December 20, 2014

Boston Globe: "Libraries in Schools Keeping Up With Times"

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From The Boston Globe:

“The resources really are limitless,’’ said Eleanor Rogers, Dedham High School librarian. Dedham High School uses netbooks (small laptops), Kindles, a program that allows students to download a book or periodical onto any device such as an iPad or smartphone, and an educational adaptation of YouTube.

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Rogers aims to please all her patrons. With a grant and collaboration with the Dedham Public Library, she has started a “reluctant readers’’ program.

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The librarian’s job has also evolved to include a mastery of ever-changing technology. Teaching which information sources are valid and which are not has become a large component of what librarians are doing to aid students.

They want their students to know what is beyond a Google search and which sources are reliable, said Rogers.

“In a world where information is so accessible, librarians help [others] to understand the concept of digital citizenship and being responsible for the information shared and found online,’’ [Susan] Ballard, [president of the American Association of School Librarians] said.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.