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Sharing Research in Our Field November 28, 2012

Posted by Heather Moorefield-Lang in Committees.
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The American Association of School Librarians Research and Statistics Committee is pleased to release our first in a series of blog posts in which we will be featuring a selection of research articles in the field of school librarianship. These posts will essentially feature an annotated bibliography or listing of articles. The idea behind the posts is to create an atmosphere of scholarship, making our peers in the field more aware of research via the AASL blog. We hope the articles featured are ones that you enjoy. Please feel free to recommend others in the comments section.

1. Young, T. E. (2012). Always open, never visible: Challenges and opportunities in marketing in and promoting your informational e-books. Library Media Connection, 31(3), 48-52.

When Terrence Young asked people what they downloaded to their Nooks and Kindles they replied books, not ibooks, e-books, or otherwise, just books. This article discusses the importance of librarians marketing their informational or non-fiction e-books to their students particularly with the adoption of Common Core State Standards.  Methods, ideas, and plans for marketing are discussed; a very practical article for those moving into the e-book arena.

2. Chen, C., & Tsai, Y. (2012). Interactive augmented reality system for enhancing library instruction in elementary schools. Computers & Education, 59(2), 638-652. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2012.03.001

In Taiwan there is a limit on budgets and resources; librarians are unable to offer library instruction to students. Students in turn were having issues finding materials in the library, navigating classification systems, and more. It was decided in this study that augmented reality, where virtual objects can be superimposed onto real ones, might be an option for teaching students about the library. Five classes of 116 students were involved in the study.

3. Morris, R. J. (2012). Find where you fit in the common core, or the time I forgot about librarians and reading. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 8.

What would you say are the five most important responsibilities of a school librarian? Each of our lists would come out differently or at least in diverse orders but there would be many commonalities. In this article the focus is on the Common Core State Standards and how the school librarian is in the perfect position to be a leader in CC implementation in not just reading but in many other areas as well.

4. VanTuyle, V., & Watkins, S. (2012). Teacher librarians as connectors to the school CEO. School Libraries Worldwide,18(1), 111.

Using focus groups, 49 superintendents from two mid-western states were interviewed on how they used the knowledge and expertise of their school librarians in regards to district issues. Superintendents were not familiar with research in the field of school librarianship, nor were they familiar with the librarian’s role in student achievement, and much more.  This is an enlightening article in one area of the country on the insights of district administration and the need for advocacy for school librarianship.

Posted by: Heather Moorefield-Lang: AASL Research and Statistics Committee Member

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