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Continuing Crisis in School Libraries

"Canada is in the midst of an educational crisis with the continual erosion of school library programs. December 6, 2011, more than 60 educators, authors, publishers, librarians and parents gathered at Hart House, University of Toronto"

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School Libraries around the world
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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Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries

Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Tennessee's Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design to bring true 21st Century literacy to 83,000 students in more than 150 schools.   Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design
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The school library: Knowledge building, research skills, digital literacy, content creation, and a number of other integrated learning experiences.
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The transforming school library | I Love Libraries

The transforming school library | I Love Libraries | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Libraries are transforming to meet the needs of 21st Century users. This is certainly true of school libraries.Just ask Marge Cox, school librarian at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Naples, Florida. “Today, the expectation is that instruction happens on a daily basis,” she said. “There is more interactivity.”She mentioned that the school libraries of today have Makerspace nights, online book clubs and game events. “I think if people haven’t been in a school media center lately, they really don’t have a true picture of a 21st century school library media center,” she said.However, she added, “Those events don’t happen without a full-time trained professional supported by assistants, volunteers, and the community.”
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"School libraries of today have Makerspace nights, online book clubs and game events". This is a 21st century school library managed by a full-time trained professional supported by assistants, volunteers and the community.
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Churchill Archive | JCS Online Resources

Churchill Archive | JCS Online Resources | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The Churchill Archive is now free to schools worldwide
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Churchill archive free to schools worldwide made possible by a generous donation. This archive offers a wealth of historical information. Schools / school libraries need to register to get access.
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How the School Library Saved My Life

How the School Library Saved My Life | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
An introvert by nature, Megan McDonald, the author of the Judy Moody series, writes that books—and the library—have been her refuge.
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Personal story on what a school library means for a child.
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Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century

Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the classic childrens’ book series is brought into contemporary times.
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The famous Richard Scarry series [comic strip] shows us 21st century busy town jobs. 
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School Library Research (SLR) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Research (SLR) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The purpose of School Library Research is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library programs. The journal will also emphasize research on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians.
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School Library Research is the scholarly refereed research journal of the American Association of School Librarians. It is the successor to School Library Media Research and School Library Media Quarterly Online.
This page refers to older volumes and current volumes available through EBSCO/Wilson and by the The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).
Great resource to research on school librarianship.
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IFLA -- School Libraries Section Leaflet 2016

IFLA -- School Libraries Section Leaflet 2016 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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New Leaflet of IFLA School Libraries Section now also in French and Dutch!
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School librarians transform learning

Infographic to show how school and teacher librarians transform learning and help students to get the best out of them
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Nice infographic [pdf] that shows how school librarians help students to get the best out of learning.
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In today's information age, librarians are information professionals showing students how to navigate information.
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Loss of school librarians is 'a national scandal'

Loss of school librarians is 'a national scandal' | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
TESS survey reveals wide variations in access to qualified staff, as councils make cuts amid shrinking budgets
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Survey in Scotland (TESS) reveals the scandalous budget cuts on school libraries and professional staffing.
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The Kids' Table: Technology | Dateline NBC

You know how kids get a kick out of it when adults can’t handle technology? Well, adults, this is for you... Watch the Full Episode of On Assignment
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Children and 'old' technology = Adults with new technology?
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IFLA -- School Libraries Section Leaflet 2016

IFLA -- School Libraries Section Leaflet 2016 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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New Leaflet from the School Libraries Section of #IFLA. You are also invited to make a translation. If you want to do so, please contact Albert Boekhorst Albertkb@gmail.com
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Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway.

Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway. | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Schools in the Nordic country prioritize play in early education.
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Another post about learning to read or not in kindergarten. Here the Finnish experience.
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Whydonate | Home

Fundraising website, Dutch startup: Niels Corver and Daniel Boham
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Startup for easy donations and / or organising your own fundraising initiative. Could do with an English website, though.
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School Library Association of Victoria | Upcoming Events » » Strategic Planning for School Libraries: A workshop for those involved in School Library Management and Planning

School Library Association of Victoria | Upcoming Events » » Strategic Planning for School Libraries: A workshop for those involved in School Library Management and Planning | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Announcement of training session on strategic planning for school libraries: July 19 - 2016.
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Changing the Conversation About Librarians | Mark Ray | TEDxElCajonSalon

Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Publi
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"TL's are indispensable to our strategic vision", a quote from this TedX by Mark Ray on the changing role of the teacher librarian from the shushing librarian keeping books to the tech leader in the school. Interesting video inspiring teacher / school librarians to look into their role and if they should change it.
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School libraries - Gateways to Development

School libraries - Gateways to Development | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The School Libraries SC is happy to share the work that SC Chair Barbara Schultz-Jones contributed to IFLA's work on the Lyon Declaration related to the role of school libraries and school librarians in sustainable development.
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Brief by the School Libraries section chair in response to the Lyon Declaration. Important statement for school librarians and teachers on the role of school libraries in sustainable development.
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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
An important new study of Pennsylvania's schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.
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There have been so many research studies with evidence that a school library and especially a school librarian boosts student achievement, but we still need more. To convince politicians, decision makers, school leaders and librarians, apparently. So here is another one. Welcome it and use it!
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Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015

Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015 | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our sixth annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2015. 32,569 young people aged eight to 18 participated.
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"The National Literacy Trust's sixth annual survey of 32,569 children and young people reveals a gulf in reading enjoyment and attitudes between primary and secondary school pupils. The report shows that just 40.2% of Key Stage 4 pupils (age 14 to 16) say they enjoy reading, compared with 72.6% of Key Stage 2 pupils (age 8 to 11). Older students are also less likely to say reading is cool, or see the link between reading attainment and employment." With thanks to Sarah McNicol.
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Parent Advocate Toolkit | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Parent Advocate Toolkit | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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AASL publishes parent advocacy toolkit: "Parents can be a school librarian’s strongest & most vocal advocates. Help them help you by using this AASL toolkit"
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Welcome to Biblo Tøyen: Norway’s First Youth-Only Library for kids ages 10 to 15. Adults not allowed!

Welcome to Biblo Tøyen: Norway’s First Youth-Only Library for kids ages 10 to 15. Adults not allowed! | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Forget what you think about libraries! Biblo Tøyen, one of Oslo Public Library’s newest additions, is breaking and changing all the library rules!
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A Library for youngsters from 10 - 15. Adults are not welcome. The first library for this age-group in Norway. According the library: they are breaking and challenging all the library rules. Sounds like heaven, but I cannot check it out, as I'm an adult :-(.
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‘Quiet Crisis’: Are librarians in danger of being phased out of Las Vegas schools?

‘Quiet Crisis’: Are librarians in danger of being phased out of Las Vegas schools? | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Like other full-time librarians in the Clark County School District, Ryan Dwyer routinely pulls double duty by teaching students how to research, organize bibliographies and find information online. It’s a crucial job in an increasingly digital world, but some say it’s in danger of disappearing because o
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Teacher-Librarian Ryan Dwyer describes the many roles of the TL: reading developer, tech teacher, information literacy teacher, partner of other teachers etc. The many important roles of the TL include that each school (around the world) should have a qualified TL. In this article you will find enough ammunition to advocate your role.
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Library 2.016: Library as Classroom

Library 2.016: Library as Classroom | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
We're excited to announce the second of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: Library as Classroom, June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Ti…
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Online mini-conference Library 2.016 with the topic "Library as Classroom".

June 15, 2016.

12 - 3 pm PDT

Free and online.

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SLA - Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

SLA - Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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SLA (UK) advocates for school libraries (again). Lord Tope (Chair of Libraries APPG report 'The Beating Heart of the School' (2014)), stated ‘If every school has a well-resourced, properly staffed, fit for purpose library that is a key part of their strategies it will make a huge contribution to young people’s educational attainment’.

 

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Book Review: The innovative school librarian

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Book review on the 2nd ed. of The Innovate School Librarian. According the reviewer: a good read, both for practicing school librarians and for students in this field. To order the book, go to http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300566#.V0GtoDFf2M8
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The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten. A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a…
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Learning to read is important to fight illiteracy and to support further development. However, children need to develop other skills as well. This blogpost discusses the challenges in Kindergarten.
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