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School Library Research (SLR) Volume 13 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Research (SLR) Volume 13 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Principals' perceptions, school library media programs, relationships between school cultures and school library programs, and more.

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CiSSL Talks - School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs

Dr Ross Todd discusses School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs

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Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” |

Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” | | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Pew Internet is out with a NEW report that focuses solely on library patron (public library patrons to be specific) usage of ebooks and some related issues. Kudos to Pew for the broad picture since libraries are about more than ebooks.The report runs 80 pages.

Direct to Full Text Report: Libraries, patrons, and e-books

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Survey Results Show Need for More Targeted Results When Searching Online for Learning Resources

WILMINGTON, DE, June 4, 2012 – Educators need faster ways to find the resources they are looking for and resource providers want better discoverability on the Internet, according to results from recent surveys conducted by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI).

 

Of the educators surveyed, more than 7 in 10 (72.6%) said they search for instructional resources on the Internet at least several times a week, with 25.8% stating they search daily. Sixty-six percent of educators said they get many “irrelevant results” and 9 in 10 said they would be more satisfied with Internet searches if search engines offered the ability to filter results by standard instructional criteria such as grade level, subject area, and media type.

 

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Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low

Libraries help to make Australia a nation of readers but literacy levels are still startling low | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The alarming 2006 ABS statistic that just under half (46%) of adult Australians cannot confidently read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle, was a motivator for Australian libraries to found the National Year of Reading.

 

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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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First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance

First Results from PA’s IMLS-Funded 21st Century School Library Infrastructure Study | Keith Curry Lance | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In 2011, school libraries throughout Pennsylvania responded to a survey commissioned by the state legislature. The survey asked questions about school library staffing, staff activities, collections, technology, hours and access, visits, expenditures, and more. The results of this analysis are being released over the next several weeks in a series of PowerPoint presentations.

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New Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student ...

New Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By referencing numerous studies conducted throughout the United States, the brief illustrates the importance of school libraries in the lives of all students, particularly when it comes to literacy, college and career readiness, ...
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Project Information Literacy: A large-scale study about early adults and their research habits

Project Information Literacy: A large-scale study about early adults and their research habits | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance

Letter about recommended librarian cuts in Jefferson County, CO | Keith Curry Lance | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Last week, Keith sent the following letter to the superintendent and board of Jefferson County Public Schools here in Colorado. Keith has stated, "Feel free to adapt this language for your own letter, or be in touch if you’d like a version of it over my signature."

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School Libraries and Advocacy | An interview with Keith Curry Lance

Founder of Library Research Services, Keith Curry Lance, shares the importance of advocacy at the school and school district levels, including parent based grassroots movements. Maybe it's time for teacher-librarians and ...
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School Librarians’ Leadership in Technology Integration: Results of a National Survey

School Librarians’ Leadership in Technology Integration: Results of a National Survey | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This current grant project includes a survey of the technology integration practices of school librarians with National Board Certification. Survey results revealed that the 295 respondents work in well-resourced libraries with personnel assistance as well as numerous computers and devices. Respondents reported that they led school technology integration in many areas but also had areas in which to improve, such as providing services to special needs learners, building digital collections, participating in student assessment, and transferring their leadership success to professional and local communities.

 

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cecily.trevillion's comment, January 3, 2012 12:25 AM
My role as the Teacher Librarian offered me the understanding and initiatives through the wide range of external TL PD and the opportunities in the job itself, to become the school's Learning Technologies Coordinator.I enjoyed this position for 5 years while the school staff went through a huge ICT learning curve! I retired in 2011 and subsequently was offered a part time professional position at another school training and inservicing staff to integrate learning technologies into their programs at the secondary school level.
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School Library Research Summarized -

School Library Research Summarized - | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Although evidence demonstrating how quality school library programs improve
student learning has been in existence since Mary Gaver’s original work in 1963, the
research has never been well disseminated beyond the school library profession. In an effort to help school administrators and other stakeholders to better understand the importance of providing equitable, instructional school library services, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) decided to update their website to include the major findings from the landmark body of research known as the “school library impact studies.”

