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Are School Libraries Obsolete?

(This week's guest blogger is Catherine Stuart, librarian at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.) It happened again last week. Someone at a party asked me what I do for a living and when I told him I was a school librarian, ...

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Another interesting article why school libraries are NOT obsolete

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A lovely piece about how important school libraries really are! 

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Schools urged to engage qualified librarians | Regional News 2013-10-08

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The Central Regional Chairman of the Ghana Library Association (GLA), Mr Edwin Asamoah, on Monday, appealed to authorities of Senior High Schools and institutions of higher learning to stock their libraries with relevant books and engage qualified librarians to encourage students to patronize them.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:25 AM

Article argues that there is need to engage qualified librarians in schools in order to improve library and information services and also promote reading culture.

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Advocacy for School Libraries | IFLA

Advocacy for School Libraries | IFLA | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Joint post-conference (IFLA school libraries section and IASL) on advocacy for school libraries, August 24, Kuala Lumpur

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Positive role teacher / school librarians highlighted in #ASLA report

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Media release - 15 April 2013

 

Report shows teacher librarians transform student learning

 

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is calling upon Australian educational decision makers to employ teacher librarians as part of the solution to improve national student learning and literacy.

 

ASLA Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bonanno said the industry’s final report, Future learning and school libraries, released today, highlighted the positive role of teacher librarians in supporting future learning within the school.

 

Teacher librarians’ knowledge and use of current and emerging digital technologies, together with a deep appreciation of literature, can transform teaching and learning within the school, Ms Bonanno said.

 

“With the avalanche of new and emerging digital technologies, the dynamics of how information is accessed and utilised for learning has changed.”

 

“As schools pursue world class 21st century education, then state and territory governments, and other education authorities, need to address the role and function of knowledge transfer at the school level.  School libraries and teacher librarians are well placed to be the e-hub of the school and as the report outlines they should be empowered to support students to learn through a variety of technology.”

 

A summary of key points in the report include:

 ·         a review of the global environment in which modern learners and educators are immersed,

the educational implications of trends affecting contemporary schooling,the means of evaluating education outcomes, andkey alerts on the critical role of the teacher librarian.

 

The report, which was backed by a review of the research literature and extensive community consultation with principals and education agencies, also includes global and national education trends.

 

Contributing author, June Wall said the paper presents the case that a future focussed teacher librarian contributes to student learning through school library services and programs.

 

“To enable teacher librarians and school libraries to fulfil their potential in advancing modern learning, there is an urgent need for funding to support future planning and provision of teaching specialists in school libraries”.

 

There is also a need for enhanced professional education and employment opportunities to ensure that all Australian students benefit from the professional knowledge, practice and commitment of a teacher librarian at their school.

 

Ms Bonanno said that it is time to invest in the employment of specialists, such as teacher librarians, and encouraged decision makers to review the report that adds to the ever growing list of reports that indicate the power of teacher librarians in student learning and achievement.

 

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Tales from a Loud Librarian: Policy Change for School Libraries in Louisiana

Tales from a Loud Librarian: Policy Change for School Libraries in Louisiana | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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"Excuse me? I am not important? Library resources are not important for educating our students? I beg to differ. I offer so much to the faculty and students at my school. I opened the library in 2006 with 1800 books on the shelves....."

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Building a vibrant future for school library conversations

Building a vibrant future for school library conversations | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The Australian Teacher Librarian Network assists school library staff to stay up to date with emerging devices, tools, media and virtual environments.

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NJASL School Libraries Video

This video was produced by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians with funding provided by its advocacy partnership with LibraryLinkNJ.
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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...some vintage ads and posters for all books. Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems will bring back memories.


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Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com

Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
In a word, yes. In fact, they may be an administrator's most underutilized resource. Learn how schools are freeing them up to help students, faculty, and principals find the information they need.

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ALA Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Supporting School Libraries| ALA Annual 2012

ALA Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Supporting School Libraries| ALA Annual 2012 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

ALA Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution during its annual meeting in Anaheim, CA, that reiterates the importance of certified media specialists to academic achievement and calls on all ALA divisions to support our nation's beleaguered school librarians


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Joint statement on school libraries and teacher librarians

On June 14 the Australian Education Union, Australian Library and Information Association and Australian School Library Association issued a
joint statement on the importance of school libraries and the role of teacher librarians. It is available in a PDF format from http://www.asla.org.au/policy/ [Joint statement on school libraries and teacher librarians].

This statement has been forwarded to all Education Union branches in Australia, other associated bodies and to the current Government and the Opposition party.

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Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please

Aren't we already the “digital literacy corps”? Employ trained, certified professionals please | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Fran Bullington - As an educator, I realize the importance of information and digital literacy. As a school librarian, I have been trained to teach information literacy skills. I collaborate with classroom teachers to teach lessons in which I incorporate these skills.However, the recession has had an enormous impact on school libraries. Many programs have been completely cut; others are being run by volunteers rather than a certified school librarian; and other programs have lost their assistants, whose job of handling routine procedures freed the school librarian to plan with teachers.

 

I noticed that the FCC is considering “a proposal to spend $200 million to create a digital literacy corps. This group of hundreds, even thousands, of trainers would fan out to schools and libraries to teach productive uses of computers for parents, students and job seekers.”

