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Friday, November 5 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
School Libraries: Information Boutique or Department Store?

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This school year, we learned that a district administrator instructed a librarian to acquire eBooks only, unaware that during the pandemic, students and parents reached out to librarians for curbside-delivered printed books. Our programmers worked with librarians to simplify self-service requests that even K-3 students embraced! Technology also delivered advance booking services facilitating classroom book delivery for teachers ordering topical resources for their students. In addition, the pandemic did drive more students and teachers to use the digital resources that library portals broadcast and that Chromebook proliferation made possible to access. We will explore how librarians can use technology to build and offer "boutique" information services within a "department" store setting, using diverse media formats to respond to diverse and inclusive learning contexts.

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Media Flex/Opals

President, Media Flex- OPALS
Harry Chan is the founder of library services companies located in the U.S. and Canada. Media Flex Inc. developed one of the earliest PC-based, integrated library systems in 1986 and in 2004, introduced OPALS, a Web-based, open source, integrated library system used in many Vermont... Read More →

Friday November 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Gateway II