About EDLI 372 OL1

Examines the fundamental principles and issues of school librarianship in contemporary educational communities. Overview of administrative issues, including development of policies and procedures, budget preparation, personnel administration, and public relations. Prerequisite: Twelve hours in education and related areas or Instructor permission.

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Blackboard Asynchronous/Synchronous Sessions Via Video Conference: 10am-2pm on 9/11, 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4, 2021. Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Course Description: This course examines the fundamental principles and issues of school librarianship in contemporary educational communities. The core mission of a school library program is to provide equitable access to a wide variety of resources in multiple formats that meets the personal and information needs of diverse learners. School library media centers are hubs for learning in schools, both as physical and virtual safe spaces that promote diversity and inclusion. Candidates prepare for organizing and operating a school library media center with emphasis on facility design, administrative policies and procedures, and technology platforms and applications. Managing a school library program requires collaboration and leadership skills with a focus on advocacy within the school and community. (Standards Alignment: ALA/AASL/CAEP Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians, 2019: Standards, 1, 3-5, Vermont Educator Endorsement #61:Standards 1,3-5, Vermont Core Teaching Standards, 3-5, 9-10 )

Section Expectation

Goals: Candidates will have a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a school librarian and the dispositions and skills that lead to successful implementation of a school library program. Issues of intellectual freedom, and access to and ethical use of information will be examined in the context of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all learners. Candidates will also become familiar with the literature of librarianship in order to use these resources on the job. Candidates will understand the school librarian’s role within the educational culture of a school, including opportunities for leadership, advocacy, and collaboration with educators, administrators, and community. Although multiple standards from ALA/AASL/CAEP Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2019) will be addressed in this course, the focus of this course will be on the following: Standard 1.4 Learning Environments. Candidates create both physical and virtual learner-centered environments that are engaging and equitable. The learning environments encourage positive social interaction and the curation and creation of knowledge. Standard 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. Standard 4.1 Access. Candidates facilitate and advocate for flexible, open access to library resources and services according to the ethical codes of the profession. Candidates design and develop strategic solutions for addressing physical, social, virtual, economic, geographic, and intellectual barriers to equitable access to resources and services. Standard 4.3 Evidence Based Decision Making. Candidates make use of effective data and information to assess how practice and policy impacts groups and individuals in their diverse communities. Standard 5.1 Professional Learning. Candidates engage in ongoing professional learning. Candidates deliver professional development designed to meet the diverse needs of all members of the learning community. Standard 5.2 Leadership and Collaboration. Candidates lead and collaborate with members of the learning community to effectively design and implement solutions that positively impact learner growth and strengthen the role of the school library. Standard 5.3 Advocacy. Candidates advocate for all learners, resources, services, policies, procedures, and school libraries through networking and collaborating with the larger higher education and library community. Standard 5.4. Ethical Practice. Candidates model and promote the ethical practices of librarianship, as expressed in the foundational documents of the library profession including the American Library Code of Ethics and the Library Bill of Rights. Learning Outcomes: Upon the completion of this course candidates will be able to: Describe the various roles of the library media specialist in the school educational environment Identify National School Library Standards that guide school library programs Demonstrate understanding of the school library as a physical and virtual learning space Discuss principles and ethical issues in contemporary library media management that reflect a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that impact student learning Identify and access reliable professional sources for school library media centers information and resources Identify administration functions for the management of school library media centers Articulate and demonstrate leadership for planning, advocacy, and collaboration with educators, administrators, and community members within a school library media program Demonstrate Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Problem Solving, Technology Application and Integration Course Policies/Expectations: Candidates are expected to fully participate in asynchronous online weekly assignments via Blackboard, including discussions forums or other collaborative work, and monthly synchronous video conference sessions. Original graduate level writing and attribution is expected in completed work. Access to high speed internet and basic technology skills are necessary for completing projects and other assignments. If a candidate is having difficulty meeting course requirements, it is expected that they will contact the instructor to create a plan to address missing (or inadequate) work.

Evaluation

Student Evaluation/Assessments: Professional Portfolio/PLN: (20%) Ongoing, Final Due Date: Dec. 4 Electronic Portfolio to demonstrate learning and curate resources for implementing school library programs. Course projects will be curated within the portfolio. Policy and Procedures Analysis Project: (15%) Due Dates: First Draft Oct. 24, Final draft Nov. 14 Research and analysis to determine appropriate policies and procedures to guide school library program implementation. Research Design Project: (10%) Due Date: Oct. 3 Collaborative project to design and complete a research strategy that focuses on a topic of continuing concern in the school library community. A summary of the results of the research will be shared through an electronic format. Action Research Project: (15%) Due Dates: First reflection: Oct. 17, Second Reflection: Oct. 31 School Library Media Connection Report to document on site school library visits and interviews with a mentor school librarian. Planning and Advocacy Project: (25%) Due Date: Dec. 4 Individual project to develop a plan for improved access to school library service based on analysis of standards and an evaluation of areas for continuous improvement. Advocacy documents to support planning and implementation. Class participation and Threaded Discussion: (15%) Ongoing, Final Due Date: Dec. 4 Candidates participate in all video conference sessions, and contribute to the threaded discussion forums as assigned.

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