Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thing #15- Library 2.0

Library 2.0 is here. Like it or not, it is here to stay! The library, needless to say, has evolved over the years. I love how Michael Stephens states that "a library is human." It needs to be an engaging center of your school. One of his key points was that a librarian 2.0 needs to be a trend spotter and actively seek out the newest applications. This is one of the elements of becoming a librarian that excites me!

I really enjoyed watching the Vision of Students Today video and I found it to be fascinating. (It really hit me when it stated that all their activities added up to 26.5 hours a day!) This video reinforces the idea that librarians need to stay current so they can provide support and reach students in ways that they will be motivated and engaged in their learning.

One last thing I wanted to mention was brought up by Rick Anderson. He made a great point for someone like me who has a difficult time weeding through things to get rid of. He says that with today’s digital age, there is no need to keep that “just in case” collection because you feel like you will never be able to find it again.


  1. sberg,
    I had the same reaction to the Stephens' quote! I think it's exciting to seek out the newest applications. Now, if we can just keep a "helper" on hand, in case the application is too confusing. Kids never seem to hesitate around new technology!

  2. I can really relate to the "just in case" collection. I loved all my treasures and wanted them to be there for others who shared in the "love" It took awhile, but a very wise philosopher finally convince me that as school librarians we are not archivists! So I finally let go! And learned along the way that is always easier to update someone else's collection than your own! :-)

  3. Luka- It is amazing what kids already know about technology these days! I actually just started a classroom blog for my second graders and I was surprised how many already knew what to do!

    Vwb- What a great way to look at it! I will always have to remember that we are not archivists.

  4. I am such a just in case person! You never know when you might need something!! That really makes me think though.....could I be too prepared for things that may never happen?! Great quote!

  5. I too enjoyed the video that was presented. I thought how neat of an idea for a college class. I oftenfound myself bored to tears in class and can totally agree with the students. Had I had a laptop in class I too probably would have been messaging others. I think it really is important to make class more hands on and doing the project that they created would excite me as well s I am sure others. I hope I will be experienced enought with technology when I leave school to promote these neat ideas. If not, I will have some homework to do.