Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Librarians’ importance to Senior/Capstone Projects

Cartoon version of Cynthia M. Parkhill, created with Bitstrips app, sits at a table with paper and pencils in front of her, surrounded by stacks of books. Rows of shelves, filled with books, are in the background. The caption reads, "My near-permanent address for serious research."
Cartoon image created with Bitstrips
In a position statement, the American Association of School Librarians emphasizes the importance of school librarians in Senior/Capstone Projects. From the AASL: “AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner identifies the skills and dispositions vital for students to successfully complete a Senior/Capstone project.”

Specifically, according to the AASL, students must:
  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth
“School librarians possess the knowledge of instructional strategies, resources and technology to work with students in developing these skills and dispositions. Additionally, school librarians possess unique leadership skills and expertise to play an important role in design, coordination, and implementation of Senior/Capstone projects.”

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