Yesterday, I wrote about the so called “High Tech” high schools around the nation who don’t have either a space called a library nor a person on staff called a teacher-librarian or media specialist.
Recent posts by Will Richardson and Steve Hargadon caused me to take a closer look at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. I was interested to read that this “21st Century School” DOES have an “Information Specialist/Librarian” on staff. I’m waiting to hear from Paul Scaer about his role at the school. However, even if there is not a “space” in the school called a library, there appears to be a need to have someone on staff who can collaborate with students and staff to connect the learners to the information and tools found online to help further their education. I applaud them for their short and long term vision!
In the public library world, we see “Internet Librarians/Web Managers/Librarian bloggers” such as Sarah Houghton-Jan and Karen Schneider. Make sense that we, in the school library world, might take note of how our positions need to change in this ever-changing world in which we live!