What is the Future of Libraries in Chinook’s Edge? Re-envisioning Libraries for the 21 st Century

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p>What is the Future of Libraries in Chinooks Edge? Re-envisioning Libraries for the 21 st Century Slide 2 What Are the Issues? Some of our libraries exist as islands, not connected strongly to learning. Slide 3 What Are the Issues O The majority of our library staff were hired with no training for their role. Slide 4 What Are the Issues? The digital age provides instant access to current information. Slide 5 What Are the Issues? Libraries are easy targets when budgets are tight. Slide 6 When We Think About a Library O What do we think of O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufu5sqJ h24Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufu5sqJ h24Q Slide 7 So Why Bother? Research indicates that strong library programs: support student literacy and school-wide literacy initiatives positively impact student learning and achievement encourage and support self-initiated inquiry. Slide 8 Transforming Libraries Globally, progressive libraries are moving toward the learning commons concept of flexibility, so activities and spaces in the library and on the librarys web site are flexible in design to accommodate a variety of learning activities; e.g., collaborative community space, a coffee house concept. Slide 9 How is This Good for Kids? A school library learning commons supports ongoing critical thinking, inquiry, action research, interdisciplinary learning and brain-based learning. A learning commons becomes a place of active learning in real-time or online with project, problem-based, experiential, and cooperative learning that is ideally coordinated by a teacher-librarian. Slide 10 What Does it Look Like Elizabeth Rummel School video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=play er_detailpage&amp;v=EpwhQYafNp4 Slide 11 How Will We Get There? By engaging in a visioning process. What Does a Quality Learning Environment Look Like in a Contemporary Library and How Does This Support Tomorrows Learner? Slide 12 Visioning, To What End? A vision statement that guides our division O That provides in-depth research O That helps to inform decision making O That helps to inform other procedures as well (budgeting, hiring, training) O That helps to align with Alberta Education (SLSI) O That helps in transforming libraries to foster a quality learning environment O That supports tomorrows learner Slide 13 March 5 th Innisfail </p>