As libraries change with technology, they assume a different blueprint from past libraries. The NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) believes libraries are still critical to schools committed to excellence. This article explains why "libraries are more relevant than ever” as 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.”
This website was designed to inform, engage, and offer varied resources to school librarians, administrators, and teachers who are working to convert traditional school libraries into Library Learning Commons. The site offers numerous links and subpages with a vast amount of resources and ideas to consider in your library transformation. You can join the community for free and there's even a poster you can download and print for your school.
This engaging TED Talk hosted by Mark Ray highlights his efforts with 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and modern-day librarian practices. Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. For 20 years, he was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and now as a national library advocate, he works to ensure librarians help students, teachers and systems navigate the digital age.
Resources available at this link explore ideas about planning for future school libraries. Find out how to create engaging learning commons, arrange the school around knowledge, expression and collaboration, and develop virtual and physical spaces. Learn how furniture and spaces can be manipulated to host different zones to promote multiple learning activities for students, staff, parents and the community.
This document supports the Future Ready Schools (FRS) framework by describing principles characteristic of quality school librarians. It describes steps librarians can take to boost schools in becoming Future Ready organizations. It shows how their methods, programs, and spaces can lead to a path of educational innovation. Not a lengthy document to read, but one filled with lots of helpful information.
Aurasma is an Augmented Reality (AR) site which allows you to view and engage with the world in a new way. Each image, object and even place can have its own aura. Auras can be simple like a video or a link to a web page or, they can be more complex to include a 3D animation. AR e-books can be created to layer video over the pages of an e-book with informational texts. This helps bring the text alive making the topic more exciting and more life-like for students.
NoodleTools is an online research site that encourages students to be critical thinkers and researchers. As students write, they organize their steps to examine information, create citations, store research material, and keep notes. Students can be supported across grades and abilities. Librarians and teachers can offer feedback and monitor student contributions to group work. There is a cost to this resource, but teachers can participate in a free 30-day trial.