I like this article a lot because Graham makes some very valid points about the importance of soft skills. Most people would not think that soft skills are something to be cultivated and developed in the digital age. I believe that is even more important today than in the past. In the digital age, more and more people are having to collaborate, communicate, and work in some virtual environment. Being able to clearly and effectively communicate thoughts and ideas online can be very challenging. It is very easy to encounter miscommunication problems when tone and intent in an email and message can be difficult to convey. It makes it more essential to develop those skills so someone doesn’t misconstrue the message. Web 2.0 tools has made meetings and collaboration online a very common and expected part of school and work. If people do not develop the ability to work and communicate effectively in the digital age, they may get left behind.
New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries. (April 13, 2015). Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-state-of-americas-libraries-report-finds-shift-in-role-of-us-libraries-300064343.html
The article sums up the State of America’s Libraries Report released by the American Library Association (ALA) that all current libraries are perceived as “community anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces.” This is a shift away from the old view of just a place for books. The libraries today are trying to meet the needs of library patrons based on how people access and search for information. “From offering free technology workshops, small business centers and 24/7 virtual access to e-Books and digital materials, libraries are transforming communities, schools and campuses.” Librarians are an important part of identifying and addressing the trends, changes, and needs of the community. Librarians are an essential part in creating today’s 21-st century learner. “From collaborating with classroom teachers to design inquiry-based learning, school librarians are teaching students critical thinking, technology and information literacy skills.“
Evaluation: This article perfectly sums up our class this semester. Libraries are a place for learning that is accessible 24/7 for virtual learning. The library is a leader and the catalyst for transforming schools and communities. Libraries can no longer afford to continue to be the traditional place for borrowing books. The libraries that will survive and thrive are the libraries that continue to transform itself and offer services and products that will meet the changing needs of the consumer. It continues to be critical that libraries play a large role in education. Creating a learning commons and supporting personal learning is an important part of libraries and the librarians that run them.
Byrne, R. (2015, April 21). Free technology for teachers: 100 practical Ed Tech tips videos [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/04/100-practical-ed-tech-tips-videos.html?m=1
Richard Byrne’s blog (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/) is a great resource for teachers and librarians. I seem to always find something personally useful, or useful to someone else at work. This is a link to just one very practical example, but every visit to this blog is always worthwhile. A must-add to any PLN.