 

Although I applaud the intent of teaching digital literacy skills to our students, I question the expenditure of these funds. Why not instead funnel these funds into school library programs to allow trained, certified professionals to teach the skills?

I look forward to hearing from you on this vital issue.


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How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA

How to Use Pinterest for Your Library | VOYA | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Jennifer Rummel June 2012 Have you heard about the newest social media craze Pinterest?

Great idea to have a dedicated Library Pinterest Board as a way to promote and advocate what your library has to offer. So many good ideas suggested here.


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Your students are your best advocates

Your students are your best advocates | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Keep their stories on hand to share with other stakeholders. For example, these stories were recently shared on the AASLForum email list.


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"Recently a student inadvertently highlighted both the need for certified librarians and the gap in understanding of what we do within the school."

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 25, 5:38 PM

The student voice can be very strong ... also, don't forget the parent voice as well.

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Os nossos melhores defensores são os alunos que sabem a diferença que faz uma biblioteca escolar com pessoal qualificado e atento. Basta ir recolhendo histórias - quanto mais não seja para aquecer o coração e dar ânimo !

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International School Library Month - Developed and Presented by #IASL

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Press Release which you may use or adapt for any advocacy opportunities such as local newspapers or school newsletters in relation to International school library month #islm2013:

 

International School Library Month is celebrated around the world in October.

The celebration highlights the contribution which school libraries make to the lives of students and their families in developing a passion for learning and preparing them for life.

 

This year's theme is "School Libraries: Doorways to Life" and an international Skype Project and Bookmark Project provide the opportunity for  students to connect around the world.

On the IASL website are many translations of this theme: http://www.iasl-online.org/events/islm/2013islm/theme-translations.htm.

During the month many schools and countries will be posting about their activities and celebrations for ISLM: http://www.iasl-online.org/events/islm/2013islm/what-are-people-doing.htm.

 

Our school/community has been involved by.... [enter your own content]

 

All the very best in all the celebrations around the world!

And don't forget to contribute your celebrations to the IASL website by emailing iasl@mlahq.org.

 

Elizabeth Greef

 

IASL VP Advocacy and Promotion

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International School Library Month

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Stacked: Show Me the Awesome: 30 Days of Self Promotion

Stacked: Show Me the Awesome: 30 Days of Self Promotion | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Promote the school library and participate in this event!

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Library Research Service| School Libraries | School Library Impact Studies

Library Research Service| School Libraries | School Library Impact Studies | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
School library impact studies.
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Great new initiative: compilation of resources, links, video and more on school libraries and their impact on student learning. Must see/read for all school/teacher librarians.

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Advocacy for Your School Library Helps All School Libraries

Advocacy for Your School Library Helps All School Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

A teacher librarian's story......I explain to him that it is vital that librarians shout about all the wonderful activities happening in their library. I do just that with this blog, the library website, twitter, email blasts, discussions with my principal, notices in the daily memo and articles in the school monthly newsletter. Since I became a librarian, I have used whatever media was available to advertise the library. I had to.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 4, 2012 1:24 AM

School libraries and media centers can be the driving force for meaningful technology integration in any school.  The key: Trained Librarian/Media specialists.

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Mass Lobby of Parliament on October 29th 2012 at 2pm for School Libraries

Mass Lobby of Parliament on October 29th 2012 at 2pm for School Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

A group of school librarians are planning to lobby parliament for school libraries to be made statutory.  This protest is planned for 29th October, 2012, which is during school half term.  You can finds more information here.

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No More School Librarians?

No More School Librarians? | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Media specialists argue that guidance and research skills are needed more than ever in the Internet age...
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School Libraries & Advocacy: Maine State Library

Advocacy is a hot topic for all libraries in these tight budget times. Thanks to the Maine Tri-District Fall Council meeting last November, librarians who were able to attend got a powerful reminder of the importance of advocacy, as well as tips for implementing our own plans. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the sessions and have a few thoughts to share that apply to school librarians and our own state of Maine.


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Why You Need Your School Librarian | Kentucky Teacher

Why You Need Your School Librarian | Kentucky Teacher | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

"School librarians have the resources, training and knowledge to help us make those meaningful connections between the Common Core Standards and our students’ interests and lives."

Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 18, 2011.


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Library Advocate.: TEXTING Legislators About Library Issues

Library Advocate.: TEXTING Legislators About Library Issues | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Teacher librarian Connie Williams, who represents California school librarians for the American Library Association, reports the following easy way to make a difference

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Visibility Is A Synonym For Advocacy

Visibility Is A Synonym For Advocacy | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Margaux DelGuidice works as a school librarian, adjunct professor and children’s services librarian and is co-author of the book, Make A Big Impact @ Your School Board Meeting. Sometimes she ...
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5 Literacies >> Pennsylvania Library Association

5 Literacies >> Pennsylvania Library Association | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

There are five kinds of literacy — who knew? Three years in the planning, the Pennsylvania Library Association has launched an initiative called “PA Forward Pennsylvania Libraries” designed to make public, academic and school libraries across Pennsylvania a community center of information, technology, and learning, ideally leading to a better quality of life for its users.

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