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April 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. As our libraries evolve in the age of digital information, they need our help more than ever to stay well-funded and supported so they can grow in their critical role as advocates of technology and information literacy. Should they become learning commons, gathering places for trading information, technology hotspots, makerspaces, or all of the above? The possibilities are wide open, as you'll see in this playlist of videos about the future of libraries.

Video Playlist: Reimagining the Library

Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube.

  1. School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian (04:42)

    A nice snapshot of how the library landscape is changing, from book vault to vibrant school learning hub and tech lab, and why librarians are at the heart of that. Follow the hashtag #SchoolLibrariesMatter for more.

  2. Imagine the Possibilities (05:05)

    This simple slide presentation out of British Columbia has cartoonish art and is a bit on the long side, but it does a great job at describing the vision of what libraries could become.

  3. Target's 200th School Library Makeover Time-Lapse Video (00:59)

    Together with the Heart of America Foundation, Target has a library makeover program that has revamped 200 school libraries in the last eight years. Learn more about the program here and read a critique of the program here.

  4. Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning (05:20)

    Teacher librarian Craig Seasholes of the Washington Library Media Association made this video advocating for the value of libraries as a vital resource for student learning.

  5. All About That Book – Griffin Elementary Literacy Night (04:25)

    It's about time for a musical interlude, don't you think? How about an adorable flash mob in a Texas elementary school, to promote literacy? Here you go!

  6. Learning Commons Langdon School (04:14)

    Another charmingly low-fi video tour of a Canadian K - 9 school's library that has been transformed into a "learning commons." I like how the narrator guides you through the reasons behind their changes. Learn more about the learning commons concept in this Edutopia blog.

  7. Children's Library Furniture & Interior Design by BCI (02:50)

    Squarely in the pie-in-the-sky inspiration category is this silent slideshow from library furniture design house BCI. The bright colors and modern shapes are sure to get those creative juices flowing!

  8. New Jersey High School Getting Creative With Makerspace (01:59)

    This news clip covers the makerspace in the library at New Milford High School in New Jersey. You may recognize New Milford as the former home of edu leader Eric Sheninger.

  9. Libraries in the Internet Age (02:39)

    In his trademark clear and concise manner, Lee LeFever of Common Craft explains how libraries have evolved in our technology-saturated era to remain just as relevant as ever.

More Resources on the Future of Libraries

Far from the stern and shushing stereotype, teacher librarians and library media specialists are poised to become key innovators and advocates for multiple literacies in our schools as we move forward. And libraries around the country are becoming hives of activity, centers for connection and creation as well as consumption of content. How will you support your school's library?

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Craig Seasholes
Elementary Teacher-Librarian

Our WLMA video is one of several great resources to share during School Library Month. Thanks to Edutopia for including it...and let me thank the film's production team Rus Thompson and Ann Hedreen of White Noise Productions http://www.whitenoiseproductions.com for their contribution to our library advocacy efforts.

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