Essential Links

Futurecasting

From AASL Essential Links

Articles

Peyton, Lindsay (2011). School Libraries Forecast a Digital Future. An article on libraries transitioning into technology hubs at their schools. Testa-Burk, Ashley (2011). School Libraries

'Looking to the Future: Non-Fiction and Technology Taking Bigger Roles.' An article that discusses library plans to push toward new technology such as e-readers and online catalog/resource services.

Books

Fonticharo, Kristin; Hamilton, Buffy (2011). School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come. Smashwords.com. A free, crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. Foreword by R. David Lankes. Photographs by Diane Cordell.

Websites

DesignShare (2011). Imagining the Future of the School Library. For many, the library is the literal information bridge to the future. Organizations dedicate themselves to building and re-imagining school library spaces around the world by filling shelves with books and making library spaces relevant for our youngest readers. At the same time, with a fast-moving revolution of technology hitting campuses around the world in ways never before imagined, provocative discussions are beginning to challenge the traditional status quo of the school library both in terms of purpose and space. More and more, Library 2.0 is used to define this conversational re-imagination process. DesignShare spoke with 2 passionate library experts — Doug Johnson and Rolf Erikson — to gain better insight into serving the information needs of students, schools, and communities via the future of school library planning and design.

NCS Library (2010). The Future of School Libraries: Keeping Up. This website offers a variety of resources, including “best of” lists for the year, online videos, digital literacy articles, lesson plans and resources, multimedia resources, virtual library tours, and more on how to keep school libraries relevant.

Vacek, Rachel (2011). Technology Trends in Libraries – Today & Tomorrow. A slideshow detailing Web 2.0 and Library 2.0, with examples of libraries and technologies. 55 slides.

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