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How To Be A Byword For Ignorance

Philip Pullman, the bestselling author, has warned a school that it will become a 'byword for philistinism and ignorance' if it goes ahead with the closure of its library...

The campaign to save the library at Meadows Community School was started by its pupils, who began a petition when they heard that their librarian, Clare Broadbelt, had been told that her post was no longer required because of 'a move towards the relocation and redistribution of non-fiction and fiction resources in the light of the new developments in a virtual-learning environment and interactive learning'.

Ye Gods!
I recently heard Alan November speak. His message was that a librarian is needed more than ever in the digital age. A secondary school does need a web savvy librarian, but the notion that 'interactive learning' requires the dissolution of the traditional library space (= books on shelves) is scary in the extreme.

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