Kristin Fontichiaro shares honor for K-12 reference book award

Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor in the School of Information, authored a chapter in the book that received the 2015 Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians award this past June. Library Media Connection (LMC) and American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) announced the honor as part of its third annual LMC/ARBA Best in Reference Award, which recognizes pioneering reference sources that support and encourage K-12 student learning and achievement.

Fontichiaro’s chapter, “Evolution, Not Revolution: The Nudging Toward Inquiry Approach,” explores the benefits of making small tweaks for big impact when it comes to inquiry-based learning. 

The chapter appears in Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning, which demonstrates how inquiry-based learning can help K-12 students understand informational text and digital content in order to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) adopted in most US schools. The standards outline learning goals that students should achieve in mathematics and English language arts/literacy by the completion of each grade.

"We were thrilled to see the continued high interest for our third annual award," noted Marlene Woo-Lun, publisher of LMC. "The varied and diverse number of superior entries highlights the richness of resources available for K–12 education today. We congratulate this year's winners and look forward to recognizing excellence through the LMC/ARBA Best in Reference Award for many years to come."

Fontichiario received the Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians award previously in 2013 for co-editing Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, the first book that directly addresses the potential role of school librarians as staff developers. 

The winners of the 2015 Best in Reference Award were recognized during a ceremony at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in San Francisco on June 28. 

Posted on July 16, 2015