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School libraries are transforming into 21st century learning commons

School libraries are transforming into 21st century learning commons | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
With the digital revolution, information access, use, and communication have changed along with the definition of literacy. Accessing and collecting...

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Some great tips for 21st Century libraries

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 1, 2:16 AM

A list of things you may encounter when you visit your school library.

Lourense Das's curator insight, April 6, 5:20 AM

The 21st century school library: more than just books and borrowing

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 15, 11:48 AM

Catch a glimpse of a modern school library.  : )

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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.
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Three teacher librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer and Michelle Luhtala highlight the importance of embracing a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions - personalised instruction at the students own pace are essential to enhance student engagement. They are the keys to adopting a flipped or blended approach to school library provision.

 

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Libraries of the Future: Creating Learner Centered Collections

This is the presentation I gave for The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries online 2013.

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A good presentation reinforcing the point that libraries need to consider creating learner centred collections - to enhance engagement and interactivity.

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John Shank's curator insight, February 20, 10:54 AM

The change from an environment of information scarcity to over abundance fundamentally challenges the ability of the library to select, create, organize, and facilitate access to resources that advance intellectual discovery and information literacy/lifelong learning skills. So we need to be forward thinking and mindful of how our services evolve to solve the problems and challenges this new environment creates for our faculty, staff, and students.

Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 20, 2:20 PM

Some interesting thinking points here...

Tracy Shaw's curator insight, February 20, 2:53 PM

This is the direction we are headed - 

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SLR_StakeholdersKnow_V17.pdf

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An important read for all school library professional - a focus group evaluation about what stakeholders know about school libraries and its programs. 

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Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill

Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
4 themes for school libraries in 2014 by by Dr. Valerie Hill. The four areas for the future of School Libraries that Dr. Hill outlines are: Critical Thinking Constructivist Learning Collaboration D...

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4 themes for 2014  for  school libraries  are critical thinking,, constructivist learning, collaboration and digital citizenship

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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 19, 7:54 AM

New focus points for school libraries: critical thinking, constructivist learning, collaboration and digital citizinship

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 19, 6:23 PM

Proposta de 4 dimensões prioritárias para as bibliotecas escolares em 2014:

Pensamento Crítico

Aprendizagem Construtivista

Colaboração

Cidadania Digital

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, March 20, 1:05 AM

School Libraries of the future

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10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
How can a school library support an increasingly digital education? Learn about these 10 changes to keep up with the digital transition.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, March 12, 4:19 PM
All based on collected data in your specific location and then adapting1 As stated in the article: “Do you see what these 10 changes spell? USERS ADAPT,” concluded Luhtala. “And that’s what today’s library is all about: adapting.”
Jan Watts's curator insight, March 16, 4:53 PM

Are you working hard to align your library practice with the digitally-supported learning that is happening in your school?  This post makes some sensible suggestions.....

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2:09 PM

Our library needs a librarian first!

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10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | eSchool News | eSchool News

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | eSchool News | eSchool News | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
How can a school library support an increasingly digital education? Learn about these 10 changes to keep up with the digital transition.
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A good checklist of ideas to ensure your school library continues to be relevant in the digital era.

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Jay Bansbach's curator insight, March 7, 5:58 AM

Excellent insights!

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SCIS | School library collections survey 2013

SCIS | School library collections survey 2013 | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
In 2013 SCIS conducted an online survey of Australian school library staff to find out more about the state of school library collections. Clare Kennedy reports on the survey results.

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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 12, 5:05 PM

This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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100 interesting ways to advocate..

A slideshow that lists 100 ways to advocate for school libraries. 


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 1, 12:36 PM

This could be your 100 day task list. 

Tricia Adams's curator insight, February 11, 7:13 AM

Great ideas here

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School Officials Plan to Restore Librarian Positions

School Officials Plan to Restore Librarian Positions | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
It's a multi-year plan that calls for filling the high school and middle school librarian positions next year.

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Useful for advocating the case for TLs in schools - evidence based practice

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lyn_hay's curator insight, January 23, 9:12 PM

Example of an evidence-based argument used to restore school librarian positions in some Massachusetts schools. Judi Paradis, president of the Massachusetts School Library Association draws upon recent research studies that demonstrate the impact of school libraries on student learning. Many of the points articulated by Paradis can be used by individual TLs or state/national associations to develop a case for TL positions.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

here are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android.


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A great list of apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 24, 5:13 PM

A neat toolkit.

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 25, 5:14 AM

16 Mobile apps for teacher-librarians

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Makerspace: iCreate Intro

A quick look at some of the activities in the new Shackelford Makerspace: iCreate area.

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Ideas for getting started with a school library maker space 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 25, 1:45 PM

An inspiring introduction to makerspace.

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Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal

Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Students still enjoy the print collections

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Keith Koehler's comment, September 8, 2013 5:35 PM
Thank you LN. I am working on my advocacy class and your site has some great links. Hope you have a great school year.
Carey Leahy's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:29 PM

Print material is still so important!

Joanne Schenkel's curator insight, November 2, 2013 7:29 PM

Yes! My year 7 students expressed the same view last week. They prefer to interact with paper books and love the fact that I can guide them to find a book which is a "perfect fit". Many students said they would then use the recommendations from their classmates, particularly those with whom I'd encouraged to try a new author or series.

 

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Emerging trends in libraries for 2014

Technology trends in libraries for 2014 and beyond.

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Embrace the technology that's on the horizon

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 5, 2:36 PM

Embrace the trends or be left behind

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Iowa School Libraries : Teachers and Teacher Li...

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Iowa Association of School Librarians present the vision of school libraries in Iowa, the roles of the Teacher Librarian, and ways Teachers and Teacher Libra...
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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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An important YouTube clip featuring a school principal reinforcing that teacher librarians are central to the learning programs in schools.

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Rosa Piquin's curator insight, April 7, 8:18 AM

Menos mal que muchos directores  , cada vez tienen más claro que las Bibliotecas Escolares !son el corazón de la escuela!

Jessica Raeside's curator insight, April 14, 7:46 PM

This clip is Gold! Spot on! Encompasses everything the TL role is about! 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:14 AM

Role of School Librarians

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School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders”

School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders” | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | 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 1, 10:16 PM

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, 6:43 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, 6:25 AM

Library Advocacy

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School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff. | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

School library marketing has to begin and end with impact.  It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important.  It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 18, 4:10 AM

"Before we can even begin to think about how we're going to market our work and its impact on student learning, we have to create work that impacts student learning! "

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 18, 11:56 AM

If you want to be considered an awesome school librarian, you have to think of the kid' needs. 

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, March 18, 5:15 PM

Includes a template for planning the marketing of your school library

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 3, 7:06 AM
Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 8:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 1:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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What do your stakeholders know about school library programs?


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 27, 3:28 PM

Even though there is substantial evidence about the significant benefits of school libraries it is often ignored and dismissed.

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Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries

Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 12, 8:35 PM
Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.


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lyn_hay's insight:Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.

 

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Gai Dennett's curator insight, March 22, 5:42 PM

School Libraries have moved into 21st Century learning

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The Value of School Librarian Support in the Digital World

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“ The mission of school librarians in the digital age of information gathering and messaging has not undergone any real change of focus. Even though the tools and methods available for accessing info...”


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BETT 2014: Exploring the classroom of the future - Telegraph

BETT 2014: Exploring the classroom of the future - Telegraph | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it
From 3D gesture control to augmented reality textbooks, the classroom of the future will be more connected that ever before
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A Parent's P.O.V. on Inquiry-based Learning - Exploring Big Questions

In 2013, Saint Anne School (Saskatoon, SK) was recognized with a CEA Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning for its inquiry-based learning...

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Advocating for inquiry based learning

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 25, 1:36 PM

Great advocacy for inquiry based learning. 

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Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog | 21st Century Teacher Librarians and School Libraries | Scoop.it

In the digital age, kids need to have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They need to learn the technical how-to’s, as well as a more global comprehension of how to navigate the online world. To that end, Melbourne educator Jenny Luca made a commitment to help her students start blogging and to create ePortfolios. Here are six reasons why, at her school, these skills are now a high priority.

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Jenny Luca outlines some great reasons why students should be blogging

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:11 AM

Transliteracy at its best!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:36 AM

Is your student blogging?  Here are some excellent reasons why they should be, with digital citizenship being one of them!

Joanne Schenkel's curator insight, November 2, 2013 7:23 PM

Value of blogging to educate kids about cybersafety and their digital footprints.