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How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning

How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into innovative makerspaces, giving students the chance to experiment and grow in new and exciting ways.
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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Curatorially Yours's curator insight, May 3, 2014 2:17 AM

Excellent article that reviews some of the current research on paper vs screen reading. Excellent conclusions.

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale "Learning Commons."
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Great example of a school library adapting to change and providing opportunities for students to create and collaborate.

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School Libraries Impact Studies - Library Research Service

School Libraries Impact Studies - Library Research Service | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
When you think of a librarian, what image comes to mind? Photographer Kyle Cassidy ventured to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January to explore that question. In between networking, educational events, and panels, librarians from across the country stopped by Cassidy’s makeshift studio to sit for...
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The roles of librarians in the 21st century. 

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Device & Conquer: SLJ's 2013 Tech Survey - The Digital Shift

Device & Conquer: SLJ's 2013 Tech Survey - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country.

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Results of survey into the kinds of digital tools used by teacher librarians with students. Providing access to tools and instructing students on usage.
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Promoting your school library - YouTube

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives...

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16 Reasons Librarians are Still Extremely Important

16 Reasons Librarians are Still Extremely Important | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
Librarians are a key component of helping organize the world's information. Despite search engine's making it much easier to access information, librarians will still be a critical component to organizing the internet's taxonomy.
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Powerful arguments for the role of librarians in a digital age where their skills are more important than ever. Students who regularly visit well resourced and well staffed school libraries achieve better academic results.

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Turning the page to tomorrow's library as funding comes under threat

Turning the page to tomorrow's library as funding comes under threat | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 per cent of Victorians belong to a library, but now these community hubs are in danger of losing state funding.
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Victorian public libraries in an era of funding cuts. User stats confirm the high usage of public libraries. 48% of Victorians are public library users; 51 million books were borrowed in 2011/2012 and 300,000 eBooks downloaded last financial year, a huge leap from 19,000 the previous year.

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Digital age takes libraries off the shelf

Digital age takes libraries off the shelf | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
There is much more to Ryan Stokes's new role than books, writes Catherine Armitage.
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Importance of libraries in the digital age.

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Chicago Tribune - Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Chicago Tribune - Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
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Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending
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ALA 2013: The Library of 2020 Will Be…

ALA 2013: The Library of 2020 Will Be… | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
Wondering about the future of libraries? You don’t need a crystal ball—just pick up Joe Janes’s new book.
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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
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2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service

2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
The Colorado School Library Survey is administered each year by the Library Research Service, an office of the Colorado State Library. Surveys are sent to traditional K-12 public educational institutions. Statewide estimates are produced by weighting survey data to reflect the universe of school libraries in Colorado. Survey responses are totals based on results from the school library staff who participated in the survey. This report highlights results from the 2013-14 Colorado School Library Survey. Printable version 2012-13 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights

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27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does

27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
We love Teacher Librarians! This work by Mia MacMeekin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders”

School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders” | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
The library profession has strong evidence that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, achieve academic standards, and score higher on standardized tests than students in schools without school libraries and librarians. School librarians must seize the charge to use this body of research and master "messaging" strategies to create library advocates among school and community stakeholders and, hopefully, one or two school library champions.

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lyn_hay's curator insight, March 2, 2014 1:16 AM

A practical article by Deb Kachel providing teacher librarians with strategies to develop their capacity to present a carefully crafted argument on the importance of school libraries based on research findings of school library impact studies. I love her closing statement: "School librarians must learn, embrace, and share these research findings." Absolutely!

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 12, 2014 9:43 AM
For a teacher: "Co-teaching reduces your workload and provides students with more individualized instruction."For an administrator: "Studies have shown that school libraries can improve student test scores."For a parent: "The library program can help your teen become career and college ready."For a school board member: "It is difficult to help students achieve the reading targets without the kind of books that students want to read. The school library supports students' reading interests."For the curriculum coordinator: "When school librarians and teachers work together, they teach information skills, content, and Common Core standards all in one lesson or unit. Students learn more in a shortened amount of time and benefit from the expertise of two educators."To the Learning Support Coordinator: "The research shows that the reading and writing scores improve for struggling students—ELL, deficient readers, the disabled—when they use school libraries and are taught by a school librarian."
Miriam Rone's curator insight, April 11, 2014 9:25 AM

Library Advocacy

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A library I love

A library I love | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
As Open Producers we get to spend a lot of time in libraries, and they are spaces I've come to love.
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Libraries are more than books.

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age
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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:04 AM

Embrace the changing environment of 21st Century libraries

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The Library Test Kitchen at Harvard University - The Boston Globe

The Library Test Kitchen at Harvard University - The Boston Globe | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Schnapp is on a mission to save libraries. As the director of both the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the metaLab (at) Harvard, he normally spends his days grappling with the urgent questions of the wired world, but right now, his most pressing concern is more concrete. In a world that is rapidly digitizing, what will become of physical libraries — and their material soul, books? Last summer, Harvard University implemented its “Harvard Library Transition,” a massive and elaborate administrative restructuring to bring the world’s largest university library into the 21st century. In response to the Library Transition at Harvard, Schnapp created the Library Test Kitchen, a laboratory class in the Graduate School of Design.
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Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - The Digital Shift

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub started in 2010 when Credo Reference donated 500 free research accounts to Wikipedia's most active editors. Partnerships with HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and the Cochrane Library followed. Now, the Wikipedia Library is developing into a portal to connect editors with libraries, open access resources, paywalled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts. Two of the project's leaders discuss the potential for collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, as well as the new Visiting Scholars pilot program.

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Lisa Trundley-Banks's curator insight, March 13, 2014 7:48 PM

Interesting! I still steer my students away from Wikipedia in favour of Epic. I still believe that Wikikpedia used on its own is narrowing students ideas/thought process. Eventually will we only have google and Wiki?

 

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Libraries have a bright future in our brave new world

Libraries have a bright future in our brave new world | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
Libraries will become place, both physical and virtual, where the public accesses information and creates meaning, in the purely digital realm.
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Public libraries branch out from more than just books

Public libraries branch out from more than just books | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
They have more than three times the annual attendance of AFL games, 10 times the membership of the MCC and the 180 permanent sites are the beating heart of many communities - they are the local public library.
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Shift happens. It's time to rethink, rebuild and rebrand

Shift happens. It's time to rethink, rebuild and rebrand | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
This commentary explores some of the issues, concerns and potentials of school library futures and challenges teacher-librarians to examine how their own p
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MOOCs: The Future of College Education?

MOOCs: The Future of College Education? | 21st Century Libraries and Learning | Scoop.it
The world of online education got a major boost last week when Coursera, the two-year-old startup that provides open courses online, named a former Yale University President as its new chief execut...
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