Doug Johnson, director of media and technology for the Mankato Area Public Schools, recently spoke at the American Association of School Librarians National Conference on the subject of "School Libraries and Cloud Computing: Roles and Possibilities." He spoke to T.H.E. Journal shortly thereafter.
"Makerspaces just might take over libraries. School of Information Studies professor Dave Lankes seems to think so. In his presentation to New York State librarians earlier this month, he asked the roomful of librarians to imagine libraries as places for people to learn and create, not consume and check out. In another talk he gave in October, he declared, “What will kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon, or Google, but a lack of imagination.”
What’s a Makerspace? So what’s a makerspace? Also called a hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab, it’s any sort of creative space where people gather to make stuff and share ideas about making stuff. These labs, often equipped with tools and materials, allow users to practice a 21st-century sort of DIY. Hackerspaces.org, a wiki connecting makerspaces around the world, defines them as “community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.” The ideas behind makerspaces—community-driven, open-access, shared resources and tools, knowledge sharing—make them a natural fit for a library community..."
Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and electric keyboards pumped up to maximum volume. Teenagers are munching on snacks, checking out laptops and slouching on sofas or beanbags.
Where administrators value strong library programs and can see them doing their part for student success, students are more likely to thrive academically. This is the over-arching conclusion that can be drawn from the latest study of the impact of school libraries—this one in Idaho. This study, conducted by the RSL Research Group, was contracted for by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and endorsed by the Idaho Department of Education.
To start, we have to address the question of what a digital library is— is it an institutional repository or archive? Is it a search engine for curated links? Or is it a virtual library? It's an open question and one that I think different ...
The AASL position statement defines standard directional spine labels and compares them to reading level labels (associated with computerized reading programs) as they are often applied in school libraries.
More than 80 percent of HISD libraries fail to meet state guidelines for staffing and book collections, and another 20 percent of the district's 289 schools don't even have functioning libraries, according to Houston Independent School District data.
Citing unspecified “concerns about the security of our digital editions,” Penguin Group USA is pulling new e-books from libraries; in addition, it is not lending any e-books to libraries through Kindle.