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December 31, 2014

5 New Books Available from State Library: Inquiry, CCSS, & Advocacy

I don’t usually post to OSLIST about new State Library materials, but since a few of the books relate specifically to information literacy, and because OSLIS is an information literacy website, I am making an exception.

Five new books are available for interlibrary loan (ILL) from the Oregon State Library. If you work in a school library, follow the borrowing instructions at the end of this email. Anyone else interested in borrowing one of these books, please contact your school library staff or me.

Levitov, D. D. (Ed.). (2012). Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Support. Santa Barbara , CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-187-1

This how-to book provides school librarians with effective advocacy and activism strategies for promoting and improving their library programs. [It] offers straightforward, practical approaches for creating advocacy programs. This guidebook examines the characteristics for becoming an advocate, explores the meaning of advocacy / activism as an effort that is ongoing and proactive, and provides the steps required for initiating a successful program. The contributors address the various types of…[read more]

Martin, A. M. (2012). Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-766-6

This updated second edition…begins with a description of an existing model school library program and then describes steps that emphasize how to develop user buy-in and assistance in achieving the results of a learner-driven library program. In addition to providing descriptions of detailed actions to perform, advice on working with staff, and background information on change theory, this book also includes practical documents, diagrams, processes…[read more]

Wallace, V. L., & Husid, W. N. (2011). Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning: School Librarians and Teachers Partner for Student Achievement. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-850-2

[This book] is a step-by-step guide to collaborative lesson planning that promotes inquiry learning among students of various ages and abilities. With the best practices and the models outlined in this book, teachers and librarians can combine their expertise to create highly motivating and engaging units that meet standards and emphasize skills needed for the 21st century. The book is directed at collaborative research projects that take advantage of the individual…[read more]

Harvey II, C. A., & Mills, L. L. (2015). Leading the Common Core Initiative: A Guide for K-5 School Librarians. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-491-9

Defining both the Common Core Standards and the school librarian's role in their implementation, this book offers ready-to-use lesson plans and other tools for grades K–5 and identifies opportunities for collaborative teaching…This resource introduces the CCSS in English and mathematics to K–5 librarians and aides, helping them to understand the concepts, analyzing the impact on the school library, and providing lesson plans, resources, and other tools for implementation in integrated instruction with other curricula and collaborative teaching with other elementary teachers. Based upon the authors' own experiences…[read more]

Lanning, S. (2014). Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries (3rd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-671-5

Being an effective school librarian requires acting as an active instructional partner, an advocate for information literacy and information resources, and a reference librarian. Now in its third edition, this concise book provides you with a solid foundation in providing reference services to students as well as teachers. It details all aspects of providing essential reference services in the context of the AASL Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the evolving role of today's school librarian. Author Scott Lanning emphasizes…[read more]


If you would like to request these or other materials from the Oregon State Library, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form). Otherwise, send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at library.request @ Items will be checked out to your library, not to you personally, for 4 weeks (print materials) or 2 weeks (videos). Materials will be delivered via mail or Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier, and you may return them the same way. Normally a single copy is purchased and is loaned on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may be put on a hold list for several weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Most library staff are able to use their library’s interlibrary loan service to borrow professional development material. However, if you do not have access to these services or are not currently affiliated with a library, please contact me to discuss alternative options for borrowing the material. 

Be sure to check out our Library and Information Science (LIS) blog to discover the most recent additions to our LIS collection and search our catalog for our complete holdings. The library science collection is meant to support the whole Oregon library community. The Library Support Division welcomes your suggestions for acquisitions. See the blog for an input form or email us.

This collection is supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library