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1 Retrofitting School Libraries for 21 st Century Learners Margaret Sullivan Library Resource Group LLC November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

2 Personal Biases What are yours? What are your school administrators? What are the school boards? What are your communities or the parents? November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

3 What are your biases? Educational Models – L4L Advocates Experiences Training and Educational Background Demographics History /Family November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

4 My Biases I believe in “Books” – Books build literacy – Read for pleasure and relaxation – “The Power of Reading” by Stephen Krashen’s 2004 – Literacy should be a National Concern 1 in 7 Adults are Illiterate – “The Dumbest Generation” by Mark Bauerlein 2008 November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

5 My Biases Intolerable distance between the “Haves” and the “Have Not’s” – Addressing the challenges of “have not’s” “The Meaning of the 21 st Century” by James Martin 2006 “The Shame of the Nation” or “Death at an Early” “Age of Savage Inequalities” by Jonathan Kozol November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

6 POTENTIAL BIASES? 1.Administrators 2.School Board 3.IT Director 4.Librarian November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

7 What is a 21 st Century Learner? “Twenty-first century learners are always on, always connected. They are comfortable multitasking. They are multimedia oriented. Their world is Web-based. They want instant gratification. They are impatient, creative, expressive and social. They are risk-takers who thrive in less structured environments.” Partnership for 21 St Century Learners November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

8 Skills Categorized Information and Communication Skills: – Information processing skills include information and media literacy, visual literacy as well as communications and technology literacy, and oral, written and multimedia communications. Partnership for 21 St Century Learners November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

9 Skills Categorized Thinking and Problem-solving Skills: – These skills use problem-solving tools, such as spreadsheets, decision support and design tools, to develop critical thinking, systems thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation. Partnership for 21 St Century Learners November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

10 Skills Categorized Personal and Workplace Productivity Skills – These skills include interpersonal and collaboration skills, the ability to self direct, adaptability, ethical behavior, social/personal accountability, leadership, as well as project planning and development. Partnership for 21 St Century Learners November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

11 What is a 21 st Century Learner? Learning 4 Life AASL Standards and Guidelines for 21 st Century Learners – Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. – Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. – Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. – Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

12 AEIOU Activities: What are they doing? – Brainstorming, reading, teaching, eating, mentoring, writing, storytelling Environments: Where is it taking place? – Location, noise, lighting, all the senses Interactions: With whom are they interfacing? – Talking, seeing, collaborating Conifer Research tips and framework November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

13 AEIOU Objects: What are they using? – Chairs, tables, projectors, keyboard, whiteboard Users: Who are they? – Groups Classes Teams – Individuals – Demographic data Conifer Research tips and framework November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

14 Information Gathering Interviewing, focus groups Shadowing Fly on the Wall Note-taking Physical Traces Conifer Research tips and framework November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

15 Schools for a New Millennium The Language of School Design by Prakash Nair & Randall Fielding Independent Study Peer Tutoring Collaborative Work in small and mid-sized groups (2-6 students) One-on-One Learning with a Teacher Lecture Format Project-based Learning November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

16 Schools for a New Millennium The Language of School Design by Prakash Nair & Randall Fielding Technology-based Learning with mobile computers Distance Learning Research via the Internet with Wireless Networking Student Presentations Performance and Music-based Learning Seminar-Style Instruction November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

17 Schools for a New Millennium The Language of School Design by Prakash Nair & Randall Fielding Community Service Learning Naturalist Learning Social/Emotional Learning Art-based Learning Storytelling Learning by Building, Hands-on based Learning November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

18 Learning/Information Commons Computer workstation clusters Collaborative learning spaces – Cafes – Gaming Environments Presentation Support Centers or Multimedia Presentation Centers – Electronic Classroom Digital Media Studios or Advanced Technology Labs November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

19 Learning/Information Commons Instructional Technology Centers for Faculty Development – Multimedia Support Soft Seating – Lounges – Cafes – Social Networking – Rest/Relaxation November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

