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Impact of School Libraries on Learning | Research report

SLIC has commissioned Robert Gordon University (RGU) to undertake research into the impact of school libraries, which was launched at the Scottish Learning Festival 2013.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 18, 2014 4:56 PM

The aim of the report is to identify and critically evaluate the available evidence on the impact of school libraries on learning for the Scottish Education Department.

 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:57 PM

Always good to have more research. 

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Clip Art No More: Stock Photos for Programs and Marketing

Picture it: you’re in a crowded ballroom about to witness a highly anticipated lecture. The speaker starts. He advances to the next slide, and suddenly you’re staring at a stock photo with the watermark still on it.
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Is Your Social Status Making You Sick?

Host Shirin Ghaffary Shirin dives deep into the research to figure out how your position in society affects your health. SUBSCRIBE to Above the Noise
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Could use this to teach some digital citizenship stuff along with science.
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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - via teachthought 

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - via teachthought  | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Celeste Elizabeth's curator insight, July 16, 9:02 AM

Excellent! Great reminders to keeps us chalkies on track!

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 17, 3:58 PM
Here are some more suggestions for engaging learners in your classroom.
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The 10 Habits (of Mind) of Highly Effective Information Seekers | Designer Librarian 

The 10 Habits (of Mind) of Highly Effective Information Seekers | Designer Librarian  | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

I have been on blog-writing hiatus of late due to my new status as a PhD student in Information Science. Happily, this past year has given me plenty of time to delve deeply into the theoretical underpinnings of information literacy and information seeking. I learned a lot, and have been chewing on one problem in particular: What are the missing components of information literacy instruction? What is not currently being addressed?

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 19, 1:48 PM
These habits of mind, based on Costa and Kallick's work, can ground the learning of skills by students. I taught them early in the year and we created posters to refer to throughout the year.
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Embedded librarianship: the future of libraries | OUPblog

Embedded librarianship: the future of libraries | OUPblog | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

With the rise of the internet and electronic research resources, it is not uncommon for a librarian to hear that libraries are no longer necessary. “You can find anything on the internet” is an often heard phrase. What most of those people do not realize is how integrated librarians (and information scientists) are in organizing and providing information to the public. Libraries must be able to offer resources across multiple formats, not solely through the internet and single books, but through models and creative and organizational programs as well.


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DQ World

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An award-winning fun and safe e-learning platform for children to be empowered with the 8 core DQ Citizenship skills.
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For kids under 13 years old, this looks like a good program for teaching Digital Citizenship.
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LibGuides: Evaluating Information: Home

LibGuides: Evaluating Information: Home | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Resources for librarians to use to equip students and the general public to identify reliable sources of news and other information.
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Some great links here to help librarians teach/inform students and staff about evaluating information.
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Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Writer in residence -- cool idea.
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BJ Neary's curator insight, March 17, 2:56 PM
G Neri author extraordinaire
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Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies

Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Nicole Davies writes: "Librarians are far more than stackers and catalogers. They are creative curators of their book collections. They review and renew their flocks of books, adjusting what they have to fit their readers, highlighting certain sections and topics to reflect the world. They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 4, 12:10 PM

If you ever feel what you do doesn't matter, pull out that one gorgeous paragraph by Nicola Davies and remember why you do this!

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"They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies.""

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 6, 5:05 AM
Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone
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Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism?

Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism? | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
A casual comment by a student alerted the authors to the existence and prevalence of Internet-based paraphrasing tools. A subsequent quick Google search highlighted the broad range and availability of online paraphrasing tools which offer free ‘services’ to paraphrase large sections of text ranging from sentences, paragraphs, whole articles, book chapters or previously written assignments. The ease of access to online paraphrasing tools provides the potential for students to submit work they have not directly written themselves, or in the case of academics and other authors, to rewrite previously published materials to sidestep self-plagiarism. Students placing trust in online paraphrasing tools as an easy way of complying with the requirement for originality in submissions are at risk in terms of the quality of the output generated and possibly of not achieving the learning outcomes as they may not fully understand the information they have compiled. There are further risks relating to the legitimacy of the outputs in terms of academic integrity and plagiarism. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the existence, development, use and detection of use of Internet based paraphrasing tools. To demonstrate the dangers in using paraphrasing tools an experiment was conducted using some easily accessible Internet-based paraphrasing tools to process part of an existing publication. Two sites are compared to demonstrate the types of differences that exist in the quality of the output from certain paraphrasing algorithms, and the present poor performance of online originality checking services such as Turnitin® to identify and link material processed via machine based paraphrasing tools. The implications for student skills in paraphrasing, academic integrity and the clues to assist staff in identifying the use of online paraphrasing tools are discussed.

