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Snipes, Phyllis Robinson; Frilot, Holly – Knowledge Quest, 2019
In many locales--in many states--early conceptions of the school librarian's job have not evolved over the years even as the duties have expanded exponentially. The fact that in some districts outdated evaluation tools, such as Georgia's 1990 system, are still used to rate 21st-century school librarians is an obvious sign of the misconceptions…
Descriptors: School Districts, Instructional Effectiveness, Librarians, School Libraries
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Deuschle, Kristen – Knowledge Quest, 2017
A prevalent misconception is that reading must be a solitary endeavor. This view of reading creates an instant aversion for many teens who tend to be social creatures. This article discusses how Kristen Deuschle, the district media specialist for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, combined two of her passions--community outreach and…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Media Specialists, Recreational Reading, Outreach Programs
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Neuman, Delia – Knowledge Quest, 2012
The idea that information is the building block for learning is not new. In fact, it has been a core tenet of learning theory since the study of human cognition began. What's new about learning in the twenty-first century is that various dimensions of information have changed--expanding in every conceivable way. Information is now a "24-7"…
Descriptors: Expertise, Learning Theories, School Libraries, Media Specialists
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Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Each profession has its own code of ethics. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2008) defines professional ethics as "the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group." The Code of Ethics of the American Library Association (ALA Council 2008) has served librarians for seventy years and reflects the ideals toward which all librarians…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Privacy, School Libraries, Dictionaries
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Baumbach, Donna J. – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The World Wide Web has come a long way in a very short time. A little more than a decade ago, with the invention of Mosaic, the first browser to display images inline with text instead of displaying images in a separate window, and Netscape, the first graphical user interface (browser), people began to experience a rapid expansion of information.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Internet, Professional Development
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Harvey, Carl A., II – Knowledge Quest, 2009
In the new AASL "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner," the very first Common Belief is "Reading is a window to the world." School library media specialists have always developed collections of materials (both print and non-print) to hook students in and keep them engaged in reading. They continually promote their collections to both students…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Educational Change, Media Specialists, Reading Skills
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Diggs, Valerie – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Today's students find it difficult to develop an understanding of what it is they need to know, and more importantly, why they need to know it. Framing this "need to know" has been called by various names, such as "inquiry," "inquiry process," "essential questions," "knowledge construction." Inquiry, however, goes much deeper than casual…
Descriptors: Library Schools, Cooperation, School Libraries, Media Specialists
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Hamilton, Buffy J. – Knowledge Quest, 2009
In 1989 the American Library Association defined information literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. While these fundamental skills are still at the heart of information literacy instruction, the nature of that…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, Information Literacy, Library Services, Basic Skills
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Brooks, Laura – Knowledge Quest, 2009
It is no secret that learning has a social context. As library media specialists work with students nearly every day, they take for granted their pedagogical roots in social learning theory based on the premise that students need modeling and observation to learn from one another. Information gathering becomes a key activity, and social…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Socialization, School Libraries, Media Specialists
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Valenza, Joyce Kasman – Knowledge Quest, 2009
School library media specialists are information and communication specialists who lead and model these roles in schools and at their major professional events making use of the relevant new Web 2.0 tools available to them to network, collaborate, and share. Using these tools effectively helps them become leaders in their buildings and districts.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Conferences (Gatherings), Exhibits
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Brown, Karen – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" (2007), with their emphasis on multiple literacies and the social context in which information skills develop, embrace instruction that engages students' critical thinking about the changing communications environment. An inquiry-based approach to…
Descriptors: Information Skills, Librarians, Library Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Moreillon, Judi – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The Position Statement on the School Library Media Specialist's Role in Reading, adopted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board in February 2009, is a guide to help practitioners build library programs that support every learner's development in reading. As part of the Learning4Life (L4L) plan to implement the Standards for…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Lifelong Learning, Motivation, School Libraries
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Sindelar, Sarah – Knowledge Quest, 2009
When the author attended a leadership conference last year, she started to reflect on her own situation. In this article, the author reflects on her experience and her role as a library media specialist who wants to be a leader in her school. However, to be a leader in a school, one has to offer a set of skills and abilities that others aren't…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, Leadership, Lesson Plans, Educational Quality
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Greenberg, Nate – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The development, publication, and distribution of the "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" once again demonstrate the vision of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in pointing the way with new literacies (textual, media, digital, technology) for students. These standards include critical self-assessment strategies that will…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, School Libraries, Superintendents, Advocacy
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Ridgway, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2009
In the information-rich, rapidly changing 21st-century, educators are faced with unprecedented challenges. While new technologies have brought the people of the planet closer together, they have also brought them into contact with an overwhelming array of information sources. The Library of Congress is positioned to help educators respond to these…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Media Specialists, Professional Development, Information Sources
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