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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Kansas School Library Study Published in School Library Research | Keith Curry Lance

Kansas School Library Study Published in School Library Research | Keith Curry Lance | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Mirah J. Dow, Jacqueline McMahon Lakin, and Stephen C. Court on their Kansas school library impact study titled School Librarian Staffing Levels and Student Achievement as Represented in 2006–2009 Kansas Annual Yearly Progress Data. It was published in School Library Research, the AASL online journal, back in August 2012 and just came to my attention. I believe it’s the first such study to use annual yearly progress (AYP) data–a significant landmark in this body of research.


I first became aware of Keith Curry Lance's research while working on the 21st Century Information Fluency Project in Illinois.  His comprehensive series of impact studies span a decade and provide detailed insight into the positive effects on learning that occur when schools build library media centers staffed with professional librarians.  Anyone fighting to preserve their library media center should use this research to PROVE that the Library Media approach is more effective than almost any way of teaching.  You want better test scores? More engaged students? Better prepared young people able to function in the 21st Century?  Then build a library program as the heart of your ed-tech integration solution. 


His research is so complete and conclusive I'm amazed anyone who says they rely on research to make decisons could dream of shuttering libraries. (And yet they do!) ~ Dennis


For more on his Illinois study: http://21cif.com/resources/links/research.html

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Learning In Burlington: Pew Survey Shows We Are Not Adequately Preparing Students

Learning In Burlington: Pew Survey Shows We Are Not Adequately Preparing Students | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A very interesting study, titled How Teens Do Research In The Digital World, was released by the Pew Research Center this week. Unfortunately, the part that seemed to get the most publicity centered around the fact that the majority of the teachers surveyed, 64% to be exact, said that "digital tools do more to distract students than to help them academically."

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99 Resources to Research &Mine the Invisible Web

99 Resources to Research &Mine the Invisible Web | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure.
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Si vous passez par Turbo 10, Incy Search, Internet Archives.... vous trouverez une mine d'informations...

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How can Google Sites benefit an Academic Library in India?

Nirmal Ranjan Mazumdar, Sanjay Kumar Singh (2012) Google Sites for Academic Library: A Practical Approach in Pub Kamrup College Library, 8th Convention PLANNER-2012, Sikkim University, Gangtok, March 01-03, 2012
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ReadCube | Free Reference Manager - Academic Software For Research

ReadCube | Free Reference Manager - Academic Software For Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Readcube is a free, simple, academic software and reference manager for researchers. Read Cube helps researchers organize, annotate and stay on top of new research literature.
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Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” |

Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” | | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Pew Internet is out with a NEW report that focuses solely on library patron (public library patrons to be specific) usage of ebooks and some related issues. Kudos to Pew for the broad picture since libraries are about more than ebooks.The report runs 80 pages.

Direct to Full Text Report: Libraries, patrons, and e-books


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Primary Sources: What Are They? | Teachinghistory.org

Primary Sources: What Are They? | Teachinghistory.org | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

What is a primary source? Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event.

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Making Sense of a Large Research Library: Curate Your References and Papers with Mendeley

Robin Good: Mendeley is a cross-platform research tool, which can help you tap into a vast online library of over 30 academic paper databases, while helping you "curate" your own library of references, bibliographies and reference documents.


From the official site: Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research available.


Key features:


-> Generate citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and LaTeX.


-> Open PDFs and capture your thoughts through sticky notes and highlights.


-> Import and organize PDFs from your computer, EndNote™, Papers or Zotero.


-> Collaborate with colleagues and securely share your papers, notes and annotations.


-> Access your papers on the web, iPhone or iPad.


-> Discover papers, people and public groups.


Compare with other research tools: http://www.mendeley.com/compare-mendeley/ 


Download: http://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/ (available for Mac, PC, Linux and iOS)


Video tutorials: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/ 

Find out more: http://www.mendeley.com/ 


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I used to be in Awe in Syracuse University Libraries (5) the amount of information available at your finger tips. The Internet and software tools make the World at our fingertips
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Research Skills and the PARCC Assessment

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Research Skills and the PARCC Assessment http://t.co/85bD73iy (re: Common Core shifts)...


As we perused the PARCC materials, it became clear to all of us that we will need to be doing a lot around teaching critical research skills to our students. We know this is a weak area for us. And in talking to other teachers and working in other districts, this seems to be a common area of weakness.


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Comparison of Citation Software at MIT - Overview of Citation Software at MIT: Managing Your References - Research Guides at MIT Libraries

Research Guides. Overview of Citation Software at MIT: Managing Your References. Comparison of Citation Software at MIT.

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Call for Papers for School Libraries Worldwide - the only peer reviewed journal on school librarianship

Call for Papers for School Libraries Worldwide - the only peer reviewed journal on school librarianship | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

International Perspectives on School Library Education: From Face to
Face to Distance Education (Volume 18, Number 2, July 2012)

 

This issue of School Libraries Worldwide will center on the theme of International Perspectives on School Library Education: From Face to Face to Distance Education. In the ten years since the last SLW issue on school library education (see volume 6, number 2), much has happened to the profession of school librarianship and the way in which education programs are delivered. For this issue, we encourage papers that explore how changes in the profession as well as in education delivery systems have influenced school library education programs.

