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ERIC Number: EJ869043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
School Libraries Are Essential: Meeting the Virtual Access and Collaboration Needs of the 21st-Century Learner and Teacher
Darrow, Rob
Knowledge Quest, v37 n5 p78-83 May-Jun 2009
School librarians have excelled in providing a physical library space that is welcoming, making sure students have an inviting space to access print and digital materials, and developing collections that provide access for all ages of students. In the physical library space services such as collaborating with teachers and consulting with students usually occur with those who are on-campus, and these interactions generally occur in person. It is important to think about how to expand and change the library from a physical space to a virtual space and how to provide library services, such as collaboration and consultation, for an online school where the school librarian may never see a patron in person. The overall challenge is changing the library paradigm so that school libraries can continue to provide access and collaboration services in an increasingly virtual world. In addition to the online learning trends and changing the library paradigm, it is also important to consider the generational needs of the students in K-12 schools today. In this article, the author describes challenges regarding library access and collaboration and discusses how libraries in traditional and virtual schools respond to the challenges. (Contains 12 online resources.)
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: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A