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NJASL School Libraries Video

This video was produced by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians with funding provided by its advocacy partnership with LibraryLinkNJ.

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Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please

Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Fran Bullington - As an educator, I realize the importance of information and digital literacy. As a school librarian, I have been trained to teach information literacy skills. I collaborate with classroom teachers to teach lessons in which I incorporate these skills.However, the recession has had an enormous impact on school libraries. Many programs have been completely cut; others are being run by volunteers rather than a certified school librarian; and other programs have lost their assistants, whose job of handling routine procedures freed the school librarian to plan with teachers.

 

I noticed that the FCC is considering “a proposal to spend $200 million to create a digital literacy corps. This group of hundreds, even thousands, of trainers would fan out to schools and libraries to teach productive uses of computers for parents, students and job seekers.”

 

Although I applaud the intent of teaching digital literacy skills to our students, I question the expenditure of these funds. Why not instead funnel these funds into school library programs to allow trained, certified professionals to teach the skills?

I look forward to hearing from you on this vital issue.


Via Karen Bonanno, Lourense Das
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With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians?

With everything becoming available online we won't need librarians? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

There have been many articles and blog posts lately debating the future of libraries. It is hard to imagine a school without one of these learning centers (where else would faculty meetings, testing, and baby showers take place?), but this post focuses on busting the myth that librarians will become obsolete.


Via Karen Bonanno, Rosa Martins, Lourense Das
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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...some vintage ads and posters for all books. Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems will bring back memories.


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The need to shift and widen school library advocacy efforts - Gary Hartzell

For more than twenty years, school librarians have focused the largest portion of their advocacy efforts on individual principals, superintendents, and board members, struggling to convince them that libraries should be integral and institutionalized elements of K-12 education. It hasn’t worked.


Libraries and librarians remain frighteningly vulnerable to cuts, even elimination, in schools everywhere. These individualized field-based advocacy efforts may have forestalled greater disaster, but they have not and cannot by themselves make libraries and librarians secure in our schools.


To do that librarians need to widen their advocacy efforts and give priority to two new targets: (1) the educational administration (Ed Ad) professors who shape beginning administrators’ perceptions and values and (2) the professional associations that have a powerful influence on how administrators approach their work challenges once they are in the field. In effect, this widening represents a shift from battling for current school leaders’ support to preemptively conditioning the next generation of administrators to support libraries as they take up their new responsibilities.


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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Advocate for Your School Library Program

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Advocate for Your School Library Program | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Has advocacy for your program been moved to the back burner while you deal with other, more pressing issues?  The following advocacy strategies can be easily and quickly replicated.  Why not try ...

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