School Libraries in a Time of Change
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How to Survive and Thrive
Author(s): Kathleen Craver
Publisher: Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781440873089
Review

This book presents a big-picture perspective on a collection of trends and issues that impact education and school library programs and contextualizes their importance. The trends break down into four distinct societal fields: technology, economics, employment, and social/behavioral. Education-specific trends are education, instruction, and organizational/management. Some key takeaways of the title include the necessity of understanding and using data, the value of not dismissing new ideas, using a wide range of technologies and tools, and helping teachers use technology. A school's geographic location will impact the librarian's role with the iGeneration—"I" now representing more than just the Internet. Additional "I" words which affect a librarian's work with students are "insulated," "in-person–no-more," "inclusivity," and "irreligious." The critical role of helping students acquire reading and multiple literacy skills is more important than ever when working with iGeneration students, so use the data! Each chapter has a list of thought-provoking questions that would be useful for planning and taking action. For example, one question asks, "if a contingent workforce seems to be the wave of the future, how do you envision it affecting students?" Extensive reading lists cite a wide array of works, including several by respected writers in the school library field. Situations described in the chapters and "Summons for Survival," the wrap-up chapter describing specific steps librarians must take to become indispensable, add an individualized "this is what it means to me" dimension. This book is a must-read, especially for future or new school librarians as well as university program instructors.

Reviewer: Mary Alice Anderson, Online Professional Development Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): Post Secondary
Review Date: January 1, 2020
Product Description
By becoming practical futurists, school librarians can help their libraries not only to survive sweeping changes in education but to thrive. This book shows how to spot technological trends and use them to your library's advantage.

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.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: PPBK
# Pages: 233
Price: $50.00
Genre: Professional Learning
Sub-Genre: Professional
Entry ID: 2225616

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