Technology has impacted the way we use library collections. It has impacted the way we interact in the library building. The landscape of learning has changed so much that we need to ask – “Is someone literate if they can not use digital technology?”
The library of the future needs to provide ways to build skills for creativity, socializing and collaboration. If you look around, you will find young people using mobile technology. According to Pew Internet – Smartphones – 35% of adults in the US own a smartphone and more people have cell phones than a degree. And “some 87% of smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld, including two-thirds (68%) who do so on a typical day. When asked what device they normally use to access the internet, 25% of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer.”
For young kids, the cell phone can be a distraction or it can be an effective productivity tool. To produce the New Learners for the 21st Century we need libraries that enable educators to use the digital media to shape their experience of the world.