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A VISION OF A TWENTY

FIRST CENTURY SCHOOL


LIBRARY
Michelle Allen
Summer 2016

MACON-HALL ELEMENTARY
LIBRARY
2015-2016 school year

LETS MAKE A LEARNING


COMMONS @YOUR
LIBRARY!
Why make Macon-Hall Library a
learning commons?

Increased foot traffic

Better test scores

Better teaching

Research proves that students score an average


of 10-20% higher on reading and achievement
tests when their school has a strong library media
program (Spinks, 2009)

Many school library media centers are making the


change to a learning commons (Johnson, 2016).

More innovative teaching methods can be


employed using the learning commons, many of
which will prepare students for learning in the 21st
century and throughout their life (Standards,
2007).

Flexible library schedules and collaborative


projects by students, teacher and librarian
increase learning outcomes (Stubeck, 2015).

ATTRACTIVE PHYSICAL

Our shelving units


SPACE
are too tall for
students to reach

Our carpet is old and


dusty

In order for the


school community to
feel welcome, we
must have an
inviting library

Examples of
useful, friendly spaces in
a
learning commons

TECHNOLOGY

Currently Macon-Hall Library has no


desktop computers and 17 iPads. This
needs to increase to a more user friendly
amount. 1:1 ratio is suggested on all
mobile technology and 2:1 for stationary
workstations

Increased technology will increase 21st


century skills and reading test scores
(Lance, Rodney, Hamilton-Pennell, 2000).

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Desired electronic resources are:
Renewal of Encyclopedia Britannia online
already provided by district
Renewal of Mailbox Education Magazine
online already provided by district
BrainPOP.com subscription
Gale Database: National Geographic for Kids
Gale Database: Classrooms in Context U.S.
History

COLLABORATION

Student achievement is higher when


information literacy instruction is integrated
with the subject-area curriculum. Rather
than teaching library skills in isolation,
library media specialists teach content area
standards that entail information literacy
(Spinks, 2009).

The most obvious collaboration is with the


librarian and the CLUE teachers and the
classes of gifted learners in all grade levels.
Information research skills could be
incorporated into their projects very easily.

Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs: Messages, ideas, and strategies for communicating the value of school library programs and school librarians in the 21st
century. American Association of School Librarians. http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/toolkits/AASLToolkitforPromotingSLP_082715.pdf

Gretes, F. (2013, August). School Library Impact Studies: A Review of Findings and Guide to Sources. Gretes Research Services, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg
Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.baltimorelibraryproject.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/09/ Library-Impact-Studies.pdf

Johnson, K. (2016). Bridging two worlds: moving from repository to learning spaces. Teacher Librarian, 43(3), 19+. Retrieved from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA445116676&v=2.1&u=tel_s_tsla&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=e3325a8aafe3fe7db8debb3 fae713609

Kaplan, A. (2007, December). Is your school librarian highly-qualified? Phi Delta Kappan. Retrieved from
http://www.pdkmembers.org/members_online/publications/archive/pdf/k0712kap.pdf

Kennedy, S. D. (2016, June). That place we work and that thing we do. Information Today, 33(5), 8. Retrieved from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA453920463&v=2.1&u=tel_s_tsla&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=89380151fad5c622cb8eac7 53bc8d58b

Lance, K. C., Hamilton-Pennell, C., & Rodney, M. J. (2000). How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: The Second Colorado Study. Library Research Service.
Retrieved from https://www.lrs.org/documents/lmcstudies/CO/execsumm.pdf

Loertscher, D. V. (2015). The virtual makerspace: a new possibility? Teacher Librarian, 43(1), 50+. Retrieved from
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Position Statement on the Role of the School Library Program. (2012, January). American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from
resources/statements/program- role

Scholastic (2008). School Libraries Work! Scholastic Library Publishing. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf

Shelby County Schools. (2015). Destination 2025. Retrieved from http://www.scsk12.org/uf/ webadmin/foundation/2025/?id=

Spinks. A. (2009). Library Media Programs and Student Achievement: Research and Research- Based Practices for Library Media Specialists and Education Leaders.
Retrieved from http://www.cobbk12.org/librarymedia/proof/research.pdf

Standards for the 21st Century Learners. (2007). American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/
guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_Learning_Standards_2007.pdf

Stubeck, C. J. (2015, January/February). Enabling Inquiry Learning in Fixed-Schedule Libraries. Knowledge Quest. 43(3), Number 3, 28-34.Retrieved from