These volumes provide a series of informative interviews with school/teacher librarians practicing in different parts of the world. The 2-volume set showcases the resilience, creativity, and best practices from successful school librarians from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. The librarians interviewed come from all different schools and schools systems, from a tiny recently built school library in a rural village in Africa to an ultra-modern library in Sweden.
Featuring 37 interviews with successful school librarians from across the globe, the volumes let us hear the stories from countries around the world. They tell about their creative and innovative school library projects, their unconventional reading programs, and their best practices and experiences in addressing the challenges of supporting basic literacy. A wide selection of methodologies and approaches are discussed, offering a global “voyage” through topics important in school librarianship. The 2-volume set also addresses recent advancements in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the shift toward inquiry-based learning that impacts school libraries worldwide.
The books are packed with information that can be used by school librarians, teachers, school administrators and others in a variety of ways. Readers can borrow best practices from the experiences presented in the book, and the volumes can also serve as a strong voice for practicing school librarians and the profession, through expanding the opportunities for professional sharing in the international school library community.
Volume 1: The Americas and Europe
Using Zombie Comics to Motivate Students to Read
The School Library: A Challenging Place to Work
School Librarian: A 21st Century Vision for Teaching and Learning
School Librarianship: It Is All About Building Relationships
The Modern Bookworm! She’s Stranger Than Fiction!
Stories Told by a School Librarian from Land of the Maple Leaves
A Resource Center in the Struggling Latin America
JCSP School Libraries Creating a Learning Culture in Irish Schools
Job Satisfaction though Diverse Collaboration – I Slipped into the Best Career Ever
Promoting Integration – What Can We School Librarians Do?
The School Library: Where Real Self-Directed Learning Takes Place
School Librarian Stories from a City That Is Built on Two Continents
School Librarians as Roadmap for Guiding Children Who Will Shed Lights on Our Future
Being a School Librarian Is Mission (Im)possible?
The School Library as the Heart of All Learning and Teaching for the Whole School
School Librarianship: The Quest for a Narrative That Demonstrates the Process of Understanding
The School Library as a Gateway to the World
From the Land of Fire, Ice and Books
Berglind Inga Guðmundsdóttir
Dragon Myths Told by an Icelandic School Librarian / Dragonologist
Vignir Ljósálfur Jónsson
Volume 2: Africa, Asia, and Australia
A School Library in a Place Where There Has Never Been One Before! Building a Reading Culture in DR Congo
Our Passion to Provide School Libraries to the Children of Zimbabwe
It is a Long, Long Walk to Books and Very Far Away from Information Access and Delivery: Stories from School Librarians in Zimbabwe
My Library, My Lifeline
Dumebi Ezar Ehigiator
Children Experiencing the Joy of Reading in Japan
Bringing the Concepts of US Public Librarianship to a School Library in Hong Kong
Jun Niu, Tammy Ng, and Joli Moore
Modelling Your School Library After Starbucks? Successful School Librarian Stories from Hong Kong
Zarah Gagatiga: The Filipino School Librarian in Action
A Large School Library in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Is Run by a PhD Candidate
Successful School Librarian Stories from the Land of Smiles
A School Library in the Wondrous Kingdom of Thailand
The Hidden Truth about the Undying Determination of a Successful School Librarian
Sharada Pandey Siwakoti
Helping Students in the Foothills of the Himalayas
A Teacher-Librarian with a Mission of Creating Information Literate Global Citizens!
Libraries: A Flourishing Garden of Life
Making a Difference to Student Learning Through School Libraries
Madeleine Jane Viner
The Library Works at Being the Hub of the School
Invitations Across Thresholds
Patrick Lo, EdD, is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He has presented about 100 research papers and project reports focusing on librarianship, humanities, and education at local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, and conferences. Dr. Lo’s recent books include Conversations with the World’s Leading Opera and Orchestra Librarians and Preserving Local Documentary Heritage: Conversations with Special Library Managers and Archivists in Hong Kong.
Heather Rogers is currently a Master of Information Studies (MISt) candidate at McGill University in Canada, focusing on librarianship and information literacy. Previously, she was an Assistant English Language Teacher for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme in Fukushima, Japan. She graduated from The American University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies and Japanese.
Dickson K. W. Chiu, PhD, is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong and has also taught at several universities in Hong Kong. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering and also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He co-founded several international workshops and has served as a program committee member for over 100 international conferences and workshops. He is a Senior Member of both the ACM and the IEEE, and a life member of the Hong Kong Computer Society.
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