Learning Commons

In library school and throughout my career as a school librarian, I have learned “best practice” in an elementary school library. What is “best practice” is a flexible schedule, a proactive (highly qualified) school librarian, good administrative support, and a willingness and ability to be a learner, a leader and an all around flexible person (in terms of being okay with things not always going the way you want them to go). As far as I can tell, this hasn’t changed in many years. I’ve been at it for 10 years now and I know I didn’t start the trend – “best practice” is “best practice” for always, you know?

So, somehow (and I don’t know how, but I am very thankful about it), my district’s superintendent and other VIP-types have gotten the word! They got a hold of David Loertscher’s book The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win, and they are serious that we “redesign” our libraries into Learning Commons.   But, my brain is really working overtime on this. Forever I have been trying to do collaborative lessons with my teachers; I allow small groups to come into my library and do research or work on projects; I have a part flexible schedule, but try to do what I can to meet needs; I work with my Technology Integration Specialist…so, is it just a matter of a name change or am I missing something? I have found some really great resources that I want to look at more in depth – what are your experiences/thoughts/ideas?

Learning Commons Wiki

School Library Journal that started it all?

Conference Handouts

OCMBOCES

EduCause

VBF

 

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About Valerie Byrd Fort

I am a Teacher Librarian in South Carolina. I love kids, yoga, gadgets, dogs, food, books and technology. This is my blog about those things.
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