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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

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Great interactive tool to teach your students (and yourself) about 'how to do research'

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Anita Vance's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:54 AM

a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 12, 2013 2:01 PM

Kieth Curry Lance's decade long research studies established (beyond any doubt) that a professionally staffed library is essential for student achievement. It never hurts to be shown the obvious truth (over and over again).


When will the decision makers stop the lip service and pay attention to the research? School Libraries and Librarians WORK! 

Paige Jaeger 's curator insight, March 26, 2013 9:42 PM
We knew this...but here's data
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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The teachers who instruct the most advanced American secondary school students render mixed verdicts about students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.

Some 77% of advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work. But 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.”


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99 Resources to Research &Mine the Invisible Web

99 Resources to Research &Mine the Invisible Web | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure.

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Gryka A's curator insight, February 8, 2013 9:13 AM

Si vous passez par Turbo 10, Incy Search, Internet Archives.... vous trouverez une mine d'informations...

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New School Library Research articles available online | American Libraries Magazine

New School Library Research articles available online | American Libraries Magazine | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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OISE research shows preschool literacy programs promote children's literacy development

OISE research shows preschool literacy programs promote children's literacy development | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE, is an international leader in teacher education, education research and graduate studies in education.

This press release of results of recent research conducted in public libraries' impact on literacy development of preschoolers highlights:

* Participating children demonstrated many early literacy behaviours and understandings considered by leading early researchers and experts to be foundational to later literacy success.

* Early literacy library programs were particularly strong in meeting parents’/caregivers’ goals of fostering children’s school readiness and their motivation to read.

* Library staff served as excellent literacy models for parents/caregivers, enabling them to make reading with their children more engaging and more productive.

While this is research related to early childhood and public libraries it is (a) encouraging to see such positive impacts as a result of public library programs, and (b) important for primary school teacher librarians to be aware of the types of literacy instruction programs that Kindergarten/Prep students may have been exposed to before entering compulsory schooling.

My question to our profession is: How do primary school library programs acknowledge, accommodate and build on the literacy programs of public libraries within their local community?


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CiSSL Talks - School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs

Dr Ross Todd discusses School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs


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Survey Results Show Need for More Targeted Results When Searching Online for Learning Resources

WILMINGTON, DE, June 4, 2012 – Educators need faster ways to find the resources they are looking for and resource providers want better discoverability on the Internet, according to results from recent surveys conducted by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI).

 

Of the educators surveyed, more than 7 in 10 (72.6%) said they search for instructional resources on the Internet at least several times a week, with 25.8% stating they search daily. Sixty-six percent of educators said they get many “irrelevant results” and 9 in 10 said they would be more satisfied with Internet searches if search engines offered the ability to filter results by standard instructional criteria such as grade level, subject area, and media type.

 


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Critical reading for School leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


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How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media?

How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media? | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184

 

Full Text Research Paper.


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Australian teens online 4+ hours a day on non-school activity: ECU study

Almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work, a new study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers has found. The report found 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, with 75 per cent accessing sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.


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South Jersey high school librarians teaching students how to use high technology in their research

South Jersey high school librarians teaching students how to use high technology in their research | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
A steady murmur of voices emanated from the Cedar Creek High School library. But as librarian Christine Finn walked toward a table of students, it wasn’t to quiet them down, but to assist in their history project creating a wiki on the Great Plains.
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Mobile is the Needle, Social is the Thread: How Information Today is woven into our lives

Pew Research center slide show on information in our lives


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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Game "how to do research" for students and pupils

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Estefanía Aguilar's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:36 AM

muy visual. Great!

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:17 AM

Love the gameboard format!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

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The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools

The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
If helping your students write papers is a part of your school day, you probably already know that there are enough issues to focus on without having to spend a lot of time teaching your students how to build a bibliography and correctly cite their sources. Your time is likely better spent helping create a focused, concise piece of work that uses excellent grammar and sentence structure.

