With the world’s technology vastly changing, Pierce College Puyallup librarians have purchased Kindle e-book readers to keep up with the times.
According to Frank Brasile, technical services and systems librarian, Kindles are the textbooks of the future.
The Pierce College Puyallup library is currently letting students check out Kindles to study for classes. Brasile hopes that the Kindles will appeal to people that dread reading a textbook. The Kindles can be checked out for one week at a time and if they’re late, students are charged $5 every day the Kindle is overdue.
“These notebooks make it easier for kids that don’t like to read books. They are nice to have because unlike textbooks they don’t get outdated,” Brasile said.
The library purchased third generation Amazon Kindles featuring a fully functional keyboard with 3G wireless capabilities. The user is restricted from downloading any extra content. The third generation Kindle also features e-ink, which makes the screen seem more like the pages of a book than an electronic device.
Many librarians support the use of Kindles and want to see growth in their popularity.
“There may always be draw backs but having electronics like the Kindle will be beneficial to the students,” Librarian Beth Thoms said.
The Kindles have been available for check out since last quarter and are free of charge. Both Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses have two Kindles. The Kindles have math and science text books included.
None of this would have been possible without a grant passed by the Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed, who awarded $25,000 to the Washington State Library system to invest in new ideas for local libraries.
“We were very fortunate to receive money from the Washington State Library to purchase the Kindles and the content,” Brasile said. “Right now we are just testing them out to see the student reaction. The Kindles should catch on more as the students learn that we have them. But we may go in a new direction and purchase Apple’s iPad because of their versatility.”
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