Author Profile: David V. Loertscher is a professor in the School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University. He is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and an international consultant.
Building a Learning Commons
As a companion to The New School Learning Commons Where Learners Win, this book is a planning guide for administrators and those interested in establishing a Learning Commons that reinvents the role of the school library and computer labs in the school. Chock full of checklists, planning forms, an organizational suggestions, this guide is a handy tool. It begins with a brief explanation of what a Learning Commons is and its role in total school improvement and then step by step goes through the aspects of program, physical facilities, changing technologies and ends with a variety of assessment tools to guage progress.
Learning Commons Treasury
In this third publication, the editors have gathered together 25 articles they have solicited about the Learning Commons idea over the past several years and published in Teacher Librarian. Articles lay the foundation of the Common, provide real examples from teacher librarians who have established a learning commons in their school, provide a glimpse into curriculum matters related to the Commons, the technology needed to make the Commons a success, a guide for the staff and role of specialists in the Commons, and finally several articles dealing with assessing impact on teaching and learning. This trio is a valuable collection for reinventing the nature of school libraries into a 21st century model.
The Virtual Learning Commons: Building a Participatory School Learning Community
This book is a companion to and an extension of, The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win 2nd edition, published in 2011. In that volume, we presented the idea that the school library and computer lab be merged into a single entity in the school, and that this new place be reinvented from the ground up in order to become a giant collaborative.
In the past year, as we have watched Learning Commons develop around North America, we have discerned the need to elaborate on the virtual part of the the Learning Commons that would replace the often bypassed school library website.
Collection Development Using the Collection Mapping Technique: A Guide for Librarians
Laura Wimberley, David V. Loertscher, and Marc Crompton; Hi Willow Research and Publishing; 2018; ISBN: 978-1-933170-78-7; $33.00; ebook: $28.00
More than a decade ago, David Loertscher introduced the concept of collection mapping in two different books mostly to the audience of school librarians of the time. It received some attention at that time because it contained a simple method of dividing the collection into various segments that became a part of a visual representation of collection strengths and weaknesses. Much has happened in the last decade that has put into major question what it is libraries should own and what it should provide access to across a wide spectrum of information and for what types of devices.
Coteaching and Collaboration: How and Why Two Heads Are Better Than One
From both a theoretical and research perspective, coteaching is simply the most powerful foundational program element a teacher librarian can have to make a difference in teaching and learning. This collection of articles from Teacher Librarian bring together the power of coteaching between classroom teachers and teacher librarians. Thus, this collection can serve as a conversational piece of professional development or the basis ofof explaining and working with a school faculty on this powerful tool and strategy.
The Elementary School Learning Commons: A Manual
In this manual designed for elementary grades K-6, we have identified 12 important characteristics of the learning commons and then under each of those characteristics, we provide a number of activities designed to be used by librarians, other specialists in the school, administrators, and teachers to are trying to implement the LC concept. We provide the activity, resources, and a wide variety of short videos that will guide thinking and planning.
The Secondary School Learning Commons: A Manual
In this manual designed for secondary grades 7-12, we have identified 12 important characteristics of the learning commons and then under each of those characteristics, we provide a number of activities designed to be used by librarians, other specialists in the school, administrators, and teachers to are trying to implement the LC concept. We provide the activity, resources, and a wide variety of short videos that will guide thinking and planning.
Best Teen Reads 9th Edition
Completely updated for 2017, McElmeel has assembled the best books, old and new, for teen reads in a wide variety of genres and interest levels. These include a list of the last several years of teen publications that have received star reviews in the reviewing media or have been tapped as award-winning books in the past year. The main list includes these recommended materials, but other sections of the book provide a guide to the best graphic novels, audio books, poetry, and picture books. Along the way McElmeel spotlights authors and provides tips for both using the books in school and public libraries.