From Information Literacy to Inquiry Timeline

November 24th, 2014

The September/October issue of School Library Monthly features a timeline representing the evolution of student learning in the form that we now know as inquiry. This article and timeline by Daniel Callison are available full-text online here.

The key concepts and literature featured in the timeline are

“based on a review of hundreds of documents that include learning standards, best practices reflecting the adoption of information literacy and its progression as inquiry-based learning.” (p. 14)

The timeline begins with 1960s and 1970s-era school librarianship, the tenets of which were guided by the 1960 Standards for School Library Programs (AASL) and the Standards for School Media Programs (1972, ALA and NEA). The timeline traces developments in technology, influences from research and international movements, and the merging of information skills into the greater school curriculum.

We’ll take a closer look at the different era and highlighted literature in some blog posts to come. For now, I invite you to take a look at this timeline, and share your reflections and questions in the comments. What commonalities persist across the decades? What major distinctions and points of divergence do you notice? From what eras and approaches have you cultivated your style of teaching in the school library?

Full-Text Article Link:

Article Reference: Callison, Daniel. “Information Literacy to Inquiry: A Timeline.” School Library Monthly 31, no. 1 (September/October 2014): 14-25.

–Rebecca Morris

All About Those Books

November 17th, 2014

It’s catchy, creative– and all about those books!

Check out this clever, student-made parody of Meghan Trainor’s All About the Bass (itself a popular ode to acceptance and positivity).

The lyrics are as good as any marketing effort for the school library– fiction! Magazines! E-readers! And don’t worry about the size, the students sing, because good readers need lots of books to read at night.

My favorite line might be “No, I won’t be no closed minded blank looking Barbie doll. So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along.”

Start reading . . .

–Rebecca Morris

Best Illustrated Books of 2014

November 12th, 2014

One of the students in my children’s literature course pointed out this week a favorite feature in The New York Times Book Review, the Best Illustrated Books of 2014.

According to the piece, a new panel of judges is convened each year by the Book Review to honor picture books on the merit of their illustrations:

“This year’s judges were Jennifer M. Brown, Brian Floca and Jerry Pinkney. Ms. Brown is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She also serves as the children’s editor of the books newsletter Shelf Awareness. Mr. Floca has written and illustrated two Times Best Illustrated winners, including the 2014 Caldecott Medal recipient, “Locomotive,” and many other picture books. He has also received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. Mr. Pinkney, the illustrator of over 100 children’s books — including “The Lion and the Mouse,” which won the 2010 Caldecott Medal and a 2009 Times Best Illustrated award — is the recipient of five Caldecott Honors, five Times Best Illustrated awards, five Coretta Scott King Book Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors.”

Among the titles selected are Haiti, My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren (illustrated by Roge),

Time for Bed, Fred (Yasmeen Ismmail),

Best Illustrated Books – Slide Show – via kwout

and The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint Exupéry. 

Best Illustrated Books – Slide Show – via kwout

Did any of your new favorites make the list? View the rest of the 10 best slide show here.

–Rebecca Morris