The Media center and learning center of the 21st century.
A librarian loves toread but this is nolonger the only jobhe/she has.They remove barriers anddon’t judge the patrons’interests. They connect thestudents toinformation, whether bybooks or online.Librarians/media managersare not afraid of technologyand ensure the students arealso comfortable. They caneven create networks fordiscussion. (Kwok,2007)
Libraries have changed!In the past you were told to Students are now encouraged to work together. Libraries are not the silent be quiet! zones of the past.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”—Charles Darwin
Current and new forms of electronic information arefundamentally changing the way people produce, access, andprocess information. (Hendrix,2010) Students will also need aplace to research information for their future. Where will theygo after high school? Being able to access information helpsprovide the students with more options.
How are libraries being used? Research in 2010 showed how public libraries are being used. We can provide this information to our students. Without a public library for these students to turn to, who will help? We will! Don’t let these students get behind or feel left out in this digital age.
Every day 300,000 Every year, Americans Americans get job- visit the library more seeking help. often than we go to the U.S. public libraries offer movies and six times free technology classes. more often than we Most public libraries attend live sporting provide free wireless events. Internet access for their 2.8 million times every users. month business owners use resources at the library to help with their small business. (OCLC,2011)
Students in highschool do researchevery month.We need to be able to givethem the support theyneed. Looking upinformation can bedaunting. What is evenmore scary is citing theirsources. These studentsneed to be prepared andwith the help of the mediamanager/librarian they canget the help they need.Help them remain calm bygiving them the help theyneed and deserve.
Vast amounts of new content are beingcreated solely in the virtual world—“born digital”—each daywithout ever being committed to physical form. Existing information has been Digital learners will “read” converted to electronic form and multimedia information as text made available online. and image. E-books, living books, or Literacy will include the ability networked books. to multitask, to navigate through different streams of Traditional paper books are no information in addition to longer the norm. processing text. (Hendrix,2010)
We need to ensurethat the library/mediacenter is acomfortable placewhere everyone feelswelcome.No one has a problem jumpingonto Google and looking upinformation. No one should bescared to look up informationat our library either! Weprovide ports/outlets forstudents to plug into theinternet. We also offer quietareas and areas for groups (notso quiet). Come in and take aseat!
The library of thefuture can remainboth a portal anda destination forinformation seekers,whether they accessthe information via ahandheld computingdevice or the frontdoor of their library. (Hendrix, 2011)
Many suspect that while mobile computing, networkedmaterials, digital research processes, and other new technologieswill dramatically alter certain library services, there will still be aneed for books, shelves, tables and chairs, light and solitude, andcommunity space. (Hendrix,2011) The future of libraries ismagnificent and never ending!
References: Hendrix, J. (2010, Feb). Checking out the future. Retrieved from www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/oitp/publications/policy briefs/alacheckingoutthe.pdf Kwok, I. (2007, May 07). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.blogginglibrarian.com/2007/05/02/traits-for-the-21st-century- librarian/ OCLC. (2011). How libraries stack up:2010. doi: Online Computer Library Center. http://www.oclc.org/reports/pdfs/214109usfhowlibrariesstackup.pdf?utmsourc e=WhatCountsEmail&utmmedium=OCLC+Abstracts&utmcampaign=OCLC+ Abstracts