To “e-read,” or not to e-read? That was the question on the minds of publishers, authors and librarians gathered in New York City this weekend for the industry’s massive annual trade show, BookExpo America.
Despite Amazon’s unveiling of the latest version of its electronic reading device, the Kindle, to the delight of many bookworms Monday, it appears that bookshelves, libraries and backpacks have not been rendered obsolete — at least not yet. Continue reading
A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that young adults aged 18 to 30 frequent public libraries more regularly than older people, despite the advance of personal computers and the Internet. Guest essayist Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune reflects on the road ahead for public libraries in the modern era. Continue reading
Hurricane Katrina damaged more than 100 of New Orleans’ 128 public schools and led to a state takeover of the district. As a result, schools, teachers and students have had to start from the beginning to improve the state of education. Continue reading