Expanding Literacies Through
School Libraries
A Panel Presentation for
The National Council of Teachers of English
2010 An...
Why do libraries matter in
literacy learning?
“Connecting literacy and
libraries is not always as
intuitive as we would like”
-Loertscher, 2009
Kristin Fontichiaro
School of Information
University of Michigan
font@umich.edu
@activelearning
blog.schoollibrarymonthly....
That Was ThenThat Was Then
This is NowThis is Now
That Was ThenThat Was Then
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This is NowThis is Now
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That Was ThenThat Was Then
This is NowThis is Now
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That Was Then...
ThisThis
Is NowIs Now
2 months later – during
summer vacation!
2 months later – during
summer vacation!
Last week of school
(June)
Last week of ...
Not
teaching
about
resources
But
teaching
THROUGH
resources!
Some Findings
“When children have access
to more books at home,
at school, or at the public
library, they read more.”
“Chi...
What hit me . . .
• “ . . . the ability to read
well is the single best
indicator of future
economic success—
regardless o...
2008
Questions
• What multicultural
resources did my library
offer?
• What did the students
want to read?
• How could I provide...
The Bin Project
•Bins in all instructional areas of the
building, as well as offices
•Accessible, interesting titles that
...
The Results
• Added interest in all types
of books
• Increased library
circulation
• More staff participation in
literacy ...
Libraries Increase Learning Potential
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Conceptual Processes
Prediction
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Conceptual Processes
Prediction
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Conceptual Processes
Modeling
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Modeling
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Modeling
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
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Conceptual Processes
Experimentation
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Conceptual Processes
Experimentation
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Conceptual Processes
Evaluation
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Analytic Processes
Diagnosis
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Analytic Processes
Planning
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Planning
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Causation
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Causation
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Analytic Processes
Judgment
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Analytic Processes
Judgment
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Social Processes
Teamwork
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Teamwork
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Social Processes
Teamwork
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Influence
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Influence
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Social Processes
Negotiation
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Negotiation
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Social Processes
Describing
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Social Processes
Describing
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Social Processes
Describing
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Student Circulation, 2003 to date
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
Teens Served, 2003 to 2009
Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
An Updated Vision: Libraries
and Literacies
Beth Friese - University of Georgia
elizfriese@gmail.com - @librarybeth
NCTE, ...
Research Process:
What about the product?
Multigenre Research
• Follows inquiry principles
• Familiar research process
• Main difference is in research products
• E...
Journals
Poetry
Concrete Poetry
Wordles
Brochures
& News
Comics
Glogster
Books
Commercials
& Songs
Annotated Maps
& Passports
Examples from Buffy Hamilton’s Unquiet Library
Partner with New Teachers
Libraries as
Literacy Laboratories
• Raw Materials (Mentor Texts, Primary
Sources, Other Resources)
• Procedures (Research...
Changing from Nouns
to Verbs
Libraries continue
transforming from
places to get stuff into
places to do stuff
Create!
Your Questions, Comments,
and Contributions
References
Allen, C. A., & Swistak, L. (2004). Multigenre research: The
power of choice and interpretation. Language Arts,...
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"Expanding Literacies Through School Libraries," Elizabeth Friese, Kristin Fontichiaro, Wendy Stephens, and Laura Warren-Gross. National Council of Teachers of English. November 20, 2010.

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  • Hi! My friend Ryan Goble, the founder and head honcho on the Making Curriculum Pop Ning, referred me to your presentation. (I'm a school library teacher in Downers Grove, IL.) It was great! Wish I could have heard the background details of everything as in some cases I was just guessing and going by context clues! I'm especially interested in 'the bin project.' Would love to hear more about that! Wonderful work. So glad there are people like you out there making libraries pop for everyone!!
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  • In the past, school libraries used to be very focused on the librarian being the gateway between students and resources.
  • Today, they’re about using library resources to promote engagement and participation. Learning doesn’t have to be one-way, and the kids don’t necessarily need the librarian to be the go-between. We can get out of the way and help our kids interact with the people behind their books and resources.
