“ Forget the Shhhhhhh. School libraries are making noise these days, inspiring lifelong learning with innovative programs, high technology – and fun. In the process, they are re-establishing themselves as vital centers for schools and ...”
Via Karen Bonanno
School Libraries are like Cheers - everybody knows your name!
Jennifer LaGarde's sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she'd once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”
A new future is coming to education. Online shopping, searching and social networks came first—education is next. OCLC's newest user perceptions study, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, explores how empowered consumers, fueled by economic incentives, are using online learning platforms and MOOCs to set new expectations for education—and for libraries. The report explores the behaviors, perceptions and motivations of online learners: how they are evaluating the cost/value trade-offs of higher education, how they are using and succeeding with online education—and their use and perceptions of the library.
"The Library is books .... And a place to get work done."
“ Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...”
Via Anu Ojaranta, Karen Bonanno
Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts.
A substantive shift to digital content will also change the requirements for the school library's physical space. Library research can occur anywhere: in the classroom, at home, in quiet study areas throughout campus, and the library itself. This opens the physical library up to new uses, such as a vibrant space for collaboration, group study, and even an occasional latte. It can be a space for face-to-face meetings with library staff and teaching information literacy skills to classes.
Build choice, time, and engagement in independent reading for students this school year.
"Research suggests that key factors in motivating students to read include providing a large selection of reading materials and allowing students choice in what they read, establishing a purpose for reading, and providing for social interaction as part of the reading experience."
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Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library's children's room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.
Aimed at Public / Community Libraries this article stimulated my thinking.
How do Primary Schools connect with their local preschool community? Does the local kindergarten have visits to your school library? How could you involved your local Community Library network in your school library?
Recent data from the California Department of Education confirming the dramatically low ratio of media specialists to students (about 1:7,000) has members of the California School Library Association (CSLA) rallying for big advocacy—including...
Here's the thinking that leads just about every all-you-can-eat buffet to trend to mediocrity: "Oh, don't worry about how fresh the mashed potatoes are, after all, they're free." Indeed, as far as the kitchen is concerned, each individual item on...
Interesting read ...
Try inserting 'library' where Seth write potatoes.
How could libraries, in particular school libraries, rethink marketing & promotion to their communities? How could they challenge the often preset attitude that libraries are; just there and free, resulting in often underwhelming use and growth of the "Google-it" culture.