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The importance of school libraries - recent articles, news and sources of inspiration

The importance of school libraries - recent articles, news and sources of inspiration | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
YA author Nicola Morgan has just published an impassioned case for libraries, especially school libraries. She explains why libraries are vital even in these days when ‘it’s all online’.

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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, January 27, 7:30 PM

Russell Brand and I agree on at least one thing: Schools without libraries are a disgrace.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Beth Holland Blog | Edutopia.org

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Beth Holland Blog | Edutopia.org | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge. From tablets and scrolls to bound books, they have cataloged resources and served as a locus of knowledge.

 

Today, with the digitization of content and the ubiquity of the internet, information is no longer confined to printed materials accessible only in a single, physical location. Consider this: Project Gutenberg and its affiliates make over 100,000 public domain works available digitally, and Google has scanned over 30 million books through its library project.

Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts has been in the vanguard of this transition since 2009, when it announced its plans for a "bookless" library. A database of millions of digital resources superseded their 20,000-volume collection of books, and a café replaced the circulation desk.

 

With this transition, not only did the way in which students consumed content change, but also how they utilized the library space. Rather than maintain a quiet location for individual study, the school wanted to create an environment for "collaboration and knowledge co-construction."

 

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Free Printable: Reading Scavenger Hunt - Modern Parents Messy Kids

Free Printable: Reading Scavenger Hunt - Modern Parents Messy Kids | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Scavenger hunts and reading make the perfect pair. Discovering new stories, interesting characters, or a great series builds your child’s love for literature as well as her motivation to become an independent reader. As parents we want to grow our children’s interest in reading but sometimes feel like we’ve run out of ideas on how to do just that. …

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L2_S2S's curator insight, August 27, 2014 5:28 PM

A great link to pop in your school's newsletter or on your school website and encourage parents to complete it with their children, or better still - print off the scavenger hunt for a school holiday activity and send your class home with a copy each!

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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Rebecca Tischler Blog | INALJ.com

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Rebecca Tischler Blog | INALJ.com | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

Many people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older kind of frumpy woman wearing glasses on a chain, her hair up in a bun, shushing people with one hand while stamping books with the other.

 

Many of my Jr. High classmates predicted that I was going to be a librarian because I liked to read, and, during those years, I was very quiet and wore glasses.

 

I still love to read and always have something to read, but since I’m much more comfortable with myself, I don’t know if people would still say that I look like a librarian. Ironically, I did become a librarian, but for completely different reasons (part of it is the sheer variety involved in the profession).

 

As a librarian, we help to teach people how to become self-sufficient on the computer, find the answer to patron’s questions (no offense Google, but while you may come back with a million answers, we librarians come back with the right answer), develop graphic designs for advertisement, act as a social media managers, handle reader’s advisory, teach information literacy classes, act as storytellers, and teach children, to name just a few of our duties. We wear many many caps.

 

And here are five things that you may have been unaware that librarians do (just a few of their caps), or that libraries offer.

 

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Children, Teens, and Reading

Children, Teens, and Reading | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

This research review charts trends in reading rates and reading achievement over time among kids and teens in the U.S. We focus on national surveys and databases for data on children's reading habits and reading scores, looking at differences across time, and between demographic groups. We also examine the growing literature on ereading among young people, which has largely studied attitudes toward ebooks and ereading. We conclude with a discussion of key future areas of research on reading and ereading.



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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 29, 2014 1:24 PM

Interesting research into reading and attitudes to digital reading.

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How to Raise a Reader

How to Raise a Reader | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. 10 tips for getting your kids hooked on books -- ebooks or the paper kind.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, May 17, 2014 8:14 AM

Advice to share at the beginning of the Summer Reading Season - family centered hints, with genre and author examples for starters.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues.


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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:50 AM

Although these Apps are listed as being for librarians, they are really great for anyone. Teachers and students!

Lourense Das's curator insight, February 8, 2014 7:50 AM

16 Mobile apps for teacher / school librarians. Interesting to check out

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 8, 2014 10:23 PM

Great list of links. Love the visuals.

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Questions librarians need to answer - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Questions librarians need to answer - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
In a recent post , Jennifer LaGarde (LibraryGirl) suggests that these questions "really need ...

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 17, 2014 2:30 AM

Love the questions. Makes you focus on the student which is what we should all be about. 

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:01 PM

More brilliance from my friends and thought leaders: Jennifer & Doug

Dr. Christine Van Hamersveld, Director of Libraries & Instructional Materials - Pasadena ISD's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:04 AM

These questions should guide the professional growth of school librarians (new and experienced) and frame the ongoing quest to improve school library programs.

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The 4-Step Guide To Critical Thinking Skills - Edudemic

The 4-Step Guide To Critical Thinking Skills - Edudemic | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Here is a guide to critical thinking skills complete with four (count 'em, 4!) steps accompanied by fill-in-the-blank questions designed to pique your interest and illustrate how each step works.

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How to teach… reading for pleasure

How to teach… reading for pleasure | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
The link between reading for fun and educational success is well established, but how can teachers get reluctant readers into books? These teaching resources will help

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Elena Orlova's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:43 PM

Как научить читать с удовольствием?

Ann Ewel's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:49 PM

This is more of a list of annotated lists to sites that talk about how to encourage reading for pleasure.  Nonetheless it looks like a good collection of resources. 

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Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

"Below is a graphic I come across while wading through my feeds today. The visual emphasizes the importance of read-alouds  in early literacy learning. It also features a set of interesting facts on how reading aloud helps in kids' literacy development. Reading aloud to kids is not only beneficial to young learners linguistic abilities but is also connected to their social and cognitive development. And the most important of them all is that only 15 minutes of read-aloud is enough to make a difference"


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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:25 AM

it may also be more than 15 minutes ...

