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ERIC Number: EJ819052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Flip This Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution
Loertscher, David
School Library Journal, v54 n11 p46-48 Nov 2008
Microsoft and Google have very different business models. Microsoft believes that if they build it, people will come--and buy their products. Google's approach is different: if they build it, people will integrate it into their lives. People use Microsoft's product on Microsoft's terms, but people use Google products on "their" terms. In this article, the author discusses why school libraries have to become a part of the Google generation. If libraries want to connect with the latest generation of learners and teachers, they have to redesign themselves from the vantage point of their users. Here, he describes the development of a "school library learning commons," which would consist of both a physical and virtual space staffed by teacher-librarians and other school specialists. The main objective of the open commons is to showcase the school's best teaching and learning practices. For example, a principal--impressed with the collaborative teaching going on among the teacher-librarian, the teacher technologist, and a social studies teacher--may invite the three to demonstrate their next unit in the learning commons. On another day, parents may be invited to the learning commons to observe a jointly designed medieval art fair created by a classroom teacher, the art teacher, and the teacher-librarian. The learning commons also includes an experimental learning center, which also occupies a physical and virtual space. The experimental learning center aims to improve teaching and learning by offering professional development sessions and resources that are tailor-made to each school's greatest needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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