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Title: Retrofitting School Libraries for 21st Century Learners


1
Retrofitting School Libraries for 21st Century
Learners
  • Margaret Sullivan
  • Library Resource Group LLC

2
Personal Biases
  • What are yours?
  • What are your school administrators?
  • What are the school boards?
  • What are your communities or the parents?

3
What are your biases?
  • Educational Models
  • L4L Advocates
  • Experiences
  • Training and Educational Background
  • Demographics
  • History /Family

4
My Biases
  • I believe in Books
  • Books build literacy
  • Read for pleasure and relaxation
  • The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashens 2004
  • Literacy should be a National Concern
  • 1 in 7 Adults are Illiterate
  • The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein 2008

5
My Biases
  • Intolerable distance between the Haves and the
    Have Nots
  • Addressing the challenges of have nots
  • The Meaning of the 21st Century by James Martin
    2006
  • The Shame of the Nation or Death at an Early
    Age of Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

6
potential Biases?
  1. Administrators
  2. School Board
  3. IT Director
  4. Librarian

7
What is a 21st Century Learner?
  • Twenty-first century learners are always on,
    always connected. They are comfortable
    multitasking. They are multimedia oriented.
    Their world is Web-based. They want instant
    gratification. They are impatient, creative,
    expressive and social. They are risk-takers who
    thrive in less structured environments.
  • Partnership for 21St Century Learners

8
Skills Categorized
  • Information and Communication Skills
  • Information processing skills include information
    and media literacy, visual literacy as well as
    communications and technology literacy, and oral,
    written and multimedia communications.
  • Partnership for 21St Century Learners

9
Skills Categorized
  • Thinking and Problem-solving Skills
  • These skills use problem-solving tools, such as
    spreadsheets, decision support and design tools,
    to develop critical thinking, systems thinking,
    problem solving, creativity and innovation.
  • Partnership for 21St Century Learners

10
Skills Categorized
  • Personal and Workplace Productivity Skills
  • These skills include interpersonal and
    collaboration skills, the ability to self direct,
    adaptability, ethical behavior, social/personal
    accountability, leadership, as well as project
    planning and development.
  • Partnership for 21St Century Learners

11
What is a 21st Century Learner?
  • Learning 4 Life AASL Standards and Guidelines for
    21st Century Learners
  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply
    knowledge to new situations, and create new
    knowledge.
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and
    productively as members of our democratic
    society.
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

12
AEIOU
  • Activities What are they doing?
  • Brainstorming, reading, teaching, eating,
    mentoring, writing, storytelling
  • Environments Where is it taking place?
  • Location, noise, lighting, all the senses
  • Interactions With whom are they interfacing?
  • Talking, seeing, collaborating
  • Conifer Research tips and framework

13
AEIOU
  • Objects What are they using?
  • Chairs, tables, projectors, keyboard, whiteboard
  • Users Who are they?
  • Groups
  • Classes
  • Teams
  • Individuals
  • Demographic data
  • Conifer Research tips and framework

14
Information Gathering
  • Interviewing, focus groups
  • Shadowing
  • Fly on the Wall
  • Note-taking
  • Physical Traces
  • Conifer Research tips and framework

15
Schools for a New Millennium The Language of
School Design by Prakash Nair Randall Fielding
  • Independent Study
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Collaborative Work in small and mid-sized groups
    (2-6 students)
  • One-on-One Learning with a Teacher
  • Lecture Format
  • Project-based Learning

16
Schools for a New Millennium The Language of
School Design by Prakash Nair Randall Fielding
  • Technology-based Learning with mobile computers
  • Distance Learning
  • Research via the Internet with Wireless
    Networking
  • Student Presentations
  • Performance and Music-based Learning
  • Seminar-Style Instruction

17
Schools for a New Millennium The Language of
School Design by Prakash Nair Randall Fielding
  • Community Service Learning
  • Naturalist Learning
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Art-based Learning
  • Storytelling
  • Learning by Building, Hands-on based Learning

18
Learning/Information Commons
  • Computer workstation clusters
  • Collaborative learning spaces
  • Cafes
  • Gaming Environments
  • Presentation Support Centers or Multimedia
    Presentation Centers
  • Electronic Classroom
  • Digital Media Studios or Advanced Technology Labs

