Top Reasons Why You Should Build a Digital Library at Your School (part 2)

Increasing Literacy Rates

E-books are engaging and interest even in reluctant and struggling readers. When using digital libraries, students apply reading comprehension skills and read more difficult texts, which results in increasing higher literacy.

Some e-books are customizable to fit the readers’ needs by allowing adjustments to text font, colors, backlights, and text to speech. This is particularly helpful for students with dyslexia and impaired vision. Customizable features provide students with disabilities the tools to become better readers.

Helping in Reading Comprehension

Using highlight or underlining tools, students can create discussions, express ideas, and ask questions. Therefore, they can identify story elements, main ideas, plot, as well as supporting details within the text, annotating as they go. The level of interaction helps in improving reading comprehension.

The best advantage is that students can freely mark up their book as they want and it will be a clean slate for them when the other student goes to use that e-book.

Supporting Bilingual Speakers

Students who use English as a second language can utilize tools such as the built-in dictionary in e-books. They can look up unfamiliar words quickly, and the recorded audio can provide them with the auditory models of the correct syntax and the grammar for the English language.

Digital texts can also incorporate other languages to make it possible for members with limited English proficiency to read.

Enhancing Classroom Libraries

Classrooms can benefit from an e-book collection. Students are no longer limited to a few titles with a few copies. Classrooms libraries can become more robust with more creative projects and activities to make students engage more with the text.

Empowering Librarians

From books and e-books to magazines and novels, there are so many kinds of tools for the librarian to help students fall in love with reading. Online library collections give librarians more time to focus on students and programs since they do not have to spend much time on re-shelving books, setting aside holds, digging through the book-drop, or replacing labels.