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30 Reasons to Celebrate School Libraries

30 Reasons to Celebrate School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We want everyone to take advantage of the resources at their local library. From the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries. Atyourlibrary.Org is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Inspirational and motivating thoughts.

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Australian publishers say the book is not dead, it is being redefined by new technology

Australian publishers say the book is not dead, it is being redefined by new technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Australian publishers say the book industry is alive and well, but the definition of 'book' is rapidly changing.
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How (And Why) Teachers Should Get Started With Blended Learning

How (And Why) Teachers Should Get Started With Blended Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Blended learning is quite simply one of the most overused terms to describe the current state of education's relationship with technology. However, it fits. However, it fits. Blended learning is marrying the influx of technology with the learning principles that are proven to work. It’s a powerful combination if done properly.

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Blended learning & flipped classroom could be an awesome mix!

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School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the dots

School Library Annual Reports: Connecting the dots | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As part of this process, I shared several examples of school library annual reports in multiple formats - some are documents, some are webpages and some are videos. An aside: I'm finding Edcanvas to be a fun and effective ...
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Reasons and examlples for preparing school library annual reports from Library Girl

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:25 PM

Writing school library reports using new technologies. 

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Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters

Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Librarians are a major part of universities, but they're almost entirely missing from the MOOC conversation. That's a big mistake.

 

Libraries offer resources, from research to licensing support, that are essential to the future of MOOCs as they grow both in numbers and in seriousness. As MOOCs become an increasingly valid and valuable resource, it’s clear that they can benefit from another great educational resource: librarians.

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Librarians & MOOCS | Synergy necessary for resource support, accessibility ... leverage the Library 2.0 environment and services

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Leslie Lilly's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:01 AM

Love your library?  Their relevance to an educated public is critical.

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Project 13: Australian School Library Association

Project 13: Australian School Library Association | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Project 13 is an initiative of national and state school library associations, national library association, philanthropic and corporate partners to help keep kids and teens safe online.

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Project 13 - Fact sheets for parents, kids, teens and teacher librarians available at the site.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:26 PM

Cybersafety in Australian school libraries. 

Connie Angelone's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:53 PM

Not just teenagers need to learn cyber safety every net user should be informed.

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How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education

How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:37 AM

Great for teacher librarians

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Apple - Education - Challenge Based Learning

Apple - Education - Challenge Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
See how Apple products are helping students become more engaged in a challenge based learning environment.

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Challenge based learning key points identified.

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Connecting the Classroom and the Library: How One School Uses Web-Based Library Projects to Build Information-Literacy Skills

Connecting the Classroom and the Library: How One School Uses Web-Based Library Projects to Build Information-Literacy Skills | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The first step we took in 1999 was to stop teaching isolated library skills classes. We began reinforcing information-literacy skills through class projects. At that time, we employed traditional strategies, including paper pathfinders and guided lab sessions.


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Leslie Lilly's curator insight, May 13, 2013 8:52 AM

Literacy is the gateway to a life of opportunity. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, May 15, 2013 3:33 AM

Integrating #informationliteracy in the curriculum. New? Find out by reading this case story by Mike Terry, Dallas-USA #IL

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:08 AM

How we teach may have changed, but what we teach has strong similarities - just repurposed and made more 21st C.

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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff

In addition to the statistics included in our report, we also asked parents and librarians from around the country about their thoughts on various library services for parents and children.
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"It’s kind of like home room for your community." I like that statement. Thank you parent of a 3 year old.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, May 9, 2013 10:58 AM

Lessons here for building a School Library Learning Commons that connects and learns with all members of the school community.

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The importance of instilling a need to read

The importance of instilling a need to read | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Reading for pleasure at the age of 15 is a strong factor in determining future social mobility. Indeed, it has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of the child.

 

That was the startling finding of research carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on education and reading, and their role in promoting social mobility. It highlights why getting teenagers to read for pleasure is more than a sepia-tinted ambition for frustrated parents. It is a fundamental social issue.

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It goes without saying that reading needs to be encouraged from an early age as well.

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Lucinda Scott-Kellermeier's curator insight, May 9, 2013 6:14 AM

This article addresses UK reading issues, but the message relates to reading curriculum in any country. We need to anchor classic reading choices with contemporary literature reflecting 21st c. teen experiences and concerns.

PEB's comment, May 9, 2013 12:01 PM
We also need to make sure school and public libraries are stocked with materials children and young adults WANT to read.
P Byrne's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:37 AM

Reading is just as important in the USA!

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So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?

So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Most people’s knowledge of librarianship is a mash-up of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Desk Set, some warm and fuzzy memories from an elementary school class visit, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even fuzzier memories of...
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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:43 PM

"The mission of librarians, according to Lankes, is to “improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.” I’d unpack that as saying librarians enable learning, which as any librarian will tell you is common practice. It’s so common, in fact, that we never seemed to notice. Now it’s the story we need to tell."

 

Yes teacher librarians are in the business of learning and learning to learn!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:13 AM

Librarians have a multi-dimensional role to play in any organisation.  Literacy and technology are just part of a day's work,  it is all about integrating knowledge and helping patrons learn what works best for them.

