Found one!

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!

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2 Responses to “Found one!”


  1. 1 Steve Hargadon February 11, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Well, not only does SLA have an actual library, and a librarian who has loaded Ubuntu on the library machines–but they now have shelf that is reserved for books to be published by students, based on a comment by Will Richardson at his Web 2.0 workshop there… 🙂

  2. 2 robdarrow February 11, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Outstanding to hear that SLA is really on the “cutting edge” of delivering education! A model for others!


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