Mediamorphosis: Transitioning K-12 Media Centers into 21st Century Learning Commons – A Call to Action
Abstract: The school media center is at a crossroad. In order to survive budget cuts and a climate of data driven decision making (DDDM), school libraries, a.k.a. media centers, will need to go through a metamorphosis (we have coined the term: mediamorphosis). In most cases metamorphosis has a positive connotation, like a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. However, Kafka (1915) showed another aspect of metamorphosis when George, a salesman, morphed into a scary, insect-like creature and became a burden to his family (Kafka & Kiesel, 2002). In order to ensure a positive transformation into a 21st century learning commons, media specialists will lead the way, acting as agents for change and showcasing the media center’s value-laden services.