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Position Statement on Labeling Books with Reading Levels. The following position statement is currently under review to align with the National School Library Standards.

Position Statement on Labeling Books with Reading Levels

Librarians use spine labels to organize and identify library resources by call number to help patrons locate general subject areas or specific fiction, non-fiction, reference, audiovisual, or other items. Viewpoint-neutral directional labeling in libraries increases students’ access to information and supports their First Amendment right to read. Best practice in school libraries includes books and other resources being shelved using a standard classification system that also enables students to find resources in other libraries, such as a public library, from which they may borrow materials. Bringing Educators Together Nationwide. Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and encourage every school to connect its library program and professionals with all areas of education.

Bringing Educators Together Nationwide

We're sharing our mission with educational leaders everywhere, determined to shed light on strong libraries while helping others find the best solutions to questions about technology, digital content and effective teaching and learning. We established a Librarian Leadership Committee that developed our Project Connect Framework designed to define and prepare any librarian for a future ready world.

Download the Project Connect Framework [PDF] >> Who we are: As part of Project Connect, we address critical educational challenges by promoting future ready innovation and sharing progressive, exemplar models around school libraries and librarianship. Why now? Who is our audience? School Libraries & ESSA. Bryce Don't Play. Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty.

That said, one of the (many) pieces of information Donalyn shared during our time together was the recent research suggesting that children raised in homes with (access to) more than 500 books (over the course of their lifetime) spend an average of three years longer in school than children whose homes contain little or no print material.

Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty

In fact, this research goes onto to point out that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is “as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father.” That’s kind of amazing. But it also got me thinking…. 500 books. That’s huge. I’ve written and spoken before about my own experiences growing up in poverty, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared this story: Like most kids, when I was little, I had a small collection of picture books. Of course, we know that poverty has lots of other (potentially) devastating effects on children. School Librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) AASL Position Statements.

School Librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

FR Librarians Factsheet. AASL Advocacy Brochures. Schoollibrarianmindset. A 2012 research study shows library clerks matter for school librarians. It affects St achievement. @TxASL #txlchat. It's a Fact: School Libraries Work. By John (Mr.

It's a Fact: School Libraries Work

Schu) Schumacher, Featured Blogger. Thing 34: Annual Reports – Make Them Matter. In the first 2 topics of this track you thought about Evidence Based Practice and how to collect information that can help you better demonstrate how the library supports student learning and other school-wide goals.

Thing 34: Annual Reports – Make Them Matter

Then you considered new ways to reach out to the various stakeholders in your school and community in Thing 32. The next piece of the puzzle is taking all you’ve learned and put use it to create effective reports, ones that will catch the attention of your administrators and actually get looked at. Some of you may have been lucky enough to have attended Jennifer LaGarde’s “Being a Data Super Hero” workshop last fall. We spent a bit of the day looking at lots of reports from school libraries and identifying things that worked well, things that didn’t, what data had been collected and who the target audiences were.

2015NYLASSL SpringConferenceRadlickStefl. Library Reports are Fun with Digital Storytelling Tools. Library reports?

Library Reports are Fun with Digital Storytelling Tools

Fun? I know, they are a real drag to compile, and not so much fun to read, but creating library reports to inform stakeholders of how effective your program is one of the most important things you can do to advocate for your program! Challenge I challenge all of us to have fun creating our reports this school year and share monthly reports with each other through AASL’s social media platforms, adding #libraryreports to the post. We can inspire each other, offer tips along the way, and keep the momentum going! Digital Storytelling Tools for Gathering Evidence iTalk: This is a free, intuitive app for the iPhone that does a great job with recording sound.

Vine: If you haven’t used Vine with your smartphone yet, give it a try! Camera: Any camera will do! Home - Advocacy - LibGuides at Capital Region BOCES. [3084] 10 Ways Your School Library Is Changing Teaching and Learning. School Libraries Transform Learning. This digital magazine produced by AASL in partnership with American Libraries, is designed to be shared with parents, colleagues, administration, and policymakers.

School Libraries Transform Learning

Available electronically or as a PDF download, this tool can open the door to discussions on the multiple ways school libraries transform learning. Building Relationships for Back to School. As summer draws to an end, it’s a good time to start thinking about back to school activities to build collaborative relationships and create a warm and welcoming place, both physical space and virtual, for our students, parents, and faculties.

Building Relationships for Back to School

Let’s take a quick assessment: 1) How’s the signage in your library? Does it project an air of possibilities and not a list of rules and dont’s? For example: “No food or drinks. No games. The Art of Self-Promotion. Or how I learned to stop being quiet and talk about how great the library is.

The Art of Self-Promotion

I am an introvert. Susan Cain’s Quiet was a revelation for me to read. So, it should not have been a surprise when I jumped at a chance to work as the sole librarian at a very small independent school. Working alone provides a number of advantages. New Harris Poll Shows “Adults Are More Likely To Believe There Are Books That Should Be Banned Than Movies, Television Shows, or Video Games” Your Winning Strategy. When I blogged about writing a Mission Statement two weeks ago, I said it would help focus you so at the end of next school year you would not feel overwhelmed, exhausted and unsure of what you had accomplished. If you took my advice and wrote one, along with a Vision Statement as I recommended last week, you can use them to chart your course for the coming year and take your program to the next level.

Now is the perfect time for you to create a small strategic plan. While organizations, corporations, and sometimes school districts bring together key members and a facilitator for one or more days to develop their strategic plan, you can do one on your own, although if you can get others to join you it’s likely to be even better. The reason why strategic planning is considered important is that you set a direction for the next three years, understanding where, why, and how to concentrate your efforts. How will you accomplish each of your Action Plans? School Libraries Impact Studies « Library Research Service. Library Research Service School Libraries & Student Achievement (2013) This 1-page infographic presents highlights from all of LRS’s school library impact studies. Two versions of the infographic are available: – One is optimized for online viewing – And, the second is optimized for printing If you view the infographic PDF file in Firefox PDF viewer, it may not render properly.

For best viewing and printing, click on the “open in different viewer” button in the top right corner of your browser, and select the option to open the file with Adobe Reader. The PDF file is optimized for printing on legal size paper. ‎

‎ Home - Advocacy - LibGuides at Capital Region BOCES. Moving From Decoration to Documentation. I've been thinking a lot about first impressions lately and about what our physical spaces say about the work that goes on in the library.

I visit a lot of school libraries and when I do I try to put myself in the shoes of someone who a) knows very little about what happens in these spaces BUT who is also b) charged with making funding/staffing decisions for libraries in the coming year. (This may sound silly, but think about it. Most people who make these types of decisions for school libraries spend very little time in them). Then, I look around at what's displayed on the walls and on top of bookshelves. I look at what's posted on the front door and at the remnants of student work on tables.