School Libraries in the Digital Age
New Report Reveals Major Shifts in Profession in Wake of Common Core
March 13, 2014 — As Common Core and digital instruction take center stage in our nation’s districts, school libraries have become a central hub of technology and training, according to a new report from MDR’s EdNET Insight service that explores the changing role of the K-12 librarian/media specialist.
The research analyzes data from 1,200 survey responses and personal interviews with librarians, media specialists, publishers, and industry leaders. It describes the growing responsibilities of today’s evolving library media professionals, including their collaborating with teachers on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
The in-depth research findings are presented in the 35-page report, “School Libraries in the Digital Age: The Changing Role of Media Specialists in the Era of Technology and the Common Core,” and was written by education industry consultant, Neal Goff, who brings 25 years of experience in library, school, and consumer publishing to his analysis.
The report includes specific details on technology priorities over the next two years, purchasing patterns and preferred sources for eBooks, and the acquisition and use of library databases and digital materials. The study explores the extent to which library professionals are involved in:
- Identification, evaluation, and recommendation of CCSS-aligned materials
- Professional development and technology support of the teaching staff
- Hands-on instruction with students on various digital resources and tools, including hardware, software, eBooks, eReaders, educational games, Google docs, mobile devices, and much more
“Given that library budgets are all too often viewed as discretionary, it makes sense that the librarian/media specialist’s role would evolve well beyond the categorization of printed books,” said Kathleen Brantley, Senior Director of EdNET Insight. “These professionals have updated their skills and knowledge and increased their value to deliver more turnkey approaches to support their school’s educators and students in the learning process.”
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For a limited time, this in-depth report on the library market is available to MDR customers for $149 without a subscription to the EdNET Insight research service. To order, please contact your MDR Representative at 800-333-8802 or order online at www.schooldata.com.
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