Libraries are not going away, but their purpose as traditionally understood is transforming. The BVSD Library Mission is this: “to provide equitable access for students and teachers to 21st Century Libraries staffed by 21st Century Librarians in order to create a culture of lifelong learners and a community of digital citizens.”
The library functions as a learning hub or heart of the school that reaches beyond its four walls to include online and blended resources. A library contains books and resources, but as a “curiosity commons,” it will also provide a place for students to learn, collaborate, think, create, read, investigate, tinker and much more. This space will personalize learning for each member of our community.
Part of our mission is to create lifelong learners, and this includes lifelong readers—which is why reading will still be a focus for our libraries. The goal with the space is to make it flexible for the new learning landscape. Information and technology should be ubiquitous so students have access to the tools needed to realize the innovation principles of connections with experts, inquiry-based learning and student publishing using digital tools. In addition, the library should always be within “reach.” Our 1:Web program extends the library experience for students to the rest of the school and at home.
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