• Provides a comprehensive overview of how school librarians can focus on student learning in their libraries
• Brings together a variety of author voices, including practitioners, school library professors, and others providing multiple viewpoints on each topic
• Ranges across a wide spectrum of issues involving helping school libraries support individual reading, group instruction, and study groups
• Provides discussion questions that make the book useful for library courses and book clubs
• Includes over 90 articles, lesson plans, and planning documents from School Library Media Activities Monthly, organized into chapters on important themes
• Shares the insights of over 50 leading practitioners and scholars
• Offers discussion/reflection questions and strategies for preparing for advocacy in each chapter
• An annotated bibliography of print and online sources provides tips for further reading
• A comprehensive index
"Eleven thematic chapters cover 21st-century learning standards, 21st-century learners, envisioning a vibrant library media program, the 21st-century school library media specialist, reading, inquiry-based teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration between library media specialists and classroom teachers, creating a toolkit of instructions strategies, and sample elementary and secondary lesson plans. Suitable for use in preservice classes, in practitioner study groups, or as a reference for individuals."
Reference & Research Book News
"This is a heavy-weight that deserves reading. Not only does it present strategies that allow for full use of the new AASL standards, it is a collection of many of the field's best thinkers talking about the need and use of these new standards and 21st century learning. . . . This is a good reference for why and how to use standards effectively. Not a cover-to-cover read, it is a compendium of ideas and thoughts useful to school libraries."
"This is an excellent starting point for examining AASL's standards and provides a solid basis for library-school and in-service offerings. Current school librarians will probably want to pick and choose chapters to read."
"The book is equally useful as a textbook or as a guide for those already in the school library."
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