Next Chapter National Summit in September will reimagine school libraries. In attendance will be movers and shakers of the US school library world. It will be interesting to watch and see what they come up with. There are plans for video talks similar to TED talks, there will be lots of links and flurries of postings about where these guys think school libraries are heading.
There is a Twitter hashtag #nxtchp2011 which will make interesting following I think.
“Next Chapter > The Future of K-12 Libraries will assemble leaders and practitioners to engage one another in design teams to reimagine libraries that are dynamic hubs and catalysts for learning and change. The three-day summit in September and our virtual learning community will offer participants the opportunity to learn about and assist in the design of the Next Chapter for libraries.”
In the meantime I love this quote from Buffy Hamilton.
“Libraries are very much like a “commonplace” book—the experiences, needs, and contributions of people—both librarians and the members of the communities they serve—are what create an organic, intertextual story of the past, present, and future possibilities for library. I see libraries as what Dr. Dennis Sumara calls “commonplace locations–collecting places–for ongoing interpretation” where literate communities can form and where relationships to ideas and people, not containers or objects, encourage participation and communal knowledge construction.”
– Buffy J. Hamilton, Re:Ed Advisor and Library Journal Mover and Shaker 2011