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Stop telling people to love libraries – Rebecca Stavick – Medium. A common complaint I’ve heard among librarians is that some people, especially community leaders and elected officials, just don’t get libraries.

Stop telling people to love libraries – Rebecca Stavick – Medium

They don’t understand the value of public libraries… or what resources libraries offer… or what librarians actually do for a living. Librarians get frustrated because if only these tragically uninformed people knew about our amazing resources, they would fall in love with libraries, and support libraries at every opportunity. The problem with this attitude is that it puts the responsibility of understanding libraries on the community rather than on the library itself.

You think you know what librarians do? Sorry, but chances're wrong. - BubbleUp Classroom. How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading. School librarian Mary Ann Scheuer remembers a second grader who couldn’t keep up with the class during reading time.

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

The child was a grade-level behind in reading, and while the rest of the class could sit quietly for 30 minutes, engrossed in Horrible Harry, this child began to act out after ten frustrating minutes with the book. On Scheuer’s recommendation, the teacher introduced the student to the same story via an audiobook; he listened to the story, and then sat alone with the book to read on his own. Scheuer recalls the boy saying, “I read it so much faster by myself after I listened to it!.”

Theconversation. The sign on the public car park in the tiny Tasmanian town of Wynyard reads, Egress from this carpark is to be via the access lane in the rear.


“Egress?” I wondered. As my 21-year-old son quipped, perhaps the council had called in the local duke to write its signs. Or at least the local lawyer. I could say all the words on the sign with very little effort, and with impressive fluency. Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't) Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print. Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations.

Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print

More than 360m books were sold in 2016 – a 2% jump in a year that saw UK consumers spend an extra 6%, or £100m, on books in print and ebook formats, according to findings by the industry research group Nielsen in its annual books and consumer survey. The data also revealed good news for bricks-and-mortar bookshops, with a 4% rise in purchases across the UK. While sales through shops increased 7% in 2016, ebook sales declined by 4%. It is the second year in a row that ebook sales have fallen, and only the second time that annual ebook sales have done so since industry bodies began monitoring sales a decade ago. In 2015, the Publishers Association found that digital content sales had fallen from £563m in 2014 to £554m, while physical book sales HAD increased from £2.74bn to £2.76bn. Future Ready Librarians - Future Ready Schools. Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens.

There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles.

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case. In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading capability (such as Kindles, iPads and mobile phones) did not tend to use their devices for reading - and this was the case even when they were daily book readers. Research also found that the more devices a child had access to, the less they read in general. It suggests that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading, and that paper books are often still preferred by young people.

What happens to your body after you start reading a book infographic. Theconversation. If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children.


Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. Reading for pleasure — a door to success. The benefits of reading for pleasure are far reaching.

Reading for pleasure — a door to success

Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination, evidence indicates reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health and learning outcomes. It also gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development. Contents. Library surveys. Library surveys are a useful way to align your library resources and services to meet teacher and student needs.

Library surveys

Contents Purpose of your survey: what you want to find outDeciding on who to survey - and whyTips on how to create a good surveyCollection development surveysInformation literacy surveysLibrary use and environment surveysTeacher surveysSurvey methods Purpose of your survey: what you want to find out Have specific goals and purposes in mind before you create your survey. 4 Rules of Library Advocacy. AASL has just release a collection of advocacy materials for school librarians.

4 Rules of Library Advocacy

While I am pleased to see these materials made available, like any tool, they aren't much good unless you know how to use them and realize that a brochure alone will not save your bacon. Here are some basic rules of advocacy. I am sure you've heard me fuss about them before. Johnson's 1st Rule of Advocacy: Don't depend on national studies, statistics or publications.My cynical side says that if one looks hard enough, one can find a study to support almost any educational program, strategy or theory, no matter how crack pot. NAPLAN, Reading and Teacher Librarians. October 30, 2016 by NovaNews So can there be a link between reading achievement scores as measured by NAPLAN testing and the presence or absence of Teacher Librarians in schools?

NAPLAN, Reading and Teacher Librarians

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) seems to think there most definitely is an impact to be had, particularly when she states the obvious in a recent release on the ALIA website: 5 Reasons You Need Fiction. I’ve heard pastors and longtime Christians argue against reading fiction since it’s “not true.” But great literature can be an avenue of profound blessing and an ally to teach us to anticipate the kingdom of God in all of life. If we’re moved when we come across an ancient oak swaying beside a brook in a sunlit valley, we don’t immediately try to justify its existence. If we’re sensible, we don’t think, You know, this tree would be much better if it had a Bible verse carved into it. We let it be, and we praise God for it. It’s like this with stories—they’re best enjoyed at their natural best. Here are five such ways. 9 infographics that promote reading.

