For Librarians...

Libraries that adapt to the changing approaches to knowledge seeking and gathering will continue to thrive by combining traditional library functions with 21st century methodologies.

 

Is a bookless library becoming a reality?  The pages of a book shield us from the bombardment of all those distractions on the internet. Immersion in a story or an argument promotes deeper comprehension and deeper learning.

 

Embracing new technologies doesn't mean we must throw out older technologies.  It is not an either-or decision.  Television did not replace the radio...The tangibility of a traditional book allows the hands and figers to take over much of the navigational burden so your mind is free to immerse yourself in the story.  It is in the quiet private spaces where learning occurs.

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.  Nicholas Carr, the author of, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains," about how the Internet is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think.

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains...

Libraries Past...Libraries Future

School Libraries in Action (1961)...

Re-imagining Your School Library...a "learning commons".  A resource-rich, flexible, inviting stimulating learning space, driven by interest, choice, and questioning.

 

The Learning Commons integrates the new and the old in a seamless physical and virtual space in which all formats can be assimilated and studied. The Learning Commons liberates the exploration of ideas and concepts, encouraging inquiry, imagination, discovery and creativity through the connection of learners to information, to each other and to communities around the world.   VISION:  the Learning Commons creates a network of information, people and programs for learning within a school and beyond. Universal access ensures that learning is within reach of everyone at all hours... day or night.

 

 

Take the 21st Century School Library Self Assessment for South Dakota...

 

The Doorway to Information Website Model

 

Resources for School Librarians

 

Requirements for School Library Programs:  Summary by State

FLOCABULARY:  Ode to Librarians...

This song teaches students about the Library Media Specialist at their school. What do librarians do? How can they help you research? Learn all that and more with this educational rap ode. 

Funny Library Montage...

Video supercut of library scenes from popular films and television series, including: Seinfeld, Sesame Street, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Golden Girls, No Man of Her Own, The Shawshank Redemption, Philadelphia Story, Philadelphia, Harry and the Hendersons, Party Girl, Ghostbusters, Clean Shaven, Phineas and Ferb, The Music Man, Mr. Bean, Shadow of a Doubt, The Breakfast Club, Only Two Can Play, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Twisted Nerve, The Man Who Never Was, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, JAG, The FBI Story, Wings of Desire, Se7en, Harry Potter, With Honors, All the President's Men, Strike Up the Band.

Creating Your Own Vision for your Library...

  • Your library online...virtual learning space...connecting globally

  • Provide homework help on your website...
  • Reconsidering physical learning space...allow multiple spaces for individual, small group, and whole class learning
  • Not only to serve up information, include the experience of fueling this journey to knowledge... 
  • Look critically at your library program...is it designed around the need to learn to learn?
  • Imagine ways to improve your students lives in ways they have not thought of...
  • A space where students are free to create and share...
  • As learning partners...
  • Supporting readers...
  • Supporting Inquiry...
  • And using technology in learning
  • Create online learning spaces that utilize social media concepts...

  • Invest in e-books, databases, video-streaming and other relevant digital resources...creating a collaboratively virtual library collection

  • Collect and supply tutorials for all learners including professional learning networks...building a virtual collection of professional reading materials and websites

     

     

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.

Keynote Speaker:  Corinne Hill...

Corinne Hayward Hill, Executive Director, Chattanooga Public Library IFLA Governing Board, shares her philosophy on the evolving role of public libraries and the innovations she launched to help her urban library connect patrons to the "gig city" economy.

 

Library Journal 2014 Librarian of the Year

 

Quotes: "Change is Hard; But Stagnation is Fatal"

"Cowboys, Herding Cats" youtube

"I will buy whatever you like..."

 

Chattanooga's Public Library

 

"Wild about Research" Heather L. Montgomery...

Nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery talks about her school and library visits for kids.

Instructional Video. Booktalking. Dr. Cindy Welch, UTK

An instructional video about Booktalking by Dr. Welch, School of Information Sciences, the University of Tennessee.

Good News for School Libraries....

Victory for School Libraries in Amendment to ESEA, Passed in Senate

 

The U.S. Senate voted 98 to zero in favor of the bipartisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This amendment makes effective school library programs part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

“Knowing how to find and use information are essential skills for college, careers and life in general,” Reed said. “A good school library, staffed by a trained school librarian, is where students develop and hone these skills. In too many communities, libraries are neglected or considered an afterthought amidst the many other worthy education priorities competing for funding. But we know that school library programs can have a positive impact on student achievement.”

TED-Ed Lesson Worth Sharing:

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