Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Lanning, Scott. Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Lanning, Scott. Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries

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Lanning, Scott. Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries. Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 140p. $55. 9781610696715.

No book gets to a third edition without excellent sales, and Lanning has evidently done this. His thesis is that information literacy instruction is an extension of reference services. The reference service is targeted at individuals, and information literacy is taught to groups. Lanning takes the position that is popular with a number of school librarians-that curriculum for information should be taught to every student whether or not it is done collaboratively alongside a teacher. Thus many teacher librarians have a set list of things to teach, grade level by grade level, and this is done in elementary school during prescribed library times, usually without a classroom teacher being present. Such an approach does not depend on collaboration, and in the opinion of the reviewer, it does little to advance teaching and learning across the school precisely because it is not integrated. Many teacher librarians do make efforts to link what they are teaching in the library to what is being learned in the classroom, but it is still done alone. Many have argued that the library curriculum is one of the major reasons elementary librarians hold their jobs. …

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