Media Matters

February 24, 2015

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era

School libraries have come a long way from card catalogs, thanks to surges in education technology. But besides re-categorizing, how can libraries support an increasingly digital education? According to experts, there are roughly 10 changes library administration should make to keep up with schools’ digital transition.

Update, Spend, Evolve, Replace, Showcase, Assess, Divest, Adapt, Promote, Track

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By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris,, March 3, 2014

Top 10 of 2014, No. 1: Libraries, reinvented

eSchool News highlights some of the 10 most significant ed-tech developments of 2014, and school libraries are No. 1

Each year, the eSchool News editors compile 10 of the most influential ed-tech developments and examine how those topics dominated K-12 ed-tech conversations. No. 1 on our list for 2014 is the new role of school libraries.

School libraries have evolved from quiet places to read books into bustling centers of collaboration, learning, and research. School librarians are emerging as leaders as they help teachers learn valuable technology integration skills. They also teach students how to research and evaluate information.

With libraries serving as many schools’ central hubs, it’s only natural that they would intersect with many of the other top trends on our list—by setting up maker spaces, letting students explore coding, and helping to increase student access to the internet after school hours.

At the same time, libraries are often the most vulnerable program within a school, easiest prey for the budget axe for administrators who underestimate their role in 21st century schools.

Read on to discover examples of school libraries that are on the edge of innovation:

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era [2]

5 emerging trends in today’s libraries [3]

Four ways to advocate for school libraries [4]

With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework [5]

Librarians’ evolving digital roles [6]

Posted By Laura Devaney On January 2, 2015 @ 6:00 am In Featured on eSchool News,Resource,School Libraries,Top News,

Concord Author visits R. Brown McAllister

Article by: Susanne Schafer - School LIbrary Media Coordinator at R. Brown McAllister

Students in grades two thru fifth at R. Brown had an opportunity to meet author, Frank Moose. Mr. Moose was born and raised in Concord. A 1950 graduate from Concord High School, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a business administration and marketing degree. He worked various jobs throughout the years, but always had a passion for writing. Frank calls himself an amateur humorist. He has been collecting jokes and old sayings for years. He published his first book “A Collection of Classic Jokes & Funny Sayings” in 2014.

Mr. Moose shared his love of laughter with the students with reading some of his entries. He said: “One of his favorite lines from his book goes ‘If you have anything nice to say about me, now is the time for it to be said, because I can’t read my tombstone after I’m dead’.”

He encouraged students to write their thoughts each day in a notebook and to never give up on dreams they have. Perseverance is the key to success. And he is proof of caring out his dream – at 82 he now has published his second book!

Resource for NC High School English Language

The following resource was sent to NC High School English Language Arts Educations. I wanted to share with you as well.

NCDPI Information to support SLMC Evaluation

Kathy Parker from NCDPI forwarded the following information:

SLMC "Fosters global literacy, awareness and cultural understanding." (Standard 2, Element A, Proficient)

World View’s upcoming seminars and Library Media Workshop may support SLMCs’ efforts to meet this performance indicator. Please disseminate this information if you feel it will benefit your school library media coordinators.
See attached fliers and/or World View’s website for more information.

Journey to the student-centered makerspace

Several of you are currently using Makerspaces. Please read the linked article entitiled,
"Journey to the Student Centered Makerspace"

Abbe Waldron is a library media specialist at Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, CT. Follow her @abbewaldron; @wamogomakers.

March is National Reading Awareness Month

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America.

Visit the NEA website for great resources to kick off your school's reading programs.

Please go to the following Google Document and let me know how you will be celebrating Read Across America at your school.

Also, take the Read Across America Pledge @

David Biedrzycki Looking for School Visits -

Below information is from NCSLMA

David Biedrzycki (Buh-Dree-Key) one of our featured author/illustrators for the upcoming Fall NCSLMA conference is looking to see if there are any schools interested in having him October 26 and or 27. He's a fabulous presenter and reasonably priced. He's worked with Jerry Pallotta, written and illustrated the Ace Lacewing series, the Me and My Dragon series, and his newest Breaking News: Bear Alert. He's even designed the logo for our conference. I can't recommend him highly enough and several others across the state have hosted him as well. Check him out