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Everything you need to make your school library a 21st century standout
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SXSW: These Days, Libraries Are About More Than Just Books

SXSW: These Days, Libraries Are About More Than Just Books | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
When I arrived for Libraries: The Ultimate Playground, it was immediately clear that this session would not unfold like your typical SXSW panel.
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With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
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The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation

The future of libraries? In Japan, elevated study pods encourage conversation | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Japan’s Seikei University has ingeniously designed isolation spheres which can be used for meetings or for group work. (This isn't your garden-variety university library design. Japan's Seikei U.

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Luis Larrea's curator insight, March 3, 2013 8:14 AM

Salas para trabajos en grupo en una biblioteca de Japón, con un diseño realmente futurista e innovador.

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Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal

Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools
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When architects discuss the educational facilities of the next century and beyond, the conversation turns to collaborative spaces.

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Designing Libraries - Planning school libraries

Designing Libraries - Planning school libraries | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
School libraries are essential to learning, and good design is seen as a central consideration in creating effective learning environments.

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Modern flexible arrangements in library design allow for flexible teaching and learning environments.

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:20 AM

GOo

Library Staff's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:35 PM

I wonder how teachers would redesign their classrooms if they could. Design is such an interesting concept...

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 3:34 PM

As bibliotecas escolares e o bom design...

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A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal

A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Today’s librarians have to know things like responsible use policies and how to guide students in the effective use of the internet for research.
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Not your mother's library.  We are tech savvy information and digital literacy experts who should be leading teaching and learning in our schools.

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Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model

Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.
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The Ten Most Beautiful School Libraries In The World

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The Ten Most Beautiful School Libraries In The World. The Ten Most Beautiful School Libraries In The World. Posted by Bill Crider at 8:44 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook ...
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Henry Jenkins - The Transmedia Generation: Spreadable Media, Fan Activism, and Participatory Learning | Connected Learning

Henry Jenkins - The Transmedia Generation: Spreadable Media, Fan Activism, and Participatory Learning | Connected Learning | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it

What do mean when we say "participatory culture" and what challenges do we face in trying to more fully realize this ideal, especially in regards to youth participation?

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Library as Platform: Unlocking the Potential of Our Communities

Our buildings matter. Our services matter. But they don’t matter on their own, and we do not determine their value – that is a job for the community.  David Lanke shares his thoughts on the future of the librarian and library, or learning commons.


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Why School Libraries Matter (Hint: It’s Not Just About the Books)

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On the day of the mass lobby of parliament for school libraries, author and commentator Jeff Norton reflects on the important role school libraries play in nurturing future talent and economic prosperity. [Jeff Norton is a London based writer-director and the author]


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Elania Garrett's curator insight, July 25, 2013 7:30 PM

Love this concept!

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School library receives top design award - Northampton Chronicle & Echo

School library receives top design award - Northampton Chronicle & Echo | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Northampton Chronicle & EchoSchool library receives top design awardNorthampton Chronicle & EchoThe Hub, at The Duston School, has been given a 2012 National Schools Library Design Award, which recognises its layout, the activities that take place...
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Library Design. Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design - Library Journal

Library Design.  Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design - Library Journal | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Library JournalLibrarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by DesignLibrary JournalThe library couldn't manage that, but the booths and risers (designed by Group 4 Architecture) have been very popular options, along with Knoll's...
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New ‘Subway Libraries’ Encourages Commuters To Read On-The-Go - DesignTAXI.com

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New ‘Subway Libraries’ Encourages Commuters To Read On-The-Go - DesignTAXI.com
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This is a simple but ingenious idea that can be adopted and adapted to encourage reading in the 21st century, when new technology is changing the way we consume books.

