Dan Hurley: There is evidence that reading can increase levels of all three major categories of intelligence. I believe my discovery of Spider-Man and other comic books turned me into a straight-A studentintelligence
Apologies, it has been a few weeks since my last post. Life demanded 100% of my attention and left me no time to write in this space.
Before I went on school holidays there was a bit of discussion about how to promote teacher references (TR) on my local teacher librarian listserv. I know that in my school library we have spent quite a bit of time and money in developing a good TR collection and due to space restrictions it is housed in our library storeroom. Sadly, it is rarely looked at and is continuing to collect dust. What a waste! From the lively discussion on the listserv, it looks like my school library is not the only one experiencing this issue.
The following were excellent suggestions made by my colleagues (in particular a shout-out goes to Barbara Combes for her suggestions) about how to promote the TR collection:
* It is important to weed this collection and keep it relevant to the new curricula. * Have a rotating display in the staff room. To prevent losing resources you could photocopy the covers with brief comments describing the resource and which subjects it would benefit. * Send out regular emails to staff targeting select resources to certain learning areas, with an image of the book cover and a brief review. * You could even be cheeky and place advertisements for select resources that would be interesting for staff in their toilets. * If you have your own library website, promote the resources in a staff reads section. * Some libraries have removed the resources from their collection and donated them to individual learning areas for their own collection. This is a controversial but common practice in school libraries.
Overarching all this is the importance for your library to have a collection development policy, which you can refer to in regards to purchasing resources and weeding. If you don’t have one yet, you can use the ALIA guidelines to write one.
James Klurfeld and Howard Schneider evaluate a news literacy program based at Stony Brook University. In examining this course, the authors offer ideas on how to train emerging journalists and consumers of news to be savvier and more discerning readers and reporters.
Given the focus on ebooks these days, could old-fashioned print books provide a superior reading experience? Actually, yes—especially for young children whose literacy skills are just beginning to emerge.