Monday, November 28, 2011

One Librarian Responds to eBooks Issues

Agnostic, Maybe:  The Every Increasing Disappointment with eBooks

Curmudgeon or Realist?  Schools aren't rushing into the e-fiction frenzy as the sands of the publishing field are shifting.  Are your students asking for these or bringing in their devices for loading?  Are your iPad users stocked with good resources for reading?  Do you think our students own e-readers or would seek these over hot new books in print format?  Are your students reading Google Books or books from Project Gutenberg?  Are these suited to the needs of our struggling readers?  If not, where do we find the range of resources that is inclusive of the reading needs of our students who might not want to read the classics?  Do we like e-pub or do we see value in pdf access?  Do we look at annual subscriptions to lists we set or do we purchase e-books?  What platform (as in Overdrive) would we use for signing out e-books?  Do we want to assist our classroom colleagues in providing access to "class sets" or "sets of titles" of e-books for traditional or lit circle approaches to novel studies?  Loads of questions.  Do we create a discussion group?  Or do we let the sands settle?  There is certainly a lot of homework and research to be done ... but that's where we TLs excel.  Your Comments appreciated.


Al Smith said...

I plod ahead regardless of quicksand ebook landscape. Why? because I have students who go home on a weekend with a new title that hardcopies are all out, only to return Monday yearning for another title in a series. Policy or efficiencies aside, I have some happy readers. That is all I care about. I'd love a better management system and district leadership or at least support but since I have neither, I plod ahead alone undaunted because more teens get a successful reading experience here and there.

Moira Ekdahl said...

Thanks, Al. We are champing at the bit with no sense of directions. ERAC, can you help us?