________________ CM . . . . Volume IV Number 19 . . . . May 22, 1998

Cover Information Literacy: An Advocacy Kit for Teacher-Librarians.

Edited by Victoria Pennell.
North Vancouver, BC: Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada (ATLC), 1997.
59 pp, looseleaf, $19.95.
ISBN 1-896366-05-8.

Subject Headings:
Information resources-Study and teaching.
Resource programs (Education)-Canada.
Continuing education-Canada.

Review by Michelle Larose-Kuzenko.

**** /4


The material in this kit has been compiled in response to the need ...for materials to assist in advocating with various groups about the need for information literacy and the critical role played by teacher-librarians in meeting that need.
Victoria Pennell uses her vast experience as teacher-librarian and Past President of the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada to put together a tool that will be invaluable for teacher-librarians in advocating for the needs of students as they prepare to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

      This document does not lose much time in explaining or defending the need for advocacy. While it gives some definitions and reports on research findings, its strength resides in its well-organized and detailed section on "Developing an Advocacy Plan," with specific strategies and techniques targeting distinct audiences, from administrators, teachers, students, school boards, parents and community to the Ministry of Education and Faculties of Education. It could be argued that the last two target groups would be most effectively reached through the concerted efforts of provincial organizations rather than individuals. Missing is a list of strategies for teacher organizations, provincial or local. Other interest groups in the field of education will find that many of the suggestions can be adapted to suit their needs.

      The hands-on workbook section, as well as the overhead transparency masters, are an asset for groups wanting to hold their own advocacy workshops. Sample letters that can be edited to suit the needs of the user are a welcome component.

      This user-friendly resource comes ready to insert in a binder. Consecutive pagination within each section will facilitate updating the sections individually as the need arises, for example by including newer research findings. The user can also easily add personal resources and notes. Numbered and bulleted lists, as well as numerous camera-ready framed charts, all of which can be reproduced freely for non-commercial purposes, make this a valuable work-table document, rather than an armchair read.

Highly recommended.

Michelle Larose-Kuzenko, a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, is past chair of the Advocacy Committee and Past President of the Manitoba School Library Association.

To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm@umanitoba.ca.

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The Manitoba Library Association
ISSN 1201-9364