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Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian

Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The slides below are from yesterday's presentation about the possibilities for makerspaces and school libraries. Please note all links referenced in the session are live and accessible via the SlideShare post below.
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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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Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | Buffy Hamilton, DMLcentral

Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | Buffy Hamilton, DMLcentral | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In my last post “Literacies and Fallacies,” I introduced Deborah Brandt’s conceptual approach of sponsors of literacy that connects individual literacy development to the economic development of literacy.  I also shared a rationale for why libraries should use this critical interpretive lens and offered an initial list of questions as focal points of inquiry to consider.

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By exploring “who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use” (Brandt, The Sponsors of Literacy 2), librarians are much better positioned to better understand and contextualize these three key issues identified by Brandt (6):

1.  How the access, organization, and privileging of literacy opportunities are impacted by issues related to race, class, and gender.
2.  How literacy sponsors contribute to what Brandt defines as the literacy crisis:  the perceived gap between rising standards for achievement and people’s ability to meet them.
3.  How might sponsors of literacy interpret their ability to provide resources and opportunities that help people transform their uses of literacy that facilitate identity development, agency and social mobility?

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Thoughts on approaches towards literacy and learning and perspectives on narratives being valued in library services!

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Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @LewistonSuper: 25 best educational apps per American Association of School Librarians
http://t.co/Iq3qpRWnKi

 

The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Books

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Organization & Management

Social Sciences

Content Creation

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Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 http://t.co/nznlMdZ8lw #iste13

 

By Tiffany Whitehead

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it is impossible to see and do it all, but here are the highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.

 

Feedback from:

- Opening Keynote

- SIGMS Digital Age Media Center Playground

- Your School Library: Flipped, Mobile, and Curated

- SIGMS Forum: School Librarians and Admins: A Powerful Name

- SIGMS keynote by John T. Spencer

- ISTE and SIGMS business


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Interesting discussion especially for school librarians!

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marissa gibson's curator insight, February 17, 1:12 PM

        8.     Many teachers were invited to a convetion for some of the newest techonology that would soon be presented in classrooms everywhere. There were nearpods, aurasmas, videolicious, puppet pals and mentor mob. These were all technology tools that kids could use and interact with.

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Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students, created by the AASL Legislation

Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students, created by the AASL Legislation Committee, is freely available for download by members of the media and general public provided no alterations are made. Additional resources are also available.


Additional resources: http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/advocacy/AASL_infographic_resources.pdf


Infographic and additional resources: http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/advocacy/AASL_infographic.pdf


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The importance of school libraries > Infographic, with additional resources!

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whslmc's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:58 AM

The facts are in: School libraries positively effect learning!

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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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Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy

Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ClaireAmosNZ: Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy - http://t.co/8OkFfsbk

 

Caire Amos response:

"... to the Parliamentary Select Committee's 'Inquiry into the 21st Century Learning Environments and Digital Literacy' with a submission that touched on a number of areas. One area that has really stuck with me is the point raised about how important the school library is, and will remain to be, within our 21st century learning environments. See the excerpts below:

From the written submission:

The traditional school library building would be a good place to start in the re-visioning process - a secondary school library presents the perfect environment for a shared learning environment that could be redeveloped to provide resources (books and Digital) ICT, media and production tools and spaces. 

and from the oral submission:

We need to see libraries as a strategic place to start this shift for all schools by ensuring that schools get the advice, guidance and funding they need to transform traditional libraries into multi-media multi-purpose learning commons and information centres. This would be a pragmatic way of ensuring all NZ students were able to access digital resources within a “21st Century Learning Environment” and therefore able to develop their digital competencies with an educational context."

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The importance of school libraries in the digital age - increasing!

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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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Reconceptualising the School Library as Collaborative Makerspace | Services to Schools

Reconceptualising the School Library as Collaborative Makerspace | Services to Schools | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Peter M
"According to leading educational thinker, Sir Ken Robinson, in order to meet the challenges of living and working in the 21st century, we need to deliberately and systematically create spaces and processes in our schools that foster creativity and innovation. We shouldn’t be anaesthetising our children, he argues, we should be waking them up."

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"Since 2009, a growing wave of library ‘makerspaces’ have emerged in public libraries, museums and community facilities in the United States to foster collaboration and creativity. Focussing particularly on engaging and inspiring teens and pre-teens, it is only very recently however that the ‘makerspace’ model has been considered as a good fit for school libraries.
A ‘makerspace’ is a collaborative learning environment where young people can come together to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. They are dynamic workshop spaces for creative multimedia learning and doing. Not so much defined by the space or the specific activities but by a mindset of collaboration and creativity."

