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The Adventures of Library Girl: Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Libraries

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Declaration of Students' Rights to School Libraries. Fight library budget cuts that impact kids. http://t.co/2B5aXczyrD #tlchat #waketl

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Libraries are vital to student success - Daily Titan

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... education material for schools and teachers, found that “over the past 20 years, numerous studies have shown that elementary schools with at least one full-time certified teacher-librarian performed better on state tests.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 27, 2014 5:57 AM

Best selling author supports school libraries

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 27, 2014 8:25 AM

School libraries are important. This piece reminds us why. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, March 2, 2014 8:51 AM

Another article on the impact of libraries on student achievement

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Miami’s Public Library Cuts Detrimental to Students | School Library Journal

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Save our Schools: East Ramapo cuts library, music and art from all elementary schools.

4th grade student reads letter he wrote to President Obama. District is eliminating all library, music and art programs at the elementary level.

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Peggy Milam Creighton's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:08 AM

Letter-writing campaigns, social networking protests, fund-raising, grass-roots efforts will all help to get the message out, but what will stem the school library closing tide?

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Parents of Hughes Middle School students work to keep librarian | Student Learning through School Libraries

Parents of Hughes Middle School students work to keep librarian | Student Learning through School Libraries | Importance of School Library Media Centers | Scoop.it
"When a few Hughes Middle School parents learned that next year's budget cuts would include cutting the school library and librarian's hours by half next year, they decided to do something." Isn't it amazing that these parents and kids realise the...

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Mayor Rahm's grand experiment: Libraries without librarians | Chicago Reader

Mayor Rahm's grand experiment: Libraries without librarians | Chicago Reader | Importance of School Library Media Centers | Scoop.it

 

Books as a backdrop: Mayor Rahm stages a press conference in the Payton high school library that has no librarian because of his budget cuts.


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What should an administrator expect a school library media specialist to be?


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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:29 AM

school librarian / teacher librarian jobdescription

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:42 AM

Lovely description of all a school librarian can be. If schools understood an supported us they would have independent learners in their schools in no time...

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:52 PM

A very good description, a goal to achieve. I applaud the vision embedded here.

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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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Principal support for the teacher librarian, what is it? And how to get it?

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It is of vital importance that teacher librarians have the support of their school principals. A school principal can affect collaboration opportunities and budget. Without the support of principal...

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:45 AM

Working with the Head or Principal of a school is vitally important for any school librarian. The problem is getting them to listen in the first place. Once you are on their radar the difference can be amazing. 

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Five MORE Conversations [About School Libraries] That I Don't ...

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Note: this post originally appeared in Connected: a publication of the School Library Association of New Zealand. I was honored to be included and encourage you to read the rest of their great journal here!

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SCIS's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:56 PM

Originally published in Collected from SLANZA

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:23 AM

Great post! What conversations would you like to stop having?  

L2_S2S's curator insight, January 6, 2014 10:01 PM

A great post that deserves to be displayed on multiple Scoopit's !

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Joyce's Story: The Ending Is Up To You

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:28 PM

Agreed - we need to busy - being significant!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:44 PM

Evaluate your own library program. How does it measure up?

Lourense Das's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:51 AM

If every school library looked like what Joyce Valenza is describing, our profession would not be on the endangered species list.

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Community Post: 28 Beautiful Quotes About Libraries

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The libraries of the world are under threat. Here are some reasons to care.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 11, 2014 3:13 AM

Beautiful quotes about libraries with pictures. 

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What Makes a Question Essential?

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"Teachers regularly pose questions to their students, but the purpose and form of these questions can vary widely. This book is about a particular kind of question—one we call "essential." So, what makes a question "essential"? Let us begin by engaging you in a bit of inquiry using the following concept-attainment exercise to examine the characteristics of an essential question. The exercise has three parts, as explained in the next several paragraphs."


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Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, June 27, 2013 5:47 PM
Thanks for your comment. It is a useful article :)
davidconover's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:49 PM

This list is a critical approach to understanding the scope and threat of how questions can be designed for critical thinking.

EduClick_España's curator insight, December 8, 2014 12:09 PM

"Teachers regularly pose questions to their students, but the purpose and form of these questions can vary widely. This book is about a particular kind of question—one we call "essential." So, what makes a question "essential"? Let us begin by engaging you in a bit of inquiry using the following concept-attainment exercise to examine the characteristics of an essential question. The exercise has three parts, as explained in the next several paragraphs."

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After staff cuts, librarians doing double duty - Ocala

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After staff cuts, librarians doing double duty
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She must keep up with two separate school library budgets, two book fair budgets, and manage two state stipends to purchase new books.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:30 PM

Working across two schools - The two schools combined have 33,000 books that are checked out nearly 110,000 times during a 180-day school year.

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Forging connections between the library and the classroom


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 1, 2014 2:59 AM
A great presentation that shows what school librarians can achieve with collaboration.
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RAILS%20Board%20Meeting.130524.National%20Library%20Legislative%20Day.pdf


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Literacy standards are falling, so why are we closing libraries?

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Today’s report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) makes for depressing reading about the state of numeracy and literacy in England (Scotland and Wales weren’t subj...

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Peggy Milam Creighton's curator insight, October 9, 2013 9:29 AM

Are we creating a future society of illiterates?

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School libraries hit hard by budget cuts - San Francisco Chronicle

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San Francisco ChronicleSchool libraries hit hard by budget cutsSan Francisco ChronicleNo data on school library closures are kept, but a steep drop in the number of certified teacher librarians employed by school districts shows students across the...

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Libraries

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Declaration of Students' Rights to School Libraries. Fight library budget cuts that impact kids. http://t.co/2B5aXczyrD #tlchat #waketl

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The Mission of Librarians is to Empower - The Digital Shift

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empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English Someone whom I greatly admire recently set me thinking about the mission of librarians. David Lankes has that effect on many of us. In a talk late last year at the Digital Library Fall Forum, Lankes recast the usual …

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Floyd Pentlin's curator insight, January 30, 2014 11:06 AM

empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:04 PM

Our job is to empower....

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Leadership: School Librarian Evaluation QRv30n2p24.pdf


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 26, 2014 2:02 PM

Great assessment too for school librarians included in this report. 

Linda Mercer's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:42 PM

Looks good!!

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 15, 2013 2:56 PM

More brilliance from the awesome Library Girl!

Debbie Smiloff De Louise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:46 AM

Nice weeding tips

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:47 AM

Nice new acronym for weeding your collection.

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School Library Story | An advocacy message

Written and narrated by Joyce Valenza Designed and produced by Walter Lynch

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:03 AM

Make sure you share this video with your principal, staff, parents and colleagues.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:26 PM

Joyce, it's lovely to hear your voice! Please watch this and share! 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:04 PM

Great advocacy to teacher librarians!  Thanks for sharing Elizabeth:)

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids

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I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an ove...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:01 PM

In this post Jackie Gerstein provides a great list of books that you could use to teach children about the skills and attributes that they need to learn. She states " Children’s books, as they are written and presented as stories, have great potential to explain these often abstract concepts.  There is also evidence that the brain processes stories differently and more powerfully than facts and lectures."

The stories are divided into sections:

* Grit

* Resilience

* Hope & Optimism

* Vision

* Self-Regulation

* Empathy & Global Awareness

There is also a list of books suggested by Tony Wagner in the areas of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration and Curiosity and Imagination.

Although geared to children some are appropriate for older students.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 18, 2014 9:25 AM

Para niñas y niños :)

Kerri Schaub's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:47 AM

The forgotten, but essential, skills! #mersd #studentengagement

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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.