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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.

1.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. has been
  • C. was
  • D. had been

2.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. your home," however Harris
  • C. your home.; However Harris
  • D. your home." However, Harris

3.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. imminent
  • C. threatening
  • D. optional

4.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. enervate
  • C. energize
  • D. elucidate

5.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. bear; Harris sees Miguel
  • C. bear: Harris sees Miguel
  • D. bear Harris sees Miguel

6.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. Miguel had said, "If you have any funny stories, I like those, "asking Harris for a book two weeks earlier.
  • C. Asking Harris for a book two weeks earlier, Miguel had said, "If you have any funny stories, I like those."
  • D. Miguel asked Harris for a book two weeks earlier had said, "If you have any funny stories, I like those."

7. Which sentence could be added to the paragraph to most effectively establish its main idea?

  • A. Harris maintains active profiles on multiple social media networks to better connect with her students.
  • B. The role of the school librarian has changed rapidly to meet the needs of students who are digital citizens.
  • C. Librarians still perform many traditional tasks such as putting great literature in the hands of their students.
  • D. In the future, many school libraries are unlikely to have books on the shelves because students prefer electronic media.

8.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. by enabling access to collections of other libraries, offering remote access to databases, or by housing video production studios.
  • C. they enable access to collections of other libraries, offering remote access to databases, or they house video production studios.
  • D. enabling access to collections of other libraries, offering remote access to databases, or housing video production studios.

9. Which sentence would provide evidence to effectively support the main idea of the paragraph?

  • A. Harris sponsors a weekly Fun Read book discussion club that is well attended by many of the students at her school.
  • B. Librarians continue to help students and teachers locate the perfect book in the library's collection.
  • C. Teachers frequently ask Harris to recommend educational apps to support early literacy for their students.
  • D. Many parents are concerned with online safety and digital citizenship due to the proliferation of social media.

10.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. He chuckles
  • C. Harris chuckles
  • D. They chuckle

11.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. they're
  • C. you're
  • D. their