boston Globe story (or this post) may cause severe and acute
      depression.
      PhiloBiblos
      <http://philobiblos.blogspot.com/2009/09/library-without-books-sigh.html>


      Not surprisingly, Cushing's librarian of 17 years, Liz Vezina, said "It
      makes me sad. Im going to miss them. I love books. Ive grown up with them,
      and theres something lost when theyre virtual. Theres a sensual side to
      them - the smell, the feel, the physicality of a book is something really
      special." History department chair Alexander Coyle said "A lot us are
      wondering how this changes the dignity of the library, and why we cant
      move to increase digital resources while keeping the books."

      American Library Association executive director Keith Michael Fiels said
      that this decision raises several concerns, not the least of which are how
      the students will have access to the e-books (most of those offered by
      Sony and Amazon aren't free, after all) and that the loss of the ability
      to browse the stacks may [WILL] hamper students doing research.



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      Read Roger
      The Horn Book editor's rants and raves
      Friday, September 04, 2009
      Would you trust these people with your kid?
      Labels: Parents, School, This is stupid
      <http://www.hbook.com/blog/2009/09/
      would-you-trust-these-people-with-your.html>


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      <http://tinyurl.com/nsdcb4>


      Friday, September 04, 2009
      Cushing Academy's strange idea
      The Centered Librarian
      <http://centeredlibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/09/
      cushing-academys-strange-idea.html>


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      <http://tinyurl.com/nml8zv>




      Subject: Re: Massachusetts library discards all books
      From: "Gary R. Boye"
      MLA-L Archives
      <https://listserv.indiana.edu/cgi-bin/
      wa-iub.exe?A2=ind0909A&L=MLA-L&T=0&F=&S=&P=38121>


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      <http://tinyurl.com/m8v9g5>


      Personally, I think in education we need to react to the world around us
      and change with it, not try to drive the change and wind up leaving our
      students in a fantasy world with impractical ideas and a lack of skills.




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      The complete articles may be read at the URLs provided for each.



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