School Libraries and the Transformation of Readers and Reading

Authored by: Eliza T. Dresang , M. Bowie Kotrla

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570

10.4324/9780203843543.ch9

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Abstract

To transform means to change significantly for the better. How can school libraries transform readers and reading? What unique opportunities or perspectives does the school library provide for students that enhance and complement the students’ classroom experience? What time-honored approaches, programs, and practices are still effective? What is the role of the school librarian in relation to 21st century literacies? How has technology modified the changes school libraries bring about in readers? Does the changing nature of youths’ approach to reading and of the children’s and young adult literature itself affect this transformation? In this chapter, Eliza Dresang and Bowie Kotrla examine these questions and point the way to answers and further questions for researchers who want to investigate the multiple roles of school libraries and librarianship in connecting students with children’s and young adult literature.

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