Technology ExpertsIt is necessary for school librarians to become proficient inthe field of technology and become leaders of technology intheir schools in order to remain a viable part of theinformation seeking world in the 21st century.
Librarians have4 Levels ofTechnology Acceptance1. Bleeding Edge2. Leading Edge3. In the Wedge4. Trailing Edge
Characteristics of theBleeding Edge want state-of-the-art hardware as soonas it is released seem to have abundance of resources some times buys into new technologybefore its success has been proven eager to lead and implement any newtechnology
Characteristics of theLeading Edge eager to move forward withtechnological innovations carefully evaluates new technology supported in technology initiatives bytheir administration willing to “wait in the wings” to seehow successful new technology will be
Characteristics ofBeing in the Wedge not risk-takers take the „safe‟ approach not a leader in technology in theirschool majority of today‟s librarians
Characteristics of theTrailing Edge outright unwilling to move forward withtechnology are at risk for being left behind always have an excuse for why theyhaven‟t moved forward with librarytechnology
School Libraries andTechnology EvolutionThe Evolution of:Personal ComputersSecurity SystemsCataloging, Library Systems, and MARCAudiovisual Equipment and MaterialsInternet and Electronic ResourcesCirculation SystemsWeb 2.0
Evolution of School LibraryCirculation SystemsFrom…using leased computer time to performbasic library business functions…Tomicrocomputer technology thatallows for automation of circulation
Evolution of School LibrarySecurity SystemsFrom…the first technology that many schoollibraries used put in place to save moneyin lost book costs…Tostill considered near „must-haves‟in 21st century school libraries toreduce book losses
Evolution of Cataloging, LibrarySystems, and MARCFrom…the major chore of typing cards for thecard catalog so that books could belocated on the shelves…Toautomated cataloging with theuse of advanced technology
Evolution of Personal Computersin Relation to School LibrariesFrom…computers that filled an entirebuilding, but had very little power…Tosmall, more powerful computers andnetworking systems that made possiblepractical public online catalogsFrom…floppy disks …Toflash drives
Evolution of AudiovisualEquipment and MaterialsFrom…film projectors, filmstripprojectors, record players,cassette players, and videotapeequipment…ToDVD players, documentcameras, IPads, LCD/DLPprojectors-allowing forstreaming of educational videos
Evolution of Internet andElectronic ResourcesFrom…books and magazines…ToInfo-Trak - users would search amicrofilm file to locate informationthat would allow them to findmagazines articles on microfiche…ToBibliography Reference Service(BRS) – online searching by a librarianvia a database thesaurus …Tothe INTERNET
In ConclusionThe future of school libraries restsin the hands of the librarians who chooseto become active learners and leadersin technological innovation.RESOURCEScheeren, W. O. (2010). School Libraries in the Bad Old Days. Technology forthe school librarian: theory and practice (pp. 1-11). Santa Barbara, Calif.:Libraries Unlimited.Sharon SmithLEM 511
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