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School libraries: using data to boost student literacy

School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarian Adam Lancaster explains how his school used tracking data and reading quizzes to support reluctant readers
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This article provides some concrete ways that a school library program can use data to support the progress of reluctant readers and their improvement in literacy development.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 4, 12:05 AM

Time to start taking and looking at our data!

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Student Learning through School Libraries:

Student Learning through School Libraries: | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
School libraries help students learn...

This is what I believe. And my research (and the research of many others!) supports this belief.

I use this blog to share new research and literature highlighting the many ways school libraries support teaching and learning in schools, with a particular focus on curating research findings on the impact of school libraries on student learning, and advocating for the teacher librarianship profession.

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 1, 2013 8:51 PM

Thank you Lyn.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:16 AM

Role of school libraries in learning

SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 4, 12:02 AM

Interesting read. 

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2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service

2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Colorado School Library Survey is administered each year by the Library Research Service, an office of the Colorado State Library. Surveys are sent to traditional K-12 public educational institutions. Statewide estimates are produced by weighting survey data to reflect the universe of school libraries in Colorado. Survey responses are totals based on results from the school library staff who participated in the survey. This report highlights results from the 2013-14 Colorado School Library Survey. Printable version 2012-13 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights
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Note the top 5 teaching approaches employed by qualified teacher librarians in these schools:

 

* help students use a variety of sources when information-gathering

* teach students how to use digital resources

* help students use technology to organise and share information

* help students apply critical-thinking skills

* facilitate opportunities for student-led inquiry

Also note the dramatic increase in ebooks as part of the school library collection with 88% of school libraries providing wireless internet access.

 

All of the above findings highlight the trends of a 'connected school library'.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, July 28, 6:07 PM

Some great advice contained within this study on strategies to ensure your school library is a connected one. 

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Mt Alvernia iCentre presentation at Edutech [YouTube]

This video is about iCentreedutech
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Congratulations to Helen Stower and Kathryn Schravemade for their work in transforming their school library into an iCentre. This video demonstrates the impact the iCentre team has made across staff and students in the school. The complete journey is outlined at http://mtaicentre.weebly.com/. Highly recommend you explore this website for inspiration if in the process of visioning your school library's future.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, July 28, 6:05 PM

An important video of how an iCentre operates. 

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School libraries: using data to boost student literacy

School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarian Adam Lancaster explains how his school used tracking data and reading quizzes to support reluctant readers
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This article provides some concrete ways that a school library program can use data to support the progress of reluctant readers and their improvement in literacy development.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 4, 12:05 AM

Time to start taking and looking at our data!

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What’s in a Makerspace? - Evidence of school library impact by school principal

What’s in a Makerspace? - Evidence of school library impact by school principal | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

"In this post, Eric Sheninger describes the secrets to New Milford High School's Makerspace, and how every school can build a Makerspace."

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Eric Sheninger is one of those school principals you'd just love to clone. What I like about this article is that it is the school principal  (not the teacher librarian) who is publishing evidence of his school library's impact on student learning.  

 

And his conclusion says it all!! "The Makerspace in the library is an oasis for student self-directed learning. It serves as a rejuvenation center for inspiring of love for both formal and informal learning. In my opinion, a space like this should be a priority for all schools in the twenty-first century; and you do not have to break the bank to create one."

 

This vision of a makerspace as place and program fits well with my iCentre concept for schools - see http://studentslearn.wordpress.com/about/about-icentres/ for details.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 5, 4:46 PM

A library media specialist was given the scope by her principal to push the envelope.

Lourense Das's curator insight, May 7, 1:39 AM

"The Makerspace in the library is an oasis for student self-directed learning. It serves as a rejuvenation center for inspiring of love for both formal and informal learning" says principal Eric Sheninger

Lourense Das's curator insight, May 30, 3:56 AM

Principal Eric Sheninger on the school library as makerspace

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Portuguese School Libraries Evaluation Model

Jorge Tiago Martins & Rosa Maria Martins. (2012). Portuguese School LibrariesEvaluation Model: an Analysis of Primary Schools results for the ‘Reading and Literacy’ Domain, The Australian Library Journal, 61:4, 265-280. Retrieved http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2012.10739060
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This peer-reviewed journal article presents results and recommendations of a research project on the implementation of the 'Portuguese School Libraries Evaluation Model'. This could be used by individual primary teacher librarians or TL network teams to evaluate  their libraries’ reading promotion and information literacy programs.

