The Future of Many School Libraries is Anchored to Makerspaces

Aug 9, 2017

Many school districts around the country are reversing prior decisions to cut librarians, realizing the school library can be at the heart of a broader digital transformation. Mark Ray, director of innovation and library services at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington and Future Ready Librarians lead with the Alliance for Excellent Education, points to Bellevue School District in Washington and Beaverton School District in Oregon as examples. Both had cut librarian positions years ago and restored them to help drive their latest work.

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