"When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books..." Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Massachusetts) Headmaster, James TracyAnd the 144 year old New England prep school has decided to "walk the talk" and discard its 20,000 book collection which has served generations of kids for a century and a half...no measured "bridging" from one media to another needed here - feels about 451 farenheit right now, though Headmaster Tracy went out of his way to emphasize that this is not "that" situation.
In place of the stacks, they are spending $42,000 on three large flat-screen TVs that will project data from the Internet and $20,000 on special laptop-friendly study carrels. Where the reference desk was, they are building a $50,000 coffee shop that will include a $12,000 cappuccino machine...[and] $10,000 to buy 18 electronic readers made by Amazon.com and Sony Boston GlobeThis school wanted to optimize modern technology and build the virtual library and learning centre, to capture and address the real learning needs of today's young learners...young digital learners come this September. The school's pursuits are definitely veiled in very noble intentions but from all the articles we've come across this appears a Sophie's Choice for the modern school library - purchase more space / add another wing and expand the school to build in the new technologies, OR, eliminate books to accommodate the technology. So, which do you think is cheaper?!