ERIC Number: EJ1049039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 16
School Libraries and Innovation
McGrath, Kevin G.
Knowledge Quest, v43 n3 p54-61 Jan Feb 2015
School library programs have measured success by improved test scores. But how do next-generation school libraries demonstrate success as they strive to be centers of innovation and creativity? These libraries offer solutions for school leaders who struggle to restructure existing systems built around traditional silos of learning (subjects and departments) and prescribed curricula that aim to cover content. The Common Core State Standards call for a shift from content to process, from memorization to problem-solving. School libraries can lead schools to embrace innovation, think outside the box, engage in interdisciplinary and community collaboration, embrace sudden learning opportunities, and address real-world problems. Innovative organizations "are ones that continually identify and adopt programs and practices, including the requisite organizational structures and cultures that help them better serve students" (Moreno, Luria, and Mojkowski 2013). This article chronicles an evidence based library redesign project of a public high school of 700 students. The Library Improvement Committee was formed, consisting of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members. The committee started with a common belief that the school library can and should improve student achievement and that new functions of the library would determine the design of the learning space. As part of the planning process, the committee imagined where the school library would be in five years and asked, "What do you see people doing in the school library?"
Descriptors: School Libraries, Innovation, Library Role, Library Services, Library Development, Instructional Innovation, Best Practices, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, High Schools, Regional Schools
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: High Schools
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