Stacks of books are history at Benilde library

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 25, 2012 - 9:53 PM

School's aim is to teach students to find information electronically.

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jdlellis1Dec. 26, 12 7:45 AM

Transfering to digital newspapers, books, articles, etc. has increased the breath of available materials and access to infomation (depth). Conversely, as more indiviudals move to digital devices, there is a need for energy to power those devices. Thus the challenge will be to provide digital and provide energy at an increasing pace. TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) which is a solid economic book.

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Kate23Dec. 26, 12 8:37 AM

A BSM student remarks,"I never really used the actual library before," she said. "It's embarrassing. I'm a senior in high school and never used a book." OK. So get rid of the books. Wikipedia is the first choice of many students. So what's the problem? Hmmm. And where does our country rank scholastically? Recent MN DOE statistics show that MN ranks behind 28 other states in overall graduation rates. Colleges report that half of incoming freshmen require remedial courses. So, let's call former libraries "learning centers" with all students staring at computer screens, tablet screens, phone screens. Of course, all these screens are tuned into scholastic endeavors...All the new "learning centers" need now is a few baristas. Let's get comfortable!

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teach2bwiseDec. 26, 12 8:42 AM

I wish educators were more interested in educating students rather than setting trends in technology (which BTW as an industry has never had sound pedagogy as a goal, aim, or priority).

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eljayeffDec. 26, 1210:33 AM

I totally understand the need to move forward - technology, etcetera; however, just reading a book, a real book in your hands, is something everyone should do. I have a Kindle and it is wonderful, but every once in awhile I purposely go to the library and check out a book, as I truly do miss sitting with a real book in my hands. I worry about the younger generations as they will never experience something so trivial as the act of having a book in your hands. I was born in 1950 and have been blessed to see all of this technology unfold before me. I use it everyday; however, again, there is something to be said about doing things the old way once in awhile.

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yoder64Dec. 26, 1210:38 AM

Where's the balance? Physical books and libraries are not all good or bad and neither are digital devices. Kids should know their way around the Dewey decimal system as well as be able to use Wikipedia.

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bereasonableDec. 26, 1210:46 AM

Unless the kids are using the paid databases and having teachers require cited sources for everything, how can the student know the information is accurate, edited, and reviewed? Wikipdeia can be great, but it isn't always. It cites sources, but what if the sources are nowhere to be checked?

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KJPMPLSDec. 26, 1211:20 AM

Kate23 - While I understand your concern about a new trend, and speaking as a BSM alumnus, I can tell you that these moves were not made without quite a bit of research, meetings with parents, students, alumni and others concerned. Benilde-St. Margaret's is a Blue Ribbon School, meaning it is one of the most excellent schools in the country. Making changes so fundamental to education is something that was definitely not done without a considerable/exhaustive amount of research. And the fact that the student actually realizes - and criticizes herself - that she has never read a physical book only proves that she understands that there is something lacking and that she is not ignorant of the fact that there is a great amount to gain by both options. I never had one bad instructor while there, and the staff is amazing. A great many of my classmates have gone on to be very successful, and many have children of their own who have followed them through those same hallways- many times following family traditions that at times goes back three or four generations. I have little concern over these recent changes.

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jim2011beamDec. 26, 1211:45 AM

Anyone who relies on Wikipedia as a reliable source is in trouble. It's OK to start with an online source like Wikipedia but verify (and re-verify) everything you see there. The instructors in my last college courses (in 2010) would not accept work that referenced Wikipedia.

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davehougDec. 26, 1212:00 PM

AHHHH but where is the serendipity of finding what you didn't know you wanted??? Online only gives what you ask for.

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sailing64Dec. 26, 12 3:37 PM

There are high schools within our own state or own country that are not as privileged as these students at BSM and would have loved and needed these books just as the kids in Africa.

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