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The Age of the Librarian
When Kristen Harris 1 is in college, she worked in her university's library and was constantly told, "You really should be studying to be a librarian; this is 2 your home" however Harris was pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education at the time. Little did she realize that becoming a school librarian was indeed 3 elective. During the 21st century, the age of information, what could be more necessary than an individual trained to gather, process, and disseminate information? So, after teaching children in the classroom, Harris went back to school to earn her Master of Library Science degree.
Today, Harris is preparing a story time for a group of young students. As it has done with everything else, the technology revolution has elevated the school library to "Library 2.0," and Harris's tablet-integrated story time begins when she projects images for The Very Cranky Bear onto a projector screen. As a child, Harris got excited whenever a puppet appeared during story time, but now she uses an interactive app (application software) to enhance her own story time and 4 integrate this next generation of children.
As she introduces the children to the problem of cheering up a cranky 5 bear, Harris sees Miguel scouring the library shelves for another book by a popular author. 6 Miguel had said asking Harris for a book two weeks earlier "If you have any funny stories, I like those."
"It will always be satisfying," reflects Harris, "the act of finding books for students and having them return to say, 'I really liked that one. Are there any more by that author?'"
7 These days, Harris would call herself a media mentor as much as a librarian because she regularly visits her favorite websites for reviews of apps and other digital tools to suggest to students and parents. Librarians have always been an important resource for families in a community, but this importance has grown exponentially because of the advent of technology. Librarians are offering guidance about new media to address the changing information needs in our communities. Furthermore, libraries are becoming increasingly technology driven, for example, 8 enabling access to collections of other libraries, offering remote access to databases, or they house video production studios. So, in Harris's opinion, librarians must be masters of the digital world. 9
Harris finishes her story time and heads across the library. A young student stops her and asks, "Ms. Harris, what's new in the library?"
10 She chuckles and thinks about the many collections, services, and programs their school library offers. "Have you seen the Trendy 10 list? You read the books on the list and blog 11 your ideas about them. I'll set you up with a password and username so you can blog," says Harris. In this library full of information, she's the gatekeeper.
7. Which sentence could be added to the paragraph to most effectively establish its main idea?
9. Which sentence would provide evidence to effectively support the main idea of the paragraph?
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