As Sweden looks to develop a national library strategy, Erik.Fichtelius ponders libraries today and what they will become. And now that a law has been passed to ensure all schools have access to a school library: What does “access to a school library” mean?
As the internet unfolded and grew to just under five billion pages, there have been many reports of the death of Gutenberg things: books, newspapers and libraries, to name a few, and all of those reports exaggerated.
"One of the interesting aspects of this project has been the extent to which libraries acknowledge the involvement of people, and the need to accommodate them,. The internet and social media are obviously powerful tools, but they don't fulfil all of our intellectual needs."
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
Students and teachers no longer need a library simply for access. Instead, they require a place that encourages participatory learning and allows for co-construction of understanding from a variety of sources. In other words, instead of being an archive, libraries are becoming a learning commons.
The big question is "how can a school library be a third-place when it is also part of the second place?"
The first place is your home and the second place is your work or school. And then there is that third-place, that place where you “hang out” with friends, collaborate with colleagues, it is a place to go and meet for quiet discussion, or friendly debate. How can your school library be the third space?
Our workplace has been in the midst of great change recently. Walls have been knocked down, furniture has been culled and storage systems replaced. The result is a huge space, which has brought many visitors from the upper floors, amazed at how different the area looks. We, who work in the space are experiencing a…
Libraries now need to offer more than books to stay relevant. Inspired by Scandinavian models, they are turning into lively meeting points and cultural hot spots. Makerspaces reflect the values of the sharing economy.
Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education. In an indirect way, K-12 libraries have given students support in learning endeavors and been a go-to spot for information...
Blending traditional and contemporary philosophy to capture and maintain the interest of students in the school library. Where does your library sit?
Research Information (press release) Bright future with library clouds Research Information (press release) Andrew Pace, OCLC's executive director, networked library services, observed that: 'Libraries gain the greatest benefit when they do not...
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