Assessing Student Learning in the School Library Media Center

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School library media specialists have a crucial role to play in the assessment of student learning. This volume, featuring contributions from participants in AASL's sold-out 2006 Fall Forum, provides answers to this important question on many levels. The cast of expert contributors includes:

Violet H. Harada, Professor, Library and Information Science Program, Department of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii. Harada publishes frequently in both scholarly and popular journals and has spoken at numerous state, national, and international conferences. She also co-authored Assessing Learning: Librarians and Teachers as Partners (Libraries Unlimited, 2005) and Inquiry Learning: Through Librarian-Teacher Partnerships (Linworth Publishing, 2004).

Barbara Stripling, Director of Library Services, New York City Department of Education. Stripling has had a thirty-year career in education as a classroom teacher, school library media specialist, Library Power director, school district director of instructional services, director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City, and director of library services for the New York City Department of Education. She has written or edited many books and articles, including Curriculum Connections through the Library: Principles and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2003).

Judith A. Dzikowski, Director, School Library System, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse, NY. Dzikowski has thirty years of experience in education as a teacher, school library media specialist, and principal. She is the 2006 recipient of the AASL/Highsmith Research Grant and has been actively involved in AASL, the New York School Library System Association, and the Central New York Library Resources Council.

Marjorie L. Pappas, Virtual Professor, Writer, and Consultant, Rutgers University, Danville, KY. Pappas is the co-author of Pathways to Knowledge and Inquiry Learning (Libraries Unlimited, 2002) and has written many articles on information literacy, inquiry learning, and virtual libraries. Pappas has been a library science professor at several universities and presents frequently at state and national conferences.

Allison Zmuda, Senior Education Specialist, Capitol Regional Education Council, Hartford, CT. As senior education specialist, Zmuda works with staff to design curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She has co-authored The Competent Classroom (Teachers College Press and the National Education Association, 2001) and High Stakes High School (Simon and Schuster, 2001). Her latest book, Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004), was the Association of Curriculum and Development April 2004 member book.

Fall Forum 2006 Welcome
Forum Presenters and Facilitators
Teaching for Learning Committee Members

Chapter 1:
Assessing Student Learning: Why Should Library Media Specialists Be Involved?
Voices of the Participants: Assessment—Why?

Chapter 2:
Assessment of Information Fluency

Chapter 3:
Item Analysis: What Skills Are Needed to Answer Standardized Assessment Questions?

Chapter 4:
The Tools of Assessment
Voices of the Participants: Assessment—How?

Chapter 5:
Where Does Your Authority Come From?
Voices of the Participants: Assessment and Advocacy

Assessment Glossary
In Search of Testing and Test Anxiety Fiction Bibliography

Anita L. Vance

Anita L. Vance is a library media specialist at Chestnut Ridge High School, New Paris, PA, and chair of the AASL National Institute Committee 2008.

Robbie Nickel

Robbie Nickel is a library media specialist at Sage Elementary School Elko, NV, and a member of the AASL National Institute Committee 2008.