School libraries support the learning and literacy outcomes of the students. School library services are totally integrated into the teaching and learning programme, aligned with the school’s goals for learners and delivered onsite and online.
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The nature and role of school libraries in New Zealand and around the world is continuing to evolve. We can’t be sure what the future looks like, but we can be sure that we must participate in the discussion and development to ensure that libraries are places of transformative learning relevant and responsive to the needs of their users.
In School libraries, building capacity for learning in the 21C, Lyn Hay and Coleen Foley discuss their research and findings about how student learning is enhanced through school libraries stating:
“While it is difficult to predict what school libraries might look like in the future, we believe research, professional practice and current trends can inform the journey”.
Libraries of the future will be built on a strong foundation of evidence-based practice, with student learning as the core value. Their growth and development will have been strategically planned and aligned with their core values.
In the future we will work to create possible scenarios for school libraries to assist schools and librarians as they strategically plan for future library developments.
Good library design, along with good management and a focus on learning enables an effective school library to contribute to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of children and young people. In the United Kingdom, CILIP School Libraries Group and MLA (Museums Libraries and Archives Council) have produced an inspirational video narrated by Stephen Heppell about school library design.
There are many questions we need to carefully consider as we think about the future of school libraries, including:
As we move further into the twenty first century, successful school libraries will evolve and will:
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