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Sharing Research in Our Field April 17, 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.

Myhill, W. N., Hill, R. F., Link, K., Small, R. V., & Bunch, K. (2012). Developing the capacity of teacher‐librarians to meet the diverse needs of all schoolchildren: Project ENABLE. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 12(4), 201-216. doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01240.x

School Libraries in the United States are required to ensure that school children and school staff with disabilities have equal opportunities to use library facilities and information services under federal law. However, evidence indicates teacher-librarians (TLs) often lack the training, knowledge and skills to provide appropriate programming and services that meet the needs of students and staff with disabilities. Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access by Librarians Everywhere) was created to respond to this shortfall by designing professional development in New York State. In this article self-reporting, questionnaires, librarian self-assessment, and pre/post workshop data are reported. This paper presents some findings/themes found in Project ENABLE. A very enlightening read on teacher librarians and special education.

Genevieve Hart. (2012). Teacher-librarians leading change: Some stories from the margins. School Libraries Worldwide, 18(2), 51-60.

In this article a panel of five teacher-librarians, all working in disadvantaged circumstances, which was broadcast to schools across the Western Cape Province, South Africa, with the purpose of motivating schools to set up libraries, is the focus. The article focuses on their challenges and successes which are delivered throughout each librarian’s narrative. The panelist’s discussions are themed and coded in this article and much is to be gained from their conversation. Though these teacher librarians are based in South Africa there is much to learn from them in this very interesting read.

Houston, C. (2012). Digital natives, 21st century school libraries, and 21st century preparation programs: An informal affirmation of Branch and deGroot. School Libraries Worldwide, 18(1), 138-143.

Research shows that school librarians are often not integrating Web 2.0 tools into their school programs, while students are regularly using these tools outside of school for accessing and sharing information. MLIS programs must help future librarians master these tools so they can be leaders in their schools in online Web 2.0 tools. This paper discusses issues related to Web 2.0 integration within online graduate programs of school librarianship and offers examples of Web 2.0 activities that can be used in graduate courses.

Heather Moorefield-Lang: AASL Research and Statistics Committee Member

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