Education and the way we learn have been transformed with the Web and new technologies connecting us to information and knowledge. In order to embrace these changes and be able to stay relevant to students’ lives, the traditional model of the school library needs to go. Loertscher (2008) compares the school library model to the Microsoft model—if they build it, we will come and buy their products. The school library has been constructed based on what professionals believe is best for students and expect students to come flocking to use their “product”. This model is simply does not work and the idea of a school library needs to transform to fit with the modern era.
So what kind of change is necessary? The hyperlinked model focuses on collaboration with users and highlights the importance of the human voice. Reinventing the school library relies on user input, and in this case, the users are students, often in their early stages of development. The term “school” library can be seen as misleading as this place is commonly associated with academia and education, but it should also be a place to foster creativity and spark curiosity. The space should be innovative and aid in the learning process. Technology is now an essential factor in the school curriculum and this trend should be integrated in a way that users find useful.
The school library is no longer a “school” library. It is a place that supports creativity in educational endeavors. Students are able to contribute to the development of the modern school library and librarians are tasked to ensure the library can provide a safe place for those who want to explore this learning network.
Loretscher, D. (2008). Flip this library: School libraries need a revolution. School Library Journal. Retrieved from https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=flip-this-library-school-libraries-need-a-revolution