Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
According to the Speak Up Survey last year over 70% of parents would be willing to purchase an Internet capable device for their child to use for educational purposes and our own District Technology Survey revealed that over 95% of our students already have access to Internet capable devices. Teachers and students both had been bringing their smart phones, tablets, and other devices to school...they are not banned here. Additionally, our public library took the eBook plunge this past summer creating the perfect segue for school libraries to follow suit. The time had come...the time was now.
In the end we decided to use OverDrive as our eBook provider for several reasons:
- To support our public library and use a format that the community was already familiar
- Based on surveys and observations a "Bring Your Own Device" option made sense, was cost effective and efficient
- OverDrive is an established leader in the eBook realm and as such better able to negotiate with publishers and ereader manufacturers as uncharted territory is mapped out and solidified (ie: HarperCollins, Penguin, Kindle, etc)
- Our students, teachers & community members expect access to the newest best sellers and OverDrive is best equipped to meet the needs of our patrons
Library Media Handbook-page 29 http://alex.state.al.us/librarymedia/Library%20Media%20Handbook.pdf)
Alabama. State aid for education has had a cumulative 18.5 percent cut in mid-year over the past two years. Due to the cuts, for the first time in recent history, the state has not absorbed 100 percent of the cost of increases to employee benefits. A portion of the cost of providing employee medical insurance was assumed by employees through increased premiums, co-pays and reduced benefits. Furthermore, there was no funding at all for instructional supplies, including textbooks. (CSALS 2010)
Other cuts included:
- Aid for basic school system operations
- Student transportation
- Instructional support such as teacher supplies
- Teacher professional development
- School library funding
(2) Library enhancement – an amount based on the number of earned teacher units, to be spent for books, cd-rom’s, computer software, computer equipment, audio-visual materials, newspapers, periodicals, recordings, video tapes, cataloging, and book repair in school libraries/media centers (currently $135 per teacher unit).