21st-Century Learning in School Libraries

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Ever since the initial release of the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, School Library 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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Eleven thematic chapters cover 21st-century learning standards, 21st-century learners, envisioning a vibrant library media program, the 21st-century school library media specialist, reading, inquiry-based teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration between library media specialists and classroom teachers, creating a toolkit of instructions strategies, and sample elementary and secondary lesson plans. Suitable for use in preservice classes, in practitioner study groups, or as a reference for individuals."


Reference & Research Book News

"This is a heavy-weight that deserves reading. Not only does it present strategies that allow for full use of the new AASL standards, it is a collection of many of the field's best thinkers talking about the need and use of these new standards and 21st century learning. . . . This is a good reference for why and how to use standards effectively. Not a cover-to-cover read, it is a compendium of ideas and thoughts useful to school libraries."


Teacher Librarian

"This is an excellent starting point for examining AASL's standards and provides a solid basis for library-school and in-service offerings. Current school librarians will probably want to pick and choose chapters to read."



"The book is equally useful as a textbook or as a guide for those already in the school library."


School Library Journal

School Library Journal
This collection of articles from School Library Media Activities Monthly brings together AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner, published in 2007, and best practices from the fields of library science and education in a user-friendly volume. The first chapter introduces the skills and gives a brief history of their development. Other articles discuss implications and generalized applications. This is followed by a series of articles about how today's young people differ from those of previous generations. The next sections are devoted to the library-media program and the librarian, which lead to discussions of reading, inquiry, assessment, and collaboration. The book concludes with an instructional toolkit and lesson plans for both elementary and secondary students. The articles in this impressive volume tackle issues such as developing a school library media center mission statement, intrinsic vs. extrinsic rewards for reading, different inquiry models, ways of assessing learning, evidence-based practice, and strategies for teaching and collaboration. Authors of the articles include both practitioners and university professors, and the book is equally useful as a textbook or as a guide for those already in the school library.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588955
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 654,511
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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