In 2007, the American Association of School Librarians introduced the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner—a blueprint for helping school libraries take full advantage of contemporary media and a guide for making the library media specialist an indispensible classroom partner. But how do you make that blueprint a working reality?
A collection of articles from School Library Media Activities Monthly—recently renamed School Library Monthly—highlighting practical ways library media specialists can help their schools implement the AASL’s Standards for 21st-Century Learners.
Ever since the initial release of the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, School Library Media Activities Monthly magazine has consistently focused on providing librarians with the information and strategies they need to help students achieve those standards. Now from the pages of that magazine—renamed School Library Monthly—comes a collection that no school library or librarian should be without.
21st-Century Learning in School Libraries: Putting the AASL Standards To Work brings together the ideas and methods of leading school librarians and educators across the nation, all focused on meeting the new standards. The book begins with a survey of 21st-century learning documents and an examination of how learning has changed for today’s student. It offers a wide range of articles—over 90 in all—in a series of chapters on key themes, a vision for successful school libraries, inquiry, collaboration, assessment, reading, and pedagogical strategies. Each chapter has an introduction, discussion questions, and promotional and advocacy strategies.
• 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
• 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
Collaborating with Classroom Teachers
Habits of Mind
Inquiry through Research
Inquiry through Science Notebooking
Multiple Kinds of Literacy
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Reading for Pleasure
Research and Information Fluency
Role of the Principal
Role of the School Librarian