Conclusions:

No school library website is likely to contain all the features and characteristics listed in this WebQuest. The list is not meant to be prescriptive. It is meant to suggest features and characteristics that might be useful for particular learning communities. The goal of this activity is to present a variety of examples of current effective practice and to ask practitioners to consider what site features and characteristics would best serve their communities.

To reach a generation of users who expect to seek information, learn, and communicate online, 21st century educators must retool and determine how best to accomplish this mission in new information landscapes. Teacher-librarians must build landscapes to meet their learners’ needs online.

School library websites have new potential to expand and reinterpret library service for learners. Through their websites, teacher-librarians can apply traditional skills--for instruction, collection development, collaboration, reference, and administration--in powerful new ways. They can apply these skills in highly populated, newly emerging information landscapes. They can offer 24/7 accessibility, just-in-time/just-for-me learning opportunities. As scalable strategies, school library websites allow librarians to guide unlimited numbers of students—onsite, at home, or otherwise distant. If we our to reach learners who are largely online, we must move our practice. If we plan to intervene in student research, we must find new ways to be there.