Serendipity is a wonderful thing. I was checking out something this morning on the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) website and was also deciding what to write on the blog, when I came across an article about digital collections in schools. The article refers to a newspaper report about a Chicago private school which has decided to do away with all of its books and have an entirely digital collections. Unsurprisingly, this has caused headlines asking if this is the end of printed books – as opposed to e-books – in school libraries. Comments from AASL note that this particular school is not necessarily to be seen as a precedent or a model for other schools. The key questions here are whether the learning of the students of the Chicago school will be affected and also whether the digital collection will be effectively used. If the answer is no, what is the educational objection?
One of the features of Abu Dhabi as a city is some of the public sculpture that you can see in some parts of the city. In one street, for example, which leads to the corniche, there is a series of large sculptures which include a canon, a bell and (pictured below) a large jug. Public sculpture adds to our enjoyment of cities and also adds an aesthetic touch in the midst of skyscrapers, traffic and bustling streets.