Step school libraries are strongly integrated into the learning fabric of the school which contributes to student learning outcomes. Purpose of the library has not been restricted just to conventional settings but is established in a way where students learn how to formulate meaningful questions, appreciate multiple viewpoints, and use a wide variety of resources in their research.
21st century learners need to demonstrate their understandings in new ways, such as producing their own videos or multimedia presentations. That’s why STEP school libraries have a flexible learning space that supports multiple learning and teaching styles—not one that only accommodates lectures. Not one that assumes you’ll never switch to smaller, wireless technology. Not one that’s furnished with heavy, immovable tables and chairs or built-in workstations.
School Administration, Principals and school communities make an effort to provide with a best practice guide in:
- setting up a school library that is a vibrant and welcoming space
- developing a culture of collaboration in learning between the teacher librarian and teachers in the school that benefit positive student outcomes
- encouraging students to consume and create knowledge that is robust, with honesty and integrity at heart
- fostering a safe and respectful environment that supports students to thrive in the classroom
- providing both print and electronic resourcing to all staff, students and the wider school community
- ensuring cultural diversity in the resources curated and circulated across the school, and building information and digital literacy skills
STEP School libraries offer books and digital resources that foster information literacy and technology that is crucial for 21st century learners, particularly marginalized at-risk learners who may not have access to resources and computers in their homes. Furthermore, school libraries provide students equal access to print and digital resources to help close the gap between privileged and at-risk students.