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International Association of School Librarianship, Paper presented at the School Library Association of Queensland and the International Association of School Librarianship Conference incorporating the International Forum on Research in School Librarianship (Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Sep 27-Oct 1, 2010)

In today's global world, to provide meaningful education, teacher-librarians and their students need to become culturally competent: open to learning about other cultures and sharing one's own culture, able to change personal perspectives, and able to communicate effectively across cultures. Hofstede's model of cultural dimensions provides a framework for examining culturally-sensitive library implications. Specific strategies are suggested to address language barriers, student-teacher relations, choosing resources, learning activities, technical issues, and assessment.

Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Barriers, English (Second Language), Teacher Student Relationship, Learning Activities, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Student Evaluation, Language Usage, Librarians

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Author: Farmer, Lesley S. J.


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