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OISE research shows preschool literacy programs promote children's literacy development

OISE research shows preschool literacy programs promote children's literacy development | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE, is an international leader in teacher education, education research and graduate studies in education.

This press release of results of recent research conducted in public libraries' impact on literacy development of preschoolers highlights:

* Participating children demonstrated many early literacy behaviours and understandings considered by leading early researchers and experts to be foundational to later literacy success.

* Early literacy library programs were particularly strong in meeting parents’/caregivers’ goals of fostering children’s school readiness and their motivation to read.

* Library staff served as excellent literacy models for parents/caregivers, enabling them to make reading with their children more engaging and more productive.

While this is research related to early childhood and public libraries it is (a) encouraging to see such positive impacts as a result of public library programs, and (b) important for primary school teacher librarians to be aware of the types of literacy instruction programs that Kindergarten/Prep students may have been exposed to before entering compulsory schooling.

My question to our profession is: How do primary school library programs acknowledge, accommodate and build on the literacy programs of public libraries within their local community?

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Harvard EdCast: Stacking Up School Libraries | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Harvard EdCast: Stacking Up School Libraries | Harvard Graduate School of Education | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Rebecca Morrisis an assistant professor of library and information science at Simmons College, teaching courses in school library and curriculum integration, school library management, young adult resources and services, and storytelling. She has also worked as a middle school librarian and an elementary classroom teacher.In this edition of the EdCast, Morris describes the evolving landscape of school libraries and reframes the perception of the 21st century school librarian.

 

Direct link to podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/harvardedcast/rebecca_morris_edcast.mp3

 

 

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Why You Need Your School Librarian | Kentucky Teacher

Why You Need Your School Librarian | Kentucky Teacher | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year. She writes on the importance of the TL's role.

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Fund school libraries and reading will improve: letter | Vancouver Sun

Fund school libraries and reading will improve: letter | Vancouver Sun | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Keep your eye on the Education Reporter of the Vancouver Sun who has asked for feedback regarding the Education Minister George Abbott needing to fund school libraries to help the province's target of imporving reading abilities of K-3 students in BC schools.

This is the perfect invitation for BC teacher librarians to provide this reporter with loads of local evidence of the imapct of their school library program on students' reading levels and literacy scores.

Many schools have this evidence, the TL just needs to 'do something' with the data. 

See our Facebook group on Evidence-Based Practice https://www.facebook.com/groups/EBPforSL/ for ideas on where to start.

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BrevardTimes: Eight Brevard Schools Receive Florida Power-Library Schools Award

This is an excellent example of a state-based library association's awards program that encourages and celebrates teacher-TL collaborative partnerships in schools.

 

"Eight Brevard Schools were among the 15 schools chosen as 2012 winners of the prestigious Florida Power-Library Schools (FPLS) award - a statewide recognition awarded to schools that involve their school faculty members in developing and implementing outstanding library media programs focused on student achievement, according to a news release from Brevard Public Schools.

Teacher/librarian collaborations, supportive administrations, and dynamic library media programs are hallmarks of the winning Florida Power-Library Schools (FPLS). The Florida Association of Supervisors of Media and the Florida Department of Education’s Library Media Services launched the program in the fall of 2008.

After a rigorous review, including site visits, eight Brevard Schools were among the 15 schools chosen as this year’s winners of the prestigious FPLS award. These schools provide quality library media programs that encourage students to become lifelong readers and engage students in problem solving and inquiry-based activities."

 

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Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Excellent article by Dianne Oberg presents research evidence that school libraries do make a difference and highlights the importance placed on mandating school library provision in a number of countries throughout the world.

A must-read for those studying TLship and those school communities or districts without a qualified teacher librarian as part of the school staffing formula.
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Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores

Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
An effective school library impacts more than student achievement—it also lifts a school's entire educational climate, says a recent two-phase study by Rutgers University's Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) on behalf of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).

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.

Useful brief to use as a basis for discussion between a TL and their Principal.
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There is a useful link to the full research study. Interest range of comments underneath article.

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

School Library Research (SLR) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Student Learning through School Libraries | 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.

Along with the new look and feel of this new publication, School Library Research will see a revamp to its manuscript format and to its website, www.ala.org/aasl/slr, beginning with the publication of Volume 15 manuscripts in April 2012.
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Libraries are Links to Literacy and Learning | Beyond the Classroom

Libraries are Links to Literacy and Learning | Beyond the Classroom | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

The organisation Communities in Schools presents a powerful message on their blog for National Library Week highlighting the important role of libraries in supporting student learning, particualrly literacy development.

