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Arlington school officials are taking steps to make sure the average age of their library materials don’t exceed the average age of students.

Officials with the school system’s libraries say they are working to ensure that, by the end of the school year, the average age of materials in their print collections is no more than 10 years old.

“Our students deserve the most current fiction and non-fiction resources, and this goal helps to ensure that,” the school system’s library-services staff said in a report delivered last week to School Board members.

Despite an increasing emphasis on digital materials, the Arlington school system holds more than 700,000 print titles. Library officials told School Board members they would focus on “a balance of digital and print materials” in the future – although the placement of the word “digital” first in that sentence might give an indication of which way the winds are blowing.

Library officials also told School Board members they have been working to bring a more diverse array of authors to schools. “Librarians are more cognizant of how powerful it can be for students to see authors who look like them and write about experiences they can relate to,” the report noted.

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