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December 2005/January 2006 | Volume 63 | Number 4
Learning in the Digital Age
Joyce Kasman Valenza
Wikis. Pathfinders. Streaming video. Welcome to the 21st century school library.
Given that today's students are truly “born with the chip,” today's school library must meet their needs as both a physical and virtual space. A Pew Internet & American Life Project study (Lenhart, Madden, & Hitlin, 2005) reported that nearly 9 of 10 teens in the United States are Internet users and that half have broadband connections.
To maintain relevance, the 21st century school library must expand and reinterpret library service. Existing both offline and online, it must offer around-the-clock access as well as instruction and guidance that support the face-to-face interactions of students with librarians and classroom teachers.
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