Districts convene at ESM to discuss 21st Century libraries

A dozen Pine Grove Middle School students helped librarians and teachers from districts throughout the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Counties BOCES region as they explored how to shift library programs for the 21st century.

The Pine Grove students provided input during a portion of the day-long training session in December by answering questions about the current state of their learning environments and what changes they would like to see.

Led by Dr. David Loerschter, a nationally recognized author, professor and expert in libraries, the training focused on creating both virtual and physical "learning commons."

A significant portion of the day was spent on the importance of the library as an open commons that is the cultural center of the school and is "owned" by its patrons. Shifting the focus

to a client-based model will allow libraries to stay viable well into the future.

This open commons needs to successfully support individuals, small groups, and large groups simultaneously doing, thinking, creating, planning, studying, producing, and improving.

Dr. Loerschter's research focuses on the kinds of learning that students need to be successful and creating a learning commons that supports and empowers that achievement

The attendees were librarians and teachers from the OCM BOCES region who have participated in the PALS (Partners in Achievements: Librarians and Students) program via the School Library System.

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