 

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 13, 11:19 PM

Great article for providing strategies to evaluate library reading programs 

Lourense Das's curator insight, April 16, 8:08 AM

Article on evaluation model for reading and literacy used by Portuguese School libraries #PrimarySchools #schoollibraries #evaluation #Portugal

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:13 AM

Evaluation model for Portuguese school libraries

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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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This video presents evidence of how the school library contributes to teacher practice and student learning. What is so special about this video is that the evidence is provided by school principals. Many thanks to Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett from Texas Woman's University for producing this video.
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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

An important YouTube clip featuring a school principal reinforcing that teacher librarians are central to the learning programs in schools.

Jessica Raeside's curator insight, April 14, 7:46 PM

This clip is Gold! Spot on! Encompasses everything the TL role is about! 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:14 AM

Role of School Librarians

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School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders”

School Library Monthly - Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders” | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The library profession has strong evidence that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, achieve academic standards, and score higher on standardized tests than students in schools without school libraries and librarians. School librarians must seize the charge to use this body of research and master "messaging" strategies to create library advocates among school and community stakeholders and, hopefully, one or two school library champions.
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A practical article by Deb Kachel providing teacher librarians with strategies to develop their capacity to present a carefully crafted argument on the importance of school libraries based on research findings of school library impact studies. I love her closing statement: "School librarians must learn, embrace, and share these research findings." Absolutely!

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 12, 6:43 AM
For a teacher: "Co-teaching reduces your workload and provides students with more individualized instruction."For an administrator: "Studies have shown that school libraries can improve student test scores."For a parent: "The library program can help your teen become career and college ready."For a school board member: "It is difficult to help students achieve the reading targets without the kind of books that students want to read. The school library supports students' reading interests."For the curriculum coordinator: "When school librarians and teachers work together, they teach information skills, content, and Common Core standards all in one lesson or unit. Students learn more in a shortened amount of time and benefit from the expertise of two educators."To the Learning Support Coordinator: "The research shows that the reading and writing scores improve for struggling students—ELL, deficient readers, the disabled—when they use school libraries and are taught by a school librarian."
Miriam Rone's curator insight, April 11, 6:25 AM

Library Advocacy

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What Do Stakeholders Know about School Library Programs? Results of a Focus Group Evaluation

What Do Stakeholders Know about School Library Programs? Results of a Focus Group Evaluation | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Everhart, N., & Mardis, M. (2014). What Do Stakeholders Know about School Library Programs? Results of a Focus Group Evaluation. School Library Research, Vol. 17. Retrieved http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume17/everhart-mardis
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This study employed a formal external evaluation of school community perceptions and understandings with regard to school library impact. The researchers conclude that "reaching out to stakeholders in an organized, purposeful way, and not in a crisis mode, garnered substantial support for school libraries and school librarians". They also found that "inviting stakeholders to learn about the research of the profession in a professional and inclusive environment allowed them to thoughtfully reflect on school libraries’ value and become school library champions." This study provides individual TLs and network, regional or state associations with strategies to implement as part of an advocacy campaign, particularly when stakeholders are provided with local examples of school library impact.

I think the real takehome message here for the TL profession is the importance of developing advocacy programs when school libraries exist and are making an impact. The idea being that advocacy when school libraries are in a position of strength can help establish a community of 'champions' to support school libraries if/when a challenge to their existence is raised.

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Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital

Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This article in a local newspaper highlights how libraries are being embraced as community-based learning AND living centres. The role, programs and services are expanding like never before. Here we have examples of library management and staff who are listening carefully to the needs and interests of their users. This ensures the library 'grows with' and responds to the changing needs of its community. This same approach should be implemented by school libraries.
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Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert.

Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert. | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
In her latest commentary, Ellie Herman looks at yet another reason so many students struggle to read at grade level. They have neither books nor libraries.
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A powerful account of a student and teacher experiencing 'a book desert' in their school and community. No school libraries in many LA schools has created this 'book desert'.

Evidence can include the personal stories of people. The use of student voice or teacher voice pieces illustrates the personal impact of decision making and program implementation on individuals. We can learn so much from LISTENING to these voices.

Bureaucrats need to learn to listen. There is so much you can learn about the impact of your decisions on the lives of those dependent upon your decisions, as this piece by Ellie Herman illustrates. Just multiply Xavier's personal experience by hundreds of thousands. You get the picture.

