The Role of High School Libraries in Creating 21st Century Learners
Reusch, Lauren E.
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Technology is rapidly changing the way the world communicates, shares, and receives information and goes about everyday life. Students today were born with these technologies at their fingertips. This is why students today learn differently than in the past. These students require new skills to be successful in the world. So how does the high school library and library media specialist meet the needs of these “digital learners?” The research provided to answer this question comes from a variety of peer reviewed journals and studies. The results show that 21st century skills are becoming more and more common within standards and expected by more and more colleges and companies. The library can be a place to incorporate these skills into everyday learning through collaboration with classroom teachers, professional development opportunities, assistance with technology in the classroom, and the design or setup of the library’s physical space.