Shake up the paradigms!

Read School Library Journal’s recent article, The Next Big Thing. Librarians are encouraged to embrace the “decision engine” Bing, which guides users through “a decision-making process toward a successful outcome rather than just provide a list of results.”  Also mentioned are Hunch (collective knowledge mining) and Google’s Squared (semantic analysis of multiple sources).

These applications won’t replace librarians (yet). Wouldn’t it be great if we were the ones introducing them to our schools and administrators, reinforcing the message of librarians as information guides capable of teaching the new tools?

I have to agree wholeheartedly.  How, in an environment that demands teachers (and school administrators) rethink the paradigms of teaching and learning, can school library media specialists, fail to move beyond acceptance and into change leadership by embracing those very changes that rock our existing paradigms.  How can information specialists hope to remain a value asset to the patrons they serve if they compete with, rather than make use of tools that not only support information gathering, but encourage the critical analysis of that information.  We are BOTH teachers and librarians…shake up the paradigms. Remix your libraries and they way you teach!

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  1. ONE MORE THOUGHT: Teaching with these resources will require considerable shifts in not only how we teach but also in how our students understand search engines. Many learners are solidly entrenched in a search system that says…”google gives me more” while at the same time focusing only on those first few hits. Hunch may prove more useful to idea browsers, while Squared may frustrate them. Bing, at this point will be the easiest to integrate. Result clustering is a familiar interface for any student who has used online resources such as eLibrary.

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