ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

About the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award
An award to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

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2015 Winner(s)

Landis Intermediate School (NJ)

New Jersey

The Landis Middle School nomination illustrates how Sally Goode, Landis media specialist, planned and implemented an innovative model to help teachers design lessons across subjects that shifted the library’s role as a partner in providing/locating information via library specific technology to a partner that allowed students to engage in all aspects of information literacy via more school-wide technology acquired by a state grant.  Landis Middle School in Vineland, New Jersey received money from a state grant for the purpose of improving the academic gap between the school’s highest and lowest performing subgroups in 2013.  The school used that money to purchase iPads for their school, which had previously employed little technology in classrooms.  Goode saw this as an opportunity to help her colleagues incorporate not only the iPad, but also everyday technologies such as Apple TV, Google Docs, Prezi and ThingLink.