As this inveterate Easterner heads west to start a new life in an ‘active adult’ community in northern Nevada, I have also decided that it’s time for me to leave school-library-land and explore other interests and adventures.
Farewell, my friends!
FWIW, most of these 10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future
are ALREADY Standard Operating Procedures in many school libraries:
- More technology
- Sensory story times
- Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults and children
- Emphasizing community space
- More social media savvy
- Digital media labs
- Electronic outposts
- More active librarians
Ridiculous suggestions from (and sage responses to) folks who obviously do not understand how libraries function: WILL UNWOUND #754: ‘Fingernail on the Chalk Board”
Wonderful quotes and observations from and about Maurice Sendak.
And SLJ has comments from others in the world of children’s literature: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/894478-312/kid_lit_world_remembers_maurice.html.csp
Back in January, Carl Harvey created this petition: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/ensure-every-child-america-has-access-effective-school-library-program/tmlbRqfF
It took several months, but the White House finally responded (albeit in rather vague, non-commital langauge): https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/#!/response/supporting-school-libraries-and-critical-role-they-play?utm_source=wethepeople&utm_medium=response&utm_campaign=libraries
And here is Carl’s reaction to that official response: http://carl-harvey.com/libraryties/2012/04/16/white-house-petition-the-response/
Obviously, we’ve still got work to do!
Brad Meltzer: The Unsung Heroes in our Schools, as published on Huffington Post’s Libraries in Crisis page.
money quote: “When I see what is happening to school library budgets today, I am horrified to think that we live in a country where school librarians – with the power to inspire, as my former teacher inspired me – are considered expendable just for the sake of saving a few bucks.