During this time of rapid modernization of technology and educational reform, this book is a must-read for school librarians tasked with ensuring their libraries meet evolving standards. This title provides the research and organizational techniques and skills they need to gain seats at the table of the three power committees: technology, curricula, and strategic planning.
School librarians need to collect and publicize national and local school-based evidence that shows the positive correlations between school librarians and student achievement. Craver notes correlative sources and provides ideas to employ them to ensure that school librarians remain indispensable. In addition, acquiring technological skills and becoming expert at their application are paramount for librarians. Even more important is the need for librarians to assume sole responsibility for designing and integrating information literacy and critical thinking skills throughout the curriculum. Craver analyzes studies that show students' inability to discern fact from fiction, ads from news, and information bias in electronic information sources and recommends six actions that school librarians take to ensure that they become active participants in their future rather than its victims.
- School librarians will recognize the need to become future forecasters in an age of rapid technological change
- School librarians will understand the serious employment challenges they face in a time of technological change and understand the steps they need to ensure the continuation and value of the profession
- School librarians will gain confidence that they can cope with predicted trends by following recommendations for instructional and organizational change
Kathleen W. Craver, PhD, is a school library consultant and former head librarian at National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. Craver is author of School Library Media Centers in the 21st Century (Greenwood, 1994), Teaching Electronic Literacy (Greenwood, 1997), Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History (Greenwood, 1999), Creating Cyber Libraries (Greenwood, 2002), Term Paper Resource Guide to Nineteenth-Century U.S. History (Greenwood, 2008), and Developing Quantitative Literacy Skills in History and the Social Sciences (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).