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How PA School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement & Academic Standards. The latest Pennsylvania school library impact study has been completed, and its report has been released online.
The PA School Library Project–a joint effort of the PA School Librarians Association, the Education Law Center of PA, and HSLC–has posted the full report on their website. This study was funded by a 2011-12 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Role of the 21st Century School Librarian. Finishing reading Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, has made me think a lot about the role of the 21st Century Librarian in the K-12 school.
As we move into a more digitally based library environment and the world our students graduate into is requiring different skills of them, the role of the librarian is shifting. I wrote in my last post on the subject a lot about the specific job descriptions based on what the AASL states in Empowering Learners in the first half of the book. New Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries. Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries “Here are some reasons why our libraries are still the place where we as a nation will achieve our destiny: The house of the 99%: The foundation of democracy is an educated electorate.
When the economy is down, it is all the more vital that we the people have access to information, education, news… and now in modern times the internet, computers, and other sources of media tools as well. Libraries do that. What makes it simple, difficult or impossible? Beyond Search by Lucy Gray. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there!
If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic. <div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> These are my notes from Lucy Gray‘s breakout session, “Beyond Search,” on August 6, 2012, at the Blackfoot Educational Technology Conference in Missoula, Montana.
Resources from Lucy’s presentation are available on this blog post. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. New Discovering the Impact of Library Use and Student Performance. Textbook Rental FAQ. Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries. Close the crisis center.
Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore. OK, it’s time for a little tough love for public library leaders.
We haven’t been as visionary, vigilant and assertive as we need to be when it comes to mapping our future in the ebook world. And unfortunately, too much of our time has been spent reacting to business models that seemingly reflect only commercial interests, rather than boldly advocating for business models that also serve the public’s interests. Our primary role is to champion the rights of access for our users.
Our ebook strategy needs a serious overhaul, and it needs to happen right now. Why You Need Your School Librarian. Posted on 12 July 2012. Tags: Kentucky Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer Think about the “Like” button on Facebook. With just one push of a button, people are able to communicate a great deal of information. The Future of Research. Last week a new pal and astute educator, Ed Chase, asked me if research was really a skill that “students of the future” would even need. Although, I was taken aback by the question at first, it’s continued to roll around in my mind ever since.
Obviously, if you’re like me and are “of a certain age” then the skills, and certainly the tools, needed to conduct research have changed considerably since we were students. But in a world where information is already being curated for us by complex algorithyms designed to a) figure out what we like and b) deliver search results that are tailored specifically to our desires… ...and in a world where soon we may no longer need a keyboard, or even a device in our hands, to access and interact with said information… ...it’s hard NOT to wonder if research really is a life skill. For me, the answer is yes, but only if we redefine research.
Does Copyright Matter? by Tim Parks. Do I, as an author, have the right to prevent people copying my books for free?