Standard 3

Standard 3: Knowledge and Application of Content

Candidates in school librarian preparation programs are knowledgeable in literature, digital and information literacies, and current instructional technologies. Candidates use their pedagogical skills to actively engage learners in the critical-thinking and inquiry process. Candidates use a variety of strategies to foster the development of ethical digital citizens and motivated readers.

3.1 Reading Engagement: Candidates demonstrate a knowledge of children’s and young adult literature that addresses the diverse developmental, cultural, social, and linguistic needs of all learners. Candidates use strategies to foster learner motivation to read for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment.

3.2 Information Literacy: Candidates know when and why information is needed, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. Candidates model, promote, and teach critical-thinking and the inquiry process by using multiple literacies.

3.3 Technology-Enabled Learning: Candidates use digital tools, resources, and emerging technologies to design and adapt learning experiences. Candidates engage all learners in finding, evaluating, creating, and communicating data and information in a digital environment. Candidates articulate, communicate, model, and teach digital citizenship.

Artifacts:

LIS 617/618 Book Talk: Transcript / Presentation / Bibliography Handout

Note: this class was taken at Eastern Carolina University as LIBS 6137: Materials for Young Adults

LIS 635 Digital Curation

Alignment with Standards:

The book talk I created was an extensive project, where I presented six books on a theme, and used several different presentation styles. I also included supplemental resources like a visual presentation (Powerpoint) and a handout that listed the books presented as well as further reading. I presented the booktalk to an English class and was able to survey students about their favorite presentation style. This assignment aligns with standard 3.1 (reading engagement). In LIS 635, I assembled a digital curation of sources on slam poetry/spoken word poetry. I chose a subject that students at my school have shown interest in, and was able to learn more about the subject while exploring resources and choosing those I thought the students would find useful. This assignment aligns with standards 3.2 (information literacy) and 3.3 (technology-enabled learning).

What I Learned:

There will always be students who visit the library and check out books, and have a great passion for reading. However, a good librarian needs to reach all students, not just the ones who are already interested in reading for enjoyment or exploring topics of interest on their own. One of the most important roles of the school librarian is to curate resources and present them in different ways depending on their audience.

Book talks are an important way to get students interested in reading, and to get them interested in books they would not normally choose. There are some classic booktalking formats that work for most audiences - such as first person narratives, excerpts, and summaries. However, librarians should always be open to new and evolving ways to reach readers. In addition to the tried-and-true methods, "YA librarians seeking to connect with teen readers need techniques that balance fast, social-digital literary practices with slower, interpersonal reading skills" (Irvin, 2015).

Students will respond to different types of information and presentation styles, so a librarian must assemble a useful toolkit of resources for presenting information. According to the Digital Curation Centre, "curation enhances the long-term value of existing data by making it available for further high quality research" (2021). When librarians make the effort to curate quality resources, students will be able to browse these resources for their education and enjoyment.

Impact on Students:

High school students are very independent and often prefer to explore resources on their own. However, librarians can make sure students always have quality resources in front of them. By offering a range of presentation styles, types of books, and resource formats, librarians can guide students to choose these resources during their search for reading and research materials.

Supporting Resources:

Digital Curation Centre. (2021). What is digital curation? https://www.dcc.ac.uk/about/digital-curation

Irvin, V. (2015). Book Tweets and Snappy Reads: Booktalking to Engage Millennial Teens. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults 6.