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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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Infographic: Monthly Library Report

Infographic:  Monthly Library Report | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

“Hello. My name is Fran, and I am an overachiever.”

What else explains why I never seem to be satisfied? I have been on a quest to improve my monthly library reports since 2010 as discussed here, here, and here. I had been using Word to create my reports but changed to PowerPoint this year. I have found that I can create and edit charts so much easier with PowerPoint. And I have been fairly pleased with my monthly reports. However…

I am a fan of infographics, so this morning when I saw this tweet from Sassy Librarian, I had to play.

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Support School Libraries - MCEMSA Final

As part of an independent study this summer, I was fortunate to collaborate with members of the MCPS educational media specialists association to produce this advocacy video. The video is targeted to parents who may not be familiar with the role of the Library Media Specialist in the public school.
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School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » It’s Not About Us

Advocacy is a daily activity. It’s how we behave toward parents, students, and colleagues. It’s putting learning — not the library, not the stuff, not us — first. It’s putting that teaching certificate training to work, not just the MLIS.

 

Advocacy is hard. It means keeping impatience and frustration at check, two things I struggle with constantly. It means living out the Chumbawumba tune: “I get knocked down, but I get up again.”

 

Advocacy is action. It’s what we do, not what we profess, not what we say believe.

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Librarians Are Ready

Today’s school librarians are not your grandmother's "keeper of the books."


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Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance

Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

""While students’ socio-economic status is by far the strongest determinant of their scores for which data are available, the school library is the next most consistent factor, outweighing other community and school conditions, such as students’ race/ethnicity, educational attainment of adults in the community, the student-teacher ratio, and per pupil spending."

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Caroline Kennedy to Librarians: 'Your work is truly life changing.' | At Your Library

Caroline Kennedy to Librarians: 'Your work is truly life changing.' | At Your Library | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Last week, Caroline Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony in New York City.

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From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research) « NeverEndingSearch

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research) « NeverEndingSearch | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners."

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informationfluency - You know you're a 21st century librarian if . . .

informationfluency - You know you're a 21st century librarian if . . . | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

A couple of summers back a young school librarian, fresh out of library school, asked a very honest question at one of our state retreats:
We’re all doing different stuff. The other school librarians I know are not doing what I am doing. Some maintain Web sites and blogs; others do not. Some have seriously retooled; others have not. In the 21st century, what does a school librarian do?

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Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores

Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

“Learning just doesn’t happen in a classroom, it needs to be encouraged, supported, directed, and inspired—all those things happen in the strong school library.”

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Things That Keep Us Up at Night

Things That Keep Us Up at Night | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

The library, as we once knew it, may no longer be relevant. School librarians, as we once knew them, may no longer be relevant. And, yet, this is undoubtedly the most exciting time in history to be a librarian.

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Training for the marathon

Training for the marathon | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"It’s clear that we must continue telling the story of what libraries actually are–not warehouses of information, not silos of books, but part of the instructional learning community of our schools."

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What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali « NeverEndingSearch

What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali « NeverEndingSearch | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

He says the problem with librarians is that they are antiquated.

 

The problem with libraries is that they are anachronisms, sacred cows.

 

Sometimes, when I am introduced, people refer to me as more than a librarian because I write a blog or speak at an occasional conference. Because it is not impressive enough to be a librarian.

 

In polite company, I bite my tongue when I hear them ask:

 

“You’re a librarian, Joyce,” they say. “Be honest. With all the information available for free on the Web, what exactly do you do?”

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Tim Gauntley: Resourceful Curriculum for 21st Century Learning: We're Number Two! School Library Outreach

Twelve ways to expand the reach of the school library beyond its walls. A great library program requires that little bit more in order to thrive, not merely survive.

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See Sally Research @TEDxPhillyED « NeverEndingSearch

See Sally Research @TEDxPhillyED « NeverEndingSearch | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"After engaging in my own personal soul searching, exploration of my passions, what I love about my work, and what I want people outside our little pond to understand about our role in the school culture, it was clear that I wanted to paint the picture of our work and to try to frame it, at least partially, through the eyes of the learner."

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All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead.

All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead. | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Common Core is a great boon for school libraries, especially since they’re a school’s number-one source for the primary-source informational texts that kids need. Add to that our focus on literacy, critical thinking, and information skills, and there’s the potential for a school library renaissance. Don’t waste this opportunity!"


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New Details Surface About Common Assessments

New Details Surface About Common Assessments | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"A preliminary blueprint of PARCC's English/language arts exam shows that the performance-based assessment, spread over two days, would involve a "research simulation" that asks students to read a suite of texts, including an "anchor" text such as a speech by a prominent historical figure. They would have to answer questions that require them to cite evidence from the text for their answers and write an essay. Another aspect of the performance-based test would require students to "engage" with literature (grades 3-5) or conduct literary analysis (grades 6-11) using a combination of shorter and longer texts."

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Creating Library Spaces and Programs that Support Content Area Reading

Creating Library Spaces and Programs that Support Content Area Reading | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

As the new Common Core standards roll out, teachers are going to be required to think about literacy differently, to expose students to more and more informational text and to create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. To my way of thinking, there's no one in the school who is better suited to these challenges than the school librarian. However, we've got to be willing to a) step up to the plate b) abandon some traditional library barriers and c) prove our instructional chops."--Jennifer LaGarde


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The Adventures of Library Girl: Rock Star Advocacy

The Adventures of Library Girl: Rock Star Advocacy | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Last week I had the opportunity to lunch, laugh and learn with some rock star librarians in Union County, North Carolina. After a tough year for librarians - a year in which we've all had to get used to a new reality in which our programs have been under funded, under staffed and, in some cases, under extreme threat, the librarians of Union County were upbeat, generous and open to new ideas. I was thrilled to be able to update my "Rock Star Advocacy" presentation to share with my new friends to the west and found myself energized by their enthusiastic response.

 

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AASA :: A Source for Better Scores? The School Library

AASA :: A Source for Better Scores? The School Library | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The librarian should engage with students and teachers throughout the day. Lesson units teaching curriculum and library skills are prepared by both the librarian and teachers. When classes or individual students visit the library, the librarian is in the facility communicating with students, helping to teach a lesson or providing guidance in locating sources or leisure reading. Clerical work is part of the library program but should be done by an aide and trained volunteers. The librarian’s time should be spent on the profession’s core activities of teaching, collaboration, selection and planning."

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Snapshot of a 21st Century Library Program: Redux

The Adventures of Library Girl: Snapshot of a 21st Century Library Program: Redux | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

This is a time of crisis for a lot of schools and, specifically, for school libraries - and I think most educators have realized that the time for weeping and gnashing of teeth has passed. At this point, we have no choice: we have to evolve or risk extinction.

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Impact Studies - CISSL

This theme identifies the work of CISSL researchers in an ongoing series of macro and micro impact studies of school libraries and their relationship to student learning. They seek to provide both quantitative and qualitative evidence on how school libraries help students with their learning, and to understand some of the complex dynamics that shape these impacts.
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Critical reading for School leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


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How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA

How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Jennifer Rummel June 2012 Have you heard about the newest social media craze Pinterest?

Great idea to have a dedicated Library Pinterest Board as a way to promote and advocate what your library has to offer. So many good ideas suggested here.


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