Barbara Stripling - IASL Conference Presenter - April 16, 2012

Keynote Presentation: Empowering Learners through Inquiry
Picture an irrepressible first grader who comes charging into the library to discover why it rains. Or a senior who wants to understand the ethics of cloning. School librarians empower these learners by teaching them the processes and skills of inquiry. Inquiry in the digital environment presents opportunities and challenges that are making our library programs even more important. We see new skills needed, exploding access to an amazing array of information, and digital tools that enable collaboration, critical thinking, and personal sharing. By creating inquiry-based libraries, we are empowering our students to be learners for life.

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Concurrent session: Librarians as Leaders of Inquiry-Based Teaching
This session examined the factors that enable school librarians to be leaders of inquiry-based teaching in their schools--from defining their own dispositions of leadership to building the culture, teaching the teachers through professional development, focusing on authentic student products, and delivering powerful advocacy.

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