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The Impact of School Library Media Access Models on Information Literacy


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Presentation about flexible access and school library media centers

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The Impact of School Library Media Access Models on Information Literacy

  1. 1. Flexible scheduling : students visit as needed to work on projects that are integrated with classroom curriculum. <ul><li>Benefits of Flexible Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes the collaboration between teachers and library media specialists. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes direct interaction between school library media specialists and students as needed on related projects and activities to teach information literacy skills — how to find, select, locate, interpret, and use information utilizing a variety of digital and analog resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Gains in student achievement associated with flexible access to school library media centers (Lance, Rodney, & Hamilton-Pennell, p. ii) </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and mixed access models provide opportunities for library media specialists to teach information literacy in an applied manner therefore fostering lifelong skills while also increasing student achievement. In order to make a case for flexible access models: </li></ul><ul><li>School library media specialists need to share their success stories with colleagues, school administrators, and school boards. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional research needs to be conducted to fully assess the impact of flexible scheduling on information literacy and student achievement. </li></ul><ul><li>If the research continues to support the positive impact of flexible access models, then library media centers will have a more effective means of continuing to serve as a central part of educational efforts in ensuring that no child is left behind. </li></ul>The Impact of School Library Media Program Access Models on Information Literacy Abstract: There has been an ongoing debate for many years regarding access models to school library media programs and their impact on information literacy in elementary and secondary education. As the amount of information continues to proliferate and the methods of accessing information continue to diversify, teaching information literacy takes on an increasingly important role. While access to library media centers is not a new topic, there is increased interest in access methods in many school districts, especially in light of the No Child Left Behind law, which highlights libraries as principal stakeholders in efforts to improve literacy and student achievement. Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is currently being considered by Congress and includes a provision for the Strengthening Kids Interests in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act. With the focus on information literacy increasing, it appears that flexible and mixed access to school library media centers is gaining ground in schools across the nation. Figure 1.1: Percentage of Public School Library Media Centers by Type of Access Model, 1999-2000. Source: Department of Education, 2004. Figure 1.2: Flexible scheduling boosts teacher-school library media specialist collaboration, information literacy, and student achievement. Further Information Contact Julie M. Esanu, MLIS candidate, University of South Carolina, [email_address] . Mixed scheduling : schools combine both fixed schedules (typically for K-2 students) and flexible access to library resources. Fixed scheduling : students (typically elementary) visit the library media center on a routine basis for 30-45 minutes weekly. Library Access Models Collab- oration Info Literacy Student Achieve Flexible Access