Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-6-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Quaylan Allen


Purpose: This article presents information that examine how school librarians have the skills and knowledge to produce globally educated students in a K-8 environment during a time when administrators and school districts are eliminating the position of school librarian.

Methodology/Approach: This includes an overview of the job duties for a school librarian in the 21st century from the California School Library Association (CSLA). Drawing from the qualitative analysis on 3 school librarians in 3 different school districts, along with ethnographic observations on class visits to their library will provide a discussion on the challenges and current dilemma of changes in their schools and districts.

Findings: There seems to be a shortage of qualified school librarians due to district cutbacks all while the district is not facilitating their assets (school librarians) to incorporate global education within the school. Students who participated in the study presented feedback on the curriculum they would like to participate in school.

Originality Value: The value of the paper is to present the lack of reform for school librarians and how they can ameliorate their educated means to expose students to actively develop a global, multicultural and technological competent citizen.

Keywords: Global Education, Global Citizenship, Librarians, 21st Century


Presented at the Fall 2017 Student Research Day at Chapman University.