The 21st Century School Library: A Model for Innovative Teaching & Learning

John Catt Educational. Nov. 2021. 200p. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781913622824.
Covering familiar ground in this enthusiastic, conversational book, Tahmaseb sets out to convince teachers and administrators to recognize the importance of school librarians, whose skills are often overlooked and undervalued. Offering real-life examples of librarians doing important work, he describes seven key areas where librarians can transform student learning and engagement. Most teachers and administrators already know librarians curate books. However, Tahmaseb notes that librarians also ensure equitable access to a variety of materials, print and electronic, from diverse perspectives, authors, and illustrators. He explains that librarians are familiar not only with textual literacy but also with information, digital, and technological literacy and can apply those literacies across the curriculum. Tahmaseb details the ways in which teachers and librarians can collaborate to create optimal educational experiences for students, including transforming the research process and connecting knowledge to real-life applications.
VERDICT Most of the material covered here will likely not be new to most librarians. Nevertheless, it convincingly discusses the importance of the school librarian, and many administrators may find it eye-opening.

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