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    Schultz jones2010 through the lens of new school librarians Schultz jones2010 through the lens of new school librarians Presentation Transcript

    • Through the Lens of New School Librarians
      The application of standards to delivering excellence to the profession
      Barbara Schultz-Jones, PhD
      Toby Faber
      Jan Reed
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Agenda
      Background
      Method
      Results
      Discussion
      Implications
      Questions
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
      2
    • Background
      School library certification program online
      Students from Texas, other states, other countries
      Program focuses on practitioner skills and orientation to standards (AASL, state, etc.)
      Examining the perceptions of graduating professionals
      Perceptions of professional priorities as they consider the application of professional standards to the role of school librarian
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Method
      Electronic copies of 2 written assessments
      39 graduating school librarians
      Summer and fall semesters of 2009
      1st assessment
      Research paper discussing the top 3 trends or issues, from their perspective, facing school librarians today as they apply school library standards
      2nd assessment
      Track the postings of LM_Net listserv and identify the top 3 issues of concern posted by contributing school librarians.
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Method
      Student identification removed from the papers
      Assignments were coded according to the semester and the assignment
      LM01-LM23
      TRSUM01 – TRSUM16
      TRFAL01 - TRFAL14
      3 coders examined each, individually
      Unit of analysis: issue
      Coding an iterative process among the coders
      Nvivo content analysis software
      Final list of 16 issues
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      (alphabetically)
      Advocacy
      Classification (organizing by genre)
      Collaboration (with teachers & administrators)
      Copyright
      Diversity of multicultural literature collection
      International Baccalaureate (IB) program
      Inquiry based learning
      Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering)
      Information literacy
      Funding or budget
      Library management
      Reading recommendations
      Role of the school librarian
      Scheduling (fixed or flexible)
      Space usage in the library
      Technology, including web 2.0
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      (Ranked, all sources)
      Technology, including web 2.0
      Funding
      Copyright
      Information literacy
      Role of the school librarian
      Advocacy
      Collaboration
      Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering)
      Classification of resources
      Reading recommendations
      Multicultural literature collection
      Scheduling
      Space usage
      Inquiry based learning
      Library management
      International Baccalaureate (IB) program
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      (Ranked, summer 2009)
      Technology, including web 2.0
      Funding
      Information literacy
      Collaboration
      Advocacy
      Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering)
      Role of the school librarian
      Multicultural literature collection
      Copyright
      Library management
      Reading recommendations
      Scheduling
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      (Ranked, fall 2009)
      Technology, including web 2.0
      Funding
      Advocacy
      Role of the school librarian
      Scheduling
      Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering)
      Information literacy
      Inquiry based learning
      Multicultural literature
      Space
      Copyright
      International Baccalaureate program
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      (Ranked, listserv)
      Technology, including web 2.0
      Copyright
      Classification of resources
      Information literacy
      Reading recommendations
      Role of the school librarian
      Collaboration
      Funding
      Space
      Multicultural literature
      Library management
      Scheduling
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      AdvocacyClassifying fictionCollaborationCopyrightDiverse collectionIB programInquiryIntellectual freedomInformation literacyFundingLibrary managementReadingRoleSchedulingSpaceTechnology
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Results
      Dominant themes:
      Meeting the challenges of a rapidly
      changing information landscape
      Sense of urgency
      Leadership role inherent in the shifting dynamics of the school environment
      Student learning
      Implications for learning using inquiry process
      Meeting the needs of students and teachers
      Where are the standards??!!
      Issues were discussed in relation to standards (AASL)
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Discussion
      Technology dominates
      Web 2.0
      Expanding instructional skills
      Need to stay up-to-date
      Familiarity and comfort level
      Which ones to purchase
      Availability to students
      Assisting teachers with tools
      Recognition that a technology rich environment is conducive to learning
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Discussion
      “What library services will suffer because money is spent on technology?”
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Discussion
      Funding:
      “there are two factors that influence how school library programs are run – budgets and standards”
      “when librarians are filling a fundraising role it takes away time to devote to students”
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Discussion
      Information Literacy:
      Recurring issue: Acquiring and using the skills to access and evaluate resources
      Missing: the ways to do so
      Issue identified for students
      Not a skill issue for librarians
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Discussion
      Inquiry based learning:
      “Todd Effect”
      Ross Todd fall 2009
      Stirring call to action
      Impact: significant
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Implications
      “the advent of new technologies
      has made the job of librarians
      more relevant and essential
      than ever”
      Multiplicity of responsibilities
      Creativity challenge
      LIS education challenge
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Implications
      Listserv
      Encourage conversations
      Practitioner focus
      Research infrequent
      Lacking as a vehicle for
      research interaction
      Ongoing professional
      development
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Future Focus
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • ??Questions??
      IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
    • Contact Information
      Barbara A. Schultz-Jones, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor,
      Director, School Library Program
      Department of Library and Information Sciences
      College of Information, University of North Texas
      1155 Union Circle 311068, Denton, Texas 76203-5017
      Office: 940-369-8081
      Fax: 940-565-3101
      Barbara.Schultz-Jones@unt.edu