Jan Watts's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:00 AM

This  graphic has a place in every library and classroom, but also in every home (just so we don't lose sight of the huge importance of reading aloud).

Ninna Ricci Capistrano's curator insight, September 11, 2014 6:40 AM

This also gives parents and the kids quality time

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:49 AM

and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 15, 1:33 AM

We are already there!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 15, 9:39 AM

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 7:40 PM
We (Concordia International School Shanghai) are creating a Learning Commons for next fall that will be an amazing learning environment. Genius Bar, Coffee Bar, Maker Space, Quiet Rooms, writable walls, light jazz ... Please apply to this school if you want to be a part of something unprecedented, and you wish to live in Shanghai. Or just visit! The doors are open here. We know that in the sharing of experience and ideas good and great things happen.
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The New Librarian: Leaders in the Digital Age

The New Librarian: Leaders in the Digital Age | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Teacher librarians chart a new course in Vancouver Public Schools

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, January 9, 5:15 PM

Leading the way!!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, January 11, 7:45 AM

Inspirational case studies!

Wron Ga's curator insight, January 18, 1:39 PM

Kursy w bibliotece, super pomysł, nawet Ci najbiedniejszi na pewno chętnie z tego skorzystaja. Pomogą w nauce jak i w dalszym zyciu .

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New Classroom Poster on How to Critically Judge Online Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Classroom Poster on How to Critically Judge Online Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

"Below is a handy visual you can share with your students to help them learn about how to critically judge online ( and offline) content. The information included in this visual is based on Google Safety resources as well as on an article I shared here a couple of years ago."


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Lourense Das's curator insight, June 29, 2014 6:43 AM

Learn how to critically judge content (online and offline) via this graphic

 

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 29, 2014 2:16 PM

I wish someone would create one of these graphics with the language of a fourth grade student. It would be so helpful.

Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, July 4, 2014 2:29 PM

Nice and very engaging

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Top Twitter Hashtags for Librarians

Top Twitter Hashtags for Librarians | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Are you ready to become a tweetbrarian? Twitter is a fantastic tool for engaging with other librarians, monitoring LIS trends and debates in real time, and gathering unfiltered insights and inspira...

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Carissa Davenport's curator insight, May 29, 2014 11:06 AM

Interesting, I don't use twitter nearly as much as I probably should!

Glenda Morris's curator insight, May 30, 2014 4:49 PM

Some important Twitter hashtags for TLS

congerjan's curator insight, May 31, 2014 6:18 PM

Twitter is one of the best places to find out how other librarians are handeling the Common Core in their libraries and classes.

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20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries

20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
A list of most creative, award-winning print ads for books, bookshops and libraries.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 26, 2014 4:48 PM

These ads will make you smile.  Take a quick peek.  Maybe they'll inspire you!

Anna Rauvenpoor's curator insight, May 29, 2014 11:44 AM

I will be shamelessly stealing some of these great ideas.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 30, 2014 9:34 AM

Nice one for a Friday! Have a good weekend! 

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 3, 2014 10:02 AM

41 resources for (school) media specialists on Makerspaces: updated version

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:33 AM

Makerspaces and libraries definitely seem like a good match.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, May 9, 2014 8:52 AM

Useful resources if you're thinking of having a makerspace in your library

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NY: North country libraries thriving in digital age, but budget cuts loom | WatertownDailyTimes.com

NY: North country libraries thriving in digital age, but budget cuts loom |  WatertownDailyTimes.com | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

A woman holding seed catalogs approaches the circulation desk to inquire about gardening books. Not only is she directed to reference books, she is told of an upcoming program that promises information on how to grow plants and vegetables in the north country.

 

On Wednesdays, senior citizens gather to gain knowledge of computers and other electronic devices.

 

On other weekdays, mothers shepherd their toddlers to storytime, and students converge on the teen center to play games or just hang out after school.

 

Jennifer R. Duell, a tutor in the Carthage Central School District, uses the facility when helping students with their studies.

 

“I don’t think I would be able to tutor if I couldn’t use the library,” she said.

Yes, the public library.

 

No longer is it just a quiet area to read or to serve as a storehouse for books — it’s a community gathering place for lifelong learning.

 

In a day when the printed word is slowing fading — replaced by digitized news stories and e-books — public libraries could be collateral damage. But with the help of the North Country Library System, they are thriving.

 

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Top 10 Things Picture Books Taught Me by Beth Shaum | Nerdy ...

Top 10 Things Picture Books Taught Me by Beth Shaum | Nerdy ... | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
What “counts” as reading? Well it turns out that lots of people have an opinion on that question, or more accurately, what doesn't count as reading. Here's what I've been told doesn't count as reading, either explicitly or ...

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 20, 2014 2:31 PM

Great insight into why reading picture books is as important for adults as it is for children! 

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11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books

11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
Most of us have the Billy bookshelf from IKEA, still leftover from our first apartment. Others, however, would rather display their books than merely store them.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:41 PM

Brighten up a wall, corner, stairway.....

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Need to Read: Reluctant readers can learn to pick up books - Elmira Star-Gazette

Need to Read: Reluctant readers can learn to pick up books
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The school librarian or media specialist is knowledgeable on what books relate to your child's interests and reading ability.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 7, 2014 3:08 PM

School libraries are a great place to start.

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for the Future

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for the Future | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:54 PM

This is an excellent infographic that explains the research-based skills required of students (American, but still quite relevant). 

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read a book, what book? :: building booklists for children

read a book, what book? :: building booklists for children | Reading relating to libraries | Scoop.it
I must admit that browsing through the shelves of the local public library is how a portion of everyday reading is found, for myself and for the children.  We skim a section, and take home books of interest.

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