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School libraries are still about teaching students ‘to use information efficiently and ethically’

In the article: School libraries are still about teaching students ‘to use information efficiently and ethically’ it talk about the changing of school libraries from the past to now. The role of the library has changed a lot from the past. Libraries today are now starting to make a huge transition in a large way. Libraries a few years ago were known as a place where people could go to check out books, but in schools today, they are changing more towards the digital era. School libraries are still carrying their large entourage of books for students to read, but they are also adding databases and ebooks to their selection for the students. Many schools are making this change which is causing a change in library employment in some schools. But in others that is not the case. In Northern High School they just hired more librarians. Because with this digital change, librarians at the high school say that their goals have stayed the same, and that is to help the students find out what they need with the resources that they have. Even if those resources expand to online databases and ebooks. However, now the databases and ebooks are located right on the computers in the classroom so the students dont even have to go to the library to look up information.  Even though there is a rise in digital aspects of Northern High School’s library, they say that the students are more than ever going for the old-fashioned books and the library has now become more of a place of discussion of the books that they have read.

Q1. How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

This issue I believe will help me more than ever with my teaching practices. Kids today, even in lower elementary school, have to get used to the world today and the technologies that are around them. It is a great way to get them online early and showing them what the internet (databases and ebooks) can do for them, even at such a young age. It is a way to expand their knowledge even more, and teaching the students how to use these databases properly can help them in higher grades and high school. Children today need to know how to use books and computers efficiently at a young age so i believe that this is a major help to my teaching practice.

Q2. What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

Even though we have all of this technology our fingertips does not mean that as an educator i can teach my students everything at once. Their still going to be kids, not focused on school as much as making friends so its important that the educator does not push these too hard on their younger students. The students should learn from the book first then as they get older slowly be shown what they can get accomplished n the computer.

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