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Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools  In the broad constellation of professionals who make up public schools, it is important to pause and acknowledge the forgotten education professionals who aide and support teachers.

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools 

These include the librarians, nurses, social workers, learning specialists, and guidance counselors. They contribute to the growth and development of our young people but often find themselves left out of broader discussions about the preservation of public education. Hosted_files/nylassl2014/b0/FliptheSwitch8.pdf. LMC_Oct09_HandsOnHandout_102209.pdf. Ebooks v real books [Infographic] Nagy_Herman_1987.jpg (321×428) Why-read-20-minutes-at-home-poster.jpg (1650×1275) Read, Kids, Read. Infographic: Anatomy of a Librarian. Survey Infographic. Why Do Middle & High School Students Choose Books with Lower Reading Levels? - MackinVIA Connext. Libraries matter: 10 fantastic library infographics. Library infographics presented below clearly show that being a librarian today is not about surviving any longer.

Libraries matter: 10 fantastic library infographics

It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way. California Library Association: Re:SRP:About:The Value of SRP. Summer reading programs: help children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer; provide a haven and a community for readers; and are a valuable outreach tool for libraries.

California Library Association: Re:SRP:About:The Value of SRP

And now that schools are implementing the Common Core Curriculum, which embeds literacy in all parts of the curriculum, reading is becoming an even more essential skill for our children and teens. Below you will find information on the importance summer reading programs and the value of reading, resources relating to summer learning loss, and information on generating results that will demonstrate the impact of your summer reading program. Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School. Surprising Book Facts- Points to ponder. Created 1 Apr 2014 - 6:44am by Amy Ransom I saw this on Facebook and I wanted to know more about how the graphic came to be.

Surprising Book Facts- Points to ponder

I looked at the author's blog to see that he, Robb Brewer, had a interesting backstory to make the graphic now shown below. His last line isn't research based, he just liked it. "I created the graphic because I’m a book lover and wanted to express my passion for reading through a different method. While I’m well-versed in research methodologies, my goal wasn’t–and still isn’t–to produce a quantitative, peer-reviewed product. "I'll Fight You For The Library" performed by Taylor Mali. - Why We Still Need Librarians. High Engagement. About three in ten Americans ages 16 and older are “highly engaged” with public libraries.

High Engagement

Those in this bracket sort into two basic groups: Library Lovers, who represent the 10% of Americans with the highest levels of library engagement; and Information Omnivores, who represent an additional 20% of Americans. As a whole, the high engagement groups are defined by their high rates of library usage and their extremely positive views about libraries’ roles in their communities. The vast majority visited a public library or used a public library website in the past year—far higher rates than the general population. They also appreciate what libraries do for their communities, and value a range of library services from book lending to children’s programs. The groups’ interactions with libraries fit into a broader array of involvement in their communities.

Demographically, these two groups—Library Lovers and Information Omnivores—are quite similar. Great Posters, for Free. Do you sometimes see images online and wish you could print them out for your own library?

Great Posters, for Free

It's often hard to tell who created the images or what the copyright status is. Well, here are 2 great posters that promote librarians (note: not "libraries," but the humans who make them work!). I've gotten permission from the source to share them with you. The publisher Springer has some wonderful images, and its marketing department will send you the high-resolution PDFs, for free, so you can print as many posters as you like. If you want either of these, simply send an email to to request them. LISTSERV 16.0 - LM_NET Archives. 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.

Moving From Decoration to Documentation

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. Promoting your school library. Advocacy. What Is Advocacy?


Definitions developed by the AASL Advocacy Committee. Events Information on AASL sponsored events including Banned Websites Awareness Day and School Library Month. Intellectual Freedom AASL-created resources and contact information in the event of a material challenge. 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.

School Libraries Impact Studies - Library Research Service

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. Tcealearningcommons - MRS Infographics. Try Wikispaces Classroom now.

tcealearningcommons - MRS Infographics

Brand new from Wikispaces. 2013-2014 Q1 MRS Infographic.png (344×427) Why you should support your local library. The Book is Not Dead. E-books are a great thing, one can take thousands of books with them but without all the weight. Advocating for School Librarians. As president of ALA, I advocate for all types of libraries, librarians, and library workers. We are, after all, a community. Together, we can fulfill the promise that all libraries change lives.

Library Science 101: INFOGRAPHIC. 5 Studies Showing Why Reading is Healthy! If you’re a book worm, no tablet can take the place of the wonderful tactile experience of reading a good book. Whether you like novels or history books, books on great leaders or nutrition, reading is an extremely healthy habit. Sadly, however, many people don’t appreciate it, with a HuffPost poll showing last year that of 1,000 participants, 28 percent of those surveyed hadn’t read a book in over a year. Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders. Wp-content/uploads/2013/09/csla_info_4a.pdf. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading.

I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. Inside the TL Mind. 16 Reasons Librarians are Still Extremely Important. Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant.

UK Study Links Kids’ Pleasure Reading to Strong School Performance. Teacher Librarians Are Key to the Digital Shift. I hate textbooks. Using Social Media to Engage Teens in the Library. “Brother Mike” Hawkins (at left) and YOUmedia’s Spoken Word team at the“Louder Than a Bomb” poetry competition in Chicago, March 2013.Photo courtesy of “Brother Mike” Hawkins. In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? How To Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse. This weekend I had the honor of being they keynote speaker at the Alabama School Library Association Summer Conference in Birmingham, (not Mobile, but that's another story) Alabama. First education bill in decades acknowledges effective school library programs.