    Here are our third graders after Skyping with the editor of the BOXCAR CHILDREN series. We built this into a unit on editing and telling the same stories through different media.
    To the left of the projection of the editor is the live Twitter feed of the event. The students carefully researched the titles and took turns asking questions in front of the Webcam. This event got kids so excited to be connectet to experts that they actively sought out other opportunities to connect.
  • In the past, all young children engaged in being listeners to stories. They were passive – although appreciative – participants in stories. And those stories were almost always about FICTION. And check out that Christmas tree! We wouldn’t see that today.
  • Today, we recognize the value of collective, collaborative, self-paced work. Here,first grade students are on their second day of studying the rocks and minerals centered on the carpet. With teams, these first graders are using rock and mineral books to identify the rocks after touching, SMELLING, and discussing them. The students guide their rate of discovery.
    (Can you tell this was the daybefore the Michigan – Michigan State game?)
  • Take a look at the brand-new book in this kid’s hand. Solo learning like this used to be how we worked in libraries.
  • Now, we recognize that children can work collaboratively on projects and pool their knowledge. Here, students are learning about space exploration. They were VERY excited to learn how astronauts took baths and went to the bathroom!
    These first graders visited the library independent of their class to identify an area for research that interested them.
    We determined a good topic by saying that inquiry topics are topics that we know a little bit about but would like to know more. The red posterboard, when opened, provides a home for their Post-It notes.
    - Quick discussion of Debbie Miller – “Teaching with Intention” model – reference SLM article
  • Another example: collaborative notetaking
    See SLM article
  • Another example of collaborative learning: explain what this is – struggling readers created a felt board and then constructed the story shown. The visual images clearly ground the storytelling, and notice how the story moves from left to right across the felt board.
  • Introduce mentor text project with Help Me, Mr. Mutt
  • Describe the story – scaffolding the lists of character traits, writing styles
  • Students then responded in the voice of the cat … our students insisted on making stationery … so we went with it. Their plan was better than ours!
  • So … are we focusing our time on Dewey Decimal system scavenger hunts and OPAC exercises? Or …
  • Or teaching THROUGH resources to help students gain transferable skills in the future?
  • NCTE 2010 Libraries

    1. 1. Expanding Literacies Through School Libraries A Panel Presentation for The National Council of Teachers of English 2010 Annual Conference Orlando, Florida
    2. 2. Why do libraries matter in literacy learning?
    3. 3. “Connecting literacy and libraries is not always as intuitive as we would like” -Loertscher, 2009
    4. 4. Kristin Fontichiaro School of Information University of Michigan font@umich.edu @activelearning blog.schoollibrarymonthly.com The School LibraryThe School Library as a Spaceas a Space for Innovative Thinkingfor Innovative Thinking Fall Kindergarteners Playing Chess?!? Fall Kindergarteners Playing Chess?!?
    5. 5. That Was ThenThat Was Then
    6. 6. This is NowThis is Now
    7. 7. That Was ThenThat Was Then ypsigleanings.aadl.org
    8. 8. This is NowThis is Now
    9. 9. http://www.gstatic.com/hostedimg/2d51bc6ae71001c1_landing That Was ThenThat Was Then
    10. 10. This is NowThis is Now
    11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/252591429/http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/252591429/ That Was ThenThat Was Then http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/252591429/ Some rights reserved.
    12. 12. ThisThis Is NowIs Now
    13. 13. 2 months later – during summer vacation! 2 months later – during summer vacation! Last week of school (June) Last week of school (June)
    14. 14. Not teaching about resources
    15. 15. But teaching THROUGH resources!
    16. 16. Some Findings “When children have access to more books at home, at school, or at the public library, they read more.” “Children from higher- income families have access to reading material they like, but children from lower- income families do not”
    17. 17. What hit me . . . • “ . . . the ability to read well is the single best indicator of future economic success— regardless of background.” • “An extra 15 minutes of reading per day can lead to three months of additional growth.”
