You might be a 21st Century Librarian in New Hanover County if...




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You are concerned about a new digital divide:
those who can effectively find quality information
in all media formats, and those who cannot.

You are concerned about a new digital divide:
those who have access to the new tools
for creation and publishing and those who
do not.

There is discussion in process at Rachel Freeman to recycle the teacher laptops for student's to use when the new server is in place and we become wireless. The logistics are still being worked out. Although some of our students have computers, and internet access, the majority do not. I am concerned for our students who do not have the economic ability to afford the new tools for the creation and publishing that will be required in the future. ~B.Anderson

You consider just-in-time, just-for-me learning
as your responsibility and are proud that you
own real estate your students’ desktops
and mobile devices 24/7.

You grapple with issues of equity. You provide
open source alternatives to students and
teachers who need them. You lend flash
sticks and laptops and cameras and . . .
You ensure your students can easily get
to the stuff they most need by using
kid-friendly terms and by creating pathfinders.

At Hoggard as part of their academic requirements, I have my media students create pathfinders that will be kept on file for any student to access.

You ensure that all students have access to
readings appropriate for their differentiated needs
and offer books in a variety of formats.

When I built Winter Park's new library collection during our rennovation in 2009, I tripled our Easy Nonfiction and Easy Chapter Book collections so that K/1 students can easily find books that that are able to read. This section also gets used alot by 2nd-5th grade teachers that are looking for books for their low readers. I also spend a few weeks at the beginning of the school year teaching all of the 2nd-5th grade students how to search for a book in the catalog. I have been impressed with their increasing proficiency in regards to locating the books (on the computer AND on the shelf) that they are interested in as well as choosing "good fit books" that they can actually read. They also know that they can have books that are currently checked out put on hold for them. In keeping with the classroom teachers' reading instruction (based on The Daily 5, I have doubled the checkout limits of all students in grades 1-5. This allows them to have a greater variety of "good fit books" in their classroom book baskets at all times - a book on their level, and easy book to read with their book buddy, a challenging book to read with an adult, books in a variety of genres, etc. Teachers are also beginning to do a better job in monitoring their students' library book selections, and in turn learning more about all of the resources (print and electronic) that are available in the library. - J.Moore

You know that one-to-one classrooms will
change your teaching logistics. You realize you will
often have to partner and teach in classroom
teachers’ classrooms. You will teach virtually.
You will be available across and outside the
school via email and chat.

You don’t stop at “no.” You fight for the rights
of students to have and use the tools they need.
This is an equity issue. Access to the new
tools is an intellectual freedom issue.

This has been a tough one for me. I'm a fairly shy person who doesn't really like to rock the boat. I've learned that simply asking for something isn't always the key to getting the things that I KNOW my library needs and my studets/teachers deserve. I've learned from my principal that if I go to her with a plan and justification for my requests then she is more likely to work with me to find a solution/resource/funding. Other staff members aren't always aware of how collection development works and how important to constantly update/weed the library's collection. It is my job as librarian to teach them and help them become better library users. - J.Moore