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How Graphic Novels Became the Hottest Section in the Library - Publishers Weekly

How Graphic Novels Became the Hottest Section in the Library - Publishers Weekly | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, the graphic novel genre has become one of the fastest-growing at libraries of all kinds, as a new generation of librarians adopts the category as a means to energize collections and boost circulation and patronage.

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In 2011, graphic novels made up about 10% of his collection but 35% of his circulation—and the number grew in 2012.

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Anne McLean's curator insight, May 4, 2013 7:57 PM

Give the students what they want and they will read!

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Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song)

A humorous reworking of Coldplay's hit song "Viva La Vida" with new lyrics by Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University, focusing on information literacy and research.

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Well done - great lyrics.

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carogers's curator insight, June 6, 2013 8:26 PM

it passes the CRAP test!

Paula A. Calabrese's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:51 AM

Let's get the word out on the value of libraries to our students...

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, June 9, 2013 12:43 PM

Love it!

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How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? | TED Talk

How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? | TED Talk | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
What if we could all send our children to a school in the cloud as Sugata Mitra suggests in a new TED Talk? Would you go? What would it look like?
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I absolutely love the way Sugata Mitra crafts his presentations.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:23 AM

Interesting and provoking TED-talk by Sugata Mitra: can we build a school in the cloud? My question: can we build a school library in the cloud? 

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:12 PM

Is it important to curate content? How is the content on Sugata Mitra's SOLE cloud-based schools managed? True, we do not need to know everything, but we need to have honesty, safety, and truthfulness in our information. Is there a place for school librarians in this curation?

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:52 AM

Interesting TED-talk by Sugata Mitra, can we build a school in the cloud?

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The Cost of Cuts: When we lose librarians, it’s the kids who suffer most | SLJ

The Cost of Cuts: When we lose librarians, it’s the kids who suffer most | SLJ | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

When our schools cut librarians to save dollars, a critical contributor to student learning exits the building. And kids lose out.

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Keeping advoccy positive, informative and innovative

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, May 29, 2013 9:30 AM
Well said Mayra!
Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, May 29, 2013 9:55 AM
One, or several, SCHOOL librarian / Teacher librarian makes really a difference, for he/she/they reaches every teacher and every student..and sometimes even more :)
Mayra.Loves.Books's comment, May 29, 2013 7:48 PM
Thanks!
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Google+ Hangouts: Cool Conversations and BookTalks Without Borders

Google+ Hangouts: Cool Conversations and BookTalks Without Borders | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This is a story about Sister Libraries, Twitter, Google+ Hangout, and connecting kids! It all started with a Tweet by my dear friend & Tweep Tiffany Whitehead aka The Mighty Little Librarian and her awesome BFF EL teacher Alaina Laperouse both of Central Middle School in Baton Rouge Louisiana!

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Google+ Hangouts | What a great way to connect kids around the globe...time zones permitting.

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School Librarians As Facilitators of Learning

School Librarians As Facilitators of Learning from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

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50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books

50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Amazing tattoos!

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A very different way to be an advocate for libraries!

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School Libraries On the Chopping Block: Essential or Expendable?

School Libraries On the Chopping Block: Essential or Expendable? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This board explores the diverse voices in the school library debate. As budgets get cut, libraries often disappear. Since April is School Library Month, consider these perspectives & decide whether you consider them essential or expendable.
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Different points of view on a concerning matter for the school library profession.
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Sharron L. McElmeel on Creating an Author/Illustrator Site That Appeals to Teachers & Librarians

Sharron L. McElmeel on Creating an Author/Illustrator Site That Appeals to Teachers & Librarians | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

McElmeel has written about the books and their creators, taught educators to enjoy and use the books in classrooms and libraries, built webpages to showcase the books and the authors and illustrators, and in general become an avid promoter of literacy.

Along the way, she has watched young readers utilize websites, and observed educators navigating the World Wide Web, seeking information useful to their work. She has developed some opinions about books, and periodicals, and websites.

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Scott Warren's curator insight, August 20, 2014 1:09 AM

With the internet and navigating the web always growing it is going to know that there is information out there not only for us students but also the teachers as well.

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An Interview with Caroline Kennedy - American Libraries

An Interview with Caroline Kennedy - American Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
An Interview with Caroline Kennedy
American Libraries
Kennedy met school librarian and AASL member Craig Seaholes and with 1st-through-3rd-grade students in Sanislo's poetry club. Kennedy also shared from her recent book, Poems to Learn by Heart.
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Teaching With Infographics | A Student Project Model

Teaching With Infographics | A Student Project Model | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In our final post of Infographics Week, a history teacher tells how she used the Gulf oil spill to have students create infographics about the worst disasters in American history.
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Project model presented in detail by the history teacher with students producing infographics on man-made environmental disasters.

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Information Literacy - UW Colleges Virtual Teaching & Learning Center

This white paper provides an overview of the definition of information literacy, its importance, what the research shows about students' information literacy, and resources for assessing information literacy skills. 

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Teacher librarians are too important to cut - Standard-Examiner

There have been good things happening in the Ogden School District. There is passion to see that students’ test scores improve and students graduate with the skills they will need for the work they do and the lives they will lead.


The primary purpose of the library media program is to empower students to be critical thinkers, make informed choices and be problem solvers. Dr. William A Sederburg, recently retired Utah Commissioner of Higher Education, said “Preserving and expanding school libraries are essential to our success in this information-intensive age. The school library isn’t your mother’s library anymore.”

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