E-readers in the library. Pros and Cons By Karen Gilmore INST 6031 ~ Dr. Kathryn Ley. The Rise and Popularity of E-readers. There is no doubt that the evolution of mobile devices intended to expand and enhance reading practices has rapidly multiplied in the past few years.
Pros and Cons
By Karen Gilmore
INST 6031 ~ Dr. Kathryn Ley
There is no doubt that the evolution of mobile devices intended to expand and enhance reading practices has rapidly multiplied in the past few years.
Many libraries, both at the school level and in the realm of public libraries, are determining if they should offer access to these services to their patrons.
There are several reasons for libraries to offer their services through e-reader devices. E-readers are becoming a very popular method of accessing literature, both current and classic. One role of a library is to offer a wide variety of literature to its patrons. Using e-readers is one way to offer library services.
There are, however, reasons to argue against supporting e-readers through a library’s services, the most obvious one being the expense that is required to purchase them. Most libraries, both public and school-based, do not have a surplus of funds that would be needed to meet this user need.
Policies would need to be well-established to address these and other potential issues:
My opinion is that as wonderful and handy as e-readers are, I do not feel they are the right tool for emergent readers. I believe that young children need to learn how to hold a book, turn the pages correctly, and understand what happens if they do not care for a book properly. I can see a benefit of having e-readers available for older students, but not students at the elementary level.