20 Learning/Information Commons Writing Centers and other academic support units Privacy, personalized study area Private spaces – Meetings – Projects – Seminars – Receptions – Programs – Cultural events November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

21 TRANSLATING CONCEPTS IN SPACE Flexibility Comfort Sensory Stimulation Technology Integration Decentralized November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

22 CONCEPTS IN SPACE Zones Planning Prioritizing Floor Plans November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

23 Zone Planning Computer Labs Teacher Resources Electronic Information Online Services Teaching Reading Viewing Listening Browsing Meeting Space Non-Fiction Fiction Display Classroom Collaboration Staff Offices Work space Circulation Desk Signage School Library

24 Zone Planning Off-site Access Computer Labs Distance Learning Labs Teacher Resources Electronic Information Online Services Teaching Reading Viewing Listening Browsing Studying Collaboration Non-Fiction Fiction Media Production Display and Signage Classroom Collaboration Staff Offices Work space Circulation Desk Meeting Working Spaces School Library with Wireless Network Social Networking Gaming November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

25 DISCUSS ZONES What need to be included/excluded? Which space should have larger circle? Which spaces can be smaller circles? New circles? November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

26 Planning Sustainability, Green Components Indoor Environmental Quality – Carpet Ergonomics Acoustics and Ceiling Height New Windows and Treatments – Light, Natural and Even – New Energy Efficient Lights – Light Switches verses Motion Detectors November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

27 Planning: Technology Integration Electronics and Equipment – Copy machine, laminating, binding – Computers, Printers, Scanners, Cameras – Televisions, DVDs, Multimedia Projectors Electrical Outlets – Quantity and Location Phone Lines and Data – Wireless network HVAC November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

28 Planning Safety and Security – One Main Entrance – Traffic Flow – Site Lines Shelving heights Blind corners Exits November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

29 Planning Interior Color Palette – Walls – Flooring Squares verses rolls New Materials – Wood Finishes – Laminates – Fabrics November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

30 Prioritizing Work on Zones in Manageable/Logical Phases Weeding Process – Materials – Equipment – Furniture – Decorations/Displays Negotiate Budget Develop a Floor Plan November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

31 Furniture Issue Flexible – New verses retrofitting Comfortable Scale Decentralized – AEIOU November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

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42 YOUR CURRENT LIBRARIES Samples to Discuss November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

43 QUESTIONS?

44 Works Cited A Chronicle of West Virginia’s 21 st Century Learning Initiatives, West Virginia Department of Education 2008 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, ACRL/ALA 2000 Standards for the 21 st Century Learner, AASL/ALA 2007 Schools and the Stimulus: How America’s Public School Districts Are Using ARRA Funds, AASA, 2009 Free Reading, by Stephen Frashen, School Library Journal, 9/1/2006 Bauerlein, Mark, The Dumbest Generation, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Group 2008 Kozol, Jonathan, The Shame of the Nation, Crown Publishing 2005 November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

45 Works Cited Martin, James, The Meaning of the 21 st Century, Penguin Group 2006 Palfrey, John and Gasser, Urs, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, Basic Books, 2008 Nair, Prakash and Fielding, Randall, The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21 st Century Schools, DESIGNSHARE.COM, 2005 Barton, Paul E. and Coley, Richard J., Windows on Achievement & Inequality,, Educational Testing Service 2008www.ets.org/research/pic Hassel, Bryan, Revised edition updated Maria Ferguson, Comprehensive School Reform: Making Good Choices, 2002 Reading Performance and Achievement Gaps, Indicator 12, The Condition of Education, NAEP 2009 Tough Choices or Tough Times, Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, National Center on Education and the Economy 2009 November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC

46 Works Cited Is the Emphasis on Proficiency Shortchanging Higher and Lower Achieving Students, Center on Education Policy 2009 Greene, Jay and Foster, Greg, Public High School Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the United States, Manhattan Institute, 2003 How Teens Use Media, Nielsen Report, June 2009 November 6, 2009Library Resource Group LLC


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