Beyond The Stacks - Introduction


The focus of the school library program has not changed, but shifted from building a warehouse of materials to an emphasis on creating a collborative community of lifelong learners. The chart below shows other shifts in thinking and programs:
Backward Thinking

Forward Thinking
isolated
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collaborative
reactive
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proactive
print materials
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information in all forms
place-dependent
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place-independent
local
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global
information literacy
as separate subject

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information literacy
across the curriculum

catalog cards
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automated systems
book-based budget
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multi-dimensional budget
single funding sources
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multiple funding sources

Source: Information Power
Joyce Valenza's

The teacher-librarian has many roles and responsibilities including instructional partner, information specialist, and manager (Collections).


Resources


So What Should Librarians be Teaching? (Doug Johnson)
Roles and Responsibilities of the School Library Media Specialist (Information Power)