This week I found an article that involves schools and technology, but focuses more on how we can use school resources at home via technology. 'Checking Out' Library Books from Home includes information about a school district in Texas that has an electronic library system for "checking out" books from the school library. The days of your children coming home only to say "I forgot my library book at school, and I need it for a project due tomorrow" are over.
According to the article, "the school system did not have to buy any additional hardware and does not have to pay annual fees to provide the service." The collection is not limited to books for students. There are also many professional books that teachers can use for lesson planning.
It seems like now that the internet has become so popular and easy to use, students have strayed away from using the books in our library. With this online book system students can search using the computer and pull the information they need off of the internet, while having the security of knowing that the information is accurate.
This system can be accessed from any computer (at school or home) and is not limited to the students. Teachers and community members can utilize this system as well. The program will allow the user to print portions of an e-book, but will prevent someone from printing an entire book.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? If this program doesn't cost anything extra as stated in the article, why isn't it used by more school districts? This article was written in 2002 and here we are 5 years later and I've never heard of anyone using this system....I wonder why that is?!