This book is a good read for those wanting to gain knowledge and understand the guidelines about the American Association of School Librarians. Chapter 2 - Teaching for Learning: Section 4 - Effective Practices for Inquiry is a section of the book which was relevant to my question about the role of a librarian in the inquiry classroom. It suggests the required actions of the librarian and talks about partnerships with classroom teachers. This book is a practical guide for ensuring that library programs are meeting the needs of today's learners in the 21st century.
This article has been included in the collection as it is an action research study completed by the author Carole Stubeck. I enjoyed reading the process that Carole took to see whether she could actually transform her fixed stand-a-lone 30 minute library sessions into a more collaborative inquiry style lesson. I can relate to this as this is the true underlying meaning of my research question - What is the librarian's role in the inquiry classroom? The process and perspectives provided enabled me to think critically about what is happening in the library I am currently working in. There is reference to Carol Kuhlthau's - Information Search Process and how this was used to guide Stubeck in her quest for a more collaborative approach. I like how this article provides the thinking, the process, the findings and results. It should that anything is possible, with a collaborative team.
Carol Kuhlthau seems to me to be a wonderful representative of all things Inquiry. I first discovered her in this process of inquiry learning and many articles have her referenced in their contents. This article is actually one of Kuhlthau's and discusses the role of the 21st Century library and how they are still a necessary component in today's school communities. The positives and negatives of technology in today's school environment are also mentioned. Information concerning the role of a librarian in an inquiry classroom was one of the main key factors for me choosing this article as my key question is exactly this. I liked the way the article explained Guided Inquiry providing real examples in the explanation. This is a must read!
Please note, when entering to read this article it requires a double click when it says - failed to load PDF document. Not sure why but it is accessible. I really enjoyed reading this article as Mandy Lupton completed research and provides us with some information as to what Principals perceive as the role of a librarian. This helped me with regards to my main question as there was some evidence provided as to what our teaching peers perceive as our role in the library. The information is in response to collected data and the findings were quite clear. It was also very clear that the librarian's role in a school environment is a valued one and that the support of a school principal ensures the libraries success.
This Carol Kuhlthau tells us about the The American Association of School Librarians and highlights the Common Core Standards that need to be integrated into library research. The question of whether research and inquiry are the same thing is also posed within this article and then the paragraphs that follow move to show how they relate to each other. A clear diagram of the Guided Inquiry Design Process is provided and explained. In relation to my question - What is the librarian's role in the inquiry classroom?, this article is relevant and provides me with some interesting information to consider and implement.
Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners. The Edutopia blog is one that I enjoy following. I have been using this blogsite for a few years as I find the articles help me question my own practise. This post relates to my question from a general perspective as it discusses the questions one can pose to students to help guide their inquiry. I think these questioning techniques are just as relevant to a librarian as a main-stream classroom teacher. The post provides a step-by-step guide on how the guided inquiry is done. There is a video link that actually shows the process in action which I think is a good template to help model to others how the inquiry question process is completed.
Librarians may be a teacher's best resource when it comes to implementing inquiry-based teaching strategies. Mind/Shift is a regular blog that I follow. I find many articles relating to all things inquiry and have been exposed to different ways of thinking regarding many topics. This particular article is relevant to me as it discusses how a librarian can be involved in the inquiry process. The importance of collaboration amongst teachers is also noted. The article also looks at the idea of the function of the brain and provides ideas of how to make this brain an engaged brain rather than a passive thinking one. A relevant example of the process is provided for a reader to help understand the concept being shown.
This article is based on a research project relating to how students perceive libraries work. It is a useful article in relation to my question as the students are really my main "customers" in my working day. There is a discussion about students seeing the library as a place that just stores the books. A place to come and find factual answers. I like how the article questions what the main role of a library is and how the main actors - teachers, librarians and other adults can help create this change to this main space in a school. To allow the library to become a place that helps with an inquiry classroom, the perceptions of what the role of a library is, has to make some changes. This article helps me in my inquiry as it allowed me to see the point of view of a range of students from a range of schools. It made me think.
Inquiry-based techniques are challenging conventional ways of teaching and empowering students who might otherwise get overlooked. This blog post on Mind/Shift is relevant to my question as it provides some guides on how to create a more inquiry-based classroom. It is not just a guide for librarians but rather is written more for the mainstream classroom. I feel however that there are definitely relevant points to notice for any librarian who is wanting to create more of an inquiry environment in their library space. Diana Laufenberg provides the 10 Tips and there is also a link to her Ted Talk which provides more of a real element as she uses her students work to show real practice. This post helps teachers in the "guiding role" of inquiry.
THE EVOLUTION OF INQUIRY In recent years, the inquiry-based learning emphasis has emerged... | Article from Teacher Librarian February 1, 2016 This article discusses how the idea of "Inquiry" has been associated with library discourse for more than 40 years, it is not a new concept. It talks about understanding the role of the librarian and library in a school community, and provides guides as to what schools should consider when thinking about this concept. There is reference to known information-seeking models and quotes provided by a range of people including Carol Kuhlthau in relation to the benefits of having a collaborative culture "to implement an inquiry approach to learning". (Levitov, D. 2016) The article was relevant to my search in helping identify different aspects of a librarian's role in relation to the American Association of School Librarians and their standards.