Of course, this doesn't address one of my major concerns as a school librarian -- the fact that more and more librarians are being cut or spread between several buildings. The knowledge and skills required are going up, while the time in each library is going down. Doesn't bode well for being highly effective.
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. According to the data, they make the most of what they have, learning one day and sharing that knowledge the next.
What is plagiarism? When is it okay to borrow materials from media sources? How do you properly cite them in your own work avoid plagiarizing someone else's work? Take this "Is This Plagiarism?" quiz to learn how much you know and learn some interesting facts to help you in the future.
It seems like the word “flipped” is everywhere in education today. There are flipped classrooms of all sorts, from Kindergarten to dentistry. By looking through a “flipped” lens, we can rethink any traditional learning environment, including professional development. Flipped Professional Development
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Definitely something to think about when planning PD for your staff.
In Brief: The outputs librarians are measuring are not directly associated with specific practices that lead to improved lives for the people we serve. If we cannot make that connection, we have no way of knowing how well we are doing our jobs. This article suggests four measurable outcomes that libraries and librarians could use to make sure their activities are improving their constituents’ well-being, and also use in comparing their effectiveness with each other, allowing less effective libraries to learn from libraries that are achieving greater levels of success.
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
"The libraries of the 21st century provide a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. They bring together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Ultimately, libraries will continue to inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them."