Module Information

Module Identifier
DSM9210
Module Title
School Libraries and Learning Resources
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Available all semesters
External Examiners
  • Dr Crystal Fulton (Associate Professor - University College Dublin)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment annotated bibliography  consisting of 10 electronic resources  60%
Semester Assessment essay  approx 1,500 words  40%

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • explain how school libraries have developed in the context of recent educational changes;
  • describe the information needs of the school community;
  • discuss the significance of the learning characteristics of different materials available to support teaching and learning;
  • assess the role which the school library could play in support of the school curriculum - particularly in relation to information skills;
  • outline the main issues of managing learning resources in the school context - particularly the task of marketing these resources effectively explain the role and competencies of school library staff.

Brief description

This is one of the very few modules that is dedicated to one type of library organisation the school library and as such it requires us to offer some form of justification for this special treatment. For most of the past 150 years school libraries have been very much the Cinderella of library services in terms of status and the allocation of resources. Even today one still finds far greater local variation in the level of resourcing and nature of service provision from school library to school library than with any other type of library.
However, in recent years there has been a growing awareness of the contribution that a well-equipped and well-resourced school library can make to student’s learning experiences

Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • describe the role that school libraries can play in support of teaching and learning;
  • identify the range of services and resources needed to enable a school library to perform this role effectively;
  • discuss the major issues of managing a school library resource centre.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7