School libraries are changing, but some essential characteristics remain the same

libraries-librariansTechnology might make some parts of libraries obsolete–but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at the annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees.

As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said.

Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the potential savings of buying digital books over printed ones. But concerns that students will increasingly be left with a self-service method of accessing books and research materials stem from the realization that today’s students are more tech-savvy than their predecessors.

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