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I was in on the beginning of our school’s involvement in the Classrooms for the Future grant.  Governor Rendell’s high school reform program is about about creating 21st century learning environments and:

is designed to ensure there are laptops in public high school English, math, science and social studies classrooms across Pennsylvania.

From the beginning, I’ve been very excited about this huge infusion of technology and professional development. 

I’ve also been quietly worried.  

Though I often teach outside the library, and I know learners use my online services even when they aren’t with me,  I worry about what will happen to my program when more and more classes no longer need to get up and walk down the hall to visit. 

We haven’t yet seen a major decline in business.  But I do miss a few of my old friends, normally heavy visiters.

Last week one of those friends came back with his honors English class.  The students carried their laptops in to use our wireless. Why did they make the trip? 

The teacher reported:

  • The students felt isolated.

  • He wanted to encourage the use of books.

  • He missed working with me (I missed working with him too).

  • Some of the students wanted to use books again.

  • Most importantly, the students missed the energy of the library. 

Is this a trend?  I’ll keep you posted.

It kind of reminds me of a recent NPR story about telecommuters gathering together in Jelly groups.

In any case, how are you plannning for ubiquity?

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. This post just spoke to me and I am so glad you shared it. I think it’s a great indicator of what you are offering in your library program and what an effective program should have: the resources, the technology, the access and connections, and especially the people. Please keep us posted. You can rest a little easier, you haven’t lost your cool!

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