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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 2014 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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How High School Teachers, Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read for Fun - US News

How High School Teachers, Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read for Fun - US News | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

16 Feb 2015

Teens aren't reading for fun like they used to. Only 19 percent of 17-year-olds read for fun every day in 2012 – down from 31 percent in 1984. "If we can get them to enjoy reading, the reality is their reading skills are going to improve overall," says Megan Knight, associate principal at Elk Grove High School in Illinois.


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Free Professional Development for School Librarians

Free onIii_ie PD_fora1 Ieaeherlibrarians F. ‘ . I 1 There's no excuse, no reason to feel alone ’ I ' Support and inspiration are a click away. - Expert c…
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We are not alone! 

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My ‘Touching the Surface’ by Kimberly Sabatini Win | Crushingcinders

My ‘Touching the Surface’ by Kimberly Sabatini Win | Crushingcinders | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
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A huge thank you to Kimberly Sabatini and the YA Scavenger Hunt for my awesome prize! 
http://crushingcinders.com/my-touching-the-surface-by-kimberly-sabatini-win/

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What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like?

What Should a 21st-Century School Library Look Like? | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif. When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they...

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Children's Book Review: The Great Unexpected

Children's Book Review: The Great Unexpected | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
Brimming with folklore, dreams, twists, magic and unlikely coincidences, this refreshing story was exactly that – The Great Unexpected - like a treasure box full of surprises! I love this story boo...
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Are we ready for book-free libraries?

Are we ready for book-free libraries? | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Times published an article earlier this month about America's first all-digital bookless public library which has opened in San Antonio: The article goes on to clarify that while th...
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Are we ready for book free libraries?

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For Teachers: The Difference between Fair Use and Copyright

For Teachers: The Difference between Fair Use and Copyright | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
April 22, 2014
Some of you are still probably not sure about the difference between what constitutes a copyright infringement and fair use. Well the post I have for you today might help illuminate...

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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:42 AM

something to check out and share.

Sonia Barchet's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM

Great copyright info.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:07 AM

Simple explanation of copyright and fair use. I like the document with the graphic from Common Sense Media. 

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E-books to overtake printed books by 2018, report says

E-books to overtake printed books by 2018, report says | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

"A new report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) suggests that the sale of e-books will overtake that of printed books by 2018."

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.
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A great place to wander, browse, share, inspire, mentor, unconference, bring like-minded individuals together....

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GUYS READ

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 Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

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Are School Libraries Obsolete?

(This week's guest blogger is Catherine Stuart, librarian at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.) It happened again last week. Someone at a party asked me what I do for a living and when I told him I was a school librarian, ...

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:10 AM

Another interesting article why school libraries are NOT obsolete

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:45 PM

A lovely piece about how important school libraries really are! 

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:12 PM

Share this post far and wide! So many of my students do not have public library cards. Let's get a drive going!

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 25, 2014 8:16 AM

The number of choices, the styles of pictures, the myriad of stories available, the physical presence of possibilities and the ability to choose without cost - all of these cannot be found anywhere else...

Dana Kuhlmann's curator insight, July 2, 2014 2:58 PM

Great place to go this summer!

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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The Author of If I Stay on Why Kids Crave Young Adult Books With Dark Themes

The Author of If I Stay on Why Kids Crave Young Adult Books With Dark Themes | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
It's time to stop worrying that great YA novels about risky behavior or even death will be a bad influence on kids
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Katie McGarry: Author Interview | Crushingcinders

Katie McGarry: Author Interview | Crushingcinders | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
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Katie writes YA contemporary books, such as her Pushing the Limits series pictured above.

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Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery

Inspirational school libraries from around the world – gallery | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, we look at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books

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My Favourite books of 2014 Crushingcinders

My Favourite books of 2014  Crushingcinders | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
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Exceptional reads!

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Sue Holmes's curator insight, December 21, 2014 4:18 AM

This are my favourite reads this year!

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Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.
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Excellent article from the School Library Journal 

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Sue Holmes's curator insight, November 7, 2014 12:10 PM

Excellent article from the School Library Journal 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 9, 2014 3:21 AM

This is a great article about helping teens with issues through book recommendations. I will be looking at this idea more closely. 

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Library

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Shelf Talker, Staff Picks displayed on a shelf (template can be found in Flyers - Half)

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:37 PM

Cool ideas! Scoop em, Pin em, Try them out!

Naomi Bates's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:51 PM

What a GREAT idea to bring faculty into the library!

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YA Books and More: 10 Different Options to Create Online Posters

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10 Different Options to Create Online Posters
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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

"As a librarian, we help to teach people how to become self-sufficient on the computer, find the answer to patron’s questions (no offense Google, but while you may come back with a million answers, we librarians come back with the right answer), develop graphic designs for advertisement, act as a social media managers, handle reader’s advisory, teach information literacy classes, act as storytellers, and teach children, to name just a few of our duties. We wear many many caps."

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Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 24, 2014 2:21 AM

Teaching children empathy? Get them to read fiction. More reasons to ensure that all those children who prefer non-fiction are encouraged to read fiction. 

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Not THAT Top 10 List by Cathy Blackler

Not THAT Top 10 List by Cathy Blackler | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

The books that are hand delivered back to me, so matter-of-factly, with the “let’s talk about it” expression. These titles want a list. These titles need a list..

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Excellent post. A list of book that should be in every high school library

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? - Mind/Shift

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? - Mind/Shift | What's up 4 school librarians | Scoop.it

"Could e-books actually get in the way of reading?

 

That was the question explored in research presented last week by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, an associate professor at West Chester University, and her spouse Jordan T. Schugar, an instructor at the same institution. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, the Schugars reported the results of a study in which they asked middle school students to read either traditional printed books, or e-books on iPads. The students’ reading comprehension, the researchers found, was higher when they read conventional books. In a second study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features."


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