Hyperlinked School Libraries
I loved the choose your own adventure! I chose to explore hyperlinked school libraries and their role in student learning opportunities. In the article “16 Modern Realities” the author talks about how traditional school learning is no longer enough for our children. He says we must embrace changes that allow educators to remove barriers to information and foster learning experiences for students. This change challenges the traditional school library to adapt and evolve and examine what it is doing to facilitate learning opportunities that require less teacher-led learning and more student to student collaboration. School libraries can ask themselves how they are using technology to foster these experiences.
In the “Flip this Library” article, libraries are called to act less like Microsoft (if you build it, they will come) and more like Google (integrate this into your life). The author encourages us to “resolve to think like a patron rather than a provider” in order to continually make choices that put the user first (Loertscher, 2008).
My favorite part of this learning adventure was the TED talk by Ken Robinson, Bring on the learning Revolution (2010). It is a great reminder that one size does not fit all when it comes to education. Our students have gifts and talents that need discovery and nourishment- school libraries are in a unique position to nurture these.
In the lecture this week there was discussion about Technoshame and Techno-isolation. This reminded me of how many of us follow other libraries/librarians on Instagram and how important it can be to be transparent about successes and failures. Here’s what I mean- We all know those people who post only the shiny highlights of their life on Facebook even though their everyday life is rather ordinary. It can create insecurities to scroll through all these highlights- leading us to believe our own life is lacking. I’m a huge fan and enthusiastic user of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and follow a wide variety of amazing librarians. But just like in our personal lives, it can feel exhausting to flick through only the highlights: amazing remodeled spaces, the best innovations, and successful programming. I have found librarians/libraries who are truly transparent will post the challenges and/or failures, too. I appreciate this. Innovation means taking risks and I like to think we can all be real about it. Maybe it means making a faux site that just shares the hilarious trials and errors or maybe it just means keeping the regular feed human in another way. Just a thought. Any other ideas for what we could call this?