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"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education."

- Howard Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

"This is the best time in history to be a teacher-librarian.
Major shifts in our information and communication landscapes present new opportunities for librarians to teach and lead in areas that were always considered part of their role, helping learners of all ages effectively use, manage, evaluate, organize and communicate information, and to love reading in its glorious new variety."
- from WebTools4u2use

Teaching 21st Century Skills in your School Library

Today's school libraries that focus on 21st century learning and teaching look very different from libraries of the past. Watch this great video created by Henrico County Public Schools in VA to see the transformation of libraries. Video used with permission.




More 21st Century Learning Videos:

Did You Know 4.0 (XPlaneVisualThinking)

This is an official update to the original "Shift Happens" video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit and

Content by XPLANE, The Economist, Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Laura Bestler. Music by DoKashiteru, "Home Tonight." Design and development by XPLANE, You can follow us on Twitter at


Library Media Specialists in the 21st Century want to:

  • Move students beyond 'searching for information' to using it and creating it
  • Get better results from student projects and research
  • Provide more equitable access to digital tools and resources
  • Integrate 21st-century skills into the curriculum
  • Foster more collaboration with teachers to benefit student achievement
  • Create a website in seconds and post information, images, video, hyperlinks, and sound
  • Share information (and labor) with your colleagues online
  • Showcase library media center activities and promote your program online
  • Do more in less time and make your budget go much further than you - or anyone else - thought you could


WebTools4U2Use a Wiki created BY Library Media Specialists FOR Library Media Specialists


The wiki WebTools4u2use was created for school library media specialists by library media specialists Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee, University of Central Florida.  Much of the information at that site--including identifying a need for creating 21st Century learning spaces -- is the result of a survey conducted in 2008 of over 600 school library media specialists about their knowledge and use of web-based tools in library media programs. The wiki is updated frequently with new tools and resources. (Resources presented on a number of these pages was used with permission by Dr. Baumbach.)

  • D. Baumbach, "Web 2.0 and You" (Knowledge Quest, March/April 2009)

Download the full article and other related articles from AASL's **Knowledge Quest** on Web 2.0 tools via PBS Teachers! "Web 2.-and You" is about the development of this wiki and the survey behind it! Briefly, the article emphasizes that with Web 2.0 school library media specialists can:

  • Remain educational leaders; become educational innovators.
  • Stretch the library budget; leverage existing technology investments.
  • Support equitable access now; teach life skills for the future.
  • Introduce them easily; provide tools that are versatile and flexible.
  • Encourage creative expression; gain authentic audiences and useful feedback.
  • Design collaborative learning; promote social scholarship.
  • Support goals in national and state standards.
  • Teach information literacy; participate in networked public culture



Why Should Principals Support School Libraries:



Rethinking the Library

Read this article, "Rethinking the Library to Improve Information Literacy" by Andrew Marcinek. Great discussion topics for all schools as they SHIFT learning towards 21st Century Learning.


Web 2.0 Resources

What  is Web 2.0?

While early websites were passive--that is you could read information from the page, but you couldn't add to the information or change it in any way--this wiki will focus on the newer tools that are commonly called  Web 2.0 tools because they allow for much interactivity and user-created content. Some people say that Web 1.0 was about locating information, and Web 2.0 is about using websites as application software much as one uses MSWord or PowerPoint or other software on your computer. Web 2.0 sites allow one to read AND write! In addition, most Web 2.0 sites offer the opportunity to share and/or collaborate on the work. Web 2.0 tools provide digital equity, too, providing knowledge about tools students and teachers can use outside of school.

What is Web 2.0 Video from NotinWords Communications:


Not in Words authorized the use of this video under a License based on Creative Commons “Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States" license.

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