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The Changing Role of School Librarians

Find out how modern teacher-librarians are improving students' and teachers' lives every day. Reporter: Mark Rayyoutube.com

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Teacher Librariàns should be a teaching anda learning resource in the digital age.  Not the curator of a museum of books.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:17 AM

Locating the information just added more digitally accessible sources!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:26 PM

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:51 PM

something old, something new, something "borroughed" (from education, from technology fields), something blue, a clear sky for teacher-librarian role  today and tomorow

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Brooklyn: Making Libraries Cool Since Thursday

Brooklyn: Making Libraries Cool Since Thursday | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
An independent book room in Bushwick is bringing a little sexy back to the library. Leave it to Brooklyn...

 


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I always knew libraries were cool and sexy!

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, February 24, 2013 9:06 AM

Another example of a community-based people-led library in Brooklyn, this one featuring books from small, independent presses catalogued by Goodreads. 

 

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 24, 2013 11:49 AM

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With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?

With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
At the Elizabeth Forward High School library in Elizabeth, PA, beanbag chairs have replaced study carrels, computers are everywhere, and instead of a cranky librarian telling kids to be quiet, there's a new music studio.

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School libraries need to be hip, cool and relevant to the demands of their school communities.  Kids love this modern approach and feel welcome in their school library.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:03 AM

The evidence is building!

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Sue Kowalski's comment, February 23, 2013 11:25 AM
We need to empower ALL to be part of the CURATION that way they are MAKING and ENGAGING not just receiving
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Every School Needs a Library | James Dawson

Every School Needs a Library | James Dawson | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
James Dawson, author of Hollow Pike.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:26 AM

Great advocacy for school libraries!

From the text:

"First the basics. Number one: the Internet is a swamp of contradictory shit, advertising, and ‘ask anything’ forums with spectacularly misleading information. Much fiction is dressed up as fact. Teachers (remember I was one for eight years) spend half their time teaching pupils how to find reliable sources online (which, to be fair, is a vital life skill), but providing them with quality non-fiction books would have probably taught them more about the subject they were researching. Number two: librarians are experts."

Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, January 28, 2013 12:30 PM
Well said! :)
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Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate

Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
What are libraries for, and how should they evolve?
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Some great insights from truly forward thinkers.

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Connect, Create, Collaborate: Sparking the Maker Movement at your Library

Connect, Create, Collaborate: Sparking the Maker Movement at your Library | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
A makerspace (sometimes also referred to as a hackerspace, hackspace or hacklab) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, electronics, engineering, and/or digital or electronic art, can connect, create and collaborate. Makerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops, and/or studios where hackers and makers come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
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The future of school libraries

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:15 PM

This blog post makes lots of references to how libraries are embracing the maker movement. Community building, skill sharing and a participatory culture are major points. 

Isidore Postmes's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:41 AM

Sharing thoughts, sharing tech insights....

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iPads set to take over from books in school libraries, principal says

iPads set to take over from books in school libraries, principal says | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
IPADS and laptops will soon replace books in school libraries, a northern suburbs principal says.
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The Classroom Is Dead | Inform

The Classroom Is Dead | Inform | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Flexibility of space: Spaces that can be easily arranged to support the learning process are needed more than ever. In a well-designed school, every space and surface helps contribute to teaching and learning.
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Building a vibrant future for school library conversations

Building a vibrant future for school library conversations | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
The Australian Teacher Librarian Network assists school library staff to stay up to date with emerging devices, tools, media and virtual environments.
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Michelle Nye's comment, June 6, 2013 6:18 PM
thanks for this
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School Library. A journey into Librarianship: How would you design your new Library space?

School Library.  A journey into Librarianship: How would you design your new Library space? | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Infowhelm: A journey into Librarianship: How would you design your new Library space?
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Book Review – The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win ...

Book Review – The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win ... | 21st Century School Libraries are Cool! | Scoop.it
Loertscher, D. V., Koechlin, C., Zwaan, S., Rosenfeld, E. (2011). The new learning commons: Where learners win!: Reinventing school libraries and computer labs (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publishing ...
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