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Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right

Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right - The Huffington Post (Featured librarian frm IN presentg at #msla14 in March "@HuffPostEdu: These school library systems have right idea http://t.co/iOaL8xwW1T")...

 

"What all three of these library systems are doing right is avoiding isolation. By collaborating with other teachers and staff, these libraries are using their own resources most effectively and giving students the skills to succeed in research, technology and literacy well beyond their K-12 years. Instead of making information a commodity, these and other successful school libraries are viewing that information as a common right amongst students and educators - to the benefit of every individual at the school."

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How to stay relevant! Great article!

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues. This list will be added to the MEGALIST FOR TEACHER-LIBRARIANS. Just click the tab at the top of the page."

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Great apps for all librarians!

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The Librarian is the tech leader

The Librarian is the tech leader | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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Librarians are the most possible technology leaders in their schools
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Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play in information and technology literacy instruction, reading advocacy, and information management. More information available on: http://WLMA.org

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The value of teacher librarians!

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School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
While collaboration with individual teachers is important to a successful library program, collaboration with school leaders and membership on school leadership teams is critical - and too few building librarians recognize this.

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Librarians, you can and should be serving on at least one, if not more, of these teams (in addition to meeting regularly with your building principal):

Building/site leadership teamCurriculum teamsAssessment committeesStrategic planning initiativesTechnology advisory committeesNew facility planning task forcesParent-teacher organizationAccreditation/program review teams"
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! http://t.co/vSUG6TXdZe By @jenniferlagarde

 

"...here some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity.   If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection.   And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget."


Apps:

- Felt Board

- Draw Quest

- Art Set

- Sock Puppets

- Comic Life

- Art Studio

 

"As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity.  Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share.  Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn.  We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important:  kids.  All of whom are eager and ready to get started!"

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Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver — @Peter_Gutierrez Connect the Pop | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver http://t.co/HPLvFhmF via @zite

 

In the first part of my conversation with Tyler Weaver we discussed the many benefits of teaching with, and making, comics as well as the role of the school librarian when it comes to transmedia… here we get a bit more specific in terms of the issues involved.

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Transmedia in libraries > practical tips

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Content Curation for the School Librarian

Content Curation for the School Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


Robin Good: "Content Curation and the School Librarian" is the featured article for the latest issue of Knowledge Quest magazine.


Authored by Nikki D. Robertson the article illustrates some of content curation key strengths, how the author has utilized content curation for her academic projects, and popular curation tools for those interested in exploring the field further.


PDF download here: http://bit.ly/QgtjwU





Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor
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Valuable insights to all librarians!

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Beryl Morris's curator insight, April 3, 2013 9:05 AM

Convinced of the need to be a conent curator in my school - looking for the best way to start this, how to implement a manageable plan and ways to increase my content curation competency.

 

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:44 PM

With students accessing different kinds of material and the same material in different ways, the OPAC and vertical file may not be the best way to lead your students to the best content.  This article shows differing ways of attacking the problem.

 

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101 Tips For School Librarians > iTunes app

101 Tips For School Librarians > iTunes app | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Get 101 Tips For School Librarians on the App Store.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later)

 

"These things are the most important issues for librarians in schools
Get to know the content and structure of the curriculum, if you don’t already. Talk to teachers, staff parents and pupils. Talk to everyone. Network, talk to other librarians. Take every CPD opportunity you can get. Bid for money to supplement your budget, and keep good records so you can make your case clearly and effectively. Try and be innovative, use new technology when appropriate to improve the services you offer. Share ideas on mailing lists, blogs and wikis. Take an interest in your pupils and find out what really makes them tick. Be selective about how you spend your time: if it doesn’t help pupils or school staff, forget it.
Have fun, it’s a great job if it’s done properly.

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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/11/k-12/the-league-of-extraordinary-librarians-sljs-latest-tech-survey-shows-that-media-specialists-are-leading-the-way/

 

By Lauren Barack:

"Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey (http://www.slj.com/#), media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.
So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes."


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New School Library Research articles available online | American Libraries Magazine

New School Library Research articles available online | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jennifer Habley:

"American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community."

 

Three new research articles covering the topics of subscription databases, serving students with special needs or the dynamics that inhibit and/or enable school libraries to contribute to educational agendas are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s research journal, School Library Research.

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What a new teacher librarian can make!

What a new teacher librarian can make! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"One of the ongoing joys of working in Higher Education is the opportunity to work with those entering the profession that you have been passionate about for many years. So I get really excited when I hear the stories from recent graduates, who start making a difference – almost straight away"

 

"What Bec demonstrated with this work is that any school library and teacher librarian CAN have a great physical and virtual learning environment – on a budget – with professional enthusiasm and love for the work."


