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ERIC Number: EJ989071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Cura Personalis: The School Library through an Ignatian Lens
Bogel, Gayle
Knowledge Quest, v40 n5 p46-50 May-Jun 2012
Effective school libraries provide services that are based on meeting each individual's need for information. Information needs arise from both immediate and global communities--from the school building to the "flat world" of online connections. The strategy for successfully engaging individuals as lifelong learners begins with acknowledging the connections between mind, body, and spirit--and pursuing the ideal of educating each child from a holistic perspective. Historically, the focus of educating the whole child is found in the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian pedagogy. With its emphasis on personal connections to learning and reflection, the Ignatian approach of "cura personalis"--care of the whole person and care for each student in his or her uniqueness--resonates through progressive educational reform, inquiry learning, and the philosophical goals of school library professionals. The Ignatian vision of care for mind, body, and spirit is an effective, realistic perspective for approaching the potential of the school library. School librarians have the potential to offer a unique perspective of care within the school community. They are able to promote the affective connections that deep learning requires--the connections to self and connections to the larger world that result from careful consideration of the whole individual, the unique mind, body, and spirit of each child that is framed in the philosophy of "cura personalis." There is a direct connection from this holistic view to the overarching guiding principles of school libraries. The principles spring from a commitment to developing, understanding, and engaging lifelong learners and future citizens.
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: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A