UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA



THE ESSENTIAL TEACHER-LIBRARIAN:
CLARIFYING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF TEACHER-LIBRARIANS TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS IN 21ST CENTURY LEARNERS


CHRISTINE ROBINSON



This Capping Course Document is Submitted in PartialFulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
MASTER OF EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
EDMONTON, ALBERTA

SPRING 2011


Dedication
This paper is dedicated to my husband Kevin and my daughters Chloe and Abigail.

Kevin, I never could have done this without you. These last three years you were my sounding board, my cheerleader, and my support. You kept me going, kept me sane and kept me fed! You picked up the slack when I was consumed and did a wonderful job keeping our family on track. You were a wonderful father when I couldn’t be the mom I wanted to be. You endured this process as much as I did and for that I will be forever grateful. I love you.

Chloe and Abigail I did this for you. I know it was hard on you and I know that you missed mommy a lot of the time. I can only hope that this short time will be but a speck in your lives and that you will come to understand that hard work and perseverance can get you almost anywhere you want to be. I love you girls.

Special thanks go to my mother for showing me that pursuing higher education is a plausible endeavor even while raising a family. Mom, thanks for supporting me and listening to my struggles and for reminding me that I am not Superwoman and I don’t have to do it all.