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Learning & Leading with Technology, v37 n3 p8-9 Nov 2009

Do all schools need brick-and-mortar libraries? In this article, Johnson and Mastrion share their contradictory thoughts to the question. Johnson says some schools don't need library facilities or programs or librarians. These schools' teachers and administrators: (1) feel no need for a collaborative learning space; (2) feel the ability to process and communicate information in formats other than print is unnecessary; (3) view voluntary reading as a waste of time; (4) are content to provide only textbook- and test-driven instruction; (5) are unconcerned about providing quality information sources to staff and students; (6) believe students and staff can locate information without assistance; and (7) believe differentiated instruction is just babying the slackers. On the other hand, Mastrion argues that schools simply need places to hold words and ideas and a way to get at these words and ideas as efficiently as possible. Hard drives are far more economical, in every sense of the word, than a massive space holding bound volumes.

Descriptors: Library Facilities, Libraries, Individualized Instruction, Media Adaptation, Comparative Analysis, Librarians

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Autor: Johnson, Doug; Mastrion, Keith


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