Changed but Still Critical:
Brick and Mortar School Libraries in the Digital Age
October 4th - 8pm EST
Guest: Doug Johnson
Host: Ernie Cox

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Today’s reality is that readers and information seekers are having increasingly less need to visit a physical library to meet their basic information needs. Digital information sources, readily accessed from classroom, home or mobile computing devices, are the choice of many learners and teachers. The “Net Generation” student increasingly prefers the visual and the virtual rather than the printed text. Why, many educators are asking, does a school need a physical library when seemingly all resources can be obtained using an inexpensive netbook and a wireless network connection? How can these large physical spaces in our schools be re-purposed for greater educational impact?

DougJohnson.jpgDoug Johnson is the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12. He is the author of five books, a long-running column in Library Media Connection, the Blue Skunk Blog, and his articles over forty books and periodicals. Doug has worked with over 130 organizations around the world and has held leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL.