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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it
The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

 

The advent of the Internet has placed the need for libraries, and librarians under scrutiny.  Now that everything in print is available online, do we really need physical libraries and librarians anymore?  Of course we do…now, more than ever before.

According to Luis Herrera, city librarian of San Francisco, “Libraries are more relevant than ever.  They are a place for personal growth and reinvention, a place for help in navigating the information age, a gathering place for civic and cultural engagement and a trusted place for preserving culture.” (Herrera, 2012)  Over the last decade libraries have kept pace with changing technologies and increased their relevancy even while traditional bookstores are still learning to navigate the digital era.


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Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Churches

Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Churches | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

"Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school."

 

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"...how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?

1. Clarity and rationale—Whether we are giving the students guidelines (my personal preference) or sets of rules, there must be clarity and a transparent rationale behind the statements we make."

2. Understanding and Purpose—This is the communication aspect with the students and the community. You have to develop and instill in the students an understanding of WHY we are making these recommendations and setting these expectations.

3. Monitoring and consequences—As critical as rationale and purpose, monitoring and consequences should be transparent, timely, and appropriate.

4. Individual and community involvement—In developing and implementing our digital citizenship guidelines and processes we sought, valued, and used feedback from staff, students, and the community."
 

 

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Karen du Toit, Tim Scholze, Paul Rawlinson
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