ERIC Number: ED402928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The School Librarian's Role in the Electronic Age. ERIC Digest.
The dawn of the electronic age has altered the role of the school librarian: the position is less of a warehouse manager and more of a reference consultant, the emphasis is access to information rather than collection development, and the librarian is an information center manager, specialist, and teacher of information technology. School restructuring, more student-centered teaching methods, and the change from a passive learning environment into an active one require collaboration between librarians and classroom teachers to meet the information needs of students. Librarians must become proficient in the use of the new technologies to promote them and instruct students and teachers in their use. As access to information overtakes ownership of information, librarians seek out and evaluate online and other electronic sources to meet the information needs of patrons. Librarians must teach students and teachers to be discriminating users of information, teach ethical use of the materials received, and form access policies and acceptable use agreements. The expanding functions of the library necessitate that the librarian become an information center manager, developing skills to manage the different groups of people who will work in the library. The librarian is the campus expert in information location and management and thus in the best position to be on the forefront of information technology and to train others in its use. The school librarian in the electronic age expands the services available from the library to include computer-based data and sophisticated information-seeking strategies. Working in concert with classroom teachers and curriculum experts, librarians form a comprehensive team designed to enhance student academic achievement and critical thinking skills necessary for success in lifelong endeavors. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Information Literacy, Information Management, Information Seeking, Information Technology, Library Role, Library Services, Online Systems, School Libraries, Technological Advancement, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.