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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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School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books

School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Libraries are suffering at the hands of budget, curriculum and digital demands. But we must not underestimate this vital resource
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New ACER report: What the Staff in Australia's Schools survey tell us about teachers working in school libraries


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This research report by ACER draws upon the national Staff in Australia's School survey data that is now being collected every 3 years. One of the findings of most concern is the number of teachers working in school libraries who do not have a library qualification. Unfortunately the survey does not specifically ask whether participants hold a dual qualification in teacher librarianship. This would provide a more accurate picture of the status of teacher librarian positions in Australia's schools.
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This research report by ACER draws upon the national Staff in Australia's School survey data that is now being collected every 3 years. One of the findings of most concern is the number of teachers working in school libraries who do not have a library qualification. Unfortunately the survey does not specifically ask whether participants hold a dual qualification in teacher librarianship. This would provide a more accurate picture of the status of teacher librarian positions in Australia's schools.
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This research report by ACER draws upon the national Staff in Australia's School survey data that is now being collected every 3 years. One of the findings of most concern is the number of teachers working in school libraries who do not have a library qualification. Unfortunately the survey does not specifically ask whether participants hold a dual qualification in teacher librarianship. This would provide a more accurate picture of the status of teacher librarian positions in Australia's schools.
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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.
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Students Will Rise When Colleges Challenge Them to Read Good Books

Students Will Rise When Colleges Challenge Them to Read Good Books | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Common-reading programs for freshmen too often aim for the lowest common denominator.

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Challenge students to read good books
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Challenge students to read good books
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My Story: From a Job Cut to Becoming School Librarian of the Year | edu@scholastic

My Story: From a Job Cut to Becoming School Librarian of the Year | edu@scholastic | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

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Advice from the School Library Journal's 2015 School Librarian of the Year.

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Advice from the School Library Journal's 2015 School Librarian of the Year.

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Our research reveals record numbers of children enjoy reading every day

Our research reveals record numbers of children enjoy reading every day | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
A record number of children enjoy reading and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children who read every day, according to our latest research.
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Developing a new approach to information literacy learning design | McNicol | Journal of Information Literacy

Developing a new approach to information literacy learning design
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Examining school librarians' readiness for information literacy education implementation

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This  study investigates how school librarians perceive  their readiness in  implementing information literacy  (IL)  education  in  schools.  It  addresses  the  concern  that  school  librarians  may  not  be adequately  prepared  in  delivering  the  IL  programmes  in  schools.  This  study  uses  a  quantitative research  approach  with  two  data  collection  techniques;  i.e.  semi-structured  interviews  with  eight school  librarians  and  district  officers,  and  a  survey  involving  710  school  librarians  from  secondary schools  in  Malaysia.  The  school  librarians’  readiness  construct  is  derived  from  the  cognitive, functional  and  technical  sub-scales  of  IL  education  implementation  readiness.  It  was  found  that school librarians’ professional qualification has an impact on their cognitive, functional  and technical readiness. However, their experience as a school librarian had an impact on technical readiness only.

The  study  emphasizes  school  librarians’  readiness  as  a  factor  in  the  successful  implementation  of information literacy education in Malaysian schools.

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Year of the Learning Commons

Year of the Learning Commons | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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New initiative 'the year of the learning commons'. Join this and revamp the school library

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Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age

Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
We love libraries and librarians. We want them to succeed and we made this video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age. 
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Setting Up a School Library: A Resource Guide | Professional Tools

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#ALA Library Fact Sheet with resources and Tools for setting up a school library

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Library Advocacy Unshushed

Library Advocacy Unshushed | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed!
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Learn how to advocate (school) libraries through this online  course #CLA #ALA

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:08 PM

What happens when you mix teacher-librarians with infographics?


Wonderful Things!

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Muito útil.

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Some good Infographics here- not limited to librarian use.

