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Next ‘MTSU On the Record’ learns how librarians ca...

Next ‘MTSU On the Record’ learns how librarians can join teachers to boost kids’ reading skills

file photo from “Story Time” at Andersen Air Force Base Library in Guam with a photo of Dr. Karen Reed and the WMOT Roots Radio logo included

The next “MTSU On the Record” radio program will examine how school librarians can be partners with teachers to improve students’ literacy levels.

Dr. Karen Nourse Reed, assistant professor, James E. Walker Library

Dr. Karen Reed

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Karen Nourse Reed, an assistant professor in MTSU’s James E. Walker Library, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and online at www.wmot.org.

Reed and Dr. Eric Oslund, an assistant professor of elementary and special education in the College of Education, created and administered a professional development series to study its impact on school librarians’ knowledge and perceptions.

They found that the librarians learned a great deal about methods and strategies for improving students’ literacy and were largely amenable to accepting enhanced roles in literacy instruction.

However, Reed and Oslund also discovered that most school librarian preparation programs in Tennessee don’t enable pre-service school librarians to teach strategies for reading comprehension. Reed believes school administrators must take the lead.

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web “It’s at the discretion of the principal whether the school librarian will receive that training,” Reed said. “That’s very upsetting because school librarians … want to work at a higher level with their colleagues, and they need the tools to be able to do it.

“They’re paid like classroom teachers. They go through the same licensure as classroom teachers. But it often depends on how their principal perceives their role at the school as to whether they’re fully included at the level of a classroom teacher.”

Reed and Oslund’s research, titled “School Librarians as Co-Teachers of Literacy: Librarian Perceptions and Knowledge in the Context of the Literacy Instruction Role,” was published in Volume 21 of “School Library Research,” the peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of School Librarians. You can read it here.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

Librarian aides Christina Wray and Alicia Jackson read "New York's Finest" to a group of children at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during “Story Time” at the Andersen Library in this file photo. MTSU library professor Karen Nourse Reed will discuss how librarians can team up with teachers to help improve children’s literacy on the Sept. 18 and 23 editions of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program on WMOT-FM. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff)

Librarian aides Christina Wray and Alicia Jackson read “New York’s Finest” to a group of children at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, during “Story Time” at the Andersen Library in this file photo. MTSU library professor Karen Nourse Reed will discuss how librarians can team up with teachers to help improve children’s literacy on the Sept. 18 and 23 editions of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff)


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