I have just read the NMC Horizon Report 2016 K-12 edition and have been thinking about how the trends, developments in technology and challenges will impact on school libraries and teacher librarians.
Adams Becker, S., Freeman, A., Giesinger Hall, C., Cummins, M., and Yuhnke, B. (2016). NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
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I foresee the school library playing a resourcing and support role in the areas the school chooses to implement.
The trends I think libraries will play a significant role in are:
- Students as creators – ensuring staff and students understand copyright, ethical use of information and Creative Commons
- Deeper learning approaches – supporting and resourcing inquiry-based, project-based, collaborative and self-directed pedagogies
The developments in technology I think libraries will play a significant role in are:
- Online learning – working collaboratively with teachers to design digital resources that can be accessed anywhere and anytime
- Makerspaces – these spaces already feature in many school libraries. Teacher librarians can also assist in the setting up of makerspaces in other areas of the school by providing research and resources
The challenge I think libraries will play a significant role in is:
- Advancing digital equity – internet access, computer access, access to other technologies and to a teacher librarian can be provided by the school library
View an introduction to the NMC Horizon Report 2016 K-12 edition here
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