Cushing Academy school library digitized

Yup, folks at the Cushing Academy, a New England prep school in Massachusetts, are saying goodbye to most of their books to make way for new technology.

The digital library will now be housing flat-screen TVs, study cubicles for laptop users and a built-in coffee shop.

There will also be 18 Amazon Kindle and Sony e-book readers available for students who want to read e-books in the library.

The learning center’s estimated cost is half a million dollars.

“When I look at books, I see and outdated technology, like scrolls before books,” James Tracy, Cushing Academy headmaster, told the Boston Globe.  “This isn’t “Fahrenheit 451.”  We’re not discouraging students from reading.  We see this as a natural way to shape emerging trends and optimize technology.”

Most of the libraries 20,000 books will be donated to local schools and libraries to create more space for the new technologies and amenities.

Source: http://www.dailytech.com/New+England+Prep+School+Building+Library+Without+Books/article16178c.htm

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