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The Adventures of Library Girl: School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the Dots Between Your Library And Student Learning | Diigo

My last principal used to call May "the month of mayhem." And for good reason.  In the northern hemisphere anyway, May means warmer weather, antsy students (and teachers), testing, testing (and more testing), and a rapidly approaching end to yet another school year. 


For me, however, May also meant the creation of my annual report.  Annual reports were never required in my district or by my principal, but after seeing the work of other librarians whose districts did require these types of reflections, I knew I wanted to make completing one for my library a part of my year end routine.

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Good insights as to why annual reports are important to libraries and what should be included in them. (Love the Easel.ly infographic)

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Creative Educator - The Role of the Librarian & Computer Teacher in 21st Century Schools

Creative Educator - The Role of the Librarian & Computer Teacher in 21st Century Schools | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Redefining the librarian as an information and technology coach.

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Plagiarism: It's just an "approach" to writing papers, right?

Plagiarism: It's just an "approach" to writing papers, right? | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
We've heard a lot of rationalizations for plagiarism on this beat -- "I didn't know I had to cite that text"; "That author said it better than I ever could"; etc. -- but here's a new one for the wa...

Via Joel Bloch
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A handy example of what not to do. Good for discussions with students about the importance of citing.

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Why Libraries Are The Best Places To Learn « Annie Murphy Paul

Why Libraries Are The Best Places To Learn « Annie Murphy Paul | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Libraries give access to ideas and freedom to explore. How awesome is that?

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:34 AM

"Libraries and librarians often do a better job of fostering deep approaches to learning than does the typical classroom."

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School Libraries | American Library Association

School Libraries | American Library Association | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
The School Libraries section of the 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report from the American Library Association provides an update on the crisis facing school libraries and the decline in staffing of school librarians.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:34 PM

Globally we continue to see the impact of budget cuts on staffing. Interesting that schools are investing in more computers - go figure!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 23, 2013 5:55 AM

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The Most Playful Libraries in the World

The Most Playful Libraries in the World | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
We could write volumes about our love for libraries — and, well, we kind of have. During our Internet travels, we've stumbled across some pretty amazing places for book lovers. After spotting an es...

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Fun stuff.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, April 27, 2013 12:46 PM
These lighthearted libraries emphasize imagination, fun, and bookish wonder. The most well-read, creative people know that adventure and play can be a wonderful tonic for the soul. Check out more playful libraries for literature lovers of all ages here: http://flavorwire.com/386005/the-most-playful-libraries-in-the-world/view-all
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! http://t.co/vSUG6TXdZe By @jenniferlagarde

 

"...here some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity.   If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection.   And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget."

 

Apps:

- Felt Board

- Draw Quest

- Art Set

- Sock Puppets

- Comic Life

- Art Studio

 

"As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity.  Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share.  Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn.  We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important:  kids.  All of whom are eager and ready to get started!"


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 29, 2013 8:36 AM

Apps to spark creativity!

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Wow! 40 Retro Library Posters!

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Wow! 40 Retro Library Posters! | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Cool vintage images.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Hundreds of Things to Do With Old Books

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Hundreds of Things to Do With Old Books | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

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There are some way awesome ideas here. Recycling is good!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 9, 2013 9:18 AM

I want that circulation desk!

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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library - American Libraries

10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library - American Libraries | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library
American Libraries
Today's hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 22, 2013 4:24 PM

Some great ideas for school libraries as well!

Emelia Gulck's curator insight, February 28, 2013 9:15 AM

Some good ideas here...

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Why Librarians Should Blog about Their Experiences with Software Products

Why Librarians Should Blog about Their Experiences with Software Products | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:08 PM

I'm guilty of not blogging, but I tweet about this!

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MLS Still the Fourth Worst Degree for ROI

MLS Still the Fourth Worst Degree for ROI | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
According to PayScale.com. Five Worst-Paying Master’s Degrees 1. Master’s in Counseling – Median Pay: $52,300 2. Master’s in Social Work – Median Pay: $56,900 3. Master’s in Music – Median Pay: $56,900 4.

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So sad--but true.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 28, 2013 9:41 PM

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Digital Libraries to School Libraries

Digital Libraries to School Libraries | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

This project’s aim is to explore ways in which school librarians can use DL open content to expand and enrich the school library’s resource base and instructional support. This project uses the newest web-based technologies to help school librarians identify DL open content, integrate open content metadata into their OPACs, and help use open content for learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 21, 2013 10:27 AM

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:49 PM

Add open content to Destiny Quest OPAC then make Resource Lists for students and teachers. Win!