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School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013

School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013 | School Libraries | Scoop.it
School librarians must be assertive leaders and technology experts, Joel Castro, associate superintendent for the Lubbock, Texas, School District, told attendees at SLJ's annual Leadership Summit in Austin in September.

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This applies equally in the UK as in the US

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 6:30 AM

Technology can help make the work of the library transparent. Admin can even take an active role in the Virtual Learning Commons.

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:19 AM

School librarians as assertive leaders. Nice invitation to work on our competencies ;-)

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:50 PM

He was an awesome speaker AND his wife is a librarian! He knows what he is talking about.

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Employability | SCONUL

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Employability is an ongoing and current concern for Higher Education institutions, and the marketisation of Higher Education has meant that data about graduate destinations is increasingly a tool to market institutions and inform the choices of prospective students. In response, SCONUL has produced a literature review on current practice in the development of employability skills. This report collates and reviews the literature on current practice with a view to demonstrating the contribution of libraries to employability and the development of graduate attributes, situating libraries’ traditional information literacy role in the new broader academic skills landscape.

 

Implications for school libraries too in relation to IL

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED | School Libraries | Scoop.it
In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have
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Fascinating round up of projects happening worldwide

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The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open, Online Textbook

The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open, Online Textbook | School Libraries | Scoop.it

State University of New York - Open SUNY Texbooks


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Worth a look...

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Reading Revolution

Here are 20 suggestions to help your school encourage Reading for Pleasure for all: http://t.co/STmugYMHxc
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The creation of a university library outreach programme to develop the information literacy of further education students: an interactive approach to support transition | Anderson | Journal of Info...

The creation of a university library outreach programme to develop the information literacy of further education students: an interactive approach to support transition
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Designing Libraries - Be Inspired! SLA Inspiration Award shortlist announced

Designing Libraries - Be Inspired! SLA Inspiration Award shortlist announced | School Libraries | Scoop.it
The School Library Association has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Inspiration Award for library design.
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Historypin | Aussie school library tour

Historypin | Aussie school library tour | School Libraries | Scoop.it
“ A virtual tour of Australian school libraries (and a few from overseas...)”
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Fascinating virtual tour
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The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life review

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life review | School Libraries | Scoop.it
“Andy Miller's 12-month-long immersion in the classics renewed his zest for life and produced an inimitable memoirBelievers used to put their trust in a single, sacred Good Book, some of it thought to have been personally dictated by God.”
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources | School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Useful resources if you're thinking of having a makerspace in your library

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 3, 7:02 AM

41 resources for (school) media specialists on Makerspaces: updated version

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Makerspaces and libraries definitely seem like a good match.

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does. | School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Useful article on evaluation - I shall spend some time with this...

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Library brings new chapter for school

Library brings new chapter for school | School Libraries | Scoop.it
A £15,000 library has opened at Nether Edge Primary School.
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New research sheds light on the tech-habits of children - Innovate My School

New research sheds light on the tech-habits of children - Innovate My School | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Britain’s youngest are in many ways its brightest, particularly when it comes to technology. Chances are, your eight-year-old can use your tablet far more intuitively than you can, and this kind of whip-smart tech-knowhow means that the education sector has some very exciting years ahead, as shown in research undertaken by ebuyer.
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eBuyer research - but some interesting some statistics...

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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School - YouTube

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Tex...
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School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide | School Libraries | Scoop.it

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian.

Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly require students to have expansive digital literacy skills.


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USA response on falling school librarian numbers.  Same will stand here too.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 23, 1:25 PM

Professional educators speak up the role of the teacher librarian.

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Another study that confirms that school librarian cutbacks widen the digital divide

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Why your reading, as a teacher, makes a difference to your pupils - Innovate My School

Why your reading, as a teacher, makes a difference to your pupils - Innovate My School | School Libraries | Scoop.it
A large part of the school experience is reading a metric tonne of books (or a terabyte, for modern pupils). But how do our reading habits reflect upon a child’s? Jane Jackson of BookSpace examines further.
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So true!

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Scores of authors lobby government to act on school libraries

Scores of authors lobby government to act on school libraries | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Malorie Blackman and Andrew Motion among signatories of letter to the Guardian demanding 'urgent' action from the Department for Education
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The Beating Heart of the School | CILIP

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarianThe Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and developmentOfsted includes libraries in their inspectionsThe Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries


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Just what we need to advocate for school libraries! 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 14, 2:11 PM

Quote from the chairperson: "We must make sure that children in our schools are encouraged to read, have access to exciting books and reading materials, and are taught research and digital literacy skills."

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Judging Content Credibility

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Judging Content Credibility | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Another useful infographic on searching

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Designing Libraries - School library is a star

Designing Libraries - School library is a star | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Lidget Green Primary School in Bradford has revitalised an underused area of the school

and created a light and airy library for staff and students.
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Lucky pupils...

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Canadian School Libraries - Making connections

Canadian School Libraries - Making connections | School Libraries | Scoop.it
“This has been a whirlwind of a few days. Since picking up David Loertscher at the airport in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, he and I have nearly finished revisions on a new edition of his library...”
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Learning Commons - Canadian style. Lots for use here too....
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The State of America's Libraries, 2014

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The State of America's Libraries, 2014
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A huge US report but one with implications for all of us - and a whole chapter on school libraries.

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The Most Overlooked Skill in Information Literacy Instruction

The Most Overlooked Skill in Information Literacy Instruction | School Libraries | Scoop.it
How is it that a student can find and use research-quality information sources and still produce a mediocre research paper? Poor writing skills? Maybe...probably. There's another factor in play too...
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Useful thoughts from Designer Librarian...

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Definitions & Models | Information Literacy

Definitions & Models | Information Literacy | School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Useful website here

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Pupils get first glimpse at Horton Grange Primary School’s new library

Pupils get first glimpse at Horton Grange Primary School’s new library | School Libraries | Scoop.it
Children got a first sight of their new school library as it was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford.
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Lucky kids!

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State of America's Libraries, 2014 | American Libraries Magazine

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Not good news for school libraries - real cuts biting into programmes

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