Teaching and Learning
A growing body of research demonstrates the impact that school libraries have on student achievement. However, despite the fact that 1 in 5 students is classified as having a disability, studies investigating school library accessibility and inclusive services are limited. This session presents findings from successful inclusive programming, group discussions, and a “museum walk” to exchange ideas for best practices in school libraries. Numerous legislative mandates require inclusive educational practices and environments. According to newly released guidelines from the United Nations, “governments must work together with people who have disabilities and other stakeholders to ensure that schooling is not just integrated, but actually inclusive. Despite progress achieved, profound challenges persist. Millions of persons with disabilities continue to be denied a right to education, and for many more, education is only available in settings where they are isolated from their peers and receive an inferior quality of provision.” Persistent barriers to inclusion include limited preservice and continuing education and limited opportunities to learn from professionals who have successfully integrated inclusive library programming and environments in their schools and communities. This session presents case study findings from inclusive library programming in a middle school library. The findings are useful for guiding inclusive programming for other school library grade levels and addressing AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, which indicate, “Equitable access is a key component for education. All children deserve equitable access to books and reading, to information, and to information technology in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.” Participants will divide into round table groups by grade level and exchange best practices for inclusion in school libraries, after which groups will post their suggestions on a flip chart. Then, participants will take part in a “museum walk” and participate in open discussion of ideas.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Guidelines and Standards, Special Needs Populations, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Association, Elementary School, High School, Joint Use, Library School, Middle School, Other, Public, Rural, School/Media Center
Cost: Included with full conference registration.