When looking towards the future of education and instruction, hardware will not be the catalyst for change. The people behind the technology will be the ones who transform student learning. Media specialists operating within the demands of 21st-century innovation find themselves tasked with the responsibility not only to be as tech-savvy as possible, but to tap into their creativity to create an inspiring library learning environment. The 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) will drive our pioneering approach to developing the libraries of the future.

As teachers, today’s librarians and media specialists bring a valuable understanding of the potential...

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About the Author:

Karen Connors has been a teacher librarian at High Plains Elementary in Englewood, Colorado, for 12 years. Previously a 5th-grade teacher for five years in Albuquerque, NM, she attended the school librarianship graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She can be reached at Kconnors2@cherrycreekschools.org.