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Siberian resort builds 'ice library of dreams' - BBC News

Siberian resort builds 'ice library of dreams' - BBC News | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Russian tourism board etches people's dreams into huge blocks of ice by Lake Baikal.
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Not a school library -- or a lasting library -- but awesome nonetheless.
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Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise

Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

A.J. Juliani writes: "Libraries are vastly important to our social and economic future. We often forget that in many communities, many schools, and many areas around our country (and the world) libraries serve as a refuge for not only reading but also learning.

 

There’s a movement in the United States and many other countries to add makerspaces to libaries. We are going through a process now in my school district of planning and looking at what a library should look like in 2016 and beyond.

 

I know libraries are a sacred place because I was a bookworm growing up. I also know that these spaces can be used for making, creating, and designing, as much as they can be used for reading, researching, and consuming information.

 

But in a rush to make the library more about creation, we must not forget that it is a place that still needs to be focused on literacy. It still needs books, it needs adults to encourage reading, it needs to be open and safe and free."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 14, 2016 2:46 PM

I quoted too much of A.J.'s article because it was too hard to choose a single paragraph! This is a great love letter to libraries. Keep it handy for anyone who thinks they don't matter or read it when you need a reminder 

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SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores

SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Trying to convince administrators of your value? This study, unique because it documents the contribution of school librarians through the use of test results for specific ELA and writing standards, provides ammunition.
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KQED Education

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KQED Education focuses on amplifying youth voice, making media, civic participation, and richer learning within and across the curriculum.
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Some great stuff here to help teach constructive use of technology within different content areas -- and real life.
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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

click on title for a great post!

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BJ Neary's curator insight, July 12, 8:43 PM
Curation post by Joyce Valenza is the BEST & oh so thorough
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School Librarians: [Un]Quiet Leaders of Digital Change

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Last spring at the #GoOpen Exchange, I had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion with district leaders on approaches to curating openly licensed educational resources. Leaders from #GoOpen…

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, July 17, 1:20 PM
Understanding what a librarian does can open doors to specialism and understanding. Beneficial collaboration for all. 
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Information literacy [posts] | Designer Librarian

Information literacy [posts] | Designer Librarian | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Posts about information literacy written by designerlibrarian

 

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Maker Education

The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world. Fortunately for educators, the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and th
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Mindset and Tools for the Maker Movement in education. How do libraries fit in with all this?
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Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Childhood passions that seem like fads, sometimes even totally unproductive, could be mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing.
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Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research | Open Textbook

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research | Open Textbook | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignments.


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Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 9, 8:03 PM
Excellent resource
ALLien's curator insight, April 9, 9:30 PM
Good overview of the research task process
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 10, 9:12 AM
Choosing & Using Sources
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News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News | Common Sense Media

News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News | Common Sense Media | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Access to reliable, unbiased news is a national imperative, especially when it comes to children. This report from Common Sense Research captures kids' firsthand experiences with news and their views on how the news media portray young people.
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Why the plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech matters (essay)

Why the plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech matters (essay) | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sections of Melania Trump's speech were, in fact plagiarized, and the scandal shouldn't be trivialized, writes R. Scott Rasnic.
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Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts | Legal123.com.au

Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts | Legal123.com.au | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
A simple Infographic that explains what copyright infringement is and how to avoid copyright breaches on your Australian website.
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How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study

How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Sapna Maheshwari writes: "While some fake news is produced purposefully by teenagers in the Balkans or entrepreneurs in the United States seeking to make money from advertising, false information can also arise from misinformed social media posts by regular people that are seized on and spread through a hyperpartisan blogosphere.

Here, The New York Times deconstructs how Mr. Tucker’s now-deleted declaration on Twitter the night after the election turned into a fake-news phenomenon. It is an example of how, in an ever-connected world where speed often takes precedence over truth, an observation by a private citizen can quickly become a talking point for a world leader, even as it is being proved false."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 20, 2016 4:55 PM

This is a great timeline to share with students, and a reminder that once you post something on social media, you no longer control the narrative.