Dive Into Literacy is focus of 2014 Summer Institute for School Librarians

June 9, 2014

On Wednesday and Thursday, educators from around the state and region will gather at Visser Hall on the Emporia State University campus to focus on their roles in teaching students in today’s schools to read and understand complex texts and to gain information literacy skills while exploring a topic using a variety of primary and secondary resources.

Participants will learn to improve instruction through development of resources sets, a collection of topic-specific resources from various genre, media, and levels of reading difficulty selected specifically for a targeted range of student experiences, interests, and abilities.

Guest award winning authors include Steven Sheinkin, Saratoga Springs, NY, author of The Port Chicago 50, BOMB, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, and more; and Deborah Hopkinson, West Linn, OR, author of The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death and a Boy Called Eel, Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, and more. Guest presenters include school librarians and English Language Arts teachers, Kansas State Department Education program consultants, and ESU faculty.

Mirah Dow, professor of Library and Information Management at ESU, and coordinator of the Institute said, “Physical science, mathematics, social science, art, music, other content area teachers, and school librarians can together as educational partners create robust environments where reading, inquiry, questioning, creativity, and problem-solving abound and students experience academic achievement as they prepare for career and workplace success. School librarians are state-licensed teachers with content area expertise. In addition, school librarians bring to the educational process specialized knowledge in collection and library management and teaching information literacy skills including access and retrieval of primary and secondary sources of information; organization and classification of information; and, evaluation and use of information. School librarians have expertise in human information behavior, the human capacities that people have to need, seek, give, and use information in different contexts as well as expertise in understanding the flow of information in society. More about the Institute is available at http://www.emporia.edu/slim/programs/schoollibrarymedialicensure.html

This annual event now in its 19th year is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education; School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University; Northeast Kansas Library Association; State Library of Kansas; and the Kansas Association of School Librarians.

For information about this event, Kansas school library media licensure, or the Master of Library Science and Doctor of Philosophy, Library and Information Management, degree programs at ESU, please contact Dean Gwen Alexander galexan1@emporia.edu or Dr. Mirah Dow mdow@emporia.edu or call 1-800-552-4770, the School of Library and Information Management office at ESU.

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