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The Library as a Digital Learning Space. Library Evolution | Feature Page 2 of 2 The Library as a Digital Learning Space Recent Modifications A recipient of the National School Library of the Year Award in 2008, Simsbury High School has modified its library over the last few years.

The Library as a Digital Learning Space

The original plans called for a distance-learning classroom that teachers would use to provide instruction to students on a remote basis. "The idea of distance learning was short-lived for the library because we now have a virtual high school," said Snyder. The lab was converted into a second library classroom/computer lab where students can use the computers independently and also attend classes on media and information literacy. "There is so much information out there, but that doesn't mean students know how to use it and evaluate it," said Snyder, who said she sees the marriage of classroom lessons and information literacy as an important asset for today's young learners. The library's layout has also been tweaked since 2005.

School Library Monthly - A Matrix for School Librarians: Aligning Standards, Inquiry, Reading, and Instruction. School Library Monthly/Volume XXIX, Number 4/January 2013 A Matrix for School Librarians: Aligning Standards, Inquiry, Reading, and Instruction by Judi Moreillon Judi Moreillon, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.

School Library Monthly - A Matrix for School Librarians: Aligning Standards, Inquiry, Reading, and Instruction

She has served as a school librarian at every instructional level. Email: When new initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ( are being launched, it is imperative that school librarians get "out in front" as part of the decision-making team. Student Learning Within CCSS there is an emphasis on the inquiry learning process and reading comprehension, both of which are integral to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2007). It is important to start with standards when coplanning a lesson or unit of study with classroom teachers and specialists. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback References:

The School Library Media Specialist: Overview. The teacher librarian must be prepared for a wide variety of leadership roles in the learning community.

The School Library Media Specialist: Overview

These multifaceted roles require a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to on-going professional development. The library media specialist has many roles and responsibilities including teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator (Information Power, p. 4-5). Teacher. The teacher librarian must be an effective educator and curricular leader. The flipped classroom. Assessing an innovative teaching model for effective and engaging library instruction The flipped classroom is a teaching model that inverts the traditional lecture-plus-homework formula.

The flipped classroom

By moving the delivery of foundational principles to digital media, such as video lectures or tutorials, class time is freed up for engaging activities that allow students to apply these basics to practical scenarios in the presence of their instructor. The setting At Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library, research and instruction librarians teach course-integrated IL sessions to students at all levels. Cook librarians are an independent and experimental bunch, regularly sharing teaching strategies and incorporating new technologies or techniques into their practice. The project The components of the Cook flipped classroom project are: The project was implemented in 14 IL sessions by seven librarians. Pre-library session assignments In-class activities Data collection. School Library Monthly - Building Guided Inquiry Teams for 21st-Century Learners.

School Library Monthly/Volume XXVI, Number 5/January 2010 Building Guided Inquiry Teams for 21st-Century Learners by Carol C.

School Library Monthly - Building Guided Inquiry Teams for 21st-Century Learners

Kuhlthau and Leslie K. Maniotes Carol C. Leslie Maniotes, Ph.D., is a Literacy & Learning Consultant, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO. How can students learn to think for themselves, make good decisions, develop expertise, and become lifelong learners in a rapidly changing information environment? Guided Inquiry Guided inquiry is based on extensive studies of the Information Search Process (ISP) in assigned research projects (Kuhlthau 1985, 2004). Studies of the ISP identify six stages of learning that provide insight into how to guide students in the inquiry process: Initiating—opening the inquiry; Selecting—selecting a general topic; Exploring—exploring for background information and ideas;Formulating—forming a focus; Collecting—synthesizing information about the focus; andPresenting—organizing information and ideas to share with others.

Complex Learning Example 1. Today's Media and Knowledge Specialists. A New Breed of Librarian Not your grandma's librarian...

Today's Media and Knowledge Specialists

As workstations replace dust-covered shelves in your district libraries, a new breed of librarian—the library media specialist (LMS)—has become an essential part of a school’s faculty. These are the people who will integrate the digital world into today’s classroom and throughout the curriculum. Specially trained and knowledgeable in the use of information technology, library media specialists have become one of the most important instructional partners, working with teachers and administrators to change what is possible in the classroom.

“Library media specialists empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information,” says Sara Kelly Johns, president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), one of the 11 divisions of the Chicago-based American Library Association. The LMS is not confined to the library or to a single function. Are YOU Qualified? Education World: Strong Libraries Improve Student Achievement. From time to time, Education World reposts articles with important messages.

Education World: Strong Libraries Improve Student Achievement

This article, originally posted in 2000, makes a point worth revisiting about the importance of school libraries and librarians. Last month, site-based management teams at 11 elementary schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan, chose to cut their budgets for the 2000-2001 school year by eliminating the position of school librarian. Did they make the right decision? A new study indicates that what they made was a big mistake! Included: Results of a recent study show that students at schools with strong media centers scored significantly higher on standardized tests than students at schools with less-well-equipped and staffed libraries. Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons.

Illustration by Brian Stauffer Back in 2007, two high school science teachers in Woodland Park, CO, decided to try a “crazy idea.”

Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons

“We said, ‘What if we stopped lecturing and committed all our lectures to videos?’” Says Jon Bergmann, now the lead technology facilitator at the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. He and fellow educator Aaron Sams posted their short films—15 to 20 minutes long—for students to watch at home.