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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 Library Advocacy | 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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Designing Assignments for Developing Information Literacy Skills

Designing Assignments for Developing Information Literacy Skills | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Questions and 25 suggestions to help you design assignments.

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The power of Social Networking in Grade 6 with Edmodo

The power of Social Networking in Grade 6 with Edmodo | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Mr G Online shares his experience working with years 5/6 level.  It has led him to being, among other things, a support teacher in a variety of curriculum areas. The week just past he was taking workshops and lessons across Reading, Writing and Inquiry. Edmodo proved to be the best vehichle for activities.

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School Libraries and the ESEA | why YOU should care and what YOU can do!

School Libraries and the ESEA | why YOU should care and what YOU can do! | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), along with the American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy and the Washington Office, is asking that every single person in the country who cares about libraries contact their U.S. Senators

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Libraries have acted as community cornerstones for millennia, and every April marks School Library Month, celebrating how they promote education and awareness in an open, nurturing space. What makes them such lasting institutions, though, isn’t the mere act of preserving books and promoting knowledge. Rather, it’s the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike.

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Media specialists create instructional hubs - Gainesville Times

Media specialists create instructional hubs - Gainesville Times | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A new breed of library warrants a new breed of librarian.....Correction — media specialist. Hall County staffs a media specialist at each school throughout the district, charged with not only running the media center, but acting as a facilitator to incorporate new technology into the classroom.

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AASL joins CoSN in release of report on mobile technologies and social media

AASL joins CoSN in release of report on mobile technologies and social media | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Making progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media" - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and social media in schools.

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

“Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads” at the 2012 Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 13, 2012. The blogger's THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

 

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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts. Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond. Integrators must understand the 4 C’s of 21st century skills and how project based teaching and learning supports it. – What comes first? Teachers? Students? Devices? Professional development? – Obstacles to overcome – Resistant teachers: “This is just a fad!” – Hardware/Software logistics

 

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Parents must speak up to save school libraries - Shore News Today

Janet Yunghans..."In my experience as an educator of 29 years, I have observed first-hand that a library without a librarian is a closed library. Without a librarian, there is no one to maintain and build the collection, support the teaching staff, order and process new materials, and keep the collection up to date. The most important job of a good librarian is to share their love of books and help create a lifelong habit of reading in young minds.


There is a wealth of research that shows that quality school library programs under the direction of a certified/licensed school librarian results in higher levels of academic achievement as evidenced by improved standardized reading and writing test scores. At a time when schools are striving to pass state testing, one would think that the schools would be working to strengthen their library programs by every means possible."

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White House Petition – The Response

“School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community."

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Literacy Now: Resolving the Tension between Basic Literacy and Information Literacy

Literacy Now: Resolving the Tension between Basic Literacy and Information Literacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

On average, Americans read at an 8th grade level.

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Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries ...

Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Canadian Library Association Disturbed by Cuts to School Libraries. Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2012/04/12.

 

Media reports indicate that 41 school librarians will no longer have jobs as of 30 June. And by extension, hundreds of students in the region will no longer have access to qualified staff in their school libraries.

 

Information and digital literacy skills are increasingly crucial for students to succeed in their academic pursuits and in future employment, and to become informed and engaged citizens. School librarians serve an essential function in providing leadership and support within schools to ensure that students can acquire these skills.

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Boring school libraries? Not any more - Abu Dhabi

Boring school libraries? Not any more - Abu Dhabi | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Boring school libraries? Not any moreThe NationalThe "least-visited facilities" in Abu Dhabi's government schools are being converted into Learning Resource Centres, where children will go for classes, activities and research.
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Students thank the community in a new video message

Students thank the community in a new video message | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Keeping school libraries open, served by certificated teacher librarians.

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Media Literacy and Learning Commons in the Digital Age

Media Literacy and Learning Commons in the Digital Age | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School libraries today feel increasing pressure to reinvent themselves in the face of increasing financial pressures, new media technologies, and a progressively media-savvy population. Their transformation from information reserve to knowledge center is well underway.
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How can reading lists be effective information literacy tools (LILAC12)

Talis Education and Robert Gordon University deliver a pre-conference presentation and workshop at LILAC12.

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Education Matters: Was the DCSB's decision to cut librarians a mistake?

Education Matters: Was the DCSB's decision to cut librarians a mistake? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Researchers note that effective school libraries reflect strong cooperation, collaboration, and communication among classroom teachers, administrators and school librarians. "Collaboration is really the key with an effective school library," says Pat Massey, a former NJASL president and the high school library media specialist at South Plainfield High School in New Jersey.

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Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens -- THE Journal

Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens -- THE Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a "good citizen" changed over the ages?

Via Judy O'Connell
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Are School Libraries Becoming Obsolete? - An interview

Are School Libraries Becoming Obsolete? - An interview | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Patrick Ledesma is a National Board-certified teacher and School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax, Virginia, where he focuses on instructional-technology integration and special education at the middle school level. He interviews Mrs. Carmenates, a school librarian.

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Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo

Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Diigo is a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool. Here are just a few of the possibilities with Diigo:

Save important websites and access them on any computer.

Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.

Search through bookmarks to quickly find desired information.

Save a screenshot of a website and see how it has changed over time.

Annotate websites with highlighting or virtual "sticky notes."

View any annotations made by others on any website visited.

Share websites with groups or the entire Diigo social network.

Comment on the bookmarks of others or solicit comments to your shared bookmarks.

 

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iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ...

iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It seems that several schools with successful one-to-one programs are contemplating a transition to iPads. Some factors that come to mind include:functionality (ease of use) including instant-on, long battery, fewer moving parts, etcappeal of "apps" - discrete functionality for specific learning goalscostform factor"consumerization" of IT (users supporting their own equipment)

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Teacher Librarian Leadership Award Winners Announced

Teacher Librarian Leadership Award Winners Announced | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Bowie, MD—April 17—The winners of the first annual Teacher Librarian Leadership Awards for significant contributions to the field have been announced by the editors of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. Dr. David Loertscher, co-editor of the journal, said these individuals “have shown visionary leadership in the Learning Commons concept and innovation in 21st –century learning.

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Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries

Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The selection process as reported by the local Colorado newspaper Gateway News required significant evidence to be presented as part of the nomination: Each library selected for this honor submitted school-aligned goals, an action plan, a letter of recommendation, and a three minute multimedia presentation showcasing various aspects of the competencies required for program excellence.
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Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month

Essential Advocacy Readings for Distribution During School Library Month | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Need some ideas for school library advocacy readings to pass along to school community members, legislators, and other invested parties during School Library Month? Try these recent publications.
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Do You Tweet? Connectivism, Social Media, and School Libraries ...

Do You Tweet? Connectivism, Social Media, and School Libraries ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This paper will explore the various uses of social media in school libraries and the Connectivism theory behind using social media in library instruction. Connectivism and the Human Brain. 

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