Hughes Hassell, S., Rawson, C. H., McCracken, L., Leonard, M. G., Cunningham, H., Vance, K. J., & Boone, J. (2012). Librarians form a bridge of books to advance literacy. Phi Delta Kappan, 93I(5), 17-22

The writers summarize the efforts made by school librarians using enabling texts in Durham Public Schools resulting from a year long professional development cohort.

Vance, K. (2011). Youth and Children’s Services in a Diverse Society. A Master’s Project for the M.S. in L.S degree. Indexed in the Library Literature and Information Science Full Text Database.

The purpose of this project was to develop a graduate level course titled Youth and Children’s Services in a Diverse Society to be taught in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This paper provides a research-based argument for this course at UNC SILS, establishes course learning outcomes for students, and details the key concepts and core components which guided the development of the course syllabus and schedule. Also included in this paper are the elements of this master’s project: a detailed syllabus with course objectives, materials, and assignments; and a course schedule with readings, guest speakers, and multimedia components. This course was designed with Critical Race Theory, Service Learning, Cultural Competence, Social Justice and Multicultural Children’s and Young Adult Literature as its guiding principles.

Boone, J., Rawson, C., & Vance, K. (2010). Getting it right: Building a bridge to literacy for adolescent African American males. School Library Monthly, 27(2), 34-37.

The writers discuss a model for building a bridge to literacy for adolescent African American males to promote reading as a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. In this context, they describe an assignment that students in the Information and Library Science Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill take to identify personal steps to move the literacy process forward in their schools and districts. Given this background, they describe how an assignment requires them to create an appendix for school librarians for the literacy text Reading for Their Life: (Re)building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males.