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September 2010

                                                                                                                      Scheeren writes that tech     braries can use for online forms and serv-
                                                                                                                      plans shouldn’t be a wish     ices such as virtual reference.
                                                                                                                      list of hardware and soft-
                                                                                                                      ware but rather “what you
                                                                                                                      want your stakeholders
                                                                                                                                                    What the Future Holds
                                                                                                                      to be able to do with tech-       In the final chapter, Scheeren summa-
                                                                                                                      nology.” The goals and ob-    rizes the future of technology in the school
                                                                                                                      jectives of the plan will     library. Once again, he emphasizes that
                                                                                                                      come from these needs         the librarian must be a technology leader
                                                                                                                      and will determine the ex-    to flourish in the school environment. This
                                                                                                                      act technology required. A    includes keeping up with new technology
                                                                                                                      good tech plan should ex-     and sharing this information with teach-
                                                                                                                      press a vision, not just a    ers, administrators, and students.
                                                                                                                      laundry list of things to         I assume that Scheeren selected the
                                                                                                                      buy. This vision must be      topics based on his experience of teach-
                                                                                                                      tied to student achieve-      ing and working with school librarians.
                                                                                                                      ment, which drives the        The book may be based on a course he
                                                                                                                      school in general.            teaches, although he doesn’t specifically

     Get Your School Tech On                                                                                              Scheeren provides a
                                                                                                                      quick overview of how inte-
                                                                                                                      grated library systems are
                                                                                                                      used in schools, which can
                                                                                                                                                    say so. All the chapters have research
                                                                                                                                                    and discussion questions as well as a list
                                                                                                                                                    of resources for further information. While
                                                                                                                                                    Technology for the School Librarian will
      by GWEN M. GREGORY          |                  big questions of “what, how, and who as differ from other libraries. The most com-             be a helpful text for new school librarians,
                                                     they relate to school library technology are monly used modules are the OPAC, cat-             it may be of limited use to others.
                    Technology for                   ones that must be addressed—and if we aloging, and circulation. Many systems are
                 the School Librarian:               do not address them in a satis-                             not run by the individual li-         Gwen M. Gregory is the associate di-
                  Theory and Practice                factory way, the job of the school                          brary, but rather by the school    rector for technical services at the Biro
                  by William O. Scheeren             librarian, and even the existence                           district or even by a consortium   Law Library at Chicago’s John Marshall
                    Santa Barbara, CA:               of the school library as we know                            of school districts and/or other   Law School. Send your comments about
                   Libraries Unlimited/              it, could be in danger.”                                    libraries. Library websites are    this article to
                     ABC-CLIO, 2010                                                                              also a vital technology-based
                 ISBN: 978-1-59158-900-6             The Importance                                              service. The school library web-
                 223 pages; $50, softcover                                                                       site has several purposes, rang-
                                                     of Technology                                               ing from the basics of where

                 hat place do school libraries           He warns his readership that                            the library is and what it does
                 have in our society? Years ago,     school librarians must take the         Gwen M. Gregory     to elaborating on research re-        Words
                 they were all about books,          lead in understanding technol-                              sources and serving as an ac-
      from story hours and checking out books        ogy as it applies in K–12 learning and tual portal that allows user customization.                at Work
      to research. While books are still an im-      training teachers and students in its use. Scheeren envisions the digital library as
      portant part of school libraries today,
      they have also moved beyond the printed
                                                     He bemoans the fact that school adminis- a selection of “websites and resources com-
Description: Technology for the School Librarian: Theory and Practice, by William O. Scheeren, is reviewed.
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