‘Microsoft believes that if they build it, we will come—and buy their product. Google’s approach is different: if they build it, we will integrate it into our lives. We use Microsoft products on their terms, but we use Google products—from iGoogle to Google Docs—on our terms, to construct whatever we want. What has to happen for school libraries to become relevant? If we want to connect with the latest generation of learners and teachers, we have to totally redesign the library from the vantage point of our users—our thinking has to do a 180-degree flip. In short, it’s time for school libraries to become a lot less like Microsoft and a lot more like Google. No longer will the library be something that students and teachers need to remember to come to—instead it will be integrated into their lives. Finally, the library will become the hub of teaching and learning—a place that everyone owns and contributes to—one giant conversation that’s both a social and a learning network.’ 3.

‘We should stop seeing libraries as places of function – storing this, lending that, checking the other, and more as places of free and shared exploration and learning via all media.’ 4.

20th Century Library
  • Static Collection of physical resources

  • Inflexible teaching space
  • Fixed scheduling of timetabling
  • Resource hub of school
  • Computer labs
  • Whole class instruction/meeting areas
  • Library viewed as T/L domain

21st Century Library
  • Trim and relevant collection of physical resources
    in conjunction with access to virtual resources
  • Flexible learning space
  • Flexiblility of timetabling
  • Learning/resource centre of school
  • Learning pods
  • Variety of group learning configurations
  • Library viewed as learners' domain