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Writing about emerging technologies and innovation in information services, Judy O'Connell, Head of Library & Information Services at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill offers us the challenge to rethink and re-imagine what school libraries can do in a multimodal global society. Read her blog at

http://heyjude.wordpress.com
‘Today more information is stored digitally than in all the libraries in the world combined. We simply don’t need to ‘remember’ everything. The output of our digital mediums exceeds the wildest dreams of nineteenth century industrialists, and alters our view of memory; forgetfulness; creativity and originality.


That’s why schools need to extend their vision of learning beyond ‘memory-arts’. We are in a hyper-dynamic world of connections, relationships, and adaptive tools that help us make sense of the information flooding about us. We are standing at the entry of an age of infinite recall, where the lines between original works and derivatives are blurred because duplication is simple and storage cheap.


Our students need to develop insights into how to navigate and select a pathway in their learning world, how to juxtapose text, sound, media, and social connections in real time, and how to mix and match what they see, hear and experience to build personal knowledge and understandings.
For that they need help from 21st century teacher librarians – by managing better school-wide library services; by creating better learning resources; by using better tools; and by developing better information literacy frameworks.

Rethinking our structures and learning frameworks is central to meeting the demands of 21st century learning. Along with the information revolution, we have the social revolution of new media which has created new relationships and new forms of discourse.’