Being in a school library with a trend to infuse technology in the k12 environment has forced me to think differently. More students bring their own device, and more classes in my teaching context are equipped one-to-one, making the library potentially an irrelevant space. Since students want to turn to computers or digital avenues for their research, I have stepped up the investments in digital portals for the library. I market them to teachers and students at orientations and during instructional units that call for research. I share continuously with my teachers, and advertise our services as resources that can supplement their instruction. I make sure to “take the library” to them, offering to visit classrooms as opposed to forcing classes to schedule the library. The library has grown from a physical space to include a conceptual/digital place as well.
How have you addressed ambiguity and irrelevancy as real threats to your library program?
A panoramic view from the circulation desk at Dorman High. Photo by Cathy Jo Nelson 28 August 2013.