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"It is essential that school leaders apply the same spirit of innovation and future focus to the re-imagination of their school library environments as they do to other aspects of both their built and virtual school environment. Library as creative collaborative makerspace is an exciting, transformative idea that warrants exploration."

 

Read more: http://www.schools.natlib.govt.nz/blogs/libraries-and-learning/12-09/reconceptualising-school-library-collaborative-makerspace

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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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100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic

100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We love librarians. They’re the gatekeepers of knowledge and always looking to explore new ways to enhance the learning experience. I learned about the latest trends in libraries at this year’s CALICONin San Diego and love the move toward open source, cross-library sharing, and going digital.

But what if you weren’t able to attend CALICON or simply want to get a regular update on all the fun stuff happening with libraries? Lucky for you, our friends at Online College shared the following post with us.

It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their RSS reader."

 

Looking for great Twitter chats for librarians? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/

Looking for information on how libraries are using Pinterest? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/03/20-ways-libraries-are-using-pinterest-right-now/

 


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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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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.

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The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 9:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 5:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians

Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY JOYCE VALENZA

"[...] beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions.

Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.)

 

Jennifer’s Questions:

How will you make a difference for students?How will you make your work the answer to the priorities/problems that keep your principal up at night?How will you use student data to make instructional and programatic decisions?How will you measure success?How will you connect the dots between your work and student learning?How will you share this data with your administrators and community?How will you ensure your diverse population sees themselves in your space (as well as in your collection)?How will you dispel negative/outdated library stereotypes?How will you grow your PLN?How will you help strengthen our profession by sharing your work beyond the walls of your school.How will you make sure everyone who walks into the library sees a focus on students (instead of stuff).Doug’s Follow Up Questions:What new skills will you learn this year that you can teach your students and staff?What rules can you change to make your library a more user-friendly place?What is your library’s “purple cow?” (Boring is always the riskiest strategy – Godin)How can you demonstrate leadership in your building? What are you willing to take responsibility for?What can you do to get the non-connected members of our profession* who you know connected, changing, and good representatives of the library field?Have you asked yourself about your personal commitment to the field? Are you still a librarian in order to make the world a better place?



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gwynethjones's curator insight, January 12, 11:07 AM

As always, Joyce tracks down & shares the vital questions and provoking conversations of our profession.

 

Jennifer LaGarde and Doug Johnson fearlessly ask the vital questions.

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Mrs. ReaderPants: School Librarian's BFF: 14 Uses for Goodreads in the Library

Mrs. ReaderPants: School Librarian's BFF: 14 Uses for Goodreads in the Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
School Librarian's BFF: 14 Uses for Goodreads in the Library http://t.co/kj6y3KvKmJ via @sharethis #tlchat
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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Libraries

Free Technology and Web 2.0Tools for Your Library Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu Stacy Creel, Ph.D.
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Slideshare of free Web 2.0 tools for the library! Great resource!

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ariana Stone:

We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

1. INSTANT MESSAGING

2. MOBILE DEVICES

3. WYSIWYG TUTORIAL-MAKERS FOR LIBRARIANS

4. MATERIAL CROWD-SOURCING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

5. CUSTOM APPS

6. SCREENCASTS

7. CLOUD-BASED STORAGE

8. PORTABLE ENERGY METERS

9. ITUNESU

10. E-READERS AND E-BOOKS

11. AVAILABILITY ALERTS

12. BETTER RESOURCES FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS

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Technologies to use in school libraries! 

Also valuable to look at in academic or public libraries

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Transforming school libraries into learning commons environments | Open Book

Transforming school libraries into learning commons environments | Open Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
“@jjvandyk: transformation of school libraries to a learning commons environment http://t.co/nQEwj9yT @MyBCLibrary” #UU_LIM

 

"...school libraries are transforming to stay relevant in this global information economy and support the growing and changing needs of the learners. In addition to traditional roles of information literacy and providing the best resources to support curriculum, teacher-librarians support digital literacy and innovative learning practices – inquiry-based, project-based – for students and teachers. They actively connect learning to technology and resources, and facilitate knowledge creation for the school community. They are on a continuing quest to find new ways of supporting students in their learning. The role is multi-faceted, challenging, ever-evolving, and ultimately highly rewarding because the impact can be so significant."

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What makes a learning commons environment, and the role of the librarian.

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New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy

New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

January 24th, the American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force, led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” a report highlighting support for digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries.

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Digital literacy in school and academic libraries!

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School libraries changing with move to digital resources, By Laura Devaney | eSchool News

School libraries changing with move to digital resources, By Laura Devaney | eSchool News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it