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School librarians’ intellectual freedom attitudes and practices: New Library World: Vol 117, No 5/6

In the Autumn of 2015 members of the School Library Research List participated in a survey about attitudes towards censorship and intellectual freedom amongst school librarians in the UK. The findings are presented in the article "School librarians' intellectual freedom attitudes and practices", New Library World, Vol. 117, Iss: 5/6
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FAIR's Impact of the Great School Libraries Report 2016

In October 2015, FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) joined with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), ALIA Schools, Australian School Library Association (ASLA), Queensland School Library Association, School Library Association of NSW, School Library Association of South Australia, School Library Association of Victoria and the Western Australian School Library Association to seek nominations of Great School Libraries across the nation.
We were looking for libraries that help children and young people find reliable information; use the information effectively; think critically; make informed decisions; work productively with others; build knowledge and understanding of the world; safely navigate the internet; communicate and share their ideas; and find great reads to meet personal interests and abilities.
Nearly 600 students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community nominated their school libraries and told us why they deserved the accolade of being named a Great School Library.
The campaign provided us with many different answers to the question ‘what do school libraries do’.

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As a result of collecting nearly 600 nominations from students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community across Australia, who identified their school library as being a "Great School Library", FAIR analysed data from these nominations to answer the question "What do school libraries do?"

The report identified three primary drivers for school library to help achieve the best outcomes for students. These included:

Reading
Giving every child a reading start and keeping them reading through their teenage years.

Digital literacy
Making sure students are confident and safe users of the latest technology, media and applications.

Critical thinking and research
Ensuring students understand how to access information and critically assess its rigour, quality and relevance, and helping students improve their school performance and preparing them for further education.
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As a result of collecting nearly 600 nominations from students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community across Australia, who identified their school library as being a "Great School Library", FAIR analysed data from these nominations to answer the question "What do school libraries do?"

The report identified three primary drivers for school library to help achieve the best outcomes for students. These included:

Reading
Giving every child a reading start and keeping them reading through their teenage years.

Digital literacy
Making sure students are confident and safe users of the latest technology, media and applications.

Critical thinking and research
Ensuring students understand how to access information and critically assess its rigour, quality and relevance, and helping students improve their school performance and preparing them for further education.
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As a result of collecting nearly 600 nominations from students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community across Australia, who identified their school library as being a "Great School Library", FAIR analysed data from these nominations to answer the question "What do school libraries do?"

The report identified three primary drivers for school library to help achieve the best outcomes for students. These included:

Reading
Giving every child a reading start and keeping them reading through their teenage years.

Digital literacy
Making sure students are confident and safe users of the latest technology, media and applications.

Critical thinking and research
Ensuring students understand how to access information and critically assess its rigour, quality and relevance, and helping students improve their school performance and preparing them for further education.
Monica Ehrenstråle's curator insight, April 3, 8:36 AM
As a result of collecting nearly 600 nominations from students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community across Australia, who identified their school library as being a "Great School Library", FAIR analysed data from these nominations to answer the question "What do school libraries do?"

The report identified three primary drivers for school library to help achieve the best outcomes for students. These included:

Reading
Giving every child a reading start and keeping them reading through their teenage years.

Digital literacy
Making sure students are confident and safe users of the latest technology, media and applications.

Critical thinking and research
Ensuring students understand how to access information and critically assess its rigour, quality and relevance, and helping students improve their school performance and preparing them for further education.
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How Learning 21st Century Skills is Vital to Your Child's Confidence - MakerKids

The Digital Age has brought about a change in the way children are taught – and the way they need to think and understand the world around them.
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Colorado's Highly Effective School Library Program (HESLP) Rubric

Colorado's Highly Effective School Library Program (HESLP) Rubric | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The new HESLP rubric is designed to foster partnerships and collaborations based on mutual support and ongoing dialogue between teacher-librarians and their administrators.
This revised rubric highlights student-centered learning, emphasized in the Colorado Academic and Common Core Standards. Teacher-librarians can use the rubric to identify where they can have a greater impact on student learning.
This 2016 rubric represents a change in thinking about how teacher-librarians and library programs are viewed and valued. This rubric emphasizes teacher leadership and values collaboration among administrators, staff, students and the community—shifting the view from that of a support role to that of a guide for staff and students to transform learning practice. Most importantly, it also opens the conversation for how teachers and teacher-librarians are designing student-centric learning opportunities and collecting evidence of their impact on student learning.


