October 20, 2014

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Area High School Library Purges 13,000 Books in High-Tech Overhaul” (Video Report)

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From Pittsburgh’s WTAE:

Students at Penn-Trafford High School [Harrison City, PA] made 96,000 trips to the library this school year. But as the school makes renovations, school leaders are getting rid of a lot of bookshelves, and the books they held.

“Our library is being used now more than it ever has been,” said Principal Scott Inglese.

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But the school has also purged about 13,000 books to make space for the changes. The move was controversial in the district. But Inglese says it is part of a schoolwide trend of de-emphasizing hard-copy books, with students accessing books and other information online.

Conrad says some of the books hadn’t been checked out for decades. When school officials tried to donate the books locally, they couldn’t find a charity willing to take them. Now, the books are on their way to a mission in South America. The library will still have about 6,000 recently published and classic books.

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