Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ideal 21st Century Library

According to Jeffrey Trzeciak, quoted in this post, the university library has not expired, it has evolved. The k12 school library must meet the challenge as well.
Learners at our school often want a place to use their laptops to do research, check email, & scan rss aggregators. The focus in the middle school and high school is no longer on books, but on wireless access. Our school desperately needs space, comfortable seating, research information for these students as well as the more familiar books for PreK through 5th grade. I hope that we will find space for these things.
Libraries are still central to learning. Relationships are extended as learners gather in collaborations, connecting with their on-campus networks, and researching topics with support of librarians if needed. Library designs and functions continue to evolve.
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1 comment:

IMC Guy said...

I couldn't agree more. I'm fortunate in the fact that there is a computer lab right through a set of door from my IMC, but without wireless access, laptops, and more space for collaboration, our move to the 21st century is going to be a little slow.