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This rubric uses the performance scale of Basic - Partially Proficient - Proficient - Accomplished - Exemplary, with descriptors of each level. I think this can be used to assist teacher librarians in developing their role statement and informing their professional learning plan for the year. It is certainly a powerful document to help inform a conversation between a TL and their principal, particularly with regard to their role as a teacher. 

 

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This rubric uses the performance scale of Basic - Partially Proficient - Proficient - Accomplished - Exemplary, with descriptors of each level. I think this can be used to assist teacher librarians in developing their role statement and informing their professional learning plan for the year. It is certainly a powerful document to help inform a conversation between a TL and their principal, particularly with regard to their role as a teacher. 

 

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, March 16, 1:25 PM

This rubric uses the performance scale of Basic - Partially Proficient - Proficient - Accomplished - Exemplary, with descriptors of each level. I think this can be used to assist teacher librarians in developing their role statement and informing their professional learning plan for the year. It is certainly a powerful document to help inform a conversation between a TL and their principal, particularly with regard to their role as a teacher. 

 

Sharon Gullett's curator insight, March 18, 3:23 PM

This rubric uses the performance scale of Basic - Partially Proficient - Proficient - Accomplished - Exemplary, with descriptors of each level. I think this can be used to assist teacher librarians in developing their role statement and informing their professional learning plan for the year. It is certainly a powerful document to help inform a conversation between a TL and their principal, particularly with regard to their role as a teacher. 

 

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How a 21st Century Librarian Enhances Student Learning -- THE Journal

How a 21st Century Librarian Enhances Student Learning -- THE Journal | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
An award-winning director of library services shares her best practices for using LiveBinders, makerspaces and a variety of interactive tools to kickstart libraries in her district.
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Teaching, makerspaces and more make the 21st century school library.

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Information Literacy Journal Club: Next discussion: 3 June on Information literacy learning design

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With regard to the article McNicol, S., & Shields, E. (2014). Developing a new approach to information literacy learning design. Journal of Information Literacy, 8(2), 23–35. (see earlier scoop!)

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International Journal of Education and Development using ICT:  Vol. 11, No. 1 (2015)

IJEDICT aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed countries. The emphasis is on providing a space for researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to jointly explore ideas using an eclectic mix of research methods and disciplines.
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Teaching Research Skills to Elementary School Children

Teaching Research Skills to Elementary School Children | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Search engines can streamline the process of teaching basic research to elementary schoolchildren who require expert guidance on how to navigate the Web — and the earlier, the better.

 

Elementary school is when kids first begin to learn how to learn. Kids start using search engines quite early on, making elementary school the perfect time to teach research skills that become a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

 

The base skill for all schoolchildren is the ability to sift content for relevance and accuracy. Here are five ways teachers can help improve this skill in elementary-age children.


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Union-Active School Librarians and School Library Advocacy: A Modified Case Study of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation

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The world through picture books

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2nd expanded ed. with 500 books in 37 languages : the world through picture books free download via #IFLA

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Leading Learning Receives OLA President’s Award | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland

Leading Learning Receives OLA President’s Award | By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
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Great achievement for Canada's leading project #schoollibraries #award

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A Simplified Bloom's Taxonomy Poster For Students

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A Simplified Bloom's Taxonomy Poster For Students

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Posters for Students based on Bloom's Taxonomy: simple, effective and applicable for different levels

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