    18. 18. 2008
    19. 19. Questions • What multicultural resources did my library offer? • What did the students want to read? • How could I provide more access to the materials students wanted?
    20. 20. The Bin Project •Bins in all instructional areas of the building, as well as offices •Accessible, interesting titles that mirrored student culture •Encouraged staff to read and share the books •Added and replaced titles as necessary
    21. 21. The Results • Added interest in all types of books • Increased library circulation • More staff participation in literacy projects • A culture of reading • Increased test scores
    22. 22. Libraries Increase Learning Potential Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    23. 23. Conceptual Processes Prediction Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    24. 24. Conceptual Processes Prediction Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    25. 25. Conceptual Processes Modeling Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    26. 26. Conceptual Processes ModelingStephens NCTE 11/20/10
    27. 27. Conceptual Processes Modeling Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    28. 28. Conceptual Processes Modeling Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    29. 29. Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    30. 30. Conceptual Processes Experimentation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    31. 31. Conceptual Processes Experimentation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    32. 32. Conceptual Processes Evaluation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    33. 33. Analytic Processes Diagnosis Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    34. 34. Analytic Processes Planning Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    35. 35. Analytic Processes PlanningStephens NCTE 11/20/10
    36. 36. Analytic Processes Planning Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    37. 37. Analytic Processes Causation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    38. 38. Analytic Processes Causation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    39. 39. Analytic Processes Judgment Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    40. 40. Analytic Processes Judgment Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    41. 41. Social Processes Teamwork Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    42. 42. Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    43. 43. Social Processes Teamwork Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    44. 44. Social Processes Teamwork Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    45. 45. Social Processes Influence Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    46. 46. Social Processes Influence Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    47. 47. Social Processes Influence Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    48. 48. Social Processes Negotiation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    49. 49. Social Processes Negotiation Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    50. 50. Social Processes Describing Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    51. 51. Social Processes Describing Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    52. 52. Social Processes Describing Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    53. 53. Student Circulation, 2003 to date Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    54. 54. Teens Served, 2003 to 2009 Stephens NCTE 11/20/10
    55. 55. An Updated Vision: Libraries and Literacies Beth Friese - University of Georgia elizfriese@gmail.com - @librarybeth NCTE, 2010
    56. 56. Research Process: What about the product?
    57. 57. Multigenre Research • Follows inquiry principles • Familiar research process • Main difference is in research products • Examples from my students and our Inquiry into Diversity Projects
    58. 58. Journals
    59. 59. Poetry
    60. 60. Concrete Poetry
    61. 61. Wordles
    62. 62. Brochures & News
    63. 63. Comics
    64. 64. Glogster
    65. 65. Books
    66. 66. Commercials & Songs
    67. 67. Annotated Maps & Passports
    68. 68. Examples from Buffy Hamilton’s Unquiet Library
    69. 69. Partner with New Teachers
    70. 70. Libraries as Literacy Laboratories • Raw Materials (Mentor Texts, Primary Sources, Other Resources) • Procedures (Research) • Tools (Technologies, 2.0) • Experimentation (Curiosity, Inquiry, Failure, Mess) • Ideas, Collaboration, Celebration • Publication of New Discoveries (At all Levels)
    71. 71. Changing from Nouns to Verbs
    72. 72. Libraries continue transforming from places to get stuff into places to do stuff
    73. 73. Create!
    74. 74. Your Questions, Comments, and Contributions
    75. 75. References Allen, C. A., & Swistak, L. (2004). Multigenre research: The power of choice and interpretation. Language Arts, 81(3), 223-232. Hamilton, B. (2009). Students creating content with multigenre learning artifacts. The Unquiet Librarian [blog] http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/stude nts-creating-content-with-multigenre-learning-artifacts/ Loertscher, D. V. (2009). Connections with people and ideas and the Learning Commons. In D. V. Loertscher (Ed.), Connections: Papers of the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat (pp. 9-32). Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publishing.

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