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Standard, April – Library Media Connection, 2011
In "What Defines an Exemplary School Librarian," Jami Jones and Gail Bush make a strong argument that professional disposition is the key to a successful library media program. The authors emphasize the relevance of INTASC standards which specify that teachers must promote "positive social interaction and (develop) healthy and helping…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, School Libraries, Learning Resources Centers
Bush, Gail; Jones, Jami L. – School Library Monthly, 2011
As the authors progressed through their research agenda last year, they contributed an article to "School Library Monthly" entitled "Forecasting Professional Dispositions of School Librarians" (January 2011, 54-56) wherein they described a Delphi study they conducted in the fall of 2009 that identified professional dispositions based on responses…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Science
Jones, Jami; Bush, Gail – Library Media Connection, 2009
According to early childhood education scholar and leading expert on this topic, Lilian G. Katz, dispositions are a "pattern of behavior exhibited frequently... in the absence of coercion... constituting a habit of mind under some conscious and voluntary control... intentional and oriented to broad goals" that can be taught and caught through…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Librarians, Behavior Patterns
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Bush, Gail; Jones, Jami L. – School Library Media Research, 2010
This article reports the findings of an exploratory study to identify professional dispositions of school librarians. The authors employed the Delphi method, a qualitative research method that emphasizes expert knowledge and consensus within a particular field. The Delphi panel consisted of members of the editorial boards of nationally recognized…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Library Education, Qualitative Research, School Libraries
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2005
Most adults are challenged when it comes to understanding teens' motives. "What were they thinking of?" is an all-too-common response. Without a doubt, no developmental period in life is more confounding and baffling than adolescence. Until recently, erratic teen behavior was blamed on raging hormones, but scientific research in the last decade…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Brain, Adolescents, Child Behavior
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2005
It is the recent emphasis on testing that has brought life to this issue once again and has spawned the "New Boys Movement," which focuses on helping boys achieve in reading and writing, Researchers have been studying what makes boys tick. What they've learned is that boys take longer to learn to read than girls; they read less than girls and are…
Descriptors: Males, Gender Issues, Reading Instruction, Reading Motivation
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2005
Recently a public librarian e-mailed the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)about teen problem behaviors at the library--excessive noise, profanity, vandalism, the works. Anthony Bernier, director of teen services at the Oakland (CA) Public Library, came to the teens' defense. He charged that some librarians "cultivate, exaggerate, or…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Librarians, Library Services, Public Libraries
Zambone, Alana M.; Jones, Jami L. – School Library Monthly, 2010
Special and general educators rely on the school library for many reasons, such as the wealth of resources that are used to motivate students and individualize instruction and the fact that many students with disabilities enjoy spending time there (Smith-Canter, Voytecki, Zambone, and Jones 2009). In the June 2009 issue of "School Library Media…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Special Needs Students
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2004
This article discusses the current status of teens in society. The article reports that half of all teens have been affected by the divorce of their parents; one in five lives in poverty; and approximately one in six suffers from depression. Thirty-five percent of teenage girls get pregnant at least once before age 20. This article discusses ways…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Youth Problems, School Libraries, Public Libraries
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2004
The good news is that many public libraries are now overflowing with teens. The bad news is that most teens still don't visit libraries, and that's a shame. Teens would use libraries if they clearly understood their value. But for years, young adults have been mostly ignored by librarians. The solution is to initiate a major paradigm shift, one in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Librarians, Library Services, Public Libraries
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2004
For gay students, some always feel like they are wearing a mask. They cannot let their family, even their friends, see the real them. According to researchers, the road to adulthood for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens is riddled with more potholes than for other teens. For starters, gay teens are two to three times more likely to…
Descriptors: Librarians, Homosexuality, High School Students, Adolescents
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2004
Today's teens face an endless barrage of media--television, movies, radio, the Internet, magazines, and electronic games, not to mention those advertising slogans that shout out at them from billboards, bumper stickers, and even T-shirts. The sheer amount of time that teens spend with media is mind-boggling. Over the course of a year, young adults…
Descriptors: Internet, Television, Libraries, Adolescents
Jones, Jami – School Library Journal, 2004
Library, services for teens are often less than stellar. Although some libraries offer young adults wonderful programs and vibrant, inviting spaces, even the American Library Association admits that adolescents tend to be an "underserved" group. This article discusses what libraries can do to make them more meaningful to teens.
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Adolescents, Adolescent Development
Jones, Jami L. – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2006
Every single young person who has grown up in America is only one major event or catastrophe away from falling over the edge into what most people would call "at-risk." The term "at-risk" refers to a wide range of factors that make it more difficult for a person to meet the developmental tasks of their age group. For students, a major…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Media Specialists, Developmental Tasks
Jones, Jami Biles – Library Media Connection, 2006
It used to be that students who dropped out were considered lazy and unmotivated. Some students were actually pushed out and encouraged to leave, as if this solves the problem! While teachers blame kids for dropping out, kids blame an educational system "gone bad." Dropping out is no longer viewed as solely a student problem, but rather a problem…
Descriptors: Student Problems, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention, Media Specialists
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