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Sharing Research in Our Field February 15, 2013

Posted by Heather Moorefield-Lang in Committees, School Library Research.
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The AASL Research and Statistics Committee continue to share new articles and research in the field of school librarianship. We hope that you have enjoyed past posts so far. If there is an article that you would like to see included please list the title in the comments and we will discuss it in upcoming posts.

1. Moeller, R., & Irwin, M. (2012). Seeing the same: A follow-up study on the portrayals of disability in graphic novels read by young adults. School Library Research, 15, 1-15.

To follow up on the very popular January/February issue of Knowledge Quest based on Graphic Novels this article is a great one to discuss for this month’s blog post. In 2010 Irwin and Moeller pursued a study looking at whether individuals with disabilities were represented in graphic novels. This article is a follow- up to their 2010 study looking at various aspects of disabilities and their portrayal in graphic novels. Questions asked include do the graphic novels include individuals with disabilities, what are the most common disabilities featured, are the portrayals positive or negative and much more? With graphic novels being so prevalent in our libraries this is an incredibly important and timely read.

2. Jonker, T. (2012). The fun of “found poetry.” Children & Libraries: The Journal of The Association For Library Service To Children, 10(3), 64.

This is a short article based on writing poems from the spines of books but it is a great practical piece that is very timely with National Poetry Month coming up soon. Your students will love pulling books with fun covers and spines, they will enjoy creating poetry from the titles, and it’s a fun idea brought to us by Jonker the creator of the blog 100 Scope Notes.

3. Todd, R. J. (2012). Visibility, core standards, and the power of the story: Creating a visible future for school libraries. Teacher Librarian, 39(6), 8-14.

In this article Todd speaks on the power of the story when documenting the importance of the library in schools. Visibility and making sure that as librarians we are seen in our schools is of vital importance. Todd speaks on librarians, their vision for schools, partnerships with teachers, administration, and the school as a whole. The librarians in this article see themselves as co-teachers in the school. Read the article to see more about their story.

Heather Moorefield-Lang: AASL Research and Statistics Committee Member

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