This is a very critical slide and is repeated toward the end of the day. The discussion of this slide should help attendees realize that they can identify and collect real evidence in their own situation. They probably all have pieces like the items on this list in drawers or file folders in their buildings. It is important to identify the ‘evidence’ they decide to collect, gather and organize it in a meaningful way and then share it appropriately.
Dr Ross J Todd Director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey cissl.scils.rutgers.edu [email_address] Evidence-Based practice: Building the Future of School Libraries
Help them become the strong tree that can sway in the wind
Listen to the beat of their drums; tap into the rhythm of their lives
50 Years of Research “ With the school library literally the heart of the educational program, the students of the school have their best chance to become capable and enthusiastic readers, informed about the world around them, and alive to the limitless possibilities of tomorrow.” Mary Gaver, 1958 Gaver, M. Every child needs a school library. Chicago, ALA, 1958 Gaver, M. Effectiveness of Centralized Library Service in Elementary Schools. Rutgers University, 1963
Active instructional program of information literacy;
Providing training in information literacy to the teaching faculty;
Appropriate budget allocation to ensure currency and quality of the collection;
Strong networked information technology infrastructure
Evidence-Based Practice Our claim School libraries are an integral part of education reform and leaning. The reality? “ Occupational Invisibility” (Hartzell) Others often do not see depth, breadth and importance of what School Librarians contribute to learning in schools
I am a school librarian at x. We are confronting a serious situation. Because of the financial crisis in our community, our school board is addressing a proposed substantial budget cut. One of the proposed strategies is to drastically reduce the number of school librarians in the area claiming that school libraries can be effectively run by aides to ensure services are provided and the library remains open. This is despite the fact that I have hundreds of students in the library each day, and teach in the classroom regularly. I have voiced my objection, but I am told that such reductions will not impact on student learning in any way.
“ an approach to information science that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable user-reported, librarian-observed, and research-derived evidence. The best-available evidence moderated by user needs and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of professional judgments”
Accountability: Threat to professional authority and autonomy
I have to be a researcher: intellectual skills required to undertake evidence-based practice are information literacy competencies
Our goal is lifelong learning: so how can we identify outcomes? Providing learners with explicit feedback on how they are learning in their formative years is fundamental to effective teaching and learning
Evidence-Based Practice “ Without quality we are condemned to be ordinary. With it, we have a shot at being part of the future” (Koechlin & Zwaan) Todd’s Variation “ Without evidence we are condemned to be oblivious. With it, we have a shot at being part of the future