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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom

Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom | School Libraries | Scoop.it
“A new study has found that children who regularly read for pleasure are more likely to perform significantly better in school subjects than their peers who read less.”
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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, January 28, 3:34 PM

I particularly liked the 'hope and optimism' bit here :-)  nice graphic

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School Libraries Vital to Literacy Rates Among Students

School Libraries Vital to Literacy Rates Among Students | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries present an interesting conundrum to policy makers and patrons alike. A Pew Internet study, for example, showed just how mixed-up the sentiments
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Vital - we know, just need to convince others.

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School Learning Commons

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This Learning Commons website is a companion site to the second edition of our book: The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win! by David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin, Sandi Zwaan and Esther Rosenfeld. Learning Commons Press, 2011.


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Student guide to social media

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Manchester Uni guide to social media but acyually very useful for KS3/4 too

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Librarians, Libraries, Serendipity And Passion

Librarians, Libraries, Serendipity And Passion | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarian Connie Williams argues that school libraries create a culture of inquiry in schools, and that library cutbacks are harmful to students and teachers.

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new.
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Interesting case studies from the US - supported by the Gates Foundation

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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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Teacher librarians roles | Pinterest

Teacher librarians roles | Pinterest | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teacher Librarian Roles by Deb Schiano

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More advocacy on why we need good school librarians

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The Reedley Exponent > Archives > Publications > Parlier Post > School library a haven for students

The Reedley Exponent > Archives > Publications > Parlier Post > School library a haven for students | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Where Reedley, California gets its news.
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Sounds great - and just what a school library should be doing

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Wikipedia in the classroom - SecEd

Like it or not, Wikipedia is here to stay. Dr Nicola Davies explores current Wikipedia trends and advises how teachers can make Wikipedia work for them without the risk of students becoming reliant on it.
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Interesting article

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AASL infographic - School Librarians Transform Learning


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Great infographic!

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lyn_hay's curator insight, October 7, 2014 3:16 AM

Print out this infographic as a poster and place on school notice boards and throughout the library. Make a point of talking to members of your school community about the research that demonstrates how school libraries make a difference to student learning.

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Designing Libraries - Designing a library for changing needs

Designing Libraries - Designing a library for changing needs | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Facing declining visitors, the new town of Almere in the Netherlands redesigned its libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users.
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Looks great!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials | School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Hints and tips on using Google tools for teachers - I really must use more of these!

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The Learning Commons Mindset

The Learning Commons Mindset | School Libraries | Scoop.it
I walk into almost all of our schools in West Vancouver and very often the first thing people want to show me or talk to me about is the changes happening around the library.  Or more specifically,...
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The library as kitchen not store!  Love the analogy

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School librarian brings fresh ideas to media center

School librarian brings fresh ideas to media center | School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Ralston High School library has a familiar face running it this year. And while she may be familiar, she is introducing some changes to the media center.
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Be interesting to know how this develops in time

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What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like?

What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like? | School Libraries | Scoop.it
There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif. When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they...
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A Love Letter to the School Librarian

A Love Letter to the School Librarian | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Hello. I'm Rachel Hamilton, author of slightly silly books about exploding things. Since I last posted here, I’ve been reading all the love letters to libraries people have been writing for Book We...

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Lovely! 

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Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection

Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection | School Libraries | 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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Do you agree? I can see some benefits

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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?

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:54 PM

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

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:12 AM

... but where to begin?

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Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly | School Libraries | 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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Interesting survey of the US market for e books in schools

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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. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:44 PM

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

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Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News |

Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News | | School Libraries | Scoop.it
School libraries are centers of learning--but librarians have to demonstrate their importance when it comes to student learning.

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Simple article but useful.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 26, 2014 11:57 AM

I'm ALL about advocacy, baby!

Mary Clark's curator insight, October 26, 2014 9:31 PM

Michelle Luhtala provides an excellent summary of areas we can focus on to build support for fully staffed, funded and open school libraries. As Kid President would say, "Let's get out there!"

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial

Welcome to the home page of the IRISS Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial. This tutorial was derived from the Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) Information Literacy pack.

 

This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.


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Could be useful!

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:22 AM

Some great lesson ideas here.

Linda Mercer's curator insight, November 14, 2014 1:26 PM

Interesting....

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 2014 8:04 PM

Simple online tutorial yet quite interactive and engaging.

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Save Our School Libraries!

This is a call to action to parents and supporters of school libraries everywhere. Fewer than 200 school librarians remain in the state of Oregon to serve 12...

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Strong message from Oregon School Libraries Assoc - could apply here too in UK....

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Don’t panic: A guide to the art of effective questioning - Innovate My School

Don’t panic: A guide to the art of effective questioning - Innovate My School | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Chances are, you’ve read, listened to or seen a version of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Here, teacher and author Lisa Jane Ashes applies themes and characters from Douglas Adams’ sci fi classic to look at how teachers can best create great questions.
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Very useful question construction grid - could have an application in libraries too

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City, schools link libraries, share resources

City, schools link libraries, share resources | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Thanks to city and school district collaboration, Port Townsend students are seeing their libraries evolve to better prepare them for the 21st century.
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US case study here

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Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries

Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries | School Libraries | Scoop.it
A nonprofit organization seeks volunteers and donations to support reopening libraries in public schools facing strained budgets.
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A grand plan, but should not have happened in the first place - we must not allow a similar situation to develop here (UK) - 2 days a week is not enough, and trained librarians are really needed.

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