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What does resourcing the curriculum look like in a school with no library? What new models exist for collection management, research and learning in libraryless organisations? This is a collection of research, discussion and media reports that explore these themes..
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save libraries: free posters to print

save libraries: free posters to print | Libraryless | Scoop.it
Last night I made some posters for the London #CarnegieOccupation march from Carnegie Library to Minet Library at 11:30 this Saturday (9 April): But then Minet Library asked if they could have copies of the posters, too! So here are some downloadable versions. Feel free to use these posters in any…
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As school libraries close, so do life opportunities

As school libraries close, so do life opportunities | Libraryless | Scoop.it
A school library is a haven that can turn ­children on to reading and give ­invaluable careers advice. Why are they being ­decimated?
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‘Always a place for pen and paper’

‘Always a place for pen and paper’ | Libraryless | Scoop.it
In May 2012, the Gold Coast’s Varsity College made national headlines for phasing out printed books from its school library collection in favour of digital ­resources. Then-principal Jeff Davis told parents the ­library budget would be spent on e-fiction and subscriptions to online databases for research, while empty bookcases would be sold and the space reconfigured to accommodate student laptops, with wi-fi internet access and IT support desks... 
Five years on, books are back on the shelves at the state-run Varsity College thanks to a renewed focus on reading and literacy by new executive principal Steven McLuckie, who believes physical books offer better engagement for students than their digital counterparts.
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Proposal for fewer librarians has parents upset

Proposal for fewer librarians has parents upset | Libraryless | Scoop.it
The school board is proposing fewer librarians in Lower Dauphin School District, a change parents say would take away resources from student…
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Known Unknowns

Known Unknowns | Libraryless | Scoop.it

Questions that need to be answered! Asking, is this the end of school libraries, Jon Faine and Sally Warhaft are joined by Rick Susman, Managing Director of The Booklegger and founder of the Book Bank initiative.

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Why would a federal agency trash its libraries?

Why would a federal agency trash its libraries? | Libraryless | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency’s quiet efforts to dismantle its own technical libraries are likely to hamstring scientific research – and freedom of thought – across the nation, Jeff Ruch warns.
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Overcrowding forces 178 NZ schools to go without a library

Overcrowding forces 178 NZ schools to go without a library | Libraryless | Scoop.it

Figures released under the Official Information Act show more than a hundred schools in New Zealand don't even have a library. Schools have had to make sacrifices as they struggle to accommodate larger student numbers without more funding.

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Students prepare for life at new city high school

Students prepare for life at new city high school | Libraryless | Scoop.it
“After a $4 million fit-out, a drab six-storey former office building has become several floors of classrooms.”
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... Including a busy library with qualified teacher librarian. These students also have ready access to the city library and State Library.
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How important are libraries in elementary schools?

It’s no secret that when funding goes for a elementary school, one of the first affected areas is the school library. A school with a dedicated library could end up with only a shelf in a classroom.

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Worcester school libraries expanding their reach

Worcester school libraries expanding their reach | Libraryless | Scoop.it

A handful of Worcester elementary schools still do not have libraries, and all but three elementary schools lack a librarian. Leaders of the One City, One Library initiative, a collaboration of the city, schools, public library and community, hope to open a refurbished library at Roosevelt School in mid-October. Ms. Andreoli said 'a lot more people than we ever thought' have stepped up to support One City, One Library.

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CSIRO Marine Library Closure

CSIRO Marine Library Closure | Libraryless | Scoop.it
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All library services for CSIRO will be centralised in Canberra, as CSIRO Library moves towards a totally digital service. Researchers and scientists will submit their requests for services electronically, to library staff designated to different divisions.
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Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert.

Commentary: When our students are living in a book desert. | Libraryless | Scoop.it
In her latest commentary, Ellie Herman looks at yet another reason so many students struggle to read at grade level. They have neither books nor libraries.

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One of the saddest comments in this very clear commentary on the importance of school libraries as promoters of equity.

