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Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert.

Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert. | Libraryless | Scoop.it
In her latest commentary, Ellie Herman looks at yet another reason so many students struggle to read at grade level. They have neither books nor libraries.

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One of the saddest comments in this very clear commentary on the importance of school libraries as promoters of equity.

"But why should they want to read when we do everything in our power to devalue the act of reading and to remove or shut down places to read from low-income communities?" 

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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 19, 4:11 PM

A powerful account of a student and teacher experiencing 'a book desert' in their school and community. No school libraries in many LA schools has created this 'book desert'.

Evidence can include the personal stories of people. The use of student voice or teacher voice pieces illustrates the personal impact of decision making and program implementation on individuals. We can learn so much from LISTENING to these voices.

Bureaucrats need to learn to listen. There is so much you can learn about the impact of your decisions on the lives of those dependent upon your decisions, as this piece by Ellie Herman illustrates. Just multiply Xavier's personal experience by hundreds of thousands. You get the picture.

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What does resourcing the curriculum look like in a school with no library? What new models exist for collection management, research and learning in libraryless organisations? This is a collection of research, discussion and media reports that explore these themes..
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CSIRO Marine Library Closure

CSIRO Marine Library Closure | Libraryless | Scoop.it
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All library services for CSIRO will be centralised in Canberra, as CSIRO Library moves towards a totally digital service. Researchers and scientists will submit their requests for services electronically, to library staff designated to different divisions.
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Study measures Nashville library impact on students

Study measures Nashville library impact on students | Libraryless | Scoop.it

The Tennessean
Now researchers say they see a connection between Limitless Libraries usage and the test scores of middle and high school students — a finding that held across demographics.

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Another correlation study - this time based on library usage.

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5 Quick Steps to Organize Your Classroom Library

5 Quick Steps to Organize Your Classroom Library | Libraryless | Scoop.it
A classroom library serves as the foundation of a literacy-rich classroom. A well-stocked, research-based classroom library becomes a tool for teaching and learning. Once you’ve gathered a collection of books, a system for organizing them is a must.
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This post gives an impression of classroom libraries working in isolation with each teacher setting up their own system. Issues: duplication of effort and resources, lack of consistency across classes and an administrative burden on teachers.
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India: Annual Status of Education Report 2013: no significant improvement in learning to read

India: Annual Status of Education Report 2013: no significant improvement in learning to read | Libraryless | Scoop.it

"The percentage of useable toilets for girls has also increased from 32.9% in 2010 to 53.3% in 2013. steady increase in the provision of libraries in schools that have been visited. The All India figure for schools with no library provision dropped from 37.4% in 2010 to 22.9% in 2013."

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What is the all Australian figure for schools with no library provision in 2013?

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Canadian Federal government's library-closing policy

Canadian Federal government's library-closing policy | Libraryless | Scoop.it
When Dalhousie biologist Heike Lotze heard the library at the St. Andrews Biological Station in New Brunswick would close, it came as a shock.
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Libraries to return to Windsor Catholic schools

Libraries to return to Windsor Catholic schools | Libraryless | Scoop.it
The Windsor Public Library and the Catholic school board are working on a partnership to save the school board's libraries from extinction.
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Schools Matter: Memphis Politicians Wring Hands About Reading ...

Schools Matter: Memphis Politicians Wring Hands About Reading ... | Libraryless | Scoop.it
Since poor children get the books more often from libraries, and since the research has demonstrated over the past 25 years that schools with library programs and librarians have more proficient readers than school that don't (go figure), it should...
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Two shuttered school libraries to reopen

Two shuttered school libraries to reopen | Libraryless | Scoop.it
The two libraries, shuttered last month due to budget cuts, will reopen Tuesday thanks to a $205,000 gift from an anonymous donor.
Principals of the two schools, magnets that take in top students from across the city, lamented the closures, and said the budget cuts had taken aim at the very heart of their institutions.
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The lack of funding for staff is the reason given for the decision to close these school libraries, re-opening a month later. Where do schools in this position find out about the process of library closure, or the process for re-opening?
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CSIRO Marine Library Closure

CSIRO Marine Library Closure | Libraryless | Scoop.it
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All library services for CSIRO will be centralised in Canberra, as CSIRO Library moves towards a totally digital service. Researchers and scientists will submit their requests for services electronically, to library staff designated to different divisions.
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Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert.

Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert. | Libraryless | Scoop.it
In her latest commentary, Ellie Herman looks at yet another reason so many students struggle to read at grade level. They have neither books nor libraries.

Via lyn_hay
pru's insight:

One of the saddest comments in this very clear commentary on the importance of school libraries as promoters of equity.

"But why should they want to read when we do everything in our power to devalue the act of reading and to remove or shut down places to read from low-income communities?" 

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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 19, 4:11 PM

A powerful account of a student and teacher experiencing 'a book desert' in their school and community. No school libraries in many LA schools has created this 'book desert'.

Evidence can include the personal stories of people. The use of student voice or teacher voice pieces illustrates the personal impact of decision making and program implementation on individuals. We can learn so much from LISTENING to these voices.

Bureaucrats need to learn to listen. There is so much you can learn about the impact of your decisions on the lives of those dependent upon your decisions, as this piece by Ellie Herman illustrates. Just multiply Xavier's personal experience by hundreds of thousands. You get the picture.

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open learning spaces: A library or no library... that is the question

open learning spaces: A library or no library... that is the question | Libraryless | Scoop.it

"One principal we spoke with recently has decided to forgo the administration of the library and accept the potential losses that may ensue."

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This post refers to Principals who have questioned in particular the value of 'managing' library collections. I would be interested to hear more about how this works in a school where there is a collection of learning resources selected by students and teachers (or the Principal) and no attempt to manage these resources? 
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Report finds more LA school libraries closed

Report finds more LA school libraries closed | Libraryless | Scoop.it
It took school board member Monica Ratliff's office months of phone calls to find out how many libraries do not have staff: 332. Now, she wants to get them reopened.

 

Figures out this week show only half of L.A. Unified school libraries have even part-time staff and far fewer have a credentialed librarian.

In a district of 768 schools libraries, there are only 98 librarians to teach students how to find information, select a text or coordinate reading programs. Even adding library aides to the mix, 332 school libraries do not have staff.

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This article outlines the issues with just finding out what is happening in schools.

"Ratliff said she had heard from parents about closures at their schools, but it took her office months to get data showing the scope of library cuts. "Basically we just kept hounding and hounding the district staff until we got the information," she said."

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congerjan's curator insight, February 4, 5:56 AM

In PA we need only show parents the PSSA scores of schools with and without school libraries. It is simple close libraries = lower PSSA scores. Parents need to know that. Librarians do more than stand at a desk and check out books!

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Closing libraries, foreclosing research

Closing libraries, foreclosing research | Libraryless | Scoop.it

"By Will Knight
In 2007, Stephen Bocking, professor of environmental studies at Trent University, asked me to conduct some research on British Columbia’s aquaculture industry. The plan included a vi..."

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Writers International Network Zimbabwe: WIN Newsletter, Issue No 73

Writers International Network Zimbabwe: WIN Newsletter, Issue No 73 | Libraryless | Scoop.it
“We came to live in Mabelreign in 1981 when I was in Grade Four and was enrolled at Alfred Beit School. The school had no library and still does not have one today but there was a symbiotic relationship between the school ...
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How the Federal Shutdown Impacts Researchers So Far

"Oxford University Press is offering free access to its databases during the government shutdown, meaning anyone who needs it will be able to make use of resources like Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and the demographics database Social Explorer. The shutdown has also closed EBSCO’s ERIC database of journal articles and government documents on education topics, prompting EBSCO to offer a free version of the service to users until the government is open for business again, though only the abstracts and indices—not the full-text articles—will be available."
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The US Federal Government shutdown October 2013 provides a useful case study of the role of libraries in managing affordable, equitable access to digital collections. What is the business model for publishers to be providing open access to their digital subscription services in this situation?
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