Our internal research has shown that students rarely rely on printed books for their academic work, and instead search for information online, either in our library space or on their laptops. In order to effectively guide our students in using the myriad sources now available and rapidly growing in electronic formats, Cushing is working to create a radically different vehicle for accessing ideas and information.
Our current collection of 20,000 books will soon be replaced by millions of volumes in far less space and with much richer and more powerful means of access. Terminals we call “Portals of Civilization” will give ready access to everything humans have achieved, from every civilization, across an ever-expanding universe of culture. Space that previously housed bound books will become community-building areas where students and teachers are encouraged to interact, with a coffee shop, faculty lounge, shared teacher and students learning environments, and areas for study.
Our hope is to provide not only electronic research tools, but also to create an electronic lending library with use of a Kindle or other e-reader, as well as to renovate the physical space to make it a center for collaboration, communication, and experiential learning.
To learn more about our eLibrary, click the following links:
Library Update from Headmaster Tracy
Board of Trustees: Strategic Commitment to 21st Education
NPR: Here and Now
ABC World News
The Kindle Chronicles interview
The Boston Globe
FOX 25 News
Live chat transcript from Boston.com