I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
Thanks for your comments and questions. My thesis about "opinion-driven" technology purchasing and support decisions (versus fact-driven) centers on the issue that the best technology for learning environments is often overlooked due to pressures to make technology choices based on career expectations. Technologists who are lucky enough to keep a job are expected to make technology decisions based on the equipment of what other technologists are buying. This is the same social-driven mentality that has led to our current global economic crisis --- if it is OK to leverage and manipulate my way to the top of the heap of financial global domination, then where do I sign-up? Rather than build consortia via collaboration, and find the best mix of technology to create better learning environments, we have tried to take computer environments designed for corporations that play the "global domination" game, and retrofit into a learning environment. How effective is that "Bill Gates lab" in the library? Have we stopped spyware, adware, malware, spam, from entering into the library? Have libraries been able to solve the "shared electronic media" issues, or have they dissolved their community responsibility to the "peer-to-peer" networks? Have libraries integrated both wired and wireless networks together, or is the wireless network just another "hotspot" for spammers and hackers to take advantage of? The bottom line is that libraries could take technology leadership roles in creating innovative learning environments, but they will need help from technologists who can build a successful career, and who can break free from from the "nobody ever got fired by buying ibm, microsoft, cisco, fill-in-the-next-blank" opinion-based technology decisions. - Kevan