2012 has been an outstanding year for Joyline Makani. In early September, she became the acting head of the Killam Library. On Wednesday, she received her doctorate in knowledge management. In addition to her PhD, ...
This past weekend I attended the North Carolina School Library Media Association annual conference. The theme this year was School Libraries @ the Core, and focused on the Common Core Standards and Essential ...
No expert is going to visit your school and tell you how to be a TL in the future. So, don't wait till the big expert comes to town with the most convenient workshop. Fierce librarians cannot wait for the annual conference.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools. The paper covers the topics of filtering practices, acceptable use policies (AUPs), apps, social media, bring your own device (BYOD) and other related subjects.
The paper states that when used appropriately, educational technology is a tool to assist with implementation of the Common Core State Standards, help raise graduation rates and prepare students for life beyond K-12 education. It further clarifies that technology employed in isolation, without direct instruction, or highly qualified guidance, fails to address those concerns.
In April 2012, Softlink conducted the third annual Australian School Library Survey. The 2012 Softlink School Library Survey reports key findings into Australian school library budgets, staffing and literacy levels. Softlink has conducted the annual survey since 2010. Findings from these reports have been recognised and used by the Australian Government, the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Principal findings from the 2012 Softlink Australian School Library Survey include:
* There is a positive relationship between well-resourced libraries and higher student literacy outcomes
* School library resourcing is inconsistent across school type (primary, secondary, P-12) and education provider (Government, Catholic, Independent)
* The majority of school libraries had no change in budgets in the past 12 monthsVery few school libraries received additional resources for implementing the National Curriculum
* Staffing levels remained unchanged for the majority of school libraries during the past 12 months
* There is a strong intention to purchase eBooks in the coming year
* Mobile technology (iPod, iPad, smart phone and tablet) use by students is widespread across all school types and education providers and is having a greater impact on the role of the school library.
Challenges continue to be: gaining funding, finding a balance between the physical and digital collection, collaboration with teaching staff and the recognition of Teacher Librarian’s skills and their evolving role.
A public/community college joint-use library is an especially good combination. The missions and the service populations are similar enough to provide significant overlap and allow for excellent services to all users.
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