Future of school libraries focuses on collaboration

School libraries will always have a vast collection of books at their disposal, but several media specialists from Door County schools have noted a distinct turn toward collaboration and resource gathering as well. Bridget Bowers from Sevastopol, Angela Olson from Southern Door, Mike Scoville from Gibraltar, and Holly Selle from Sturgeon Bay all pointed out that the job has changed from what it has been traditionally thought to be. As the years pass, the involvement of technology in library activities has grown to the point of being a function of the job.  Because of this, a space once known for quiet, solitary work has become a location geared more toward working together. Scoville said he has seen the library shift toward becoming a central hub for students.


Olson also mentioned the evolving role of the job itself. With the increase of technology usage, most media specialists have become troubleshooters, making sure the technology runs smoothly for both other teachers and students.

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