Bridging the divide: integrating and positioning school libraries and curriculum with the emerging technologies: case study of Celebration School user community.
KeywordsC. Users, literacy and reading.
CB. User studies.
CC. User categories: children, young people, social groups.
L. Information technology and library technology.
Full recordShow full item record
AbstractPhenomenal change in the Library Information Service (LIS) industry is currently changing the way information is being disseminated and used in schools by pupils. Celebration School is among the schools in Zimbabwe and developing countries heavily affected by technology and yet at the same time need to fulfil its curriculum activities at the school. The emerging technologies like social networks (Facebook, MXit, MySpace, BiNu, and Whats app) are bringing in new crop of users yet challenging in library and information field. As a school, we must create enabling environments that promote strong development to ensure a viable future and systems that feeds into curriculum and teaching methods. Celebration school like any other private schools in Zimbabwe and other developing countries comprises of users born with and without technology and are at an advanced level of access information that is far beyond the norm of the society they are living in. Gone are the days when teachers used to be the only information providers. The emerging of other data and information capturing technology like podcasting is also posing to way information should be delivered by both the library and teaching community.Libraries remain and integral part in promoting education and also enlightening learning. Libraries support the curriculum, promote literacy development, and foster lifelong reading habits among children through the development of carefully selected print collections and the infusion of educational technology. The thrust of this article it attempts to evaluate the emerging technologies which include e-books and audio-visual materials, have positively and negatively affected the information delivery system and libraries in schools and among the pupils, it will also proffer the technology syndrome among the pupils and how can it be used to their advantage. An analysis of the survey focusing on the integrating the use of modern gargets (tablets, ipads , androids , IPhones/Smart phones and all the gargets used by teenagers) to delivery and share information amongst the school going teenagers will be shared. To be adopted at each stage of association development. This article discusses how libraries can underpin technology in the quest for information dissemination. The author also provides tangible solutions or recommendations for a functioning and effective modern school library that meet the school’s curricula and user community need. It also postulates how the Open Access initiative (OAI) can be used to overcome the shortage of resources in this era where books are expensive. Keywords: Celebration school, Emerging technology, School libraries, curriculum integration.
Muvhunzwi, Ariel Bridging the divide: integrating and positioning school libraries and curriculum with the emerging technologies: case study of Celebration School user community., 2012 . In LIASA ICC Durban October 2012, ICC Durban , 1-5 October 2012 . [Conference paper]