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SLMC And The Exceptional Learner 2009


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This presentation discusses how to assist students with special needs in a school library media center.

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SLMC And The Exceptional Learner 2009

  1. 1. School Library Media Centers and the Exceptional Learner<br />Julie M. EsanuEDIS 500April 16, 2009<br />
  2. 2. School Library Media Center<br />Instructional Program<br />Collection Development<br />Facility<br /><br />
  3. 3. Instructional Program<br />Cornerstone of the library media center<br />Standards-based library curriculum<br />Information literacy—the ability to find, use, and analyze information resources <br />Collaborative process<br /><br />
  4. 4. Collection Development<br />Offers a variety of print and digital resources<br />Supports curriculum goals and classroom needs<br />Scaffolds students’ learning styles and interests<br />Microsoft clipart<br />
  5. 5. Facility<br />Largest classroom in the school<br />Provides access to information and resources<br />Environment that is conducive to learning<br /><br />
  6. 6. School Library Media Specialists<br />Instructional Partner<br />Teacher<br />Information Specialist<br />Program Administrator<br /><br />Source: AASL, 1998<br />
  7. 7. Collaboration<br />Between school library media specialists, classroom teachers, and special education teachers<br />Requires flexibility<br />Breaks down barriers to intellectual and physical resources<br />
  8. 8. Accommodations: Instructional Program<br />Differentiate library lessons<br />Integrate a variety of media into lessons<br />Provide graphic organizers and other visual aids<br />Ensure that lessons are organized and “unambiguous” (Guild)<br />Divide lessons into “meaningful chunks” (Hallahan et (Hallahan et al)<br />Support students as necessary<br /><br />
  9. 9. Accommodations: Collection Development<br />Include different types of resources in a variety of media (e.g., large print books, graphic novels, audio books, DVDs and videos, digital materials)<br />Identify the resources with well marked and easy to read signage<br />Ensure that disabilities are reflected in the collection with both fiction and non-fiction resources<br />Microsoft clipart<br />
  10. 10. Accommodations: Facility<br />Remove physical barriers<br />Ensure that layout and design accounts for orientation and mobility needs<br />Divide library into distinct learning areas to minimize distractions<br />Create quiet work areas<br /><br />
  11. 11. Accommodations: Assistive Technology<br />Pencil grips<br />Graphic organizers<br />Slanted worktops<br />Study carrel<br />Magnifying bars/screens<br />Highlighters<br />Picture dictionaries<br />Large print books<br />Handouts with high contrast print <br />Tape recorders<br />Audio books<br />Talking word processors<br />Voice recognition software<br />Closed-caption television<br />StickyKeys/FilterKeys<br />SoundSentry<br />Alternative keyboards <br />Adaptive (no/low-tech)<br />Alternative (mid/high-tech)<br />Sources: Wojahn, 2006; Gavigan/Kurtts, 2009<br />
  12. 12. Integrated Library Programming<br />Create displays about disabilities<br />Integrate disabilities into booktalks and storytimes<br />Invite authors that deal with exceptional learners<br />Organize book groups for students with special needs<br />Host library information nights for families<br />
  13. 13. Additional Supports<br />Provide assistive technology training<br />Allow use of the library for vocational training<br />Take advantage of professional development opportunities<br />Identify grant and funding opportunities<br />Share information with colleagues about the collection and new materials<br />
  14. 14. Resources<br />IFLA Access to Libraries for Persons with Disabilities Checklist:<br />Center for Applied Special Technology’s Universal Design for Learning:<br />National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS):<br />
  15. 15. References<br />American Association of School Librarians (AASL)/Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  (1998). Information power: Building partnerships for learning. Chicago: American Library Association.<br />American Association of School Librarians (AASL). (2007). Standards for the 21st-century learner. Chicago: American Library Association. <br />Downing, J.  (2006).  Media centers and special education:  Introduction to the special issue.  Intervention in School and Clinic 42(2), pp. 67-77.<br />Guild, S. (2008).  LD Accommodations in the school library: Not just for the specialized school anymore. Knowledge Quest 37(1), pp. 24-29.<br />Hallahan, D., Kauffman, J. & Pullen, P.  (2009).  Exceptional learners:  An introduction to special education (11th ed.),  Boston: Pearson.<br />Hopkins, J. (2005).  Extending inclusive learning:  Library and special education collaboration.  Library Media Connection 23(6), pp. 17-19.<br />Gavigan, K., & Kurtts, S.  (2009). AT, UD, and thee: Using assistive technology and universal design for learning in 21st Century media centers. Library Media Connection 27(4) pp. 54-56.<br />Wojahn, R. (2006). Everyone&apos;s Invited: Ways to make your library more welcoming to children with special needs. School Library Journal 52(2), pp. 46-88.<br />