Imagine if students come to one place to get all their questions answers from all of the experts in the school. Instead of just having a separate library, guidance office, main office what if they all shared the same space. ..A learning commons.
Have a questions about college come to the learning commons to use the databases to search for colleges, get scholarship information for the guidance councilor, and get a copy of your transcripts all in one place. Students today are so use to going to one place (Google) for all their information that they often don’t seek out the experts in the school like they should. Having them all located in one central place would solve this problem and really make the library the bub of the school.
Everyone talks about how the library is the center of the school so why not make it that way?
I know this is a radical idea and most schools cannot do this, but I love the concept and would love to see us moving this way in the future.
If your school has moved in this direction I would love to hear about it.
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. Find my full resume above.