When I was a primary pupil back in the sepia 80s I was a school librarian. I sorted the books by the Dewey Decimal system and created and ordered the paper library card records. There were two main perks to this job. Firstly, my library work was during assembly time so I didn’t have to sit on the cold, sticky, worryingly funky sweet smelling hall floor. But the best was spending time with all the books. Over the two years reign in that library I read and read, taking myself to misty mountain tops in faraway lands and to the centre of the Earth to discover dinosaurs. I pored over atlases and leafed through the world with the encyclopedias.
But with modern technology, are libraries still relevant? Does the feel of books make sense for a generation who have grown up with digital information at their fingertips?
In this #UKEdChat discussion we will explore how libraries can be use in your lessons and wider learning, as well as how to make your school library fit for the 21st century.
1. Does your school have a school library? If so, can you describe it and what features it has? Is it valued in your school?
2. How is your school library used by pupils independently outside of class?
3. Give details about how your library is administered. By pupils or a member of staff? Is there a digital book loan system?
4. Which types of school library books do you use in your classroom, and how are they used?
5. Are libraries still relevant in the digital age?
6. How do you use your school library with your class? What are your favourite activities?
7. What features would you like to see in your school library in the future?
8. How can school use public libraries to improve learning?
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