What is the future of libraries at schools? Does the word “library”, rooted as it is in the concept of books as the primary transactional medium of knowledge, limit our imagination? Rather than a space where we store books and study quietly, might we evolve a place to imagine, dream, create, manage, and share knowledge across time, space, and people? Are not those the “superpowers” of libraries in the past? What new functionality, programs, and opportunities might such a North Star awaken? How would they drive pedagogy throughout the school, and open new avenues of learner-empowered exploration? How might “libraries” bust the boundaries that separate “school” and “world”?
These are some of the ideas and questions shared in a unique combined live video hang out and #DTK12Chat Twitter chat last night. I was honored to share the live chat space with Beth Holland and Joseph Broughton. At the same time, Trey Boyden facilitated a live, real-time design challenge on the Twitter stream, prompting participants to discover, empathize, synthesize, and prototype around the challenge of “libraries of the future.” Here is the video chat, and there are TONS of links, resources, and examples, as well as incredible ideas, littering the Twitter archive of #DTK12Chat.