Information-Powered School

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At the heart of the groundbreaking publication of Information Power was the idea that school library media specialists and teachers could work together to make certain that their students were truly becoming information literate and so equipped to bring those skills to bear as they advanced to higher levels of education. The Library Power initiative, a national project funded by the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, put this idea to the test in 700 schools serving more than one million students in impoverished communities around the country. This book is the result of all that was learned and is the guide for implementing the theories laid out in Information Power.

The Information-Powered School is packed with more than 40 templates and model forms, all tested in actual Library Power sites. It outlines a specific plan for school library media specialists and teachers to share the responsibilities of planning, teaching, and assessing student learning and offering a truly coherent curriculum. Included are tips from experienced practitioners on gathering the support of teachers and principals, on managing new roles and responsibilities, and on leading the charge to integrate information literacy and technology into curricula. Using this hands-on guide, you will start to see information-literate students engaged in inquiry-based learning and using library media resources and services in new and productive ways.

For every school librarian, media center specialist, educator, and principal who wants to activate Information Power in their schools, here are proven and flexible strategies for creating dramatic and collaborative change.

Wendy D. Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network
Julie A. Walker, Executive Director, American Association of School Librarians
1 Using the Information-Powered School

    Anne Wheelock

2 Leadership and the Practitioner

    Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Anne Wheelock, with the Paterson Education Fund

3 Information-Powered Professional Development

    Public Education and Business Coalition, Denver, Colorado

4 Professional Collaboration for Information Literacy

    Forward in the Fifth, Berea, Kentucky

5 Collection Mapping: One Step in the Collection Development Process

    APPLE Corps, Atlanta, Georgia

6 Curriculum Mapping

    APPLE Corps, Atlanta, Georgia

7 Enhancing Student Learning with Technology

    Sandra Hughes-Hassell

8 Flexible Access: Essential to Active Learning

    Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Anne Wheelock

9 Refurbishing for Learning

    Cleveland Education Fund, Cleveland, Ohio

10 Community Engagement for Information Power

    Paterson Education Fund, Paterson, New Jersey

11 Developing Resources for the Information-Powered School

    Nashville Public Education Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee, and New Visions for Public Schools, New York, New York

A National Library Power Program Sites
B Contributing Authors


Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, PhD, former director of the Philadelphia Library Power Project, is associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. Her books include The Information-Powered School and Curriculum and Instruction through the Library. She holds a master's in education from James Madison University and PhD in library and information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anne Wheelock

Anne Wheelock is an independent writer, researcher, and policy analyst based in Boston, Massachusetts. As a case study writer for the University of Wisconsin's National Program Evaluation of Library Power, she documented the implementation of Library Power practices at the school and district level.

"Designed as a 'tool kit,' this volume presents a variety of articles highlighting various aspects and activities of Information Powered Schools and giving tips for putting the principles and practices to work."
—School Library Journal

"With the publication of this new work, [school librarians] finally have a guide that takes the concepts presented in Information Power and breaks them down into small, doable steps with suggestions on how to sell the changes to others and how to implement them into the library program. If schools use only some of the suggestions available in the text, their library programs should improve."

"This book provides librarians with many nuggets of helpful advice and numerous forms to use in practicing the new approach, but it is not just for librarians. In fact, administrative support would be critical for the implementation of this approach. [This book] provides both the philosophical and educational justifications for making the library-media center the hub of the school, as well as the blueprint for bringing it about."
—The MiddleWeb Listserv Book Reviews

"The suggestions and forms available in this book will guide librarians in finding support for a common vision and aligning their library program with school improvement, two essential elements for success."