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Five conversations to avoid this year

I keep coming back to it, trying to sweeten it up, and ending up with something more acerbic than what I started with. Just before the new year, Jennifer LaGarde (The Adventures of Library Girl) posted a thoughtful list of questions reflective librarians should consider in their practice this year. If you are looking for a constructive and positive post - something upbeat and hopeful - stop reading this now and read that instead.

Not many people will like what follows, I have been trying to fix it, and it only gets worse. I've tried abandoning it, but it lures me back. What follows was inspired by an early-December email from a database vendor asking me to update our school's IP address information. Five things school librarians might consider NOT discussing in 2014: What we should call ourselves: It's what we DO that counts, not what we call ourselves. Ditching Dewey: It won't matter soon. Epilogue. Mluhtala : Look fwrd to spending tmrw... Mluhtala : Love that this many #Librarians... School librarians are rising school leaders. Librarians play an important role as schools make the digital transition School librarians are shaking off the decades-old stereotype that they are isolated from a school’s teachers, students, and classrooms.

School librarians are rising school leaders

Today’s school librarians, according to a panel discussion that took place during Connected Educator Month and on Connected Librarians Day, are being tapped as influential school leaders with the power to help support the digital transition. “I see school librarians as school leaders, and I think it’s time for us to step up and be counted,” said Susan Ballard, former president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). This offers great potential for interconnected partnerships.

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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.

How PA School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement & Academic Standards

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). A variety of derivative reports as well as information about “roll out” and other follow-up events can also be found on the Project’s website. I recently attended a joint School Leadership conference of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania School Board Association in Hershey to help staff the PSLA booth at that event. During the two days the exhibit hall was open, we talked one-to-one with several dozen conference attendees, and sent them home with a summary version of the report.

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.

The Role of the 21st Century School Librarian

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. The second half of the book focuses primarily on the nitty gritty of building the learning environment. It looks at budgeting, staffing, collection development and the needs of the physical space. This is fairly straight ahead material. What interests me comes more for what they write about “empowering learning through leadership,” and the guideline of “the school library program is built by professionals who model leadership and best practice for the school community.”

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.

New Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries

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. For everyone.Libraries build equity: Research shows that depressed neighborhoods and declining communities are not just culturally enriched by libraries. Pullquote: “The truth is that the state of our public libraries is a kind of litmus test of not only our economic health but that of our democracy, too. Stephen. What makes it simple, difficult or impossible? On the face of it you’d think that searching on a modern search engine such as Google is a pretty simple and straightforward skill.

What makes it simple, difficult or impossible?

And mostly, you’d be right. It’s the exceptions that are interesting. Every so often we’ve all had the experience of trying to find something that we just can’t quite seem to nail down. You expect there’s a web page out there somewhere in the billions of possible pages, but you just can’t figure out what to do to make it pop to the top of the search results. Even more strangely, you’ve probably also had a frustrating moment of being unable to find something, then told a friend about it, only to have the perfect result show up when they did exactly the right query. But if you’re trying to understand