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You know your physical space is about books
and way more than books. Your space is a l
ibratory. You welcome, and create space for,
media production—podcasting, video production,
storytelling–producing and presenting.
When I do centers in the library media center at Winter Park, we are spread out all over the place. There are two tables with centers - listening and activity (art and/or writing). The 3rd table houses two rec. reading baskets on the topic at hand. The search stations are used for the computer center. The circulation station and rec. reading couch are used for the viewing center. The 5th center is held on the rug using the white board & mimio or the puppet theatre, or some other activity that requires more space/movement. I want students to know that reading involves more than just sitting and reading quietly. It also makes students more responsible for their own learning and time management. - J.Moore

At Rachel Freeman there are 3 centers set up for K-2nd and sometime 3rd grade. 4 computers are up and connected to the Tumblebooks site, a second center is set up with LeapPads with a story covering the phonics that is being covered in that grade level. The third center is a listening center with a book on cassett tape. Sometimes the third grade also uses these centers.~B.Anderson



You welcome and host telecommunications
events and group gathering for planning and
research and social networking.
Our library at Forest Hills Global Elementary will be housing a webinar for teachers and other support staff. Also, during several staff development trainings in the library, staff have used Google docs to relay information gathered during collaborative sessions.


You cope with ubiquity. No, you learn to love it.
Ubiquity changes everything. In one-to-one schools,
students may visit the library less frequently.
In such environments, in all modern, truly relevant
environments, library must also be ubiquitous.
Library MUST be everywhere. Librarians must teach
everywhere, in and outside of the library.
At Rachel Freeman at the beginning of every grading period email the teachers asking what content they will be covering. Then I pull books from non-fiction that align with the science, engineering, math and social studies they will be covering. Then I also pull fiction and everybody books. They are placed in a plastic wash tub and checked out to the teacher for classroom use. When they come back I change out the content and re-check out more to them. I also e-mail the whole school when new books or materials are added to the library.~B. Anderson


You realize you will often have to partner and teach
in classroom teachers’ classrooms. One-to-one
classrooms change your teaching logistics.
You teach virtually. You are available across the
school via email and chat.
At Freeman I forward e-mails from other sources to teachers they they may find useful. I have done a lot of contacting to collaborate with teachers via e-mail. If I have to travel to a classroom, then I take a cart of LeapPads for the students to listen to stories or use United Streaming for the lesson.~B. Anderson


You know that laptops can actually walk back to the library for its space and additional
resources in all formats.