Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri
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Articles about Missouri school librarians and library activities. What's going on, who's doing it, and where is it happening?
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The Importance of Advocacy at the State Level | Knowledge Quest

The Importance of Advocacy at the State Level | Knowledge Quest | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
I joined the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) in 2001 and started taking an active role in the organization in 2004. As a classroom teacher and later as a school librarian, I’ve always believed membership in professional organizations is... Read More ›
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The library-related provision in the Missouri law... is the result of 2 1/2 years of work on the part of the MASL Advocacy Task Force and the association's lobbyist.
 
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Escape into a good book | Local | dailyjournalonline.com

Escape into a good book | Local | dailyjournalonline.com | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Two Farmington librarians joined forces with North County to create a unique escape room experience for students who read at least eight of the 12 Truman Books.
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Farmington Middle School Librarian Kate Dillon, Lincoln Intermediate School Librarian Faith Gann, North County Middle School Librarian Gayann Weadon and North County Gifted Teacher Tasha Hennrich put together the rooms.
 
 
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Tom Bober | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

Tom Bober | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Students who can confidently analyze primary sources “look at things with a critical eye,” says school librarian Tom Bober. But cultivating this crucial skill can be daunting, as he discovered as a classroom teacher. After attending the Library of Congress (LC) Summer Institute in 2013, however, Bober was armed with strategies—and ready to spread the word.
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CURRENT POSITION Library Media Specialist, Ralph M. Captain Elementary School Library, Clayton, 

MO DEGREE MA, Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri Columbia, 2011; MSE, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2001 

 FAST FACT Worked for ten years in his grandfather’s bakery and still loves reworking old recipes 

 FOLLOW @CaptainLibrary on Twitter; Tom Bober on AASL’s Knowledge Quest; Tom Bober on Teaching with the Library of Congress
 
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In rural schools, teachers prepare for the unexpected

In rural schools, teachers prepare for the unexpected | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Lack of high-speed internet in schools and homes limits the ability to expose students to technology.
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"Our biggest hurdle is the bandwidth," said Sharon Breese, Fatima High School’s librarian. If a lot of people are online at once, "we’ll hit our max, and everybody kind of just slows down," Breese said.
 
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A technological milestone for Palmyra R-I schools

A technological milestone for Palmyra R-I schools | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it

Palmyra's “one-to-one” ratio technology initiative is moving ahead at full speed, with each student from Kindergarten through 12th grade using an Apple iPad to enhance and supplement their learning experience.

 
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At Palmyra High School, librarian Stacey Conrad said there are public library and school library apps on the iPads that help students find just the right book for pleasure or research.
 
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Granby school library uses app to encourage reading

GRANBY, Mo. — Students at the Granby campus of the East Newton School District are now able to receive information about the library through a free messaging mobile app known as "Remind."

 
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Once students download the app they can select their classes and choose which groups they want to join. "It's just a very quick way to send information to a lot of people, and it's safe and private," said Cheryl Turner, Granby Elementary librarian.
 
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North Callaway school district to offer library services to public

North Callaway school district  to offer library services to public | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
North Callaway schools are thinking outside the box when it comes to serving residents.
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According to district librarian and media specialist Justin Hamm, the district will open its school libraries to help people gain internet access and more.

 “As far a libraries are concerned, we have none in any of the communities that North Callaway serves,” he said. “Daniel Boone (Regional Library system) does awesome things for our county, but we need more access.” 

The district went to a four-day, Tuesday through Friday schedule at the beginning of this school year, meaning the four libraries in the district’s four schools are available on Mondays.
 
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Embedded | Knowledge Quest

Embedded | Knowledge Quest | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
by Kerry Townsend As a researcher and professional, I am interested in learning how teens construct reality during/after interacting with media. This spring I had the really cool opportunity to work with select students and teachers attending the True/False Documentary... Read More ›
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Kerry Townsend is the Coordinator of Library Media Programs in Columbia Public Schools, MO.
 
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Missouri 2017-18 Regional Teacher of the Year Winners Announced

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced its 2017-18 Regional Teachers of the Year as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. The 32 teachers selected from all over the state are now eligible for the state teacher of the year award:
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Lisa Molengraft, Rockwood R-VI
Tara Pennington, Blue Spring R-IV
Megan Vallis, Lindbergh Schools
 
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Tipton R-VI School seeking new superintendent

The Tipton R-6 School Board voted June 8 to post the job vacancy created by the resignation of Superintendent Daniel Williams, who has accepted a superintendency at another district.
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In other business, Tara Melton presented a report on the elementary library. She reported that about 300 students kindergarten through sixth grade are served. The library contains about 11,170 books, and more than 700 audio-visual materials which are available for teacher use. There were 26,713 total items checked out in the 2016-17 school year, with 26,328 being books. 

