Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Where Are We Going? Where Have We Been?

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Where Are We Going? Where Have We Been?

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This issue is a wonderful mashup of research reports, literature reviews, research in progress and think pieces.

Mary Ann Harlan asks us to contemplate the many questions that structure our research on and with young people. Constructing Youth: Reflecting on Defining Youth and Impact on Methods is a provocative think piece that begins with defining youth and takes us through her process of gaining access to young people for her dissertation and the decisions that confronted her along the way. She explores how power, place, and knowledge can impact research "with youth" and "on youth." Mary Ann's contribution is also this issue's public access article.

Patrick Lo and Dickson K.W. Chiu and Phillip Calvert report on completed studies. Patrick and Dickson, in School Librarians' View of Cooperation with Public Libraries in Hong Kong reminds us that although there have been numerous studies conducted on school and public library collaboration, the topic has received very limited coverage in Asian countries. His in-depth interviews in his exploratory study with three school librarians illuminate issues involved with financial concerns, roles, supporting learning, and even power structures.

Phillip Calvert's School Libraries in New Zealand as Technology Hubs: Enablers and Barriers to School Librarians Becoming Technology Leaders reports on a survey of librarians in secondary schools. His study follows a method and theory used by Johnston (2011) and their findings are also in agreement in that school librarians who are supported by their principals can take on leadership roles. However Calvert's findings also suggest that almost half of the librarians surveyed were not comfortable in that role. …

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