 

School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.

 

Deadline for submissions of full papers: April 15, 2012.

 

Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the guest editors, Allison G. Kaplan at agkaplan@wisc.edu
or Gail Dickinson at GDickins@odu.edu

 

Please see IASL web site for complete information about submitting a paper for this
issue: http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_call.html

 

--

Allison G. Kaplan, Ed.D.

Faculty Associate

School of Library and Information Studies

University of Wisconsin

4263 Helen C. White Hall

600 N. Park Street

Madison, WI 53706

Phone: (608) 890-1335

Email: agkaplan at wisc dot edu


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Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement

Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
From a Report Summary via METRO:
The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC)/RMC Research Corporation, in consultation with the New York State Education Department, the New York State Library and the...

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Elementary School Research Models

Elementary School Research Models | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Teaching units for school children per grade and subject


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The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools

The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
If helping your students write papers is a part of your school day, you probably already know that there are enough issues to focus on without having to spend a lot of time teaching your students how to build a bibliography and correctly cite their sources. Your time is likely better spent helping create a focused, concise piece of work that uses excellent grammar and sentence structure.
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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age...

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Google Docs has many useful features for helping students develop writing skills. When I recently opened a Google Document to plan a teacher training on Using Google Docs to Facilitate a Writing Workshop I was pleasantly surprised to find a new and powerful integrated research feature which couldn't be easier to use. Just pull down the Tools menu, click on Research and search for information in the research pane that appears on the right side of the screen. Users never have to leave the page.

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The 10 Commandments of Internet Research

The 10 Commandments of Internet Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

If you search for tips on how to conduct proper academic research using the Internet, how do you know that the tips you find are legitimate and useful? Too often, what masquerades as useful is not up-to-date, is written by a novice, or is not thorough. Fear not! Below, I provide the definitive guide to conducting Internet research.

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All Periodicals

All Periodicals | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Amazing onine database of full text periodicals, articles, books, videos and films.  

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Critical reading for School leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


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11 free tools for discovering research | Mendeley Blog

11 free tools for discovering research | Mendeley Blog | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Finding research is often frustrating. You're always running into paywalls and the interfaces to most library databases look like they were designed sometime back in 1980.
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How Wikipedia is redefining research and killing off iconic encylopedias

How Wikipedia is redefining research and killing off iconic encylopedias | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
It took Wikipedia less than a decade to take down its traditional predecessor, the Encyclopædia Britannica, a series that has helped scholars and students for nearly two and a half decades. While most consider this to be a natural transition wit ...

This article includes a graphic about Wikipedia that explores how it has redefined research.


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Welcome - Wikipedia Maze - The Wikipedia Game

Welcome - Wikipedia Maze - The Wikipedia Game | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A maze-like game based on the wikipedia website where players earn points and badges for solving puzzles.

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Tips on How to Conduct a Focused Research ( Interactive map )

Tips on How to Conduct a Focused Research ( Interactive map ) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Conducting focused and efficient research is one of the biggest hurdles for students. It is a complicated processe or at least this is how they look at it while in fact there are some techniques that it an enjoyable experience. As teachers, the onus of responsibility is on our shoulders to show to our students the right ways to conduct researhces. The folks at the Kentucky Virtual Library know this very well and that is why they have provided a handy interactive map of the research process for students.

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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.


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2nd Call for Proposals : IASL international conference in Doha, Qatar. November 2012.

2nd Call for Proposals : IASL international conference in Doha, Qatar. November 2012. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

<Apologies for cross postings>

2nd CALL FOR PROPOSALS – NB: NEW DEADLINE FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

 

The Qatar International School Librarians will be hosting the 41st Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship incorporating the 16th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship from 11 – 15th November 2012. Our theme is “The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship” and the major strands are:
Internationalism, Innovation and Creativity, Collaboration, and Literacies and
Fluencies. (See our website at iasl2012.org)

 

We are seeking presentations in the following categories:

Workshop or Presentation for Concurrent Session - 50 minutes, or 1 hour and 50 minutes, Any presentation style, Any topic related to one or more of the conference strands and school librarianship.
Application deadline: April 15, 2012

 

Presentation of Professional Paper or Previously Published Article or Paper

Same as above, with the addition of the presentation of a paper that may be included in our conference proceedings.
Application deadline: April 15, 2012

 

Presentation of New Research as Part of the Peer-Reviewed International Research Forum Same as above, with the presentation of new, formal research. All papers will be peer-reviewed by an international committee and will be published in our conference proceedings.
NEW Application deadline: April 1, 2012

 

Trade Presentation

50 minutes or 1 hour and 50 minutes
Commercial presentation of product or service related to school librarianship
Application deadline: April 15, 2012

 

To apply to be a presenter at the conference, fill out the form at:

http://tinyurl.com/75yukgt

The form can only be submitted online.

To see a document version of the questions so you can save your answers for your own records, use this link: http://tinyurl.com/7lppeqm

 

For information on the program, please contact Linda Hoiseth at lhoiseth@asd.edu.qa


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