新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大が続く中、5月1日にスタートした電子図書館が順調に活用されています。約5万冊の紙の書籍がある中高図書館に併設したものですが、パソコンやスマートフォンなどから本校の電子図書館システムにアクセスし、本校が契約している電子書籍を試読したり借りたりできます。現在契約している電子書籍は 200 冊。今後も生徒たちが読みたい電子書籍を増やしていく予定です。




校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Digital Library”

From May 1st the new Digital Library has been going smoothly, despite the increasing prevalence of Coronavirus. The Digital Library is a joint establishment with the Junior High and High school library, which already has over 50,000 paper publications. Students can use computers or smart phones to access the Digital Library system where they can glance through and borrow any of the 200 digital books. We plan to increase the number of these books in the future.

There are many benefits of a Digital Library. From a physical perspective, there is no risk of the digital publications being damaged or lost, and no need to find a safe place to store the publications or dispose of them. There is no burden of having to carry heavy books which makes them more appealing for students to read. Digital publications can be returned with one simple push of a button, and they even automatically return themselves once the borrowing period has expired.

Due to the Coronavirus and the need to reduce the gathering of groups of students, the use of the library has been steadily declining. The Digital Library was introduced to allow and encourage students to view and borrow books without having to physically touch them. Students who are busy with club activities now have the opportunity to access books online which is a wonderful thing. Furthermore, some digital books have audio capabilities making them an excellent tool to study and improve English listening and pronunciation.

With people spending more time at home lately, the Digital Library allows not only students, but also parents, guardians, and teachers to access books online and enrich the mind. Of course, we still have the option of enjoying the feel and smell of a paper book when we visit the library, and we will continue to increase the number of digital books available to students making the school library a more valuable and enjoyable place to study.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno