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A Century of Change: The Evolution of School Library Resources, 1915-2015

Knowledge Quest Volume 43, Number 4, ISSN 1094-9046


School libraries have been in existence since at least the eighth century. However, it wasn't until the twentieth century that the school library was seen primarily as "a source of enrichment for the curriculum, and a means of developing reading and study habits in the pupils" (Clyde 1981, 263). While the formats available and tools for accessing information have changed, the school library's focus on providing access to quality content and designing engaging learning environments remains the same. It's likely that new formats for creating, organizing, and sharing ideas will continue to be invented, along with new ways to access this information. But as always, the excitement of hands-on, information-rich, project-based learning environments will continue to be the key to effective school library programs.


Lamb, A. (2015). A Century of Change: The Evolution of School Library Resources, 1915-2015. Knowledge Quest, 43(4), 62-70. Retrieved March 31, 2020 from .

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