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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 change lives. Cutting them would be disastrous | Lucy Ivison

School libraries change lives. Cutting them would be disastrous | Lucy Ivison | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
They empower and educate children, and help with social mobility. With public libraries also being closed, we need their school counterparts more than ever
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Those familiair with school libraries know how important they are. In this article the power of school libraries and their effect on children's lives is emphazised. One critical point: the article states that because of the closure of public libraries, school libraries are even more important. I would like to reply to that as follows: school libraries are special entities and have their own specific role in education. School libraries should always exist next to public libraries. It is a shame public libraries are closed but this is a problem in itself that should be dealt with.
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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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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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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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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.


Via Karen Bonanno
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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, 2014 5:38 PM

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

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 20, 2014 6:28 AM

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.


Via Karen Bonanno, Dennis T OConnor
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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.

katrinatrent@gmail.com's curator insight, April 29, 2016 10:58 AM

This article reiterates how important it is to communicate with your stakeholders and share your needs and/or concerns regarding the media center, so that they can be addressed. 

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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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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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‘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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Op Ed: School Librarians are Essential to Student Achievement - The Village Green

Op Ed: School Librarians are Essential to Student Achievement - The Village Green | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The following letter was sent to Supt. Dr. John Ramos and the Board of Education of the South Orange – Maplewood School District. The letter was read aloud at Monday night’s BOE meeting. To: South Orange Maplewood School District, Dr. Ramos, SOMSD Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Baker, Board President Stephanie Lawson – Muhammad, 1st Vice President …
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School libraries: "...more kitchen than grocery store...". Great words from Dr. Joyce Valenza in a letter to officials. Please check out the full letter. It contains the right words to advocate school libraries worldwide.
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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, ...

Via Karen Bonanno
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Another interesting article why school libraries are NOT obsolete

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:45 PM

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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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

Advocacy ideas and activities for school libraries.
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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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thanks for this
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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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