CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has published a new position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects. Senior/Capstone Projects are research-oriented courses driven by student interest and not curricular mandates. The position statement affirms that school library programs, and specifically school librarians, are crucial to the successful implementation of these projects. The position statement is available for view on the AASL website.
The position statement declares school librarians possess the knowledge of instructional strategies, resources and technology to work with students in developing these skills and dispositions. It also emphasizes the unique leadership skills and expertise school librarians possess that play an important role in the design, coordination and implementation of Senior/Capstone projects.
“Sharing what we do, especially for those school librarians who are the only one in a school, is one of the strengths of this association,” said AASL President Terri Grief. “This is a perfect example of how we directly transform learning. Coordinating our efforts across the nation not only improves the quality of Capstone/Senior Projects but helps building level librarians across the nation provide excellent experiences for their students.”
The “Position Statement on the Role of the School Librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects” is one of the products created to address a concern submitted by members of the AASL Affiliate Assembly. In response to the concern, AASL formed a task force charged with gathering examples of exemplary implementation of student-centered Senior/Capstone Projects that involve school librarians as integral to the information literacy and inquiry process.
Complementing the position statement is an executive summary of the task force’s work. It includes results of a survey the group conducted, a brief overview of Senior/Capstone Project exemplars and a base definition of student-centered Senior/Capstone Projects. Additionally, in the coming months, the task force will present a webinar on Senior/Capstone Project best practices.
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