Increasing Student Achievement by Designing a Free Digital Library for Your School. Yes, You Can Build it!
There is overwhelming evidence that academic achievement in South African public schools is correlated with a well stocked school library staffed by a qualified librarian. Libraries support important literacy skill development and provide access to essential information. Yet many schools lack a library completely. When the demand for basic infrastructure is so high and the pool of qualified librarians is so small, how can schools possibly establish a library program? By taking it into the classroom! In this workshop, learn why libraries are important and how to build a free digital library using Google Sites.
- strengthen existing relationships with librarians or become advocates for school libraries.
- incorporate best practices of school librarians into the classroom to enhance digital, information, and reading literacy.
- build a Google Site (library website)
- identify quality resources of information
- explain why libraries are important to South African students
Kim Stuart is the Director of Library Services at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, California, where she teaches digital literacy. She has been an educator for over 15 years, with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing her school’s K – 8 digital literacy curriculum, designing programs to build a school culture of reading, and working with teachers to support digital literacy integration through collaboration and professional development. Her mission is to develop students’ skills in finding, evaluating, creating, and sharing information so they grow as digital, media, and information literate citizens. In her free time, Kim likes to hike and backpack, and is working on completing the 210 mile John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada (she has completed 150 miles so far). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and found online at library.townschool.com or on Twitter @tsblibrary.