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Exploring Science in the Library: Resources and Activities for Young People
Maria Sosa and Tracy Gath
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0768-9
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
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200 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0768-9
Year Published: 1999
Copublished with the American Association for the Advancement of Science

As school reform movements gain front page attention, it is becoming increasingly important to keep up our national science standards so our children can compete in a global economy. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest federation of scientific and engineering societies and publisher of the review journal Science Books & Film, strives for national improvements in science literacy and reform. This edition continues their original work in reform issues and practical hands-on training in the classroom, but it is aimed towards school media specialists and youth services librarians.

Here are the tools to help you collaborate in curriculum collaborations with teachers, including:
  • hands-on, supplemental activities for science instruction in the library;
  • Web references that develop science literacy;
  • a guide to selecting the best science books for children;
  • information on fundraising, projects, and grant writing; and
  • an annotated bibliography of science tradebooks.
Written and compiled by experts in the field, this is the most comprehensive approach for librarians actively involved in science, mathematics, and technology learning. As awareness of science literacy grows, access to the information and resources must hurry to catch up. This is the book you want on your professional shelf.
    Foreword Shirley Malcom
    Introduction
    1 Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Reform
      Jerry Bell
    2 Selecting Excellent and Accurate Science Books for Children
      Maria Sosa
    3 Meeting the Standards with K–8 Science Tradebooks
      Terrence E. Young and Colleen Salley
    4 Selecting Excellent Science Media
      Tracy Gath
    5 Using the Internet to Develop Science Literacy
      Maria Sosa
    6 Inquiry-based Learning in the Library
      Maria Sosa
    7 Fund-raising for Science Activities in the Library
      Maria Sosa
    8 Partnerships to Promote Science Activities in the Library
      Maria Sosa
    9 Science Project Ideas for Libraries and School Media Center
      Mary Chobot, Barbara Holton, and Maria Sosa
    Appendix About the AAAS Science Library Institute
    Contributors
    Index

About the Author
Maria Sosa is the editor-in-chief of SB&F, the review journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She manages the publication staff of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources programs at AAAS and directs the Science + Literacy for Health Project. Maria received her master’s degree in education teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Shimer College. Before coming to AAAS, Maria was an award-winning software and audiovisual writer/producer as well as a writer and editor of educational print materials. Since coming to AAAS, she has conducted a number of workshops for librarians and educators at national meetings and represents AAAS at national and local meetings of community-based organizations and professional scientific associations. She also is the editor of a monograph on children’s science books.

After serving as editor of SB&F for three years, Tracy Gath now is the editor of SB&F Online. She also is the co-editor of SB&F’s Best Books for Children 1992–95, provides other editing services for AAAS’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources programs, and wrote for and edited publications for Science + Literacy for Health projects, including the literacy toolkit “How Drugs Affect the Brain,” as well as The Brain Book and Brain and Behavior. Tracy received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She served on the board of directors of Hope, an adult education program in Washington, D.C. For fun, she jumps out of airplanes, enjoys the company of friends and family, and likes to see what’s around the next bend on hiking, biking, skiing, and canoeing trips.
Reviews
“This excellent resource helps public and school librarians develop science, math, and technology resources for K-12 students, supporting the recent national efforts toward achieving science literacy. An extraordinarily useful book.”
—School Library Journal

“This resource, which brings librarians and science educators together, is highly recommended for the professional shelf.”
—VOYA

“...provides librarians with a tool to make [librarians' and teachers'] collaborative efforts easier within the subject of science.”
—MultiMedia Schools

“...a valuable and exciting resource.”
—Infotech