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School libraries: using data to boost student literacy

School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Librarian Adam Lancaster explains how his school used tracking data and reading quizzes to support reluctant readers...
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School libraries are an indispensible function in education. Adopt the school library function in your school and improve the learning results.
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How Not to Cite an Image

How Not to Cite an Image | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Between great public domain image sources like Pixabay and Creative Commons image search tools there are few occasions when students should have to resort to claiming fair use to use a copyrighted image. If they do end up at that step, they should at least give proper credit to the owner of the image.


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3D Printing to Raspberry Pi's: How a Quiet Florida School Library Got Transformed to a Makerspace

3D Printing to Raspberry Pi's: How a Quiet Florida School Library Got Transformed to a Makerspace | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
On any given day at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, visitors to the Lower School library might be surprised to find it bears little resemblance to the school libraries of years past.

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Ontario Library Association

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Hello everyone,

It is my very distinct pleasure to let you know that the Canadian Library Association's Leading Learning Project has been selected to receive the Ontario Library Association President's Award for Exceptional Achievement at our Super Conference in January 2015. The President's Award for Exceptional Achievement acknowledges an outstanding action or contribution that has in a major or unique way enhanced or furthered librarianship in Ontario. The selection is at the full discretion of the President of the OLA. Awards are only given if there is something of true historic significance to recognize.

The publication of Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada is an event of true historic significance. As the document says, "Learners have a right to expect good school libraries in every school in Canada." Standards can indeed help measure practice, but Leading Learning does much more. By focusing on the needs of the learner, Leading Learning provides a framework for growth. Every school, no matter the status of its library program, can find itself in this framework and decide on tangible steps for improvement. The development of Leading Learning brought together input from every province and territory in the country, and successfully developed standards for growth that are meaningful within this very disparate context. This is a remarkable achievement.

The Royal Society of Canada's recently released expert panel report on the status and future of Canada's libraries and archives made recommendations for improving standards for school library programs across the country. It cited Leading Learning and our own guideline document, Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons as models for moving forward. In the Ontario context, Leading Learning provides a sympathetic framework for achieving the vision of Together for Learning , and as such, is particularly deserving of an award for enhancing or furthering librarianship in this province. It is also my hope that this award will help to advance the implementation of Leading Learning across the country and advocate for school library programs, particularly in light of the RSC's recommendations.

You have received this email as leaders of the Canadian Library Association, members of the Leading Learning Project Steering Committee, and OLA members who served as members of the Project Focus Group and as Ontario Provincial Committee Chairpersons. We ask that you extend this good news to all of the many people involved in the project from across the country.

We have not, as yet, finalized plans for the presentation at Super Conference. I have copied this message to Shelagh Paterson, OLA Executive Director, and Beckie MacDonald, OLA Manager of Member Services. Beckie will be handling arrangements for awards, and will be in contact with you with more specific information about the presentation. While the award is for the project as a whole, we would like to recognize all of you who are planning to be at the conference at the award presentation.

Congratulations!
Anita

Anita Brooks Kirkland
Consultant, Libraries & Learning
anitabk@bythebrooks.ca
www.bythebrooks.ca

President, Ontario Library Association
www.accessola.org

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Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection

Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Do you use the Dewey Decimal Classification at your school? Can your kids figure out what "142.780973" means? Would they know where to find the "Sports" books? Using this logic, many schools are wondering if they and their students might be better served using a book-store model, or genres, when it comes to their fiction collection…. but where to begin?


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Dewey and kids: do we need another way of classification? If so, where to begin

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 25, 2014 11:06 AM

Ditch Dewey or keep it?  What do you do at your library?

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Do you agree? I can see some benefits

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... but where to begin?

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The changing face of school libraries - Hillcountrynews

CHAMPION: The changing face of school libraries
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When our parents and community members visit one of our schools, they frequently comment on how different it looks and feels from the schools they attended when they were kids.

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School libraries: new challenges, new ideas!

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Wikipedia and libraries | ALIA

Slides from national WIkipedia information sessions conducted by Wikimedia Australia for members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). …

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Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by SLJ, sponsored by Follett.

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E-books in the school library - slowly but steady increase in use

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 15, 2014 3:12 PM

From anecdotal evidence a similar situation exists in Australian schools. Limited access to ereading devices and infrastructure plus costs and ownership of ebooks contribute to slow growth. Also, is a downloadable PDF an ebook. I think not. Embedded interactivity is needed to create the uniqueness and flexibility in content delivery for students. 

Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 19, 2014 5:06 AM

Interesting survey of the US market for e books in schools

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Discover Information Literacy - YouTube

Four Instructional Technology graduate students at the University of Mary Washington collaborated to create this video defining and guiding students and teac...

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"Information Literacy is the solution to data smog" [video] #ACRL #IL

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Building Advocacy for your School Library Program

Building Advocacy for your School Library Program | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

In advocating for our school library programs, we must identify our stakeholder priorities, develop a mission statement that aligns with our district and school mission, develop programming that will meet the needs of our stakeholders and collect data that doesn't just represent the number of books we check out each month, but really connects to the mission of our district and demonstrates how we support student growth.


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Again, and again and again, we need to advocate for school libraries. In other words, never stop advocating school libraries. Here are a few tools.

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Literacies for the digital age: Media literacy – DEN Blog Network

Literacies for the digital age: Media literacy – DEN Blog Network | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

There are many areas of media literacy.  Media Literacy Project has a wonderful document that presents the components of media literacy in a straightforward fashion and includes useful lists of the various concepts of this literacy. Their definition of media literacy is “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media messages of all kinds.”


