Media Centers: A Growing Trend
As can be seen in the WHS library, now referred to as the media center, the nature of libraries, as people know them, is changing.
According to an article entitled “The changing nature of Libraries in the Digital Age” by Alex Solk, published March 10, 2016, on www.sheppardrobson.com, libraries are slowly becoming more of a center for technology and work than a home to printed materials.
Solk discusses the recent changes in libraries, including the new need for group and individual work spaces, as well as formal and informal areas. The new areas in libraries serve as a study or reading area for those in the library.
School libraries are now creating spaces more open and collaborative, opening up opportunities for students to work together, according to an article titled “What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?” on ww2.kqed.org.
Librarian Carolyn Foote described the new library concept when she said, “I knew that I wanted the library to be a campfire space where students could gather… a transparent space where learning in the school could be seen through the windows…”
Media centers in schools are a growing trend, allowing for collaboration and learning on a more centralized scale.