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Do Librarians Face Extinction?

  • August 16, 2016|
  • 1 year ago

by Rick Montgomery

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Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation. The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading.

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Librarians Shifting from “Quiet Please” to “Let’s Meet!”

The maker movement—the idea of getting students engaged in creating things on their own through hands-on interaction, often, but not always, with technology—is changing the nature of traditional classrooms. From reading to robots? Some fear that the burgeoning maker movement and a movement by school systems to turn libraries into makerspaces may make librarians obsolete. What’s the role of the librarian in your district?

Classrooms and libraries are changing significantly as technology becomes more prevalent and requires greater interaction and collaboration among students, instructors—and librarians. It’s not an either/or situation. Today’s libraries, and librarians, are shifting their focus from quiet to conversation in innovative ways. [As organizations move along the spectrum from “quiet please” to “let’s meet,”] educators will need to imagine what those meetings should look like—and how to best facilitate them.

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