I'm trying to stay tuned in what's happening in the field of information literacy, school libraries, ICT and learning. I'm working on my PhD degree and working as a full time children's librarian. By curating I'm also trying to bring up some of the latest discussions to my colleagues in Finland and abroad. Let's get inspired!
According to an article written for the Voice of San Diego, many of the libraries in public schools across the city are not staffed. The reason for this lack of staff comes from, suprise, lack of funding, but also from union rules that state librarians, library assistants and techs cannot be replaced by a volunteer or staff that would replace the job of the above positions in any meaningful way. This causes the great support structure a school librarian can give to a classroom, helping not only in research for the students but for information for teachers.
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year. School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.
Anu Ojaranta's insight:
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Join us as we investigate how to implement inquiry-based learning in our grade 5/6 classroom (grade 4/5 - 2013/2014). We've added a new tab on our website that is connected to the work we are doing in inquiry to support the curriculum roll-out of the "New Ontario Revised Social Studies, History & Geography" (2013) document. This document focus' on the inquiry process and concepts of disciplinary thinking. We are pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the roll-out team for the Ministry of Education.
March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and...
Are there still jobs for librarians? artsHub Australia (subscription) Mary Mavroudis, Information Specialist at a university library for the past 18 years, similarly perceived fundamental changes to her role.
We had such an exciting PD session yesterday! Naomi Bates brought so much energy to the session, and formed a connection between her and the participants throughout her presentation. As one of our participants put it, she really kept them on their toes!
Naomi highlighted a lesson she uses with her students to teach digital and information literacy skills.
School library marketing has to begin and end with impact. It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important. It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.
"Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible."