Boston Globe: “Libraries in Schools Keeping Up With Times”

Posted on April 2, 2012 by

From The Boston Globe:

“The resources really are limitless,’’ said Eleanor Rogers, Dedham High School librarian. Dedham High School uses netbooks (small laptops), Kindles, a program that allows students to download a book or periodical onto any device such as an iPad or smartphone, and an educational adaptation of YouTube.


Rogers aims to please all her patrons. With a grant and collaboration with the Dedham Public Library, she has started a “reluctant readers’’ program.


The librarian’s job has also evolved to include a mastery of ever-changing technology. Teaching which information sources are valid and which are not has become a large component of what librarians are doing to aid students.

They want their students to know what is beyond a Google search and which sources are reliable, said Rogers.

“In a world where information is so accessible, librarians help [others] to understand the concept of digital citizenship and being responsible for the information shared and found online,’’ [Susan] Ballard, [president of the American Association of School Librarians] said.

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