Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

A Note from the Editor

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

A Note from the Editor

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Thank you to Theme Editor Ross Todd for his excellent work on the Theme Section "Adolescents' Information seeking and Use." Todd has written a comprehensive review of research related to the theme and then has shown how the authors of the theme articles-Jennifer L. Branch, Jennifer Burek Pierce, Judah S. Hamer, and Jami L. Jones-have applied and extended the ideas he explored in his introduction to the theme. The researchers who have contributed to the Theme section all work in North America.

The authors of the research article that begins this issue, Snunith Shoham and Zehava Shemer Shalman, work in Israel. Their article focuses on how and why junior high and high school students used the space provided in their secondary school libraries.

This article invites us to continue to consider our perspectives on the library as space. In the last issue, Louise Limberg and Mikael Alexandersson reported on their year-long study on the meaning of the school library as a space for learning as experienced by students. Their study drew upon a sociocultural perspective on learning and a phenomenological perspective of space. Snunith Shoham and Zehava Shemer-Shalman, in contrast, report on how students chose to locate themselves within the space of the school library and the reasons they and the adult staff in the library gave for these choices. …

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