19
Learning/Information Commons
  • Instructional Technology Centers for Faculty
    Development
  • Multimedia Support
  • Soft Seating
  • Lounges
  • Cafes
  • Social Networking
  • Rest/Relaxation

20
Learning/Information Commons
  • Writing Centers and other academic support units
  • Privacy, personalized study area
  • Private spaces
  • Meetings
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Receptions
  • Programs
  • Cultural events

21
Translating concepts in space
  • Flexibility
  • Comfort
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Technology Integration
  • Decentralized

22
Concepts in space
  • Zones
  • Planning
  • Prioritizing
  • Floor Plans

23
Zone Planning
School Library
Work space
Teaching Reading Viewing Listening Browsing Meetin
g Space
24
Zone Planning
School Library with Wireless Network
Work space
Teaching Reading Viewing Listening Browsing Studyi
ng Collaboration
Social Networking Gaming
25
Discuss Zones
  • What need to be included/excluded?
  • Which space should have larger circle?
  • Which spaces can be smaller circles?
  • New circles?

26
Planning
  • Sustainability, Green Components
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Carpet
  • Ergonomics
  • Acoustics and Ceiling Height
  • New Windows and Treatments
  • Light, Natural and Even
  • New Energy Efficient Lights
  • Light Switches verses Motion Detectors

27
Planning Technology Integration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Copy machine, laminating, binding
  • Computers, Printers, Scanners, Cameras
  • Televisions, DVDs, Multimedia Projectors
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Quantity and Location
  • Phone Lines and Data
  • Wireless network
  • HVAC

28
Planning
  • Safety and Security
  • One Main Entrance
  • Traffic Flow
  • Site Lines
  • Shelving heights
  • Blind corners
  • Exits

29
Planning
  • Interior Color Palette
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Squares verses rolls
  • New Materials
  • Wood Finishes
  • Laminates
  • Fabrics

30
Prioritizing
  • Work on Zones in Manageable/Logical Phases
  • Weeding Process
  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Decorations/Displays
  • Negotiate Budget
  • Develop a Floor Plan

31
Furniture Issue
  • Flexible
  • New verses retrofitting
  • Comfortable
  • Scale
  • Decentralized
  • AEIOU

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Your current libraries
  • Samples to Discuss

43
Questions?
44
Works Cited
  • A Chronicle of West Virginias 21st Century
    Learning Initiatives, West Virginia Department of
    Education 2008
  • Information Literacy Competency Standards for
    Higher Education, ACRL/ALA 2000
  • Standards for the 21st Century Learner, AASL/ALA
    2007
  • Schools and the Stimulus How Americas Public
    School Districts Are Using ARRA Funds, AASA, 2009
  • Free Reading, by Stephen Frashen, School Library
    Journal, 9/1/2006
  • Bauerlein, Mark, The Dumbest Generation, Jeremy
    P. Tarcher/Penguin Group 2008
  • Kozol, Jonathan, The Shame of the Nation, Crown
    Publishing 2005

45
Works Cited
  • Martin, James, The Meaning of the 21st Century,
    Penguin Group 2006 Palfrey, John and Gasser, Urs,
    Born Digital Understanding the First Generation
    of Digital Natives, Basic Books, 2008
  • Nair, Prakash and Fielding, Randall, The Language
    of School Design Design Patterns for 21st
    Century Schools, DESIGNSHARE.COM, 2005
  • Barton, Paul E. and Coley, Richard J., Windows on
    Achievement Inequality,, Educational Testing
    Service www.ets.org/research/pic 2008
  • Hassel, Bryan, Revised edition updated Maria
    Ferguson, Comprehensive School Reform Making
    Good Choices, 2002
  • Reading Performance and Achievement Gaps,
    Indicator 12, The Condition of Education, NAEP
    2009
  • Tough Choices or Tough Times, Commission on the
    Skills of the American Workforce, National Center
    on Education and the Economy 2009

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Works Cited
  • Is the Emphasis on Proficiency Shortchanging
    Higher and Lower Achieving Students, Center on
    Education Policy 2009
  • Greene, Jay and Foster, Greg, Public High School
    Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the
    United States, Manhattan Institute , 2003
  • How Teens Use Media, Nielsen Report, June 2009
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