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.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools. The paper covers the topics of filtering practices, acceptable use policies (AUPs), apps, social media, bring your own device (BYOD) and other related subjects.
The paper states that when used appropriately, educational technology is a tool to assist with implementation of the Common Core State Standards, help raise graduation rates and prepare students for life beyond K-12 education. It further clarifies that technology employed in isolation, without direct instruction, or highly qualified guidance, fails to address those concerns.
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]
My library school teacher, Dr. Mildred Laughlin, suggested that when it comes to school library facility planning that we create bubble diagrams to submit to architects instead of complete floor plans.
As well as being responsible in the last ten years for promoting, coordinating and facilitating the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance teaching and student learning, I have managed ICT ...
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