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What's In It for Me? How Administrators & Teachers Benefit from Sch...

Keith Curry Lance slideshare presentation 'How Administrators & Teachers Benefit from Strong School Library Programs' based on results from recent school library impact studies conducted in Indiana, Idaho and Pennsylvania. (10 April 2012)

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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 | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
The results of this analysis are being released over the next several weeks in a series of PowerPoint presentations. First up are findings about the relationship between school library staffing and test scores. Consistently with previous school library impact studies, this analysis found that test scores tend to be significantly higher for schools that have full-time certified school librarians as well as for those that have such a librarian with support staff.
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School Library Builds 'The Cave' to Attract Boy Readers

School Library Builds 'The Cave' to Attract Boy Readers | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Good example of a school library responding to students' needs based on survey data that is collected annually.

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Parents of Hughes Middle School students work to keep librarian

Parents of Hughes Middle School students work to keep librarian | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
"When a few Hughes Middle School parents learned that next year's budget cuts would include cutting the school library and librarian's hours by half next year, they decided to do something."

Isn't it amazing that these parents and kids realise the contribution the school library and library media specialist makes, and the educational administrators don't see this, or value this!
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Novel approach to literacy | The Sun-Herald newspaper - 29/07/12

Article by Keeli Cambourne on school libraries being transformed to support literacy development in students. Features the changes school libraries are making to accommodate the needs and interest of 21st century learners, incoluding ebook collections, students creating book trailers, National Year of Reading initiatives and supporting struggling and reluctant readers. Also features the benefits of recent refurbishments to these school libraries.

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NAEP FINDINGS CONFIRM THAT DEEP CONCEPTUAL LEARNING IS ESSENTIAL TO STUDENTS’ FUTURE SCIENCE SUCCESS | eSchool News

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Sept. 12, 2012

 

The eSchool News press release presents a number of research findings leading ot the conclusion traditional instruction in the teaching of science curriculum "favors breadth over depth, leading to a lack of deep conceptual learning".

These findings could be used by teacher librarians to encourage the introduction of an inquiry-based approach to teaching science in schools, and demonstrate the contribution they can make as an information and learning technology specialist to support science teachers in developing inquiry-based units for their classes.

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KASL: Librarians Can Influence Schools Through Professional Development

KASL: Librarians Can Influence Schools Through Professional Development | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Great post by Martha House on the role of school libraries as professional developers. Ideas are based on a workshop presented by Kristin Fontichiaro, one of the co-editors of the new book 'Growing School' with Debbie Abilock,  and Violet H. Harada. Looks like a must read - http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9781610690416

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Creating a reading culture and love for knowledge in Indian schools

Creating a reading culture and love for knowledge in Indian schools | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Building a vision for school libraries in India - this program demonstrates the establishment of these school libraries is contributing to student learning and building a reading culture in schools...

 

"In 2006, Akshara started setting up libraries in government primary schools across the city after studies conducted by it showed that most children in these schools were reading much below their age-appropriate levels.The organization approached the education department, which gave it the go-ahead to create the libraries.

"We couldn't have done it without the cooperation of the schools, though. They gave us the space to operate a library out of their premises, they ensured the cooperation of their teachers and they created a library period each week for all classes," says Ashok Kamath, chairman, Akshara Foundation.

The libraries were created to function in a hub-and-spoke fashion: each physical library served not just the students in the school in which it was housed, it would also serve other schools in the neighbourhood. "Our librarians - each hub library has one and some of the larger ones have two - take books from the library and travel to the 'spoke' schools, where they conduct a library period for the students in those schools," explains Arvind Venkatadri, head of Akshara's library programme.

After creating the programme and running it for five years, today Akshara is ready to gradually hand it over, along with the infrastructure and assets created around it, to the state education department and individual schools."

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Media Literacy and Learning Commons in the Digital Age: Toward a Knowledge Model for Successful Integration into the 21st Century School Library | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

Media Literacy and Learning Commons in the Digital Age: Toward a Knowledge Model for Successful Integration into the 21st Century School Library | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults | Student Learning through School Libraries | 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 has been fast underway. This paper builds on that evolution to develop an argument for media literacy education as the pedagogical foundation for the learning commons model for school libraries. This would position the school library as a dynamic media literacy learning hub, anchoring entire schools around knowledge, expression, collaboration, and creation in both virtual and physical spaces. The paper will highlight the case of Chelmsford High School Learning Commons in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, as a vibrant central space in a school for just this type of integrated learning."