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School Library Research (SLR) Mailing List | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Library Research (SLR) Mailing List | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Always be the first to know about new school library research. Join the School Library Research mailing list to receive an email each time a new article is published.

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School Libraries and Student Achievement - School Librarian in Action

School Libraries and Student Achievement - School Librarian in Action | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In 2008, Scholastic published a compilation of school library researches dubbed as School Libraries Work! This document contains position statements of the National Commission on Library and Information Science of the US and highlights of school library related researches that were conducted in nineteen US states (from Alaska to Colorado; Ohio to Pennsylvania; Missouri to New Mexico) and in one Canadian province (Ontario). Researches conducted by the groups of Lance et.al (2002); Kuhlthau et. al (2004); Smith (2006); Todd (2004, 2005,. 2006) spanning two decades showed similarly remarkable findings.

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Educators On Web Usability: Info Disorganized, Hard to Find | Education News

Educators On Web Usability: Info Disorganized, Hard to Find | Education News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Of the educators surveyed, more than 7 in 10 (72.6%) said they search for instructional resources on the Internet at least several times a week, with 25.8% stating they search daily. Sixty-six percent of educators said they get many “irrelevant results” and 9 in 10 said they would be more satisfied with Internet searches if search engines offered the ability to filter results by standard instructional criteria such as grade level, subject area, and media type.

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Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), as the leading international center dedicated to school libraries worldwide, provides an arena for the international community of school library scholars and practitioners to generate produce and share a substantial body of rigorous research on the dynamics and impacts of school libraries on student learning.

 

CISSL enables the adoption, adaptation, and transformation of systematic research to practice. The center provides professional development that supports the implementation of research findings to the learning-centered practice of school libraries.

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Critical reading for School leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


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Australian teens online 4+ hours a day on non-school activity: ECU study

Almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work, a new study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers has found. The report found 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, with 75 per cent accessing sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.

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The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries

The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Gift giving of tablets and ebook readers trigger a rise in ereading - Pew Internet research findings. 21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
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Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality - New Report from the Berkman Center | Berkman Center

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality - New Report from the Berkman Center | Berkman Center | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Building upon a process- and context-oriented information quality framework, this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities.

 

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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.

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Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain | Teacher quality USA

Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain | Teacher quality USA | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This study is likely to influence the roiling national debates about the importance of quality teachers and how best to measure that quality. “Everybody believes that teacher quality is very, very important,” says Eric A. Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and longtime researcher of education policy. “What this paper and other work has shown is that it’s probably more important than people think. That the variations or differences between really good and really bad teachers have lifelong impacts on children.”

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Reading to children has 'long impact' according to OECD's PISA study

Reading to children has 'long impact' according to OECD's PISA study | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Children whose parents frequently read with them in their first year of school are still showing the benefit when they are 15. This PISA study examined the long-term impact of parental support on literacy and found, discounting social differences,  children with early support remained ahead in reading, with resuolts showing a strong link between teenage reading skills and early parental help. Analysis of PISA data "based on teenagers in 14 developed countries, found that active parental involvement at the beginning of school was a significant trigger for developing children's reading skills that would carry through until they were teenagers. On average, teenagers whose parents had helped with reading at the beginning of school were six months ahead in reading levels at the age of 15."

The report stated "that parents did not have to be particularly well-educated themselves for this impact to be achieved. What was important was that parents read books regularly with their children - such as several times a week - and that they talked about what they were reading together."

A summary of the results of this study are published in the OECD PISA In Focus 10 newsletter at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/4/1/49012097.pdf.

Teacher librarians in primary schools should be utilising results from studies such as these to connect with parents of those students entering Kindergarten in Term 1 of 2012. Such findings can be used to encourage a strong relationship between the TL and school library and Kindy kids (and their parents) at the very beginning of the school year. Consider writing a short column in your school's first newsletter of the year to parents about the importance of reading being reinforced at school and the home and promote the idea of the TL building a strong partnership with parents to support student acheivement.


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Digital literacy can boost employability and improve student experience

Digital literacy can boost employability and improve student experience | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Students without the skills to use digital tools risk suffering an inferior learning process at best, and being left completely behind at worst, says JISC's Sarah Knight...
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