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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures. After Accelerated Reader. One of the questions, I am asked the most often is, “What do you do if you don’t have Accelerated Reader?”

After Accelerated Reader

Or insert whatever computer program here. It is a question filled with emotion, after all, change is hard, and for some kids, AR and programs like it seem to work. For some teachers, it works. And yet, it doesn’t work for all, it is expensive, and in my opinion, it is not worthy of the precious time we have with students every day. Last night, as I sat surrounded by incredible passionate educators and leaders in the Imperial Valley in California, I was asked that question again, and here is how I answered it. New Friday Fun: 19 Situations That Will Make Library Lovers Smile. Friday Fun: “Do you pine for elegant, well-organized walls of books?

New Friday Fun: 19 Situations That Will Make Library Lovers Smile

Do you dream of vast, quiet spaces filled with books? 5 Minute Librarian: New Library Trend: Organizing Books by Color and Size! An amazing new trend has been popping up in libraries across the nation.

5 Minute Librarian: New Library Trend: Organizing Books by Color and Size!

Librarians are ditching their fiction's author alphabet system for the new and improved Aesthetics System. We were intrigued, so we went to our local library to see how it works. The Head of Circulation, Mr. Roy G. - Advocacy Organizations. How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library convinced 13,000 people to come back - Charlotte Agenda. You’re used to Harris Teeter knowing you better than you know yourself because of the VIC card on your key ring.

How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library convinced 13,000 people to come back - Charlotte Agenda

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is now proving that even civic groups with much smaller budgets can harness data analytics to improve. The library is in the middle of a project to track cardholder behavior and use that information to place programs in the right locations, better advertise services and give people gentle nudges to influence behavior. The end goal is to get more people either in the doors or using the library’s online services. The ultimate goal is to more effectively tackle community issues like third-grade literacy and the digital divide. An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian) Dear Principal,

An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian)

An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian) Today's librarians more than keepers of books. Michele Lind doesn’t fit the image of the librarian sitting behind her circulation desk muttering “Shhhh!”

Today's librarians more than keepers of books

Every few minutes. In fact, she says she would be thrilled — not embarrassed — if her principal walked in while kids’ chatter filled the library. “My philosophy on quiet has changed,” said the library media specialist, who works at Roosevelt and Lewis and Clark elementary schools in Mandan. “I don’t want it to be wild and crazy and out of control, but I want it to be a little noisy.” So do a growing number of school library heads who no longer see their sole purpose as keepers of books. Patron of the Arts by Donalyn Miller. During our recent move, we gave away almost 500 books.

Patron of the Arts by Donalyn Miller

At one point, Don and I joked that our books were reproducing because we couldn’t see a measurable difference after giving away so many. I know that we are a little over-the-top in this regard, but we love buying and owning physical books. As Anna Quindlen said, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

Growing up in homes with limited means, Don and I consider ourselves prosperous because our bookshelves overflow. School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. Palfrey: The library of the future must be digital + physical. At a time every smartphone offers fast access to an immeasurable pool of information, many question the need for physical libraries.

Palfrey: The library of the future must be digital + physical

But public libraries are far more than free providers of information, which alone is an essential service for communities and democracy, argues author John Palfrey in his new book Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More than Ever in the Age of Google. The challenge ahead — Palfrey suggested Monday night at Miami Dade College’s Idea Center — is to create a hybrid that embraces both the physical and digital formats while updating the role of public libraries in this new information age.

“I wrote this book as a celebration of libraries. “You probably don’t need that argument, but there are too many people who are in positions of authority who do need that argument made. 'Check It Out' is the perfect library-themed Taylor Swift parody. Education Week. National Library Week Challenge: We’re In This Together - By Steve Kemple In Sunday’s New York Times columnist David Brooks writes:

National Library Week Challenge: We’re In This Together -

Flip This Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution. School libraries need a revolution, not evolution By David Loertscher One of the biggest business battles of our time is between Microsoft and Google.

Flip This Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution

Brainz! How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse! - Presentations & Professional Development. The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians. If school librarians can’t prove they make a difference, they may cease to exist Every fall, School Library Journal hosts a national Leadership Summit that brings together a mix of school librarians, administrators, other educators, researchers, and university professors, as well as policy makers and elected officials. While the topics change, the Summit always focuses on an issue of critical importance to school librarians. Our goal? QRv30n2p24.pdf. How to Assess School Librarians. Youth librarians were very much part of the picture at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, with key topics including diversity and underserved youth, technology legislation, and the ongoing buzz about the 2014 Youth Media Awards announcements on Monday morning.

But it was all nuts-and-bolts at the Saturday, February 25 panel “School Librarian Evaluation: How Do We Rate?” During which library supervisors shared their process of creating and implementing new evaluation forms now required for school librarians in many districts across the country. School librarians have not been traditionally included in evaluations, so many supervisors have had to build systems to measure the efficacy of the work that they do, according to the panel.

Participants shared how they and others have created state-by-state assessments, taking cues from the widely used Marzano Evaluation model as well as the Danielson Domains system of teaching assessment. Children's Authors from A to Z. Archives - #MOedchat. Aasl13_Ask_Create.pdf. Literacy Resources. Explore and Use RIF Resources: Literary Resources offers a wealth of support and information about reading and children. The myriad choices reflect our determination to provide teachers and parents with current trends in education, down-to-earth suggestions on reading in the home, and no-nonsense strategies to improve children’s reading. The Activities section features scores of learning opportunities for every age group and skill level through various activities, such as cultural heritage, drama, and writing. Our Booklists provide topic suggestions—from Early Literacy to Multicultural Books and Motivating Young Readers. The Articles section is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for teachers and parents, exploring diverse literacy topics such as reading aloud, having fun at museums, and creating home libraries.

Our Brochures are easy-to-read guides offering tips for reading with preschoolers and choosing the right books for youngsters. Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our Profession. The Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our ProfessionTeacher-Librarian, May/June 2002 It certainly seems like our profession is in a state of crisis! Various places in various parts of the country are: • Reducing school library programs and cutting professional and clerical staff,• Providing minimal budgets for library materials, • Supplanting “library programs” with “technology initiatives,” • Closing university library programs, and• Establishing “teach to the test” curricula.And you can probably add to the list.

NCSU_AVI-SPL-Case-Story.pdf. Show me the data! Just in time for annual report season, Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde presented Show Me the Data at the TLVirtual Café on Monday night. This image by Gwyneth Jones expresses the question Jennifer hears from administrators as she travels around the state of North Carolina. Jennifer contends that we should be able to answer that question before it is ever asked. We Spiced Up The Shelves....And Ditched The Dewey. Something really big has been happening in the Van Meter School Elementary Library over the last few months. We are always doing things within our library, school, and community to get our young people reading, learning, thinking, collaborating, and creating. Exploring Genrefication in the School Library with Tiffany Whitehead - Elementary Librarian.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials.