Media Matters

January 8, 2015

"SLMCs develop a library collection that supports 21st Century teaching and learning" (Standard 3, Element A).

Kathy Parker from NCDPI shared the following information on developing a library collection that supports 21st Century teaching and learning. I think you may find this beneficial.

Collection management has been a topic of discussion in NC’s library media world lately. I’ve recently received several inquiries regarding collection management plans, participated in a Hangout On Air w/NHCS regarding collection management, last night's #TLChat was also about collection management, etc. A common revelation has been that many school libraries have outdated collection management plans, nonexistent plans, or plans that do not reflect a digital transition. If this is an area in which your SLMCs need support, consider facilitating flipped PD. Can your SLMCs examine some of the resources below as independent “pre-work” and then have a F2F “work session” where they collaborate with each other to develop/update their collection management plans? If so, take a look at the resources I’ve posted, and contact me if you need further assistance. Thanks for all that you do to support your school library media coordinators. I hope you and yours have a restorative holiday season! (includes link to #TLChat archive from Dec. 15) (includes video of NHCS PD on collection management) (the resources section of this wiki may be beneficial for pre-work)

5 emerging trends in today’s libraries

Libraries are growing digital hubs, offering varied services

Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation.

The American Library Association’s 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing.

Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For instance, fewer than half of rural libraries said they increased bandwidth speeds in the last 24 months, compared with 64 percent of urban libraries and 56 percent of suburban libraries.

Further complicating the divide between library resources is the fact that less than two-thirds (64 percent) of rural libraries said they have access to information technology staff, compared to 95 percent of urban and 85 percent of suburban libraries.

Sixty-six percent of all libraries surveyed said they would increase bandwidth if they could, and cited cost as the top barrier to moving forward with those plans.

When it comes to emerging trends, libraries are forging new paths and diversifying the resources that students and community members will find.

The top emerging trends include:
1. STEM maker spaces (16.8 percent)
2. Social media training (45.8 percent)
3. Wireless printing (33 percent)
4. 3D printing (2 percent)
5. Coding, development, hackathons (2 percent)

“Creating is becoming a new digital competency, and libraries are building and expanding their programs and services to meet these changing community needs,” said Ann Joslin, president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, in a statement about the report. Joslin is the state librarian in Idaho, which implemented a pilot program [3] to support library maker activities and new technologies and tools.

Libraries offer a range of technology access and training, such as:
• Public Wi-Fi (97.5 percent; up from 89 percent in 2012)
• Technology training (98 percent)
• eBook access (89.5 percent; up from 76 percent in 2012)
• Online homework assistance (96.5 percent)
• Online job resources (95.6 percent)

Posted By Laura Devaney On July 25, 2014 @ 6:00 am In Featured on eSchool News,News,School Libraries,Technologies,Top News |

Digital divide, lack of certified librarians ‘a national crisis’

Jake New, Editor at eschool news writes about the National Crisis on the lack of certified librarians. Please take time to read the entire article @

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 the list for 2014 is the new role of school libraries.

To summarize the article included the following changes

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.

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

5 emerging trends in today’s libraries

Four ways to advocate for school libraries

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

Librarians’ evolving digital roles

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