Andrea Buerky presented a report on the high school library. She reported that about 295 students are served in grades seven through 12. The library contains about 15,528 books. These include reference, non-fiction, professional and fiction. She reported that efforts are being made to keep the non-fiction current, but those books are generally more expensive and not as popular with the students. She said that biographies, sports, hunting and fishing go over well.
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Personalizing the National Conference Experience through Concurrent Sessions | Knowledge Quest

Personalizing the National Conference Experience through Concurrent Sessions | Knowledge Quest | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
My favorite aspect of the AASL National Conference is the fact I can personalize the experience to meet my professional learning needs. When I attended AASL National in Hartford in 2013, I was looking for new ideas to encourage my... Read More ›
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Library is home base for Blue Springs Teacher of the Year

Library is home base for Blue Springs Teacher of the Year | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
By Friday afternoon, Tara Pennington was calling the day a whirlwind.In the morning, she attended Blue Springs School District's annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast. Several hours later, she had a list of some tasks to accomplish by the time the next school year rolls around.First though, Pennington will enjoy her Teacher of the Year Award, for which she was “very surprised” to be selected from the nominees of each school building in the district. Pennington, the library media
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“I just love being able to work with everyone, with every teacher and every student in the building,” Pennington said. “Teachers are the rock stars in the classroom, and I’m able to collaborate with them. My principals also believe the library’s the hub of the school. I’m getting to work with a lot of personalities, and I’m helping them be as successful as they can be.”
 
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Kerry Townsend: 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Announced

Kerry Townsend: 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Announced | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it

The Lilead Project is pleased to announce the selection of 22 school district library leaders to participate in the 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program. From Missouri is Kerry Townsend, Columbia Public Schools. The Lilead Fellows Program will provide an intensive 18-month long professional development program.

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Patient spellers take spelling bee 12 rounds | California Missouri News

Patient spellers take spelling bee 12 rounds | California Missouri News | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
The 21st annual California Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9 went 12 rounds before sixth-grader Hillary Roney won with the word
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"These were difficult," said librarian Jill Meisenheimer, who emceed the event. "You guys totally out did yourselves." Marcia Bibb, Mona Spayde, and Krista Davis served as judges. And, Nancy Lewis, former middle school librarian, was moderator. In 1998, Lewis began the spelling bee tradition.
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Help local science teacher by voting online daily | California Missouri News

Help local science teacher by voting online daily | California Missouri News | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
California High School science teacher Jamie Johnston hopes to improve hands-on learning for multiple levels and classrooms by adding new lab supplies and equipment.
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The program also awards five $100,000 educational grants, which California schools may apply for next year on behalf of the elementary school, said Janet Henley, high school librarian and district technology team leader.
 
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Board hears role librarians play in technology education

Board hears role librarians play in technology education | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
This generation of students can be described as “digital natives” — a description used by Mindy Southern during the biennial report on the Farmington School District Library/Media program review.
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“The library program defies the stereotype of what you might think about as a library,” Hensley said, noting the district librarians have represented the district in conferences around the state and during an international conference as well.
 
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South Harrison libraries get technology updates 

The Kenneth and Rosemary Williford Foundation presented a $9,500 grant for the purchase of 3D printers for the high school, middle school and elementary schools.
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Receiving the check were Heather Fitzerald, Missy Blanton and Tanya Keck.
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At Summit Lakes Middle School, kids check out books. And ukuleles.

At Summit Lakes Middle School, kids check out books. And ukuleles. | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Summit Lakes Middle School library began checking out ukuleles in addition to books this year to students.
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The school’s library media specialist, Christie Brown, said she came across the idea in 2015 while reading an article in School Library Journal. Brown said she liked the idea of a library offering something more non-traditional, such as musical instruments. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/lsjournal/article173952391.html#storylink=cpy
 
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South Harrison District Libraries See Some Change

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South Harrison library and the district received several technology grants. Heather Fitzgerald was quoted in the paper which also indicated that she is now the district librarian for South Harrison as well as the elementary librarian.
 
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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
As more schools use open educational resources, school librarians find that their roles as digital content curators are expanding or being redefined.
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At Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri, teachers promote librarians as a go-to source for information. “Our librarians are the ones who are looked to for technology, for resources,” says Bill Bass, innovation coordinator for technology integration, information, and library media at the district. When it comes to OERs, Bass says, “One of our successes is that we have developed a greater sense of trust between librarian and teacher, and librarian and student, because they are having different conversations now about the content and where that content came from.”
 
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Missouri Teacher of the Year Finalists Chosen for 2017-18

Finalists have been named for the 2017-18 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. School districts throughout the state submitted nominations for the award, and the finalists were chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The finalists were selected from among 32 regional teachers of the year.
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Megan Vallis, Lindbergh Schools, Truman Middle School
 
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Jefferson City schools host summer library hours

Jefferson City schools host summer library hours | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Select Jefferson City Public Schools libraries will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19.
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Jennifer Bearden prepares to scan Landon Gamblin's book selection, "Two Bobbies", for reading Wednesday at the West School library. Bearden will be the new librarian at Belair Elementary School
 
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Lee’s Summit R-7 librarians honored

Lee’s Summit R-7 librarians honored | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Two Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members have been honored by the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians.
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Jaci Hurley, library media specialist at Longview Farm Elementary and Trailridge Elementary, was is the organization’s Librarian of the Year. . . . Laura Maxwell, district director of library media services and Partners In Education, received the 2017 Friend of the Library Award.
 
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Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression | Knowledge Quest

Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression | Knowledge Quest | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
Pairing primary sources with a picture book can give students an opportunity to explore what perspective is shared and why the person who created the sources shared the perspective.
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Youth group donates books, fountain to Lebanon Middle School Library in honor of Woodcock | The Lebanon Daily Record

Youth group donates books, fountain to Lebanon Middle School Library in honor of Woodcock | The Lebanon Daily Record | Missouri Meme: School Librarianship in Missouri | Scoop.it
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The books and the fountain are now a part of the Lebanon Middle School library.
 
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