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The Need to Shift and Widen School Library Advocacy Efforts

Gary Hartzell presents a powerful Opinion Piece on the school library profession's need to shift their approach to advocacy by targeting ed admin associations and Ed admin professors.
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Making the Shift: A School Librarian Considers the Douglas County ...

Making the Shift: A School Librarian Considers the Douglas County ... | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it
Making the Shift: A School Librarian Considers the Douglas County Ebook Model

Presents a range of approaches to ebook provision for school libraries.
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Boring school libraries? Not any more - The National

Boring school libraries? Not any more - The National | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

A new vision for school libraries in Abu Dhabi is reported in the national newspaper of the United Arab Emirates:

 

"The '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. Each centre will be stocked with more than 3,000 English and Arabic books, magazines and newspapers.

They will be made more spacious with comfortable furniture and will include a role-playing area, reading corners, multimedia access, TV and an online catalogue.

The makeover, to be complete in three years, is part of Abu Dhabi Education Council's solution to children's diminishing interest in reading."

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Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries [Gateway News]

Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries [Gateway News] | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

This is an excellent example of how a state-based education system recognises and showcases(!!) the value of quality school library programs in supporting student learning.

"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.

Applications included a number of innovative components which research shows improves student achievement, such as collaborative planning between the school librarian and staff and integrating 21st century skills into content.

Librarians also demonstrated evidence of personal leadership locally and nationally and of being a lifelong learner.

Each school librarian self-assessed library programs with the building principal, using the newly developed “Highly Effective School Library Program Competencies.” This assessment tool, developed by the State Library at CDE, provides guidelines for how a quality school library program should look. Meeting the competencies ensure Colorado schools have highly effective school librarians who help fulfill the state’s educational priority of having students who are college- and career- ready."

 

Further details available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/HighlyEffective/index.htm

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Perceptions of School Library Programs and School Librarians: Perspectives of Supportive School Administrators

Perceptions of School Library Programs and School Librarians: Perspectives of Supportive School Administrators | Student Learning through School Libraries | Scoop.it

Article in 'Teacher Librarian' February 2012 issue on the results of Donna Shannon's study on  -

"The aims of the study reponed here were (1) to identify the source of school administrators' knowledge and understanding of school library programs, (2) to determine what school administrators should learn about the role of the school librarians as part of their preparation program, (3) to learn how they support the library programs in their schools and districts, and (4) to learn what school librarians can do to garner the support of thcir principals.

The study is part of a larger project that also examined (1) how principals evaluate school librarians and what competencies they think arc important for school librarians to possess, and (2) the perspectives of school library leaders and their insights related to what principals should know about school library programs and the work of school librarians."

 

A recommended read for all practising TLs and TLs-in-training.

 

Also check out: School Libraries Worldwide, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2009, pages 1-22. http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/july09.htm (http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=libsci_facpub) which reports findings from this study.

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The Leadership Role of the Library Media Specialist in a Professional Learning Community (2011) [pdf]

Leslie Brantley's research paper (submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Science (Library Science) degree:

 

"The research of this study provides guidance and direction on how a PLC functions and how the library media specialist becomes a PLC leader, why PLC leadership is vital to further the work of the library media specialist in a school district, and how the work of the library media specialist in the PLC affects student learning."

 

An interesting read.

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Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers

"It appears that struggling readers in middle school understand that engagement is needed for reading success, and 21st-century technology may hold a key to that, says the co-author of a new middle-school reading study."

 

"Study findings were published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology as "Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement with Text Using the E-Reader," authored by Williams-Rossi with three other researchers, all from Fort Worth, Texas: Twyla Miranda, Texas Wesleyan University; Kary A. Johnson, The Reading Connection; and Nancy McKenzie, Tarrant Community College. A link to the study is at http://tinyurl.com/d3b6avw.

"It's inevitable that e-reader technology will enter school classrooms," said the authors. "Our study presents reasons e-readers may be beneficial, in particular, to reluctant readers in middle grades."

Previous research in the field has shown that upper elementary and middle school students tend to read less than younger students because of time spent with their friends and in other activities. Also, these same students, particularly boys, may not value reading as much as they did when they were younger. One study found that most students indicated reading is a "boring way to spend time."

Among those students, research has shown that low-skilled readers have trouble starting, continuing and finishing a book, and that they are stymied by vocabulary and reading comprehension challenges. Skilled readers, on the other hand, enjoy books.

Researchers have suggested that technological gadgets, enlarged text and a more favorable environment might encourage reluctant readers. For those reasons the authors pursued a study to see how reluctant readers would respond to e-readers."

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