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ERIC Number: EJ914337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
The Vision: Libraries of the Future
Purcell, Melissa
Library Media Connection, v29 n4 p38-39 Jan-Feb 2011
A library should be a free place where people can access and share information. Many school libraries have such strict access to Internet resources that patrons are blocked even from many educational sites. Restrictions do need to be in place to protect students from online predators and inappropriate content, but access needs to be carefully analyzed to allow access to sites that meet the needs of patrons. Over thirty percent of all high school students in the United States are at risk of dropping out. Incorporating resources and activities that students love could change that. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are used by millions of people every day to discuss their lives and the news of the day. Forward-looking librarians incorporate these information outlets into their libraries. Forward-thinking librarians can bring school libraries into the 21st century and make the school library an essential learning community in the school. They have the power to reach their students (and students around the world) by using new technologies to enhance learning experiences, taking advantage of social networking to get their voices and the voices of students heard, and offering online resources to open up a whole new world to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A