By Anthony Stevenson
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A rumor that the Camden County College library on the Blackwood campus was getting rid of most of its books to make room for computers floated around the campus recently. That rumor was untrue, but a plan to add more electronic devices at the library also fell through, the library’s director says.
Wanda Deshields, a Camden County College student, was not fond of the idea that the books might go to make way for computers.
“I understand that the world is becoming more technological, but not everything can be found on the Internet,” Deshields said. “If books are removed from the library and replaced with computers, then completing my research at home would not be possible because I wouldn’t be able to complete my assignments.”
Library Director Barbara Laynor said this was a rumor with no substance but added, “I was aware of a plan to add more electronic devices here at the library, but that unfortunately never came to fruition. The plan was to use a large grant the school had just received and use that grant to expand the second floor for more computers. Certain students learn better online and the goal was to increase a student’s grades by providing an easier way to work.”
Student Nick Oliver did not see a problem with the proposed change to the library.
“Well I’m glad they didn’t go through with it, but I can see why they might’ve. Students don’t want to learn from a book anymore, but they would rather use a computer or iPad to get work done,” Oliver said.
On the issue of getting rid of books, Laynor said that is something every library does. She describe the process as weeding, when a library takes out any books they deem no longer to be necessary. The Camden County College library is trying to cater to college students so any book that doesn’t fit that criterion will be removed.
“We get rid of books all the time, but we would never get rid of every book that our library contains. That would be a disservice to our librarians and students,” Laynor stated.