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Literacy, Libraries, and Learning

Using books and online resources to promote reading, writing, and research

Ray Doiron (By (author) Marlene Asselin (By (author)
Doiron (By (author)) & Marlene Asselin (By (author)

ISBN: 9781551381961

Publication Date: Nov 2005

Format: Paperback

This thought-provoking book discusses the literacy needs of students and the changing responsibilities of teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students to become better readers, writers, and researchers. The book offers a number of suggestions for re-inventing the school library -- from promoting reading to supporting research methods that respect copyright to encouraging the integration of technology and traditional resources.

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The school library has changed dramatically. Today, it is a portal to a world of learning that includes traditional books, digital resources, and online environments. As the importance of information and communication technologies grows, teachers and teacher-librarians hold the key to creating powerful learning opportunities that help students function more effectively.

This comprehensive guide discusses the changing responsibilities of classroom teachers and teacher-librarians in helping students become better readers, writers, and researchers. It offers suggestions for re-inventing the school library by offering a better and more current selection of resources, instilling students with the reading habit, and supporting them in these key areas:promoting reading for learning and pleasure;improving critical literacy skills when using information from many sources;encouraging research methods that respect copyright and lead to original work;designing information tasks to help students work effectively with data;developing better informational text structures that increase comprehension;encouraging the integration of emerging technologies and traditional resources.

Literacy, Libraries, and Learning argues that using diverse learning resources can improve literacy achievement. It shows teachers and teacher-librarians how to turn their schools into first-rate learning environments and their students into lifelong learners.
Pages 128
Date Published 30 Nov 2005
Publisher Pembroke Publishers
Subject/s Library & information sciences  
Ray Doiron is a professor at the University of Prince Edward Island where he helps prepare new early literacy teachers for the classroom. A former primary teacher and teacher-librarian, Ray used children's literature and multimedia resources as the foundation for his literacy program. Committed to building student literacy achievement, he is passionate about motivating children to become lifelong readers. A workshop leader on topics around school librarianship, he is actively pursuing research on the connection between literacy and libraries.

Marlene Asselin began her career as an early childhood teacher and was head teacher at the University of British Columbia Study Centre from 1983-1987. Now an associate professor at UBC, Marlene's research interests are in literacy education, information literacy, and school librarianship. Her literacy courses introduce new teachers to the world of children's literature, and the important partnerships they need to make with teacher-librarians. An advocate for strong school libraries , she is the co-president of the Canadian Association for School Libraries.

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