Librarians Transform

Because John Shank Knows That New Educational Resources Mean New Opportunities for Learners

John Shank is Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library at Penn State Berks.  He has been a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). He is the author of "Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching (2014)". What is one of the best strategies for achieving change in your library and how have you leveraged it? One of the best strategies that I have employed to create change, improve the perception of the library, and promote the library’s integration into the university's curriculum is to take advantage of existing institutional initiatives. By demonstrating how libraries can contribute, support, and enhance an existing initiative (e.g. higher education's push to create more blended and online courses that enhance student learning), it is possible to create greater momentum and reduce the institutional friction that exists when creating a separate and additional library initiative.

Because Junior Tidal Knows That Promoting Place and Community is Essential

Junior Tidal is Associate Professor and Web Services and Multimedia Librarian at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. He is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and the Video Round Table (VRT). He blogs at JuniorTidal.com.

What big change are you implementing that is helping your library transform?

One of the more recent big changes that we are implementing is the incorporation of more Brooklyn-based documentaries into our media collection. The Ursula C. Schwerin Library, serving the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (CUNY), is located in downtown Brooklyn. It’s a melting pot within a melting pot of sorts. By incorporating films and cinema highlighting local happenings, I feel that students are exposed to issues and events happening in their own backyard that they may be unaware of.

Because Andy Plemmons Sees Learning in a Global, Connected Context

Andy Plemmons is School Library Media Specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia. He is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and was named a finalist for School Library Journal’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year. What big change are you implementing that is helping your library transform? Today, more than ever, we need to share, interact, and collaborate beyond the walls of our schools to connect our learners with a global audience. I share our work on a daily basis through social media, but we also seek out opportunities for students to develop projects that allow a global audience to interact with us. One example is our Barrow Peace Prize project with 2nd graders where students participate in a Google Hangout with me to develop criteria for the prize. They write persuasive pieces about 5 people from history and record themselves via Flipgrid. We invite online voting from people around the world and have a celebratory Skype session with the developers of Flipgrid. One student even designed a peace prize medal to 3D print, which now hangs in the Flipgrid office with their other awards. 

Because Carolyn Foote Knows That Technology and Access Are Key to Learning

Carolyn Foote is district and high school librarian at Westlake High School at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and was named a White House Champion of Change. She blogs at Not So Distant Future and tweets @technolibrary.

Carolyn is helping libraries transform by leading a 1:1 iPad program for students and teachers.

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