Negotiation skills have become an invaluable soft skill for library directors and other professionals in the library and information sciences. Especially in regard to two areas where good negotiators have an edge: Maximizing Library Resources When budgets, staff and other resources are constrained an
By Whooo's Reading Blog Team Your library needs to appeal to the 21st century citizens roaming the halls of your school. As the tour guide of knowledge, you must present them with, and be knowledgeable about, the tools they need to learn.
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The debate over the value of maker spaces continued on Monday afternoon with “Where is the Science in a Maker Space?” led by Hooley McLaughlin from the Ontario Science Centre.
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Since you were a little kid, parents, teachers, and other adults have been telling you how important reading is — heck, half of my job as a books writer is to convince you how important it is. But why exactly does it matter so much? Aside from the fact that reading offers great entertainment,
More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into innovative makerspaces, giving students the chance to experiment and grow in new and exciting ways.
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A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.
This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016. The report shows that libraries of all types add value in five key areas - education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement. Local and national studies cited within the report show that libraries are advancing multiple literacies and fostering a digitally inclusive society.
Administrators are looking to school librarians to help them digitize education and lead blended learning activities in schools, thus bringing equity, connectivity and personalization to instruction.
The value of certified school librarians continues to grow as administrators and teachers seek education resources to better serve tech-savvy students. For example in 2010 only 35 percent of school librarians indicated they were acquiring digital content. By 2015, that number had increased to 69 percent. This trend is reflected across a variety of formats, particularly databases, ebooks, periodicals, videos and games.
Libraries continue to strive to support digital equality. Multiple studies increasingly point to the fact that individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds do not have equal access to high-speed Internet, digital tools, or opportunities to learn how to use digital resources. As a result, they are less able to compete for 21st century careers, participate fully in civic engagement or even advance their own personal learning and interests.
Regardless of format, digital or print, the report shows that collections within school and public libraries continue to be challenged. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In July 2015, a Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 US adults who participated, the percentage (28 percent) who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the previous survey (18 percent) conducted in 2011. Book challenges recorded by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reveal that attempts to remove materials with diverse content are higher than ever before. The Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 were:
1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
6. The Holy Bible . 7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
For a complete list of reasons and additional information and infographics regarding the 2015 Top Ten List of Most Challenged Books are available at http://bit.ly/americas-libraries . Other 2016 State of America’s Libraries report findings include:
• Libraries strengthened their role as leaders in community engagement, leading community forums, taking part in anti-violence activities and providing a safe, neutral place for an often divided populace to come together.
• Services and spaces for teen patrons are transforming as libraries look for opportunities to help teens design their own learning experiences. New service spaces include dedicated makerspaces, tinkerlabs and other reconfigurations of the library’s space.
The full text of the 2016 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://bit.ly/americas-libraries . The American Library Association (ALA), the voice of America’s libraries, is the oldest, largest, and most influential library association in the world. Its approximately 58,000 members are primarily librarians but also trustees, publishers, and other library supporters. The Association represents all types of libraries; its mission is to promote the highest-quality library and information services and public access to information. ###
What is reading readiness? The dictionary defines it as the point when a child transforms from being a non-reader to being a reader. But this definition leaves out the concept that reading readiness may actually begin in the womb. Watch Annie Murphy Paul's TED Talk to learn more about what is called fetal origins.
In another vein, as Maryanne Wolf writes in Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, "We were never born to read." Getting ready to read takes years of informal exposure to language and print in a myriad of ways. This stage is called early literacy.
Talking and interacting with children about daily literacy-based activities that interest them in their everyday lives best accomplishes acquiring these skills.
Storytelling, print and book awareness, and playing with words (rhyming, clapping, stomping out syllables, rolling and bouncing a ball) are all great ways to get started at an early age.
But even when the stage has been set with all the right components, the special-education child usually grapples with reading and writing.
How can we use tech to support the special-needs population?
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Some cultures do not distinguish between fiction and nonfiction – and instead talk of ‘stories’. Is that a barrier to English-language writers and publishers? Or should they just learn to enjoy telling tales?
When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren't having their basic needs met, one determined children's librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.
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Patrick Provencher's insight:
I love how these librarians "connected the dots" and put together a program that not only provided literacy benefits for these young children, but helped their parents access services that made their lives/health better. THIS is what public libraries are all about! I would love to see more school-public library partnerships to create a continuum of services for all families in our communities.
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