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School libraries are vital for reading and learning - news, guidance, links and quotes - Anne Harding Training

School libraries are vital for reading and learning - news, guidance, links and quotes - Anne Harding Training | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
It’s ages since I last blogged about school libraries, despite all the training I do about them (the photo shows part of the lovely library at Altrincham Grammar School, where is gave a course for the School Library Association Manchester branch recently), and despite my passion for them. The closure of school libraries and school …
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VISIT THE LIBRARY! That’s more

VISIT THE LIBRARY! That’s more than 772,000 visits per day.
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Eye opening statistics here, yet people still try to claim libraries are irrelevant.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Just Read. And Let Them Just Listen: The Case for Reading Aloud to Students of All Ages

The Adventures of Library Girl: Just Read. And Let Them Just Listen: The Case for Reading Aloud to Students of All Ages | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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I was delighted when a Sixth Former told me one of her best school memories was me reading Coraline to them when she was in Y7. Am now about to approach the English department to see if we can get reading to them incorporated into their library lessons.

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How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
An age-old answer to information overload.
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Students stand to lose much more than books with school library cuts

Students stand to lose much more than books with school library cuts | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With spring has come the return of an all-too-familiar ritual: the tightening of a fiscal belt triggering the downward swing of an axe into our school libraries.


Via Karen Bonanno, Geoff Dubber
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Extremely well put summation of the skill base schools are losing when they cut trained and experienced librarians and expect to be able to replace them with teachers or volunteers.

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Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores 

Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores  | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Well what do you know –  another study, this this time from the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, confirms once again that schools with vibrant libraries and librarians make a difference.  A big difference. Test scores and reading levels are higher and the chance of long-term a
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I've Got Research. Yes, I Do. I've Got Research. How About You?

I've Got Research. Yes, I Do. I've Got Research. How About You? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In 1847, Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis made a remarkable discovery. When doctors washed their hands in a solution of chlorine and water, childbirth fever rates at Vienna General Hospital dropp...
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The importance of allowing children to read. Libraries are not mentioned but they are essential in giving children freedom and choice in reading as well as supporting them.

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School libraries are essential for learning

School libraries are essential for learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Carol Heinsdorf
and Debra Kachel
In 1991, there were 176 certified librarians in Philadelphia public schools. This year there are 11 and only five are known to be actually doing what they were trained to do. Five librarians for the nation's eighth-largest school district.
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Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian - The Digital Shift

Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian - The Digital Shift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.
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When will more headteachers and politicians pay attention to the growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of having trained librarians in schools?

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School libraries - why they are important and latest news and articles - Anne Harding Training

School libraries - why they are important and latest news and articles - Anne Harding Training | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School libraries are crucial. As someone who provides training about them, I would say that wouldn’t I? But I am far from alone. The National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4 explicitly states that schools should provide library facilities. Education guru Stephen Heppell tells us ‘The school library is incredibly important …
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The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read.

The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read. | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Putting 500 books into a young child’s home has the same impact on educational success as having two parents with master’s degrees. That’s according to a 20-year, 27-nation study by

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Author Nora Baskin Rallies to Save School Librarian’s Job

Author Nora Baskin Rallies to Save School Librarian’s Job | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Nora Raleigh Baskin wrote to a local board of education to try to save a friend's position—and spread awareness about what it lost when a school librarian is laid off.
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An excellent article which thoroughly documents exactly what children will be losing if (when) librarians are removed from schools.
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Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics

Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
An updated list of best library infographics, showing that libraries in digital times are needed more than ever.
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School libraries or public libraries?

School libraries or public libraries? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
School libraries or public libraries? Well, both, of course. But let’s do a thought experiment. Given an imaginary (not very far-fetched) situation in which we were only allowed to have one, it has...
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Scholastic – Kids and Family Reading Report 2014 - Scholastic UK - Children's Books, Book Clubs, Book Fairs and Teacher Resources

A national survey of children and their parents exploring attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.
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More reasons why school libraries and librarians are crucial to children's education and general enjoyment of life.

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Librarian helps teen find new outlook on life through books

Librarian helps teen find new outlook on life through books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
This is the story of a 13-year-old booklover who only knew one student at his new middle school last year, sat by himself on the bus and didn't have anyone to talk to at lunch.
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Why all pupils deserve a real school library | CILIP

Why all pupils deserve a real school library | CILIP | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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"Being a pupil library assistant has had a phenomenal impact on me; not only as a pupil but as a person. I love unlocking new doors for others but some have also been unlocked for me." 

Really good article about why school libraries and librarians are so important.

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The murder of knowledge and the importance of school libraries

The murder of knowledge and the importance of school libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Knowledge, over the years, seemed to have lost its original meaning or has at least been lost in translation, especially since the dawning of the internet and the world wide web. Although in the 12...
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AASL infographic - School Librarians Transform Learning


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lyn_hay's curator insight, October 7, 2014 3:16 AM

Print out this infographic as a poster and place on school notice boards and throughout the library. Make a point of talking to members of your school community about the research that demonstrates how school libraries make a difference to student learning.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:33 AM

Great infographic!

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Learning in Progress: KLA/KASL Fall Conference 2014: Building Advocacy for your School Library Program

Learning in Progress: KLA/KASL Fall Conference 2014: Building Advocacy for your School Library Program | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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5 Reasons Why We Need School Librarians | Scottish Book Trust

5 Reasons Why We Need School Librarians | Scottish Book Trust | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Jennifer Horan explains why the world is a better place with school librarians in it
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