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Dotson, Kaye B.; Clark, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Using technology in the classroom for learning is no longer new and innovative; it is expected and even demanded. K-12 teachers have a responsibility to employ technology tools in multiple ways to teach and foster students' development of 21st-century skills and enhance researching, learning, and creating. School librarians can be instrumental in…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Technology Education, Technological Literacy, School Libraries
Shepherd, Craig E.; Dousay, Tonia; Kvenild, Cassandra; Meredith, Tamara – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School libraries are untapped resources for fieldwork by preservice teachers. Many school librarians have expertise in pedagogy and standards-based curriculum development, both for information literacy and for technology integration. By forging partnerships with teacher-preparation programs, school librarians can provide fieldwork sites rich in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, School Libraries, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
Harper, Meghan; Deskins,Liz – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes a collaborative project designed to use action research to assess and advocate for innovative design changes in a school library. The high school library was in its fifth year of service, and yet the layout of the library was not meeting the learning and technological needs of 21st-century high school students. The purpose…
Descriptors: Action Research, School Libraries, Library Development, Advocacy
Edwards, Jason – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Jason Edwards travels to schools and libraries across the nation performing educational enrichment programs, such as his Monster Hunt Library Skills-Building Adventure Program, for librarians and students. In this article, he shares tips that he has gleaned that may help librarian/programmer partnerships function more smoothly. Three of the…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Partnerships in Education, Interpersonal Relationship
Todd, Ross J. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This author states that a professional focus on evidence based practice (EBP) for school libraries emerged from the International Association of School Librarianship conference when he presented the concept. He challenged the school library profession to actively engage in professional and reflective practices that chart, measure, document, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence, Best Practices, Advocacy
Subramaniam, Mega – Knowledge Quest, 2015
A seminal dialogue on evidence based practice (EBP) at the International Association of School Librarianship in 2001 encouraged a worldwide paradigm shift in school librarianship from rhetorical and advocacy defenses to evidential documentation. Ross Todd described EBP as evidence for practice, evidence in practice, and evidence of practice (Todd…
Descriptors: Library Research, School Libraries, Evidence, Best Practices
Ballard, Susan D. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The author reveals in this article that her action research journey in the land of evidence-based practice was not her own idea. She writes that she was lured by the profession's finest scholars who advocated for reflective dispositions for practitioners to improve their practice and demonstrate the school librarian's critical role in teaching and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Evidence, Best Practices, Reflection
McGrath, Kevin G. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School library programs have measured success by improved test scores. But how do next-generation school libraries demonstrate success as they strive to be centers of innovation and creativity? These libraries offer solutions for school leaders who struggle to restructure existing systems built around traditional silos of learning (subjects and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Innovation, Library Role, Library Services
Messenger, Caroline Gordon – Knowledge Quest, 2015
More than twenty years ago reading researchers sought to capture the behaviors good readers demonstrated to make meaning from their reading. By shifting the focus away from what was wrong, researchers were able to study and discuss what worked. A comprehensive list of reading strategies emerged from this research. This was an important discovery.…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Literacy, Evidence, Classroom Environment
Richey, Jennifer; Cahill, Maria – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians, professional library literature, and scholarly library literature tout the benefits of schools staffed with certified school librarians. However, recent reductions in library funding and elimination of school library positions suggest stakeholders do not connect the school library program to positive student learning outcomes.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence, Librarians, Multiple Choice Tests
Little, Hannah Byrd – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Why is it important to prove that school libraries add value to the school program? The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 20 percent of U.S. public schools lack a full or part-time certified librarian (NCES 2013). In California the ratio of certified school librarians to students is 1:7,374 (California Department of Education…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Practices, School Libraries, Library Role
Stubeck, Carole J. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Fixed scheduling is well-researched in the school library literature. We know from this research that information skills taught in isolation from curriculum content are not as relevant to students as skills taught in the context of what they already know (McGregor 2006). Constructivism is an approach to learning that posits individuals construct…
Descriptors: Evidence, Inquiry, School Libraries, Scheduling
Valenza, Joyce Kasman – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Focusing on evidence-based practice (EBP) aligns with the school librarian's leadership role acknowledged by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs" (2009) and in AASL's newly adopted mission statement. "The American Association of School Librarians…
Descriptors: Evidence, School Libraries, Library Services, Interviews
Groff, Suzy – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Sometimes great initiatives in education start with just a glimmer of an idea and a belief that building a foundation under that idea can effect change. That glimmer of an idea came to Bandera Independent School District (BISD) from a middle school English teacher who attended an International Reading Association Conference and heard about…
Descriptors: Libraries, Motor Vehicles, Reading Motivation, Summer Programs
Ballard, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Important happenings related to the concept of intellectual freedom (IF) coincide with the annual back-to-school ramp up. This article discusses how to use the summer hiatus to develop learning opportunities related to events such as Banned Books Week (BBW) and Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD). The author provides resource information to aid…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Summer Programs, Information Sources
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