ERIC Number: EJ872685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Role of the Library Media Specialist in Greening the Curriculum: A Community-Based Approach to Teaching 21st Century Skills outside of the School Library through the Practice of Urban Agriculture
Torrise, Michelle L.
Library Media Connection, v28 n4 p18-20 Jan-Feb 2010
Some of the author's most valuable experiences as a library media specialist (LMS) were not in a school library. Rather, they were on the streets of Chicago, in community gardens, and on the rooftops of buildings in Humboldt Park, where she was hired by the University of Illinois Community Informatics Initiative as a graduate assistant and LMS in training to work with Pedro Albizu Campos High School (PACHS), an alternative high school on Chicago's west side. In this article, the author shares her experience in working with PACHS as a library media specialist and in assisting students of the Urban Agriculture Initiative at PACHS. The author describes a community-based approach to teaching 21st century skills outside of the school library through the practice of urban agriculture. While working outside of a large school system lends itself to this type of grass-roots work, it is possible to perform in a similar capacity within the formal framework of a K-12 library media center program. Defining the role of an LMS in a similar community-based learning initiative within a school library might include: (1) Identifying Critical Resources; (2) Engaging Disconnected Youth through Community-Based Learning; (3) Designing Opportunities for Inquiry-Based Learning; (4) Teaching 21st Century Skills; and (5) Developing Opportunities for Authentic Assessment.
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Inquiry, Library Role, Active Learning, School Libraries, Information Science, Media Specialists, Agriculture, Library Services, Partnerships in Education, Community Education, Urban Areas, Higher Education, Ecology, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Technological Literacy, Environmental Influences, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois