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Karen Douse, Director of Library and Information Services at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville,Tennessee Marilyn Meyerson, Head of Libraries and Technology at the Key School Patt Moser, (retired) Upper School Head Librarian and Director of Information Services at Sidwell Friends Academy Anne Macdonell, Academic Technology Coordinator and Head Librarian PK-12 at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac MD.
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Technology in Independent School Libraries
by Patt Moser Sidwell Friends, Washington, D.C. School
I have been Upper School Head Librarian at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC since 1998. In 2006 I also assumed the position of Director of Information Services and now oversees the three divisional libraries, the three divisional technology integrationists, and the IT department. Prior to moving to Washington, I was head librarian at Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, MA, a public school serving students in two small, but culturally rich towns. If you delve deep into my past, you will discover that I ran local access cable television operations for both Chelmsford and Methuen, Ma, before becoming a school librarian.
School libraries have striven for over a century to keep up with the latest and most useful technologies that promote learning which means that trying to describe a library with the ideal selection and amount of technology is like trying to catch a speeding bullet – impossible. In the first decade of the 21st century, technology has changed so swiftly, with new applications and equipment appearing daily, that it seems almost fruitless to try and prescribe the best technology for school libraries in these static pages. It is easy to imagine a school librarian several decades from now selecting a quote from this chapter to show how “quaint” school library technology used to be in the 2010s. Despite this daunting challenge, this chapter takes the plunge into crystal ball gazing and recommends seven essential tools for the independent school library. Their use will vary depending on the grade level each library serves, yet all are needed in varying degrees.
These tools are: 1. Books 2. ILS (integrated library system) 3. Reliable online information sources 4. A computing device available for each student and staff member 5. Wireless access to the “cloud” 6. Great relationships with your IT (Information Technology) department members 7. Flexibility and experimentation