International Association
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IASL Research Abstracts: 267

Degroot, J. & Branch, J. (2008). Public Libraries Supporting World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries. Canada

Abstract: The preliminary findings from this study show that public libraries in Alberta are taking on some of the roles and responsibilities of school libraries. They are supporting the children’s research and homework assignments by purchasing curriculum-related materials and providing formal and informal training to children and their parents in the library, in schools, and online. Public libraries are providing this additional level of service without additional funds and often, with no formal training on the curriculum, information literacy, or inquiry-based learning. It appears that public library staff members would benefit from professional development opportunities in these areas so that they are able to continue providing high levels of service to children across Alberta.

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Abstract Submitted by Janice Newsum, Florida State University

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