"But why should they want to read when we do everything in our power to devalue the act of reading and to remove or shut down places to read from low-income communities?" 

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A powerful account of a student and teacher experiencing 'a book desert' in their school and community. No school libraries in many LA schools has created this 'book desert'.

Evidence can include the personal stories of people. The use of student voice or teacher voice pieces illustrates the personal impact of decision making and program implementation on individuals. We can learn so much from LISTENING to these voices.

Bureaucrats need to learn to listen. There is so much you can learn about the impact of your decisions on the lives of those dependent upon your decisions, as this piece by Ellie Herman illustrates. Just multiply Xavier's personal experience by hundreds of thousands. You get the picture.

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Reading in the Middle: Thank Goodness for School Libraries!

Reading in the Middle: Thank Goodness for School Libraries! | Libraryless | Scoop.it
I've been reading social media posts lately about schools that don't have libraries. WHAT?? No libraries at some schools? Have we lost ou
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School library rumours quashed

School library rumours quashed | Libraryless | Scoop.it

The new Parramatta Public School will have a library, despite "absurd" claims. 


Parramatta MP Geoff Lee:  “I’ve never heard of a school that didn’t have a library,”

A department spokesman added: “State-of-the-art technology will allow individual students, small groups and whole classes with access a range of curriculum-focused library services via flexible use of learning spaces. A qualified, full-time teacher librarian will also be available to meet all students’ learning needs.”

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Julie Todaro and Audrey Church: Letter to the Tribune | American Libraries Magazine

Julie Todaro and Audrey Church: Letter to the Tribune | American Libraries Magazine | Libraryless | Scoop.it
ALA President Julie Todaro and AASL President Audrey Church write: “We are deeply concerned that the disinvestment in Chicago public school libraries and the elimination of librarians undermines the vision of a ‘city of readers.’ The drastic reduction of school librarian positions in CPS schools makes it impossible for CPS to achieve its mission of … Continue reading Julie Todaro and Audrey Church: Letter to the Tribune →
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Woodbridge School Board President Explains Vote To Fire Librarians

Woodbridge School Board President Explains Vote To Fire Librarians | Libraryless | Scoop.it
Woodbridge, NJ - 'I will candidly admit I did not anticipate how much backlash there would be on this,' said school board president Daniel Harris.
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Aranda Primary parents furious library out of action due to capacity boost

Aranda Primary parents furious library out of action due to capacity boost | Libraryless | Scoop.it
Aranda Primary had been assured it did not have space issues, despite a large increase in students.
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Call out to teacher-librarians, art and music teachers

Call out to teacher-librarians, art and music teachers | Libraryless | Scoop.it
The Australian Children�s Literature Alliance (ACLA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2008 to champion and promote the transformational power of reading in the lives of young Australians. ACLA is a collegial and inclusive organisation with representation from across the field of children's and young adult literature.
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A great opportunity to collate stories on the state of libraries in Australian schools
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Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa | Libraryless | Scoop.it
In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don't have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela's project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.
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New chapter for school’s old library

New chapter for school’s old library | Libraryless | Scoop.it
Kurri Kurri High has removed non-fiction books from its library as part of an overhaul.
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The heartbreaking farewell: the world's greatest sports library checks out

The heartbreaking farewell: the world's greatest sports library checks out | Libraryless | Scoop.it
When Sports Illustrated’s offices move downtown later this year, the world’s greatest library devoted to sports will vanish forever
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School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces

School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces | Libraryless | Scoop.it
You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature

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This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything | Libraryless | Scoop.it
PARIS -- École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition. And yet it p...

Via Kim Flintoff
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Worth thinking about social meeting and learning places, and the information management needs of participants in this kind of learning environment. 

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Study measures Nashville library impact on students

Study measures Nashville library impact on students | Libraryless | Scoop.it

The Tennessean
Now researchers say they see a connection between Limitless Libraries usage and the test scores of middle and high school students — a finding that held across demographics.

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Another correlation study - this time based on library usage.

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