Monday, February 16, 2009

Librarians reinvent themselves in the digital era.

In the third installment of a New York Times series on "The Future of Reading," the newspaper reports on how grade school librarians are reinventing themselves in the digital age:  "In Web Age, Library Gets Job Update." 

One public school librarian interviewed for the story noted that “The days of just reshelving a book are over.”  Instead, librarians have become "information literacy teachers" that show students how to employ both print and digital resources to address research problems.  Part of the job involves teaching students how to think critically about the information they find online in order to evaluate its credibility and reliability.  In their new role as digital information experts, librarians are showing even experienced teachers how to better evaluate the reliability of the information they find online. 

I am the scholarship dude.


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