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IASL Research Abstracts: 217

Montiel-Overall, P. (2007). Cultural Competence and Teacher and Librarian Collaboration. United States of America.

Twenty-first century school librarians are faced with the challenge of growing populations of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Existing professional guidelines for teacher-librarians do not include information about knowledge of culture needed to serve diverse student populations. This paper argues that guidelines are urgently needed to address what is known in other disciplines as cultural competence, that educational models such as the teacher - librarian collaboration model (TLC Model) should incorporate cultural competence to reach their full potential, and that the full potential of school cultures can be reached through teacher-librarian collaboration. Suggestions for developing culturally competent schools are provided.

Cyberspace, D-world, E-learning: Giving libraries and schools the cutting edge – IASL 2007 Conference Proceedings

Subject categories: 4, 6, 16, 17, 19

Abstract submitted by Rachel Pultusker, University of Michigan.

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