The Keystone Connection: Creating the School Library as a Cultural Institution

by Campbell, Kimberly

Abstract (Summary)
Looking for ways to create a dynamic school library program that does not place boundaries on the learning lives of students, this paper explores the role of the school librarian as an essential link between students and teachers in schools and the learning environments in the community beyond. Building from John Dewey’s arguments that waste in education is due to isolation and that once children begin to attend school, they are required to set aside “the ideas, interests, and activities that predominate in [the] home and neighborhood,” as well as David Carr’s vision of the school library as the cultural institution that resides within the school, this paper’s goals are: to describe an alternative approach to the school library program; to illustrate connections and learning experiences with cultural institutions within the community and beyond; and to develop the image of the school library as a cultural institution itself.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Dr. David Carr

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:museum library relations school librarianship – aims and objectives libraries lifelong learning independent


Date of Publication:04/15/2005

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