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ERIC Number: EJ921168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
The Changing Role of the School Library's Physical Space
Corbett, Tom
School Library Monthly, v27 n7 p5-7 Apr 2011
As the century unfolds, students will probably rely almost exclusively on electronic resources for their research and reading. In fact, the digitization of information (and entertainment) is already a defining characteristic of this "Information Age" and quite natural to the "digital natives" born into this era. School leaders need to see evidence that libraries can effectively provide services in a digital environment. Librarians must show how copyrighted digital information can be shared effectively, how digital information can be leveraged to provide access to a much larger set of copyrighted information than was possible in the past, and how students can be drawn to using information provided by the library rather than free resources on the Internet. Librarians need to demonstrate that a 21st-century school library will be well used and necessary. The substantive shift to digital content will also change the requirements for the school library's physical space. Because the library is no longer warehousing the research collection itself, there is no need for a formal, quiet space. Library research can occur anywhere: (1) in the classroom; (2) at home; (3) in quiet study areas throughout campus; and (4) in the library itself. This opens the physical library up to new uses, such as a vibrant space for collaboration, group study, and even an occasional latte. It can be a space for face-to-face meetings with library staff and teaching information literacy skills to classes.
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Language: English
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