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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, November 9, 2014 11:50 AM

Curriculum core ? literacies agenda!

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Teacher librarians roles | Pinterest

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Teacher Librarian Roles by Deb Schiano

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:06 AM

More advocacy on why we need good school librarians

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'School libraries play a huge part in pupils' education'

'School libraries play a huge part in pupils' education' | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
One library consultant told Vicky Wayman of a new school that forgot to include a library space in their plans
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School libraries play an important role in live: they bring books and information to children!

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Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy (Keynote Address)

2014 Information Literacy Summit (Illinois) Keynote address by Trudi Jacobson (University at Albany, SUNY) and Tom Mackey, (SUNY Empire State College) held a...

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Metaliteracy, Treshold concepts, badging: a few of the trends in #IL. Keynote address at IL Summit [video]. Address starts after approx. 4 minutes

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A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning

A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Personalized learning starts with the learner and asks the question, “What does this student need to understand, and how best can that happen?” This is a student-centered approach, and is built around the idea of recognizing the vast differences in students–not just in terms of literacy or schema, but an authentic need to know.


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Personalized learning: the school library is being made for it if professionalization of the library and its staff is secured

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IASL 2015

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Upon several requests we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions to January 15, 2015. You can find the updated Call for Papers on our website.

You can submit a proposal for a research paper, a professional paper, a poster or a workshop. Submission is open to all who are interested in school librarianship, who like to share an idea, a project, a concept or who wants to discuss issues.

Any questions about the submissions? Send an email to submissions-iasl2015@ou.nl or iasl2015@meles.nl

Furthermore, we added information about visa, travelling to Maastricht and the pre- & post conference workshops to the website.

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested in the IASL 2015 conference as well.

We are looking forward to your contributions to and participation in the IASL 2015 conference.

The organising committee of IASL 2015.

Lourense Das

Conference director

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Creating Activities to Support Learners Towards Digital Fluency

Materials to support Digital Literacy / Capability staff development and lesson planning.

 

Staffordshire University Library TeachMeet

25 November 2014


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Creating Activities to Support Learners Towards Digital Fluency [slides] by Anthony Beal

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, November 26, 2014 6:21 AM

Slides from my TeachMeet presentation at Staffordshire University library

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5 Things I Learned This Term About Teaching Information Literacy

5 Things I Learned This Term About Teaching Information Literacy | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
This was my first full term as a full-time, academic, faculty teaching librarian. I entered the profession as a public educator - well, technically, para-educator, or instructional assistant. And I...

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - Mind/Shift

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - Mind/Shift | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

"It’s well known that public libraries are no longer just about the books — even e-books. Many community libraries are receiving 21st century digital-age makeovers: Numerous digital technologies, maker spaces to invite creation, even video production suites and 3-D printers now inhabit many libraries across the country."


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Designing Learning Spaces For Student Engagement

The journey of change of the physical and virtual spaces in the Mount Alvernia iCentre

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Presentation: Designing learning spaces for student engagement by @helenstower1 and @katschrav [slides]

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 19, 2014 3:27 PM

Helen and Kathryn presented on this topic for http://eduwebinar.com.au on 19 November 2014. 

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Rethinking the school library: Mobile County district launches 'digital literacy' program in 16 media centers

Rethinking the school library: Mobile County district launches 'digital literacy' program in 16 media centers | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Now that many school libraries are evolving into media centers, the job of the school librarian, or media specialist, is changing as well.

This fall, Mobile County school officials began a pilot "digital literacy" program at 16 schools to revamp the media centers, and the duties of the librarians who run them.


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Job of the school / teacher librarian is changing: pilot "digital literacy" program at 16 schools to revamp the school library

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 6:41 PM

Excellent article about the role shift of many librarians.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, November 17, 2014 7:42 AM

Re-thinking is essential! Renewal is essential!

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School Library Advocacy | Learnist

School libraries have a significant demonstrated effect in raising reading levels, providing learning opportunities, lifting achievement levels, and mitigating the effects of poverty. Advocacy is needed to raise awareness of their role.

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Do employers want information literacy skills?

Do employers want information literacy skills? | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Does information literacy mean anything after university? Is the concept recognised by careers advisers, professional and accreditation bodies, employers and others with an interest in know-how, skill and employability? 


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Advocacy BEYOND the School Library Studies | Dr Ken Haycock

With this in mind, Haycock has been researching different ways to advocate. If we are going to use the studies, we need to stress that the important component is not the library facility or collection. We need to impress that a certified and committed LIBRARIAN is what is invaluable. He went on to share some other ways to approach advocacy.


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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.


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LibrarianLand's curator insight, November 2, 2014 9:26 AM

Another useful design tool.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, November 16, 2014 9:20 AM

Such a fun list of prompts for students to use as a jumping off point into almost any kind of deep learning. 

 

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Developing teacher leaders for social justice: building agency through community, critical reflection and action research

Developing teacher leaders for social justice: building agency through community, critical reflection and action research | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Via Dianne Oberg, Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, Chair, IASL / IFLA SLRC Joint Committee, Regional Director for Canada, IASL, Secretary, IFLA School Libraries SC


Teacher-librarians can and do play leadership roles in schools. This statement in Dr. Cathryn Ann Smith's dissertation abstract struck me: "Seven elements were found to promote critical reflection and agency of teacher leaders: action research, learning-focused conversations, dialogue, self-assessment, peer feedback, journals and critical reflection." These elements are important aspects of graduate-level school library education.

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