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A few good scoops for librarians

A few good scoops for librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I’ve been talking a lot about curating for and with students lately. As the curation movement gets stickier, more and more librarians and educators are joining.

 

So I tasked my very able practicum student Chrissy Sirianni to help me pick some Scoop.its to share, offering a taste of the kind of current awareness the tool provides for school library professionals."

 

Topics covered:

1. Books and reading

2. Librarianship

3. Technology in Education

4. Curation


Via Dennis T OConnor, Lourense Das
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Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson

Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"For school districts that have both school librarians and technology integration specialists, the mutual roles and responsibilities of these positions can be blurred, especially when it comes to teaching and supporting teacher use. Librarians are increasingly using technology to teach IL skills, provide digital resources, and collaborate with classroom teachers on technology-enabled instructional methods. Technology integration specialists are increasingly understanding that just teaching teachers how to use technology and "apps" does not really restructure what happens in school. As these respective roles merge, conflicts may arise.

I am happy to report that in our district, our librarians and tech integrationists truly work as a team. This is one reason* why.

Our strategic road map uses the terms "learning work," "implementation work," and "standard work" to describe the status of initiatives in our district. Learning work deals with pilot projects that will be evaluated for effectiveness. Implementation work is about deploying tested initiatives district-wide. And standard work is what the name suggests - initiatives that have become standard practice and are expected of all teachers in all buildings."

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School librarians and tech specialists roles merging!

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Applications now open for #librarians to network: new round begins March 2014 #InterLibNet @InterLibNet

Applications now open for #librarians to network: new round begins March 2014 #InterLibNet @InterLibNet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in March 2014.

Applications for the next round of partnerships are now open and close at midnight on Thursday 20thof February 2014."

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Great way to network with other librarians around the world! I am signing up for the third time!

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The librarian bonus - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

The librarian bonus - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Image source (by Jennifer LaGuarde aka Library Girl)

If you hire a professionally trained librarian and give them tech integration responsibilities, you get an experienced teacher who is knowledgeable about technology and how it can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom, can do a little trouble-shooting, and can offer professional development experiences on the use of technology. 

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The advantage of school librarians with technology integration skills!

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RuthEastham's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:05 AM

Another demonstration of where professional experience from a human adds value.

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Steve hargadon interview Dough Johnson - The Indispensable Librarian

Steve hargadon interview Dough Johnson - The Indispensable Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Doug Johnson on his new book, a second edition of The Indispensable Librarian: Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age. In the book, Doug "offers more practical methods and sage advice for leveraging technology's popularity and effectiveness to build stronger programs and cultivate beneficial professional connections and friendships." It's a "practice-based overview that also supplies real-world scenarios, step-by-step instructions, and pragmatic solutions to specific problems." As well, Doug "defines and clarifies the role of the school library media specialist in a technologically enhanced school, providing relevant examples and useful advice on a variety of topics; and underscores the importance of strong management skills, especially regarding collaborative planning and communications. The book is written especially for K–12 school librarians, both new and experienced, and is also suitable for pre-service librarians as a textbook." (From the publisher description.) Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here) Duration: 1 hour Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Apple Mac users: If you are using a Mac running Mountain Lion v10.8.4, Blackboard has released a special app called the "Collaborate Launcher for Mac" which is now required for Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and later. More information HERE. Mobile users: You can join live sessions from iPhone, iPad, or Android device (including Kindle Fire HD). Links to download the mobile apps can be found at http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Mobile-Collaboration.aspx. Recording: A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available here and at http://www.stevehargadon and http://www.futureofeducation.com. Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of nine books including Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age; Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part (available for free at the link); and The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide to Technology. His columns appear in ASCD’s Educational Leadership and in Library Media Connection. Doug’s Blue Skunk Blog averages over 50,000 visits a month, and his articles have appeared in over forty books and periodicals. Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL.
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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) http://t.co/kFaNgVJm5a

 

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

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Fantastic resource, not only for school librarians!

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Arming the teacher librarian - SlideShare presented at LILAC 2013

This paper was presented at LILAC 2013

 

Using experiential learning & reflective practice to guide pedagogy!

 

By Alan Carbery

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Good points for any librarian, who invariably find themselves in a teaching role!

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Finding the Right Tech Tools Is Easy, If You Know Where to Look -- THE Journal

Finding the Right Tech Tools Is Easy, If You Know Where to Look -- THE Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Christopher Piehle

Kathy Schrock guides educators through the process of building a personal learning network and organizing a constant flow of information.

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Personal Learning Networks & Tech Tools.

 

Includes her top 5 apps for teachers:

Socratrive

Nearpod

GroupBoard

Reflector

Mover

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