School Library Fieldwork
Summer 2021 Syllabus
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A mentored professional experience of school librarianship. Emphasis is on mentoring, reflection, and practice.
Each INFO 295 student will have a different set of CLOs based on goals set by the candidate and their mentor.
Candidates will participate in 135 hours of fieldwork:
- 135 hours of supervised site-level work at both a primary and secondary institution. Due to COVID flexibility in designing fieldwork hours will be taken into account to accomodate school building closures. Some hours may take place virtually if school buildings are closed.
Hours will primarily be focused on daily practice but should also include:
- participation in a professional development or leadership activity outside of school site (e.g. regional workshop, conference, webinar).
- participation in professional meetings (e.g. Department, Faculty, School Site Council, District Library meetings, Committee meetings, IEPs, SSTs, or RTIs).
- community relationship building or advocacy activities (e.g. attending extracurricular activities, family literacy nights, school board meetings, PTO activities or meetings)
The Candidate is required to submit the following documents throughout the term in which the fieldwork takes place:
- Fieldwork Plan: Identify the learning objectives and activities related to the listed six areas in conjunction with mentor and candidate. Digital approval by the mentoring supervisor is required.
- 21st Century Literacy
- Information Organization
- Program Manager
- Field Experience Log: The student will maintain a log of hours completed and identify the category and sub-category of activity.
- demonstrate a capacity to design instruction to meet standards.
- use multiple measures of assessment.
- use multiple instructional techniques for diverse student populations.
- 21st Century Literacy
- support and promote textual literacy.
- respond to diverse literacy needs of the school.
- provide resources and promote resources to support multiple literacies.
- Information Organization
- understand the principles of managing a collection based on school population.
- understand and implement policies that protect the ethical and legal access to materials for the school community.
- Program Manager
- understand the needs of a comprehensive library program.
- demonstrate the capacity to develop and understand polices that support the legal and ethical codes of the profession.
- demonstrate a capacity to manage a budget.
- demonstrate the capability of training and managing staff and volunteers.
- understand the role of teacher librarian in staff development and professional development.
- use research and educational policy to advocate for the library to a variety of audiences.
- Monthly Reflections: Students will turn in 2 reflections briefly detailing their activities and reflecting on their role as a teacher librarian.
- Site Supervisor Evaluation. This is an online evaluation based on the same areas identified in the fieldwork plan.
The field experience must be completed within the semester the student has registered for LIBR 295; dates for submission of the required field experience projects will be posted on Canvas. With prior approval, a student may begin the field experience a few weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Fieldwork must be completed by Aug 6.
- Mentor Contact Information Due June 3rd
- Fieldwork Plan Due Feb 10th (Flexibility on date due to placement needs can be negotiated with Professor)
- Reflection #1 - July 6
- Reflection #2 - Aug 6
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 204, INFO 233, INFO 237, INFO 248, INFO 250, INFO 266, INFO 285, Students must be in good academic standing [3.0 CUM GPA or above and no outstanding incompletes].
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 295 supports the following core competencies:
- If the student is planning to use the internship in whole or in part to meet one or more of the competencies needed to complete the program, he/she should prepare a learning outcome that addresses the area covered by a given competency. This does not mean that the statement of competency can be used for a learning outcome. An original learning outcome must be developed that will help the student fulfill a given competency through meeting the learning outcome during the internship.
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This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes will only be awarded in the case of serious medical or family issues (with appropriate documentation supplied).
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