The true power of the eBook revolution truly becomes apparent when a traditionally muted voice becomes potent and powerful through use of the medium. School libraries are anchor institutions in their communities, and vitally important to the future of our kids, and therefore, the health and wealth of our future economies. We know this, and now Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton have found a way to bring that voice to the world.
They called, and we answered, managing to produce “a crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors.” The essays are very short, so the writing is necessarily concise, succinct and to the point.
You can download your copy here – read about the inspiring and ground-breaking practice in libraries around the world, and share the futures thinking of acknowledged experts in the field. Our own Senga White, immediate past-president of SLANZA, Robert Baigent of Any Questions fame, and yours truly contribute a New Zealand voice to the publication, and we sit in some very fine company.
Each chapter provides diverse commentary on a critical aspect of our professional practice. Matters as crucial as collaboration, who we teach, collection development and much, much more. There are endless possibilities to ponder, and this should be viewed as an inspirational touchstone – a beginning, not an end.
My thanks to the editors for dreaming up the project, for throwing the challenge out to the profession, and for executing with the grace and precision that we expect from two excellent practitioners. Those of us who work alongside you in schools the world over acknowledge the sheer guts and determination it takes to find the energy to take on a project of this kind, given the workloads you manage daily. You are amazing. You inspire us. You challenge us.
And we thank you.