A Vision for the Future
A final project for EDES 545 for the University of Alberta TLDL program
Tags: library 21st century librarian
Added: 3 years ago
[video opens with a still image of a school library, as "Without a doubt, the school library remains one of the most symbolic spaces on any campus. But will future designers be recreating sacred book spaces of the past? Or will technology and the 'consumer' inspire new design strategies for the future? - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Today's library is a learning space, not a warehouse space. It must reinvent itself to remain relevant. It must adapt to new knowledge of learning and new pedagogy - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Libraries must be spaces where multiple activities can take place. The library should offer as many different types of environments as possible. Quiet study areas, group activity areas, spaces for individual and group work - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as " ... spaces for instruction ... - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Your space is way more than about books. It's a LIBRATORY! - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "You welcome media production, podcasting and video editing. - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "The library should be filled with student work, student contributions: art, music, video productions ... A physical library space is important, but programs need to expand beyond the walls of the library. To be capable of reaching all learners wherever they reside. It's all about meeting their needs. Just in time! Libraries will own real estate on students' home computers. Imagine 24/7 access to all learners! Virtual libraries will house part of the library collection. Handouts, policies, access to subscriptions, databases, digital storytelling, podcasts, streaming video. - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["School librarians will teach virtually. Virtual libraries will provide a 'back door' into the school library. Libraries already exist in Second Life. Providing displays, streaming audio, information kiosks, etc. ... " appears on screen]
["Library Collections & Materials" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Over the next five years, the size of print collections will undoubtedly either remain static or get smaller, as we rely on more heavily on digital information - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "The book collections that do exist must be relevant - what is really needed in terms of the curriculum - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Students need to be taught the importance of using books with online information - Rolf Erikson" appears on screen]
["Quality of the collection. Not quantity." appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "The collection may include audiobooks, streaming media, flash sticks, digital video cameras to lend - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["Content found on the virtual space is considered part of the collection." appears on screen]
["Future Role of the Teacher-Librarian" appears on screen]
["Future school librarians will need ... No! Demand competent professionals that can meet the needs OF TODAY'S LEARNERS!" appears on screen]
["The days of your 'grandmother's librarian' are OVER!" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "TLs will ensure equal access to developmentally appropriate databases, portals, and multimedia resources. And will make learning an engaging and hybrid experience - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["Future TLs 'will think in WEB 2.0' (Joyce Valenza) and recognize the value for classroom use." appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "TLs will be information technology scouts, and figure out how to use these tools - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["Thoughtfully, appropriately, following a new pedagogy ... share new collaboration tools ... for information synthesis and creation." appears on screen]
["'Model respect for intellectual property' (Joyce Valenza) in this ever-changing landscape ... " appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Be concerned about the new digital divide. Those who can find quality information in all media formats effectively. And those who cannot - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["TLs will 'provide open source alternatives to students and teachers who need them' - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "TLs will use telecommunication tools to bring scholars, experts, authors and events into the classroom - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
["TLs will be the human element. TLs will be what Web 2.0 cannot." appears on screen]
[cut to another image, as "Teach effective searching, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, communication, and digital citizenship! - Joyce Valenza" appears on screen]
Thank you for watching this video.
I hope that in creating this I have
either inspired you or at least
given you some "food for
thought." If you would like to
read more of what I have done,
please visit my blog at:
thepassionate librarian dot blogspot dot com
Compiled and edited by April Hilland
Music: "Imagine" by John Lennon
This iMovie was created for my final project for EDES 545. The topic of this final project was my vision of the future of school libraries. Please be kind. It was my first attempt with iMovie!
This video was inspired by so much of my professional readings this term but none can compare to the fire that Joyce Valenza lit under me with her Manifesto For The 21st Century Librarian.
In her manifesto, she marries best practices of the 20th century with the new pedagogy of teaching in our ever-changing landscape of Web 2.0. In my time as a TL I have met other TLs that have been weighed down with ever-increasing workloads and shrinking library time and budgets. There was even a time when I (the ever-effervescent optimist) wondered if I was getting into a dying profession. Joyce's Manifesto gave me a focus, a goal to concentrate on and I will ever be in her debt. I knew that I had to pay homage to Joyce's Manifesto in my final project for this course.
Another great visionary that inspired this movie was Rolf Erikson. Rolf has 30 years experience being a media-specialist for students in k-12 and has been working as a library design consultant for the past 15 years. Like Joyce, his view of the school library is not shrinking but expanding to encompass what libraries need to be for 21st century learners. He sees libraries as "much more than a book repository; it should be the school's information hub, an environment that supports multiple learning activities for 100 per cent of the school's population". His focus in on using book collections and digital collections to supplement one another and having teacher-librarians as the teachers of information fluency, no matter what the medium may be.
Both Joyce and Rolf focus on the needs of the learners, one of which is the need to socialize, collaborate, and access cutting edge and quality resources while being guided by professionals equipped to teach information synthesis, analysis, and critical thinking. Both also view TLs as the "bringers" of quality information, information fluency, and 21st century pedagogy to their teachers and students.
I understand that many of you may be thinking that I am avoiding or downright ignoring the challenges that face todays education system. Believe me when I say that I am all too aware of the gap between my vision and reality in many of todays schools; but, also believe me when I say that I believe that great vision, optimism, and a squeaky wheel (that's me!) get things moving in the right direction. It's truly amazing what one LOUD (and passionate) voice can do...
Posted by Mrs. Hilland, Librarian at 2:19 PM