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A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog)

A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A worldwide problem, it seems...

 

By Susan Elkin:

"Books are to education and learning what air and water are to life. Every child needs access to the printed word and lots of encouragement to explore it in order to develop properly.

You might, therefore, be surprised to learn that many schools do not have a library or a librarian – which seems a contradiction in terms. How can you have an organisation whose raison d’ ê tre is learning if it has no library? It’s like a restaurant without a kitchen or a zoo without any animals.

There is no law requiring schools to have libraries either. I worked in a Kent secondary school in the 1990s which had a reasonable – if not wonderful – library extensively used by pupils until the head, clearly not a real educationist, decided that it was, quite literally a waste of space. She decreed that the books be shelved (marginalised?) in the back of English classrooms because she wanted to use the former library room for something else. Result? Reduced emphasis on wider reading and much less access to fewer books for students.

The Society of Authors, which represents over 9,000 writers, is campaigning with other organisations for school libraries to be a legal requirement."

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Anne Harding Training: School libraries in a changing world

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Anne Harding:

 

"Two interesting training events last week, both with a school library theme, plus some valuable links and resources for school librarians.

It was fascinating to lead discussions for the London School Library Association branch on the theme of the school library in a changing world. With so many changes that impact on school libraries happening in education and in publishing, as well as the ever evolving digital scene, there was lots to consider. Topics delegates chose to debate included the implications of the Ofsted report Moving English Forward for school librarians, funding issues, raising the profile of the library, information literacy for the Google generation, and how school libraries should deal with e-resources. We talked too about the opportunities social networking offers. The photo is of the lovely library at Lea Valley High School, where the training took place."

 

"For anyone keen to keep up to date with the latest in the school library world, Heart of the School (http://heartoftheschool.edublogs.org/) is a fantastic resource. The School Library Network (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sln/)  is also invaluable. The School Library Association (http://www.sla.org.uk/) is excellent. All the books in their Guidelines and Case Studies series (http://www.sla.org.uk/guidelines.php) are helpful and accessible. The latest guide, Twitterspace and Facecloud: Web.2.0 and Beyond for School Librarians (http://www.sla.org.uk/publication.php?isbn=9781903446669), is great. For school librarians considering their role in relation to e-resources, this workshop on e-book lending (http://www.peters-books.co.uk/pdf/ebooks.pdf%20)  in schools looks very useful."

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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 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lauren T. Taniguchi:

 

"From staff reports TRENTON — 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..."

 

Some of the findings:

 

"School librarians make key contributions to student success, including:

• Improvements in student test scores;

• Development of thinking-based competencies in using information, and development of positive and ethical values in relation to the use of information and technology and

• Increased interest in reading, increased participation in reading, the development of wider reading interests and becoming readers who are more discriminating.

In phase two, which was completed in November 2011, CISSL examined a sample of effective school libraries to identify the key criteria that enables these libraries to thrive and contribute to the learning agendas of the schools.

Findings show that in those schools:

• The school library is a learning center linked to classroom instruction;

• The school library supports the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world;

• The school library is a 21st-century classroom that provides an understanding of the information..."

 

Read more: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/02/three-year_study_asserts_benef.html 

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School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

School Libraries Count!2011 supplementary report on digital citizenship http://t.co/qGuzTTWr...

AASL's National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Programs

Supplemental Report on Digital Citizenship

 

 

Key Highlights:

Traditional School Library Curriculum Carried Over Into Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Digital Citizen Content

Access as Barrier to Teaching Digital Citizenship

 

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ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning (What a treasure trove!

 

"The "Top 25" Websites 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."

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This website features some really great and useful resources for teachers. Every teacher is always looking for a new great and fun idea.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I am unbelievably honored to be a part of this "crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors." This amazing collection of thoughtful and thought provoking essays on what the future holds for our profession is currently available through Smashwords in formats that allow you to read it both on your computer and/or a mobile device. In just a few weeks, however, you'll be able to also download it through several of the major eBook Stores (like iBooks and B&N).

The credit for this amazing work really goes to KristinFontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton who conceived of and edited the final product. Their vision, diligence and hard work shaped this into the unique resource that it is."

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Social Media, Social Networking and School Libraries.

"Social networking is a participatory medium that is changing the very nature of our professional connections, our community practices and the nature of learning..."
Great presentation to get you thinking...


Via Rosa Martins, Lourense Das, Anu Ojaranta, Dennis T OConnor
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Librarians are go: How to raise your profile within and without the school community

Librarians are go: How to raise your profile within and without the school community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stacey Taylor:

"We need to encourage quality teachers into the Teacher Librarian fold and to ensure that there are jobs for them to go to. We need to sell our wares to our own communities so that we become planning, teaching and change ...

 

'So how might we do this?

Go to as many faculty meetings as possible, offer your services whenever possible to whoever will work with you.
Develop some expertise that is unique and useful to your community.
Write and publish wherever possible
Talk to teachers and then talk some more
Make connections in person and online
Build relationships
Share successes and opportunities for learning
Project energy and enthusiasm
Take on projects that others may not think of
Partner with people that will help you further your aims."

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How can School Librarians be Technology Integration Leaders ...

Melissa P. Johnston (2011) School Librarians as Technology Integration Leaders: Enablers and Barriers To Leadership Enactment, Florida State University, A dissertation submitted to the School of Library & Information ...

 

"The highly technological environment of 21st century schools has significantly redefined the role of school librarians by presenting the opportunity to assume leadership through technology integration. School librarians are continually directed to evolve as leaders in order to address the needs of today’s learners and ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The purpose of this study is to identify the enablers and barriers that accomplished practicing school librarians, or those who are National Board Certified, experience in relation to crafting a leadership role in technology integration."

 

Full text here: http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-05312011-083825/unrestricted/Johnston_M_Dissertation_2011.pdf

 

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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines - School Library Journal

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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines

School Library Journal

Close to 80 librarians packed into the workshop with their laptops in hand to hear Debbie Abilock, co-founder of Palo Alto, CA-based bibliography software company Noodle...

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Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)| The Committed Sardine

Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)| The Committed Sardine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @thelibrarynews: Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!

"The traditional idea of what it means to be a librarian is long gone in the digital age. It's more than just classifying and locating resources. Today's librarian is required to be a digital media specialist, and the need for teachers to climb on board is becoming more and more apparent as InfoWhelm continues to evolve the student brain. This Harvard Education Letter by Dave Saltman talks about 8 of the valuable resources needed by librarians today, along with basically anyone who handles a lot of information."

posted by Ian Jukes
Aug 1, 2011

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