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School Library Media Programs in Action: Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Equity
American Association of School Librarians
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8515-1
Publisher: AASL
Price: $22.95
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85 pages
8" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8515-1
Year Published: 2009

As Gail Bush reports, "each section of this monograph includes articles that invite the reader to explore his or her own response to the authors’ messages... The purpose here is not to set in stone principles and practices to be followed blindly but to present a disposition toward intellectual behaviors that seriously consider our responsibilities and actions as educators in a democratic society." And Ms. Bush has pulled articles to do just that from Knowledge Quest, AASL's official, highly respected journal on school library media programs. You will find topics addressing the big picture of civic engagement, equity, democracy, and social justice, and of course best practices.

Contributors include, Gail Bush, Nancy Kranich, Richard Moore, Kevin Jennings, Linda Alexander, Sarah Miselis, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Phyllis C. Brown, Hilary S. Crew, Karla Krueger, Peggy Thomas, W. Dean Eastman, Kevin McGrath, Robyn Shtulman, Suzy Rabbat, Diane Wood, Debbie Abilock, and Clara L. Sitter.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Gail Bush
  • Re-Envisioning Information Literacy Standard 10: Sending a Message to the Future—Gail Bush
  • Envisioning Information Literacy Standard 10—Gail Bush

    Big Picture
  • The Civic Mission of School Libraries—Nancy Kranich
  • The Fierce Power of Narrative: An Interview with Alex Kotlowitz—Gail Bush
  • Look for Moore: Practicing Peaceful Behavior—Richard Moore

    Bridging Peace
  • Librarians Make a Difference—Kevin Jennings
  • Hear the Silent Pleas of Our Gay Youth—Linda Alexander and Sarah Miselis
  • Breaking the Silence: Talking about Race in Schools—Beverly Daniel Tatum and Phyllis C. Brown
  • Transforming the Hidden Curriculum: Gender and the Library Media Center—Hilary S. Crew
  • Inquiry-Based Library Research: A Social Justice Imperative for Special Needs Learners —Karla Krueger

    Best Practices
  • Change Minds, Change Lives: Be the Change—Peggy Thomas et al.
  • Encouraging Civic Virtues: A Collaborative Model Developed by a Teacher-Librarian and a Classroom Teacher—W. Dean Eastman and Kevin McGrath
  • Empowering Children to Discover Their Ethics—Robyn Shtulman
  • Practitioners in Action: Envisioning Standard 10: Read-to-Feed at the Olive-Mary Stitt School —Suzy Rabbat and Diane Wood
  • So Close and So Small: Six Promising Approaches to Civic Education, Equity, and Social Justice—Debbie Abilock

    Beyond Pages
  • Learning by Serving—Clara L. Sitter
  • Student Service Club Organizations—Clara L. Sitter
  • Practicing Peace Resources—Clara L. Sitter

    About the Author

    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.

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