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Overheard in a Library

Our college is hosting almost 50 high school students this week, all working on an intensive writing/thinking/debating/research project (the one my whole department taught yesterday afternoon). While shepherding them through exercises to give them practice with print and online resources, one of my coworkers overheard a student saying, “I hate books. They’re so dirty.”

Really? Wow. More dirty than the keyboards on which you’re all typing merrily away? Personally, I’d take a little dust over a bunch of microbes any day, but that’s just me.

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  1. Julian Julian

    Interesting. I hadn’t heard that one as a reason to prefer online resources over print. Working in a law library, I would never be surprised to hear that from the students. I recently heard one law librarian say that nowadays, it would be possible for a law student to make it all the way through school without touching a book unless we made them touch one. I guess your high schoolers might concur.

    Our faculty members, on the other hand, love to use our books — especially the ones they wrote themselves.

  2. Iris Iris

    Tee hee hee. I hope you keep the books your faculty wrote well dusted. :)

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