#1 Concepts and Context of School Libraries
Concepts and Context for School Libraries will introduce candidates to the broad landscape of school librarianship and its relationship to the greater library and information profession. A critical examination of benchmarks and key concepts tied to literacies, information science, and technical innovation will provide a body of foundational knowledge in support of the development of the candidates’ personal and professional frameworks. Candidates will use frameworks to optimize their ability to conduct inquiry and provide leadership for 21st Century initiatives in school librarianship.
#2 Frameworks for Best Practice in School Libraries
Frameworks for Best Practice in School Libraries will explore best practice in school libraries using the framework of current national standards for school librarianship preparation programs. Major areas for exploration include but are not limited to teaching for learning, literacy and reading, information and access, advocacy and leadership, and program management and administration. Emphasis will be placed on extensive reading in each area. In preparation for a future article submission, students will conduct a thorough literature review in a specific area of interest.
#3 Strategic Leadership for School Libraries
Culture and Context of 21st Century School Libraries will focus on the social, economic, and political issues and trends facing school libraries. The broad area of the social realities will include the increasing diversities in society, overcoming the digital divide, and preparing all students to be active and engaged 21st century citizens. Schools are facing harsh economic realities in funding as well as positive signs that resources in different formats may become less expensive and may greatly increase access. Common Core as well as other state and federal standards initiatives create opportunities on the political front as well.
#4 Inquiry and Research in School Librarianship
Inquiry and Research in School Librarianship will examine current research in the school library field and provide the students with the skills they need to use existing research data for evidence based practice. The process of conducting action research and traditional research will be reviewed in the context of the school library field. Students will practice interpreting data and applying these interpretations to solving problems for program improvement. A research proposal for an action research project will be prepared, including the process of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.