Information has changed. Locating information, evaluating it, synthesizing it, making new meaning from it and publishing to the world are new requirements in the global work force. The most exciting discussions of the day revolve around education and the response to this massive, dislocating shift. Critical thinking skills are now as important as content. Curriculum content needs to incorporate new information skills in order to be relevant in preparing students for the new world of work. Changing the information model from that of a traditional school library to a learning commons can be a very powerful cornerstone in supporting teachers and students in this shift.
In time of great change people cling to familiar perceptions. Everybody clearly understands what a library is, what it does, and how to use it. That clear understanding may actually be an impediment to they types of learning and activities that could be occurring. Few people understand what it means to be a learning commons, what it does or how to use it. This uncertainty is our greatest opportunity. Our understanding and fondness for libraries runs deep. Libraries are iconic. They are where we store our cultural knowledge. Libraries have different missions. There are academic libraries, libraries of record (which are truly classic libraries with the mission to maintain exhaustive archives). The mission of school libraries is different. It is to support curriculum. The old storage model is not longer relevant because we can access things digitally that, previously, we had to house. Accessing those now digital resources requires new skills. Evaluating resources from multiple sources requires new skills. We have moved beyond the safety of curated material.
Princeton Evolution of activity and skills The term “library” firmly rooted. Everyone knows what it means. But there is so much more. Changing the name creates uncertainty. This uncertainty is our biggest advantage. Holding us back Library is a place for books
Is it right to call this a telephone? The power of this device transcends what we think of as a phone. Yes, it is used to call people, but it does so much more. The same can be said for libraries.
Not about “getting” information anymore. Social - for social group study, and in our case this also includes social media The learning commons is the informational and media consulting and collaboration center for the school and community. Librarians facilitate access to and use of new and evolving technologies. Think of them as your chief information officers and global communication specialists. WHY transition? This is a systemic change in the way a school handles information and media literacy. It moves the school from traditional modes of thinking about information to new paradigms for thinking about information. It signals a commitment to professional development and re-thinking curriculum to incorporate this new paradigm. Huge support to teachers who need to deliver content as well as deal with this changing environment. Moving them from telephones to mobile devices.
Research is unequivocal. Students learn best in collaborative groups. A library is for quiet, individual study. A LC is by definition a place dedicated to creative group learning. It does not have to be quiet. Tell Jazz Band story.
Promoting, managing, training and guiding new forms of reading for faculty and students
Data visualization from FB Teaching the critical thinking skills to evaluate information from global sources. To triangulate the authority of information and media in all formats. Strategies and search tricks that empower them to be effective, efficient and independent users of information. Beyond simple consumption. To critically engage with information to make new meaning.
A library is a place where you go for information and resources. A learning commons is where you go for information and resources, many that that you don ’t know about yet. Librarians help organize the information world for teachers and students. . It’s purpose is to support faculty in acquiring new skills to transform their curriculum for the global economy. A partner and facilitator for personal learning networks.
New platforms, tools to accomplish learning and sharing goals. Learning commons is the place bringing these to faculty and students and guiding them in their use. Helping community make sense of it all and manage it in powerful ways.
The learning commons is central to helping faculty and students locate and evaluate information from the digital world, but also understand their unique responsibilities as digital citizens in this world. This is a new role for librarians and has evolved into a core mission. Information and digital citizenship are the curriculum areas of the librarian, and the learning commons model has been developed to serve this mission.
Not about the shhh anymore Library is directed by a professional librarian Learning Commons is about developing whole-school ownership guided by professional librarians
We are building a new high school. It will be bookless.
Global Information from diverse sources Information from diverse points of view Media production Some books: high interest fiction and narrative nonfiction, art books
Romeo & Juliet in traditional, MP3 audio, ebook traditional, with text-to-speech, manga ebook, print manga A format for every learner, full differentiation
LibGuides create a learning environment customized to the investigation task
New Canaan Google Apps school Used their NEASC self-study as embedded PD Created a dynamic environment to manage the process and become a living, breathing process that will continue on after the accreditation visit
New Canaan HS librarian Michelle Luhtala is a wonderful example of how the evolved library tech environment can be used to transition a school community to a new level.
The new Common Core State standards are very familiar to librarians, and mirror much of the American Assoc of School Library Standards for the 21 st Century Learner. We will be required to start assessing students on their ability to locate and evaluate diverse forms of information and media. After a decade of NCLB squeezing out inquiry, these critical thinking skills are once again front and center. Librarians are your inquiry specialists. We should start seeing deeper integration of skills, co-teaching and co-assessing.
This teacher understands education. Transferring content from her text/head to the students. This model implies a change in expectations. This teacher will resist change. Mourning, fear for the books. The library is still there. It is an important part of something bigger that includes a wider range of resources, skills and activities than found in a library. Skills and new literacies are as valued as content. A paradigm shift for educators. Not going to change her. She is very happy, leave her alone, thank you very much. Change in model implies change in expectations for teachers Change in power structure - teachers and librarians as a team guiding students The learning commons is a partner to teachers and students in this new environment. This is the new BRAND. Curriculum development Skills Professional development
If I had a crystal ball Future if multiple devices, including a dedicated e-reader Waiting for textbook licenses and contracts to sort out
College prep HS, 20 miles west of Boston Facility, collection, staffing model
Before we could change the program we had to change ourselves. Great support from HR in re-writing job descriptions. Staff buy in - they really liked having areas of expertise, specific goals, and relevant performance reviews.
Technology was low priority, books were king.
Threw out 2 20 ’ containers of junk to create space Wrote grants for furniture to help re-brand space and influence use
$18,000 Grant for digital reference collection - replacing print with digital, allowing for access as well as text-to-speech and other accommodations
We went from silent, individual study to embracing collaboration and creativity. Worked on building our virtual presence and continue to innovate. YA Galley blog over 42,000 hits, re-tweeted by some of the biggest YA editors, selected for the YALSA Teen Top 10 committee, building amazing digital footprints
Last year 108,612 this year so far 90,581 student visits. Assess our performance via multiple data points
Transitioning a Traditional SchoolLibrary to a Dynamic LearningCommonsAGENDAWhy a new model?Going booklessCurated learning resourcesBuilding a better mousetrapPredicting the futureRobin CicchettiConcord-Carlisle Regional High School Learning Commonsrcicchetti@colonial.net
Why talk about a new model? • Managing systemic transition • Clear signal • Support • Expectation • Central to mission • Student and faculty centric • Reorient thinking
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