Thursday, May 20, 2010

Web, Library, and Teen Services 2.0

This article creatively explains the future of libraries as it relates to the technological advancements and their implications on the now "sterile spaces, static collections, and vanilla catalogs. I liked how this article explained libraries as a place to find information and gave it an ill feel with much to improve on. I feel much the same way as i have spent more time standing on my hands in the past few years than in a library. The 2.0 view of libraries create an atmosphere that not only increases the uses of libraries but also has an appeal to almost anyone. I love how the author relates this text to teens and gives many examples of how teens can be drawn to the library instead of just telling their parents they are going to the library and end up in the back seat of a squad car. One of my biggest concerns in the future of education and information is its "draw." As an educator i find myself constantly trying to find ways to get students to enjoy learning. I believe learning and gaining knowledge is one of the most important foundational traits to a successful person (and this goes beyond career and money). Knowledge is power, but it is also confidence, it is fulfilling, it is happiness. The more teens, students, and citizens of the world strive for knowledge the better this world will be, and 2.0 is a great way to get there.

1 comment:

  1. You are right on target. Learning is the foundation of our society's survival.But, how do we engage students to want to learn? We have to find those tools that foster their learning modalities. I believe children learn in some ways differently than decades ago. There seems to be so much stimulation in society. Children are constantly active. Sometimes I wonder if they know how to just sit and think. They have to be constantly moving. I do not remember my generation being this way. No more "smelling the roses". So we have to adapt our teaching methods to reach out to our children.

    Joan Finch