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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?
At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings. Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. “It was a traditional, quiet research space.” Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. As her first step, she and her co-librarian at the time (music teacher Dave Glover), converted a storeroom into a technology lab. Teachers balked because the library was no longer quiet, but students liked it, and many at-risk students became frequent visitors. “Students work more productively in that kind of environment,” Ackroyd says.

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School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books I remember my school library: it had two floors with spiral staircases, individual study cubicles and a classroom on the upper floor. It was attached to the sixth form block, giving the students easy access to a study facility. One particular memory is of a Puffin Books sale – I could even tell you the books I bought (and still have). This was in the days before personal computing so the only source of information – apart from other people, TV or radio – was books. There was something tactile about walking up to a shelf, looking along the spines and selecting a book which you hoped would answer the question posed in your homework or choosing a work of fiction by reading the blurb on the back. How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning Back when I was in school, libraries were all about books — books, books and more books. During my frequent visits to the library, I would pore through encyclopedias and fill out countless checkout cards before heading home with a backpack full of reading material. Of course, teachers also scheduled regular media time so students could use the library’s computer pod, but technology wasn’t nearly as integral to the library experience as it is today.

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? More and more schools are coming to value maker education and exploring ways to create makerspaces in their schools. Many schools are discussing how they might utilize their library to facilitate this. As my school has increased our commitment to constructionist learning and maker education over the last few years, we have done so in close collaboration with our school library. In exploring the relationship between the school library and school makerspace, it's not difficult to see why conversations about the growth of makerspaces are often tied to the conversation about the future of libraries.

We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces – John Spencer A few weeks ago, I was at a conference when a conversation broke out about rethinking spaces in school. “What if we transformed libraries into maker spaces?” a teacher asked. School Libraries of the Future: 5 Trends to Watch By Pat Hadler School libraries were once somber places where books were warehoused and librarians kept things in order – and quiet. With the digital revolution ongoing, school libraries are transforming into very different places.

7 Gorgeous New Libraries That Aren't Just About Books The public library is one of the greatest inventions of the modern age—a physical representation of the Enlightenment-era belief that citizens should be able to have free and equal access to knowledge. Yet after almost 200 years, the library is undergoing an architectural reinvention, as epitomized by the winners of the AIA's 2016 Library Building Awards. Throughout history, rulers have used churches and temples to make their architectural mark. But by the mid-1800s, libraries had become popular legacy structures. The resulting buildings were nothing short of temples to the printed word, filled with monumental spaces and gorgeous detailing. Case in point?

BIALL 2016 - Developing an alternative toolset for driving change in library services Last week, the British legal information community jumped on a plane across the Irish Sea to Dublin for three days of learning and networking at the 2016 BIALL Conference. We at Linex were excited to be exhibiting again, and with our stand positioned right at the entrance you couldn’t miss us! The theme for this year’s event was The value of change with sessions exploring how the Law Librarian profession can evolve, transforming legal information services and priorities. It’s worth noting here the interest and excitement of every single person who stopped by our stand, a demonstration of the enthusiasm of the Law Librarian community in learning and engaging with the new. It was a positive sight to see indeed.

5 Library Trends to Watch in 2016 Libraries everywhere continue to meet the challenge of evolving as their users’ needs change. These changes are never easy and often need to be tweaked as they are put into practice. While many of the library trends that I list below are not completely new, I think you’ll find it interesting how they have continued to evolve and I am sharing some of the interesting twists I am seeing take shape. 1. Makerspaces Makerspaces (or the preferred name you call them) continue to be adopted by public, academic and K-12 libraries everywhere.

The Educational Buzzword Dilemma: Why “Innovation” is about to Jump the Shark The Educational Buzzword Dilemma: Why “Innovation” is about to Jump the Shark Over the past few years I’ve seen a ton of hype for the term “innovation” when it comes to “transforming education.” And while I share a passion for innovation, I am starting to get a little concerned. The 14 most innovative schools in the world Mathias Eis Schultz Innovation in education can take lots of forms, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, or partnering with the local community. An innovative school could be modeled after a legendary CEO, like the Steve Jobs School in Amsterdam. Or it can be an institution that's blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden. Keep scrolling to see what the future of education can, and probably should, look like.

Physical Book Sales Rocket As Digital Dips Physical book sales have rocketed by four million this year, fighting back against the digital revolution. Predictions, a few years ago, that the printed book would die appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Last year saw the first rise in sales since 2007, while digital book sales dropped for the first time since 2011. Majority of Americans are still reading print books A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number of formats and through a range of digitally connected devices. Yet even as the number of ways people spend their time has expanded, a Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product.

In Defense of Discovery Tools About two months ago I made a twitter poll to try and get an idea about how Librarians currently feel about discovery tools: I’ve been lucky to work on the back-end of two libraries’ adoption of discovery tools at this point and its been fascinating to see the joy, the loathing, or the grudging acceptance about Discovery Tools that comes from both librarian and patron alike. I don’t want to do a complete rehash of the pro and con arguments for or against Discovery Tools. If you want to dive into this Rabbit Hole I recommend François Renaville’s “Discovery Tools, a Bibliography”, or any of Aaron Tay’s blog posts on the topic.