In this post you’ll see the most convincing infographics that encourage to read, and raise awareness of the importance of reading. Reading is a privilege, but many people think it’s like nothing more than a duty. Well, even if it’s a duty, it still brings this nice warm feeling of getting smarter and smarter with every page. It’s time: let’s improve schools' perceptions of teacher librarians. Bev Novak I recently noticed that a work colleague shared a link to Sally Dring’s fabulous article published in 2014, ‘Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy’. When I read this article a couple of years ago, I shared it on Twitter, and was delighted to read Sally’s reply: ‘It needs saying!’ Dring’s article highlighted the many valuable attributes and skills that teacher librarians bring to the school community. These are outlined below. Why are school libraries essential?

(Video courtesy of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians) Student Achievement More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. Read more. Great%20Australian%20School%20Libraries%20Impact%20Report.

My favourite book final document. School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. Dr Hilary Hughes is Senior Lecturer in the Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship) program at QUT, an active member of QUT’s Children and Youth Research Centre and a previous Fulbright scholar-in-residence at University of Colorado Denver. She has contributed to several recently completed research projects and is currently a Chief Investigator for an ARC Linkage project entitled ‘Fostering digital participation through living labs in regional and rural Australian communities’. International research provides compelling evidence that school libraries and teacher-librarians make a significant contribution to student literacy and learning outcomes. After summarising previous research, this article presents recent research focused on Gold Coast schools.

These new Australian findings present an evidenced based snapshot of school libraries and teacher-librarians, from the principals’ perspective. The research literature. The importance of school libraries in the Google Age. Kay Oddone In Australia, access to the internet is almost ubiquitous. Great%20Australian%20School%20Libraries%20Impact%20Report. The%20impact%20of%20Great%20School%20Libraries. 16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow. The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology. Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy. In “The Pout-Pout Fish” children’s picture book, the author weaves words like “aghast” and “grimace” into a story about a fish who thought he was destined to “spread the dreary-wearies all over the place” until…well, no need to spoil the ending.

Finding such rich language in a picture book is not unusual, and reading those stories aloud will introduce children to an extensive vocabulary, according to new research conducted by Dominic Massaro, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores.

6 key strategies for finding reliable information online. Research tells us that recent college graduates lack the skills needed to find the best answers to solve problems in the workplace. They lack persistence and rely on initial search results rather than using more sophisticated strategies. There’s no such thing as a library without a librarian soooo….#SaveOurLibrary. Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good for Kids. School Libraries Work! Slw3 2008. Books and Articles by Stephen D Krashen. Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books. B today's soundbite-hungry media climate and the grueling slog that is a modern presidential campaign, candidates on the trail seldom break through the daily noise and strike a chord among the broader public.

That's part of the reason why a video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking in New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago was so remarkable. The video, shot by the Huffington Post, went viral, racking up more than 7 million views on Facebook. The six-minute-long clip shows Christie speaking forcefully about changing the way society treats drug addiction, an issue he has championed for years. It was a heartfelt, engaging and an artful effort at describing how policy reshapes people's lived experiences. "I'm pro-life, and I think that if you're pro-life, that means you got to be pro-life for the whole life, not just the for the nine months that are in the womb," Christie said. Just last week, former Florida Gov. The New Librarian: Leaders in the Digital Age. Part of a series of case studies produced by Digital Promise examining the work of members in our League of Innovative Schools. Click here for more info on the League. Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics.

Library infographics presented below clearly show that being a librarian today is not about surviving any longer. A Father Introduces His Newborn Daughter To Books. Read—Don't Just Talk—to Your Kids - Pacific Standard. New Report Proves Reading For Pleasure Improves Well-Being. Why are school libraries essential? Choice Literacy - Welcome. Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens. The Essential Role of School Librarians. 37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading. Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms. Study finds that high-poverty schools with a certified teacher librarian achieve a 5-year graduation rate of 79% « Library Research Service. Why Do We Need Teacher Librarians? The South Carolina Study.

Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores. Kids need to like what they're reading to progress. Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age. Education Week. Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable. Download the 2014 Australian School Library Survey Report - Softlink. The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. — Room to Read Insider. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer. Why all pupils deserve a real school library. The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind. How reading a little each week is a form of life support. Download the 2014 Australian School Library Survey Report - Softlink.