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pru's curator insight, March 1, 9:58 PM

One of the saddest comments in this very clear commentary on the importance of school libraries as promoters of equity.

"But why should they want to read when we do everything in our power to devalue the act of reading and to remove or shut down places to read from low-income communities?" 

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Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries

Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.


Image: Reading Helps Your Mind Bloom by Enokson. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4578598635/
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lyn_hay's insight:Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.

 

Image: Reading Helps Your Mind Bloom by Enokson.http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4578598635/ ;
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Gai Dennett's curator insight, March 22, 5:42 PM

School Libraries have moved into 21st Century learning

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SCIS | School library collections survey 2013

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In 2013 SCIS conducted an online survey of Australian school library staff to find out more about the state of school library collections. Clare Kennedy reports on the survey results.
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This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service

2013-14 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights - Library Research Service | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Colorado School Library Survey is administered each year by the Library Research Service, an office of the Colorado State Library. Surveys are sent to traditional K-12 public educational institutions. Statewide estimates are produced by weighting survey data to reflect the universe of school libraries in Colorado. Survey responses are totals based on results from the school library staff who participated in the survey. This report highlights results from the 2013-14 Colorado School Library Survey. Printable version 2012-13 Annual Colorado School Library Survey Highlights
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Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada from the Voices for School Libraries Network of the Canadian Library Association
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This is an important and timely document for teacher librarians worldwide. This document presents a vision-building blueprint for school communities to transform their school library into a 21C learning centre. Strengths of this document include the standards framework for building a vision, and the transitional growth continuum of indicators of success from Exploring through to Leading - this is brilliant!

This is a must read for all school library professionals and principals.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 5, 12:16 AM

Great 'Proforma' to follow when moving the Library to a learning 'hub' in a school.

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Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove...
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Now, more than ever, we need local evidence from every TL practitioner regarding their contribution to teacher practice and student learning. ALA President Barbara Stripling makes presents a strong argument for the existence of school libraries, given the trickle effect their demise will have on public libraries, academic libraries, and the preparedness of young people to effectively contribute to society as creative, critical, ethical and informed citizens.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 21, 12:43 AM

Barbara Stripling on why we need to save (school) libraries

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School Libraries The heart of a reading culture Hurupaki School - YouTube

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This is such a powerful 5 minute video on the impact of the school library on students' reading ability and their motivation and interest in reading. It also demonstrates the power of having a school principal with a teacher librarianship background. The claims made by these school community members is backed up by school-based data and the improvement in students' behaviour as readers and literary learners.

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School Libraries | State of America's Libraries Report 2014

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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.
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The American Library Association has just released this year 'State of America's Libraries Report 2014'. While the whole report is a must-read for all information professionals, some of the trends and issues identified in this report highlight the significant contribution a school library and teacher librarian can make to student learning. It's quite sad to read about the power and potential of school libraries as transformative learning spaces, followed by increasing budget cuts that are gutting schools of their library and qualified library media specialists.


It just shows how important it is for every TL practitioner to collect, analyse and report on the evidence of their impact.

 

I particularly like ALA President, Barbara Stripling's suggestion for school library programs to focus on the five critical areas of literacy, inquiry, social and emotional growth, creativity and imagination, and thoughtful use of technology. I think this represents the TL profession's core business as information and learning leaders in schools.

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, April 16, 7:45 AM

Good read.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 17, 1:12 AM

Muitos exames sobrepostos não substituem uma boa escola, e não há boas escolas que não exijam boas bibliotecas. "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." 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2:12 AM

Role of school libraries in learning, teaching and development of reading

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Innovations at Monticello High School library recognized ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

Innovations at Monticello High School library recognized ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is a powerful claim: "...rethinking the library’s role is changing education at the Albemarle school". This story about innovations at Monticello High School library shows how the tracking of student and teacher interactions with the school library before and after infrastructure and program changes can be used to demonstrate impact. Receiving a state-based school board association award is also evidence of impact.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 13, 11:24 PM

This library has transformed itself into a 21st century learning commons with impact on student learning.  Some great ideas at this school library.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 14, 11:20 PM

Love it! :-)

Maria Richards's curator insight, April 14, 11:32 PM

Reviewed and endorsed by Lynn Hay. 

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Using Data to Influence Stakeholders

Chart was created by Debra Kachel identifies findings from the study conducted by Keith Curry Lance and Bill Schwarz, 'How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards'.

