On the verge of the 21st century, media specialists have never had more opportunities to use technology in the library. At the same time, they have never been more torn between supporting the traditional roles of the library and the newly emerging ones.

While more sophisticated tools now exist than ever before in history, the patrons of the school library—the students—may know more than the custodians of the tools. This dichotomy has led to wide differences in how individual media centers work and what they offer to students, even in schools within the same district.

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