Envision a modern library at your school!

A 21st century library

  • Offers a rich variety of materials to discover

  • Inspires and celebrates creativity

  • Uses cutting edge learning and media technologies

  • Encourages individual and group study

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Did you know?

The New Market Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition identified the following trends in libraries:

  • Patrons as Creators: “To catalyze creativity, many library makerspaces are adopting emerging technologies such as 3D printers, flexible displays, media production tools, and natural user interfaces to enable the act of making. ” (p. 14).
  • Rethinking library spaces: “Students are relying less on libraries as the sole source for accessing information and more for finding a place to be productive” (p. 16).

The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition identified the following trends in education:

  • Redesigning learning spaces: “Student-centric pedagogies are being embraced to better prepare learners for the future workforce, and new approaches to classroom design are supporting this shift” (p. 8).
  • Collaborative learning: “The approach involves activities that are generally focused around four principles: placing the learner at the center, emphasizing interaction, working in groups, and developing solutions to real problems” (p. 12).
  • Deeper learning approaches: “Engages students in critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and self-directed learning” (p. 14).
  • Coding as literacy: “Schools worldwide are developing coding programs in which students collaboratively design websites, develop educational games and apps, and design solutions to challenges by modeling and prototyping new products” (p. 16).
  • Students as creators: “Learners are exploring subject matter through the act of creation rather than the consumption of content. A vast array of digital tools is available to support this transformation” (p. 18).

A November 2016 study by Stanford History Education Group assessed the ability of young people to judge the credibility of online information.

  • Participants included 7,804 middle school through university students from a wide geographic, socioeconomic range.
  • 56 tasks assessed¬†civic online reasoning.
  • “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak” (p. 4).