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The 6 Online Research Skills Your Students Need | Scholastic.com

The 6 Online Research Skills Your Students Need | Scholastic.com | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it
The research skills your students need, and how to teach them...

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10 Free Tools for Everyday Research to Teach Search Skills

10 Free Tools for Everyday Research to Teach Search Skills | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

"As educators we are faced with the challenge of teaching students to efficiently use the Internet to find and use information. Searching for information and making sense of it is a process that involves critical thinking and it is an important skill. Fortunately, there are many free digital tools available to help students efficiently sift through an overwhelming abundance of web content to find the relevant and reliable information they need. This post will explore some digital resources to provide educators with tools to help all students become savvy searchers and independent learners."

 

Susan Oxnevad shares a wealth of other tools and resources to teach students how to search.


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HI Elizabeth. Thank you for the recent rescoops and for following my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you. Best of luck!
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Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management | LIBER

The LIBER E-Science working group has published its final report on research data management. LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first dur-ing the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The "10 recommendations for libraries to support re-search data management" were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.


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School Library Research (SLR) Mailing List | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Research (SLR) Mailing List | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

Always be the first to know about new school library research. Join the School Library Research mailing list to receive an email each time a new article is published.


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Personalize Learning: Transform Learning for Every Learner

Personalize Learning: Transform Learning for Every Learner | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

What does it mean to Personalize Learning?


The term "Personalized Learning" is very controversial and confusing. We created this site to define personalized learning, dispel some of the myths about personalized learning and for you to:


> learn about the latest research on personalizing learning.

> follow the thought leaders in the field of personalized learning.

> hear from teachers and learners who are personalizing learning.

> have strategies and tools to personalize learning for your learners.

 

Discover what has been "The Missing Piece" in the educational dialogue and what our vision, mission and core beliefs are that will drive our services to transform learning!

 

Use our hashtag:  #plearnchat


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Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low

Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

The alarming 2006 ABS statistic that just under half (46%) of adult Australians cannot confidently read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle, was a motivator for Australian libraries to found the National Year of Reading.

 


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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

School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the scholarly refereed research journal of the American Association of School Librarians. It is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online.

 

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.

 

SLR seeks to distribute major research findings worldwide through both electronic publication and linkages to substantive documents on the Internet. The primary audience for SLR includes academic scholars, school librarians, instructional specialists and other educators who strive to provide a constructive learning environment for all students and teachers.

 


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Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries - CISSL

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Today, I'm asking your special attention for the 'Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries' CISSL. The center is part of the Rutgers School of Coomunication and Information (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey), situated in New Brunswick.

The Center is well-known for its ongoing research in school librarianship. The latest research on behalf of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, begun in April 2009, seeks to (a) construct a picture of the status of New Jersey's school libraries in terms of their informational-transformational-formational dimensions, (b) to understand the contribution of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey; (c) to understand some of the contextual and professional dynamics that enable and inhibit school libraries to contribute significantly to education in New Jersey, and (d) to make recommendations to NJ stakeholders to develop a sustained and long term program of capacity building and evidence-based continuous improvement of school libraries in New Jersey. Phase one and two have recently been published.

 

Another significant report is the Complete Position Paper. One quote I would like to share with you here is: "Schools without libraries minimize the opportunities for students to become discriminating users in a diverse information landscape and to develop the intellectual scaffolds for learning deeply through information. Schools without libraries are at risk of becoming irrelevant."

 

All reports can be downloaded for free. Take the opportunity to study and share these reports, as they offer substantial evidence for the importance of school libraries in today's education.

April 24, 2012. Lourense Das. 

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First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance

First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance | School Libraries around the world | Scoop.it

In 2011, school libraries throughout Pennsylvania responded to a survey commissioned by the state legislature. The survey asked questions about school library staffing, staff activities, collections, technology, hours and access, visits, expenditures, and more. The results of this analysis are being released over the next several weeks in a series of PowerPoint presentations.


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Elementary School Research Models

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Teaching units for school children per grade and subject

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