The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the School Library
Inquiry-Based Education
by Anthony Tilke
March 2011, 139pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-641-6
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is developing a worldwide presence with 100,000 students undertaking it each year. More than 1,100 schools now offer the DP in the IB Americas region. Notwithstanding that growth, very little has been written about the library and the IBDP, whether research-based or offering accounts of good practice.

This book, a blend of practice and theory, shows how the school library can contribute to the success of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Written for librarians in schools that are applying to offer the program as well as those who already work with it, The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the School Library: Inquiry-Based Education provides information and strategies specifically relating libraries to the IBDP.

The guide includes information about the IBDP ranging from the subject matrix to unique aspects of the program, such as the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay requirement, and the Learner Profile. The book also discusses other important features of IB programs, such as internationalism and academic honesty. Finally, it blends theory and practice by providing details and findings from the only two-year research study to follow students and teachers through the IBDP. The study demonstrates the role of the school library in the program, showing how both students and teachers used and valued it. Each chapter concludes with a series of points or strategies for the librarian to reflect upon and/or use as the basis of action.


  • An abstract on the Extended Essay process
  • Examples of library helpsheets for IBDP students
  • A glossary of IBDP acronyms and IB terminology
  • A specially created list of items that will be helpful for a TOK course
  • An extensive bibliography of library and education sector references
Anthony Tilke, PhD, is head of library at the International School of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and has worked with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) for over ten years. His PhD thesis was on the impact of an international school library on the IBDP. Dr. Tilke is the author of several titles on school librarianship which have been published in the United Kingdom.


"Within every chapter, librarians are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the program, responding to the needs of students and working with teachers. Seven appendixes include a list of TOK resources, a sample library help sheet for students, several book lists, and a sample policy for essay donations, followed by a glossary of terminology and acronyms, an extensive reference list, and a detailed index."—School Library Journal, September 1, 2011

"This book presents a realistic overview of what the current role of school libraries in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs look like. . . . Overall, the book is a reality check for media specialists, and will be especially useful for those working in an IB school."—Library Media Connection, November 1, 2011
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