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Examined the issues related to delivering service excellence through the lens of 39 graduating school librarians in written assignments for the final course of their certification program, as they focus on what is needed to apply standards to become an effective school library media specialist in the 21st century. Of the 16 issues identified the concern over technology and their role as a technology specialist dominated the ranking. The results reinforce the ongoing need for education program coursework that continues to emphasize the role of technology in the 21st century school learning environment.

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  1. 1. The application of standards to delivering excellence to the profession Barbara Schultz-Jones, PhD Toby Faber Jan Reed IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  2. 2. Background Method Results Discussion Implications Questions IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia 2
  3. 3. School library certification program online Students from Texas, other states, other countries Program focuses on practitioner skills andProgram 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
  4. 4. Electronic copies of 2 written assessments 39 graduating school librarians Summer and fall semesters of 2009 1st assessment1 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
  5. 5. Student identification removed from the papers Assignments were coded according to the semester and the assignment LM01-LM23 TRSUM01 – TRSUM16TRSUM01 – 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
  6. 6. 1. Advocacy 2. Classification (organizing by genre) 3. Collaboration (with teachers & administrators) 4. Copyright 5. Diversity of multicultural literature collection 6. International Baccalaureate (IB) program 7. Inquiry based learning Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) (alphabetically) 8. Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) 9. Information literacy 10. Funding or budget 11. Library management 12. Reading recommendations 13. Role of the school librarian 14. Scheduling (fixed or flexible) 15. Space usage in the library 16. Technology, including web 2.0 IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  7. 7. 1. Technology, including web 2.0 2. Funding 3. Copyright 4. Information literacy 5. Role of the school librarian 6. Advocacy 7. Collaboration (Ranked, all sources) Collaboration 8. Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) 9. Classification of resources 10. Reading recommendations 11. Multicultural literature collection 12. Scheduling 13. Space usage 14. Inquiry based learning 15. Library management 16. International Baccalaureate (IB) program IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  8. 8. 1. Technology, including web 2.0 2. Funding 3. Information literacy 4. Collaboration 5. Advocacy (Ranked, summer 2009) 6. Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) 7. Role of the school librarian 8. Multicultural literature collection 9. Copyright 10. Library management 11. Reading recommendations 12. Scheduling IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  9. 9. 1. Technology, including web 2.0 2. Funding 3. Advocacy 4. Role of the school librarian 5. Scheduling 6. Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) (Ranked, fall 2009) 6. Intellectual freedom (censorship/filtering) 7. Information literacy 8. Inquiry based learning 9. Multicultural literature 10. Space 11. Copyright 12. International Baccalaureate program IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  10. 10. 1. Technology, including web 2.0 2. Copyright 3. Classification of resources 4. Information literacy 5. Reading recommendations 6. Role of the school librarian (Ranked, listserv) 6. Role of the school librarian 7. Collaboration 8. Funding 9. Space 10. Multicultural literature 11. Library management 12. Scheduling IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  11. 11. Advocacy Classifying fiction Collaboration Copyright Diverse collection IB program Inquiry Intellectual freedom Information literacyInformation literacy FundingLibrary management Reading Role Scheduling Space Technology IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  12. 12. Dominant themes: Meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing information landscape Sense of urgency Leadership role inherent in the shifting dynamics of theLeadership 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
  13. 13. Technology dominates Web 2.0 Expanding instructional skills Need to stay up-to-dateNeed 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
  14. 14. “What library services will suffer because money is spent on technology?” IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  15. 15. 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”away time to devote to students” IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  16. 16. Information Literacy: Recurring issue: Acquiring and using the skills to access and evaluate resources Missing: the ways to do soMissing: the ways to do so Issue identified for students Not a skill issue for librarians IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  17. 17. Inquiry based learning: “Todd Effect” Ross Todd fall 2009Ross Todd fall 2009 Stirring call to action Impact: significant IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  18. 18. “the advent of new technologies has made the job of librarians more relevant and essential than ever”than ever” Multiplicity of responsibilities Creativity challenge LIS education challenge IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  19. 19. Listserv Encourage conversations Practitioner focus Research infrequentResearch infrequent Lacking as a vehicle for research interaction Ongoing professional development IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  20. 20. Future Focus IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  21. 21. ??Questions?? IASL & SLAQ, Brisbane QLD Australia
  22. 22. 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: 940-369-8081Office: 940-369-8081 Fax: 940-565-3101 Barbara.Schultz-Jones@unt.edu

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