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ERIC Number: EJ1041625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Library XGen: Student-Centered Spaces
Turner, Heather
Knowledge Quest, v42 n4 p28-31 Mar-Apr 2014
Heather Turner is school librarian at Solvay Middle School in Syracuse, New York. She states that "a school library is a space that continues to evolve with the needs of its users. It is unique among spaces in that it impacts the entire school." Creating a space for the needs of all students is a mighty undertaking, and the transformation led to challenges. Several bookcases were removed to make the space multifunctional with table/area signs designating noise level expected in that area. There are also quiet and conversational zones color-coded for students. In addition, the librarian's office was transformed into a group study room for additional flexibility. To spend more collaborative time with teachers, Turner opened a position for all interested students to serve as iStaff assistants with roles like creation, development, and running the library learning commons (LLC). iStaff students charge iPods, iPads, laptops, and any other technology in the LLC, and are learning how to use all of the technology in the school so that these students can troubleshoot in their own classrooms. The author concludes that as long as school librarians focus on the needs of their users, school library programs will have a bright future. Being relevant, accessible, and sensitive to the needs of users will continue to be paramount.
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A