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The chart provides teacher librarians with an excellent model for interrogating research reports and extracting findings from research that can be used to inform the 'message' to influence a stakeholder group within the school community.

Highly recommended reading for TLs who are seeking ways of building an advocacy campaign within their local community.

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College Ready - What Can We Learn from First Year College Assignments?

College Ready - What Can We Learn from First Year College Assignments? | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Donham, J. (2014). College Ready - What Can We Learn from First Year College Assignments? An Examination of Assignments in Iowa Colleges and Universities. School Library Research, Vol. 17. Retrieved http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume17/donham
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Provides an insight into the expectations of college/university lecturers when designing inquiry-based assignments for students. An analysis of the elements of these assignments revealed that academics design assignments for 1st year university students with the expectation that these students bring with them an existing set of understandings, skills and dispositions with regard to 'researching assignments'. The study identifies a number of ways teacher librarians could be targeting student skill development. A lot of these findings support the research evidence published by Kuhlthau re students' information seeking and knowledge building experiences, and the range of instructional interventions she suggests while students undertake inquiry projects.

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Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital

Library officials say 'nothing has changed,' embrace shift to digital | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This article in a local newspaper highlights how libraries are being embraced as community-based learning AND living centres. The role, programs and services are expanding like never before. Here we have examples of library management and staff who are listening carefully to the needs and interests of their users. This ensures the library 'grows with' and responds to the changing needs of its community. This same approach should be implemented by school libraries.
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School Library Staff Survey

School Library Staff Survey | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Web survey powered by SurveyMonkey.com

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The AASL Status of Staffing of School Libraries Task Force has been asked to collect data related to current school library staffing levels and school librarian roles/responsibilities.

If you are working as a teacher librarian in a school in the USA, please contribute to this survey. The task force needs to collect data from each individual school library program. It's a really brief survey, so no excuses for not contributing your school's data!!

Remember: Building evidence of school library impact is dependent upon individual TL practitioners, not the researchers collecting the data!!!

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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 2, 5:55 AM

Survey from AASL: If you are working as a teacher librarian in a school in the USA, please contribute to this survey.

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Crittenden Middle School Library 2014 - YouTube

Crittenden Middle School Library 2014: Role & impact of the school librarian

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Good school-based example of promoting the role and impact of the teacher librarian in one school - great use of the voice of the school leadership and classroom teachers describing the work of the TL. I like the way the TL is silent in this video clip - all we see from the TL is ACTION not words.

This could be used as a model for other school communities to capture the role, value and impact their TL.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 13, 11:29 PM

This clip highlights the important role and impact of teacher librarians  in this school

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Susan Sontag and the LAUSD Library Crisis

Susan Sontag and the LAUSD Library Crisis | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The basic human right to literacy is less available to thousands of children in Los Angeles, who are growing up without the benefit of a middle school library. Currently, 76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without prof...
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The impact of school libraries and qualified teacher librarians being removed from students' schooling experience over the years in Los Angeles: "76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without professional staff" - what an appalling statistic!!!

According to this article the Los Angeles Board of Education will consider a resolution this month to create a committee to study the current status of school libraries in the district.

As those within our profession know we already have considerable evidence (worldwide!!) demonstrating the contribution school libraries and qualified teacher librarians make to student achievement. Check out http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/, http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf, http://www.iasl-online.org/advocacy/make-a-difference.html, and http://www.asla.org.au/research.aspx for starters.

Thankfully, our profession has champions with a powerful voice such as Susan Sontag. Let's hope the LA BoE does agree to establish this committee and that the school library associations at the state and national level can gain serious leverage from the review process.

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New Trier library wish list includes quiet spaces for students

New Trier library wish list includes quiet spaces for students | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Comfy chairs to curl up with a book or tablet, silent study spaces and a place to munch on a quick snack are high on a student-generated wish list being considered by officials at New Trier Township High School 203 as they plan for the future of the district's two libraries.
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This is an example of the use of school library survey data to seek funding support for school library facility improvements. The results of this New Trier Township High School student survey highlighted the value students placed on the school library as place for research, study and recreation. Also note the district board member's observation about the collaboration between the school library staff and teachers and students.

Lyn's tip: when designing an evidence-based practice program, always consider the inclusion of 'student voice' as part of your evidence base. Student surveys, interviews and focus groups are strategies for collecting this data.

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