Redefining the school librarian role for the future of education

In this Q&A, Josh Stumpenhorst, the learning commons director for Naperville Community School District 203 and an FETC 2020 speaker, discusses transforming the library and the role of the librarian.
By: | October 25, 2019

Josh Stumpenhorst is the learning commons director for Naperville Community School District 203 in Illinois. He will be leading a variety of presentations around the current and future state of the library media specialist at FETC 2020 in Miami.

In a time where many districts are cutting back and eliminating librarian roles, Stumpenhorst’s district decided to double down, concentrating instead on developing “Learning Commons” in place of traditional libraries. The results were transformative. Not only did the roles of librarians change, but the entire learning space transitioned through a shift in mindset.

His expanded role as Learning Commons Director allows him to interact with a variety of creative tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, woodcutting, drone flying, and of course, the traditional book-oriented activities.

Listen to the full Q&A to learn more.


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