ENVIRONMENT - WHAT IS DRIVING OUR LIBRARY AGENDA?

Mission of the library:


"The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school library media specialist empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. . . "


(American Association of School Librarians, Empowering Learners, p. 8)

STANDARDS


FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE

  • Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat--We learned in a static world; our students are entering a very different world that will require continuous learning, creativity, working with people who are different from us, developing new understanding in a highly complex world.
  • Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind--Argues that we need to teach our students to design, tell stories, function in a group like a symphony, empathize, play to create, and build new meaning. This is not the factory model, because that can be outsourced to China and India

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Voices in Urban Education--How can we ensure that all kids succeed? How can we erase the achievement gaps between rich and poor, privileged and deprived, native and immigrant populations? Finland has accomplished this.

  • Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley, The Fourth Way--More about the kind of change needed, more about Finland.

  • School Learning Commons Idea

POWERPOINT: An Introduction to the AASL Standards