ERIC Number: EJ1041853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 3
The Story Is More Important than the Words: A Portrait of a Reader-Focused Library Program
Grigsby, Susan K. S.
Knowledge Quest, v43 n1 p22-28 Sep-Oct 2014
Middle school librarian Susan Grigsby believes strongly in teaching independence in book selection, and has been able to back up her belief by putting programs in place that provide evidence to show her administrators how fostering independence works. She spends time creating personal bibliographies for her students based on an interest survey. She teaches her students how to create resource lists in the library's online catalog so they have a handy list of likely titles when they are ready to read something new. She works with her language arts teachers to set aside time for monthly book talks to share stories that might fly under students' radar or exist outside their comfort zones. When all of this is combined with a commitment to know her students, know the literature, and keep current on titles and authors for middle school, she is able to provide a program that not only encourages independent self-selection but helps middle readers broaden their scope in preparation for high school. In this article, she describes the steps she took to teach and support student independence in book selection and to teach her school community the importance of independent self-selection.
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Library Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Middle School Students, School Libraries, Librarians, Reading Improvement, Student Interests, Discussion Groups, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Change Strategies, Organizational Change, Library Development
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/knowledgequest.cfm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A