Elisabeth Abarbanel is in her 15th year as Librarian for the middle and upper schools at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. She has worked at two other Los Angeles independent schools, and as a public librarian in both adult and children's reference. Elisabeth's blog is Archipelagoblog.
Study Time at Brentwood Academy
_ Debbie Abilock is Editor-in-chief of Knowledge Quest, the journal of the
American Association of School Librarians and co-founder of NoodleTools, Inc.,
which designs Web-based tools to support students’ academic research.
She received an American Memory Fellowship, Time Magazine’s Grand Prize
for innovative online curriculum, and is a Library Journal Mover &
Shaker. She has conducted workshops and given presentations throughout
the United States and Europe and works with schools and nonprofits on
inquiry teaching and learning based on her experience as a
teaching-librarian, director of a unified library/technology department,
curriculum coordinator, and school administrator.
Inspired by participatory tools which engage students in using technology for educational purposes, independent school librarians are experimenting with user-focused services and curricular projects that support comprehensive learning and literacy. Their vision of an independent school library is a dynamic intellectual commons that defines the school’s learning community by integrating the physical place and its resources with responsive online services and content management systems. The authors examine over 20 high-quality curricular examples and library services, drawing conclusions about effective instruction with technology and suggesting strategies by which independent school librarians can support each other and focus their efforts.
Characteristics of a 2.0 Independent School Librarian Flexible – willing and able to adapt to change in curricula, services and tools. Brave – willing to put new ideas to the test, and sometimes learn from failing Involved – willing to publicize new ideas with the community in collaboration with others, and to take your library curriculum outside of the library and into classrooms Friendly and collaborative – able to work with faculty and the technology department to get the job done and able to work with students in an open dialog. Creative – willing to create content for the website/wiki/video/podcast, and assist in helping others to do so also. Visionary – be able to sort through the tools and ideas and create a vision for your library at your school in your school curriculum.