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ERIC Number: EJ869015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Interview with a Vampire, I Mean, a Librarian: When Pre-Service Teachers Meet Practicing School Librarians
Roux, Yvonne R.
Knowledge Quest, v37 n2 p58-62 Nov-Dec 2008
The subtitle of the guidelines for school librarians, "Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning" reflects school library professionals' view that partnering with teachers and other educators is vital to enhancing the learning process, and the book devotes a chapter to the importance of collaboration. Yet one of the most common complaints among school librarians is that many teachers are either not interested in, or are resistant to, such professional relationships. A primary factor that interferes with these partnerships is the absence of any discussion in most teacher education programs of the role of school librarians. Without an understanding of collaboration's impact on student learning, pre-service teachers have no motivation for pursuing this practice as they enter the profession. Since the teacher education program at William Paterson University of New Jersey lacked such discussion, a faculty member in the secondary teacher education program and the author (the university's education librarian) initiated a collaborative project to raise awareness of the role of the school librarian in student learning and of the resources available through the school library. Using a new undergraduate teaching methods course that integrates technology and various literacies (language arts, media and information literacy) they developed an assignment to make a connection between curriculum and the school librarian. The pre-service teachers were required to prepare a curriculum unit that incorporated teaching literacy and technology skills, in addition to teaching content, such as social studies or art. The pre-service teachers interviewed practicing school librarians to identify strategies and resources that they would recommend if the curriculum unit were to be taught in that school. Then the pre-service teachers prepared a slide presentation to report on what they learned from the interviews. Realizing that most pre-service teachers have limited knowledge about school libraries, a list of thirteen suggested interview questions was developed and made available to them. These questions focused not only on the services and resources of the school library, but also on the role of the school librarian in teaching and learning information skills. Only one of these questions, "What would you like other teachers to know about the school library?" was required for the interview. This article focuses on the presentations created by the pre-service teachers after the interviews, not on the responses of the librarians. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey