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Resources to assist school library media coordinators in communicating that school libraries make a difference to students.
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School Library Advocacy :: ASLA

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Advocacy ideas and activities for school libraries from the Australian School Library Association.

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School Library Monthly - Beyond the Library Door: The Story of Pennsylvania's HR 987

PThe Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a historic resolution, HR 987, on October 5, 2010. This resolution authorized a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive survey of school libraries. The resolution provided for a study "measuring and comparing funding, facilities, access to print and electronic resources, professional support, and programming and instruction in the use of information and research among the Commonwealth's public schools and districts and evaluating how these elements are allocated in relation to student and community circumstances, such as poverty, disability, race, and English language ability."

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Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation

Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Why curate?  What is the value of curating for teachers? Really –what is the benefit of curating in terms of the learning goals – enduring understandings and 21st century skills for our students?


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Advocacy Spotlight: Sara Kelly Johns Encourages School Librarians to

Advocacy Spotlight: Sara Kelly Johns Encourages School Librarians to | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sara Kelly Johns is a New York-based veteran advocate for school libraries. Johns currently works as a school librarian at a middle-high school and teaches.
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Peeing on the Job - Guest post by Barbara Braxton - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Peeing on the Job - Guest post by Barbara Braxton - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Barbara is a retired teacher-librarian from Australia who I have known for many years. In a long, ...
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Time to broaden our strategy?

Time to broaden our strategy? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

You’ve gathered the statistics, you’ve had an active library program, you’ve served teachers and students consistently well, your usage has increased, and you’ve publicized what you do, through sharing, videos, newsletters, visibility at meetings and more. You’ve shared research on the impact of libraries on achievement scores, the importance of staffing, and studies galore.

 

Yet your library staff or program still gets cut, your budget gets cut, librarian positions are reduced. Frustratingly, this scenario has been playing out around Texas (and around the country). It’s dismaying, it’s disheartening, and discouraging. We wonder what we could have done better, how much more we could have shared, and how to make an impact.

 

I’ve been thinking that perhaps we need to reframe the issue, because to an extent, it’s not just about us, it’s about them.

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School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » Join Allison Zmuda’s New Project

School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » Join Allison Zmuda’s New Project | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Allison Zmuda wants to hear what school librarians are doing right now in their libraries to inspire student ideas and action. She will write a feature article for SLM in the Fall, but she also wants YOU to be a driving force in the conversation on her website.

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Library Advocate.: TEXTING Legislators About Library Issues

Library Advocate.: TEXTING Legislators About Library Issues | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Teacher librarian Connie Williams, who represents California school librarians for the American Library Association, reports the following easy way to make a difference.

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Great infographic from ALA

Great infographic from ALA | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
I love this new infographic from ALA, which shows in vibrant, user-friendly visual terms both the challenges public libraries face as well as the great work they’re doing to manage their reso...
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Great infographic from ALA

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Library Advocate.: Digital Literacy

Library Advocate.: Digital Literacy | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs to hear from school teacher librarians. No one else will advocate for a funding mechanism for specifically for teaching students digital literacy. Schools that participate in the federal E-Rate program in order to purchase broadband and related equipment at discounts should be required to designate that the 20%-90% a year savings support school library programs.

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School Librarian in Action: School Libraries and Student Achievement

School Librarian in Action: School Libraries and Student Achievement | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
This document contains position statements of the National Commission on Library and Information Science of the US and highlights of school library related researches that were conducted in nineteen US states (from Alaska to ...
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Speak Up Reports - Personalizing the Classroom Experience

Speak Up Reports - Personalizing the Classroom Experience | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connects the Dots with Digital Learning is the second in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2011. This report focuses on how today’s educators are personalizing the learning process for students. The ways that educators are personalizing learning centers around their own experiences with online learning, socially-based media and digital content - much like the students in their own classrooms are already doing!


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BURN. THE LIBRARIES. DOWN! Kidz can learned stuff on there oan.

BURN. THE LIBRARIES. DOWN! Kidz can learned stuff on there oan. | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
If we just burned more books, this country would be way awesomer and stuff.
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How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians | School Library Journal

How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians | School Library Journal | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Principals value their librarians. They also want them to be more visible leaders. Those are just two of the interesting findings from a recent survey of 102 media specialists and 67 principals. In fact, 90 percent of the administrators that we surveyed think we have a positive impact in schools—and a large number also feel that our jobs are important. That’s great news, considering only 65 percent of librarians in the study thought their bosses would recognize the valuable role we play.

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Motivation to become a leader in your school.

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be a leader! 

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Libraries Inside Out | TURNS OUT LIBRARIES HAVE NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH SILENCE

Libraries Inside Out | TURNS OUT LIBRARIES HAVE NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH SILENCE | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

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» ALA Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success AASL Blog

Whereas school librarians help students acquire unique skills not taught in the classroom and information and technology skills essential for students in the 21st century;

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Bib 2.0: Is This School Library Heresy?

Bib 2.0: Is This School Library Heresy? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Here's a question for you: If they took away your books and your budget, would you still have a library program?

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Hanging Out in the Library: Let's Get Visible, Visible!

In the fall of 1981, I was an avid reader, taking eighth grade by storm, on a mission toward my goal in life: becoming a school librarian. I just didn't know it then.

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Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” |

Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” | | Advocating for School Libraries | 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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Golden Rules for Creating Coalitions | American Libraries Magazine

Golden Rules for Creating Coalitions | American Libraries Magazine | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

In a one-two punch, ALA’s Washington Office introduced a new advocacy tool called Mobile Commons on Saturday morning, and paired it with presentations from speakers representing the FCC, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and OpenTheGovernment.org.

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ALA Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Supporting School Libraries| ALA Annual 2012

ALA Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Supporting School Libraries| ALA Annual 2012 | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

ALA Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution during its annual meeting in Anaheim, CA, that reiterates the importance of certified media specialists to academic achievement and calls on all ALA divisions to support our nation's beleaguered school librarians.

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What Teacher Librarians Do — Support School Libraries

What Teacher Librarians Do — Support School Libraries | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
TL advocacy|What do teacher-librarians do?
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CiSSL Talks - School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs

Dr. Ross Todd discusses school libraries and diverse student needs.


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School Librarian in Action: School Libraries in Evolution

School Librarian in Action: School Libraries in Evolution | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

With all the many projects, documents, promotions and advocacy activities I enumerated, wouldn't you agree that it is an exciting time to be a school librarian these days? We have seen the personal stories of library clients and users. We have looked at the current research on school library. These are all evidences that our job is relevant. But we need not stop. We have to go on because the landscape of information and business of knowledge creation is ever changing. We cease to grow when we stop recognizing the changes happening around us and we do not act appropriately on it.

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