From preschool through high school, students are preparing for their future. As they move through grade levels, they choose courses, research potential careers, learn about managing money, and recognize the responsibilities of being active citizens. At each step of the way, librarians can collaborate with teachers to help students to learn how to live in a world they can only imagine.
School librarians are positioned to make a positive impact on students' lives when it matters most. Focusing on preparation for life after high school, this book cites research and provides anecdotes of successful programs as examples of how school librarians, in collaboration with counselors, community members, public libraries, and teachers, can develop collections and offer programming to show students the importance of finishing high school. Chapters also explain how to help students to find the college or university that fits with their educational interests and won't cause them to incur enormous debt. Included in every chapter are activities, resources, and lesson plans around topics at each grade level for librarians to co-teach with teachers, counselors, and other school staff.
• Addresses the problem of gaps in most school curriculums
• Defines the school librarian's leadership role in addressing this problem
• Gives concrete examples, tools, and lessons for use in schools K–12
• Defines the school librarian's role in collaboratively addressing readiness for the real world after high school
Blanche Woolls is director and professor emerita of the iSchool at San Jose State University and professor emerita of the former School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She is coauthor of School Library Manager and a number of other professional books. She is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. She is also a past president of the International Association of School Librarianship and the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society.
Connie Hamner Williams was formerly a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Petaluma High School. She writes and blogs about libraries, primary sources, government information, and serendipity. She is past president of the California School Library Association and current cochair of ALA's Government Information for Children Committee, and a member of the California State Library Services Advisory.