If I had a green fields school, would I build a library?
The answer is absolutely YES, but what would it look like and function like?
Well, to answer that question I would look at the characteristics of the students I teach. We know that they are:
information savvy, but often struggle to validate the information they collect
technology savvy, but need direction and scaffolding to use these tools for learning
media savvy, but need support to interpret and understand, but enjoy visual media
impatient and often require immediate gratification
connected communicators and collaborators
like to customize and adapt their environment to suit themselves
value transparency, fairness, and openness
So given these characteristics, what would I include in my library? ...