What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | MindShift

Many schools are wondering how to reposition their school libraries when their physical classroom environments change. Historically libraries have been storehouses (books and precious resources) and or sanctuaries (quiet, peaceful spaces). But as modern learning environments begin to offer both of these things (through access to digital and physical resources as well as a range of different learning settings including quiet study space) libraries need to offer something different:

Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. “It was a traditional, quiet research space.”Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. “People no longer have to come to a library to get information,” she says, “so the library has to get people coming in for different reasons. Students need somewhere to socialize, create things and collaborate.

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