Rachel Kramer Bussel writes: "Colleen Graves, a teacher-librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Tex., made a bookface display using photos from other libraries along with her own students’ images to encourage participation (with the lure of free books for the most Instagram likes). She also posts Vine videos of new books, prompting some students to ask for those titles."
David Cohen writes: "While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities."
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
"The libraries of the 21st century provide a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. They bring together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Ultimately, libraries will continue to inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them."
The first step we took in 1999 was to stop teaching isolated library skills classes. We began reinforcing information-literacy skills through class projects. At that time, we employed traditional strategies, including paper pathfinders and guided lab sessions.
Of course, this doesn't address one of my major concerns as a school librarian -- the fact that more and more librarians are being cut or spread between several buildings. The knowledge and skills required are going up, while the time in each library is going down. Doesn't bode well for being highly effective.
As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country. According to the data, they make the most of what they have, learning one day and sharing that knowledge the next.
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