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TCEA: Do your libraries need a change?

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
February 5th, 2014

School libraries should be centers of digital instruction and learning

school-librariesSeeking to ensure school librarians’ roles reflect the changing nature of education, one Texas school district changed its librarians’ positions to better support digital learning.

Library and IT specialists in the Willis Independent School District knew they needed to transform school librarians into vital educational leaders who instruct and engage students with innovative resources and opportunities, and who are actively involved in helping students learn about and evaluate digital resources and information.

During a session at TCEA 2014, Willis ISD Director of Technology Deborah Menefee said the district wanted to support modern library practices that would engage students with opportunities to use digital learning, research, and collaboration tools.

District administrators also wanted to ensure that students had a strong grasp of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Technology Applications, a set of digital technology skills and standards for K-12 students.

(Next page: How the district changed its libraries)