School Libraries

Book Reviews, Research, Issues

Reinventing the School Library

When Robin Williams and I wrote the book In Command little did I know that it would lead my reinvent the school library from the ground up. In that book, we looked at the idea of having every user build their own information space rather than the teacher librarian trying to build a digital school library that may or may not get accessed. Such a turn to client side prompted the notion that the entire school library, now at risk of being totally ignored by users and  cut as an educational frill, should receive new attention. Thus, I called upon my great Canadian colleagues, Koechlin and Zwaan and we are now writing  a major tour of what a reinvented school library transformed into a Learning Commons might look like. It is a wild ride to re-think everything one has written in the past – almost through a mirror to flip it from command and control model to one that is client side. It will debut at the international Association of School Librarians in August of 2998. Recently, I presented the  essence of that thinking at the Texas Library Association to a large audience. It is all about staying in the information game and not being replaced with Google, and it seems we as a profession need to come from behind to stay relevant. It is aan exciting journey and one that must be discussed thoroughly as we continue  to support the kind of teaching and learning that will boost kids and teens into global competitors. Onward!


May 19, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. I’ve been beating this drum for some time David and wait with interest for the outcome of your combined wisdom. Students believe that Google will provide all their needs without realising that ‘they don’t know what they don’t know!’ I doubt I’ll be around in 2998 but look forward to it later this year!! I enjoy your blog – thanks for your leadership. Cheers Camilla

    Comment by Camilla Elliott | June 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. I am very interested in this learning commons model. I have heard about the high school library in Chelmsford, MA being renovated in this style. I am doing research on this for my MLS thesis, do you know of other high schools that have become true information / learning commons? thanks.

    Comment by Kara Staunton-Shron | February 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. Interest in the learning commons model is beginning to flourish and a number are beginning planning efforts. The best place to follow the progress is at where we hope that folks will register and note their progress. There will also be a year-long development of the virtual learning commons that will be reported on the same wiki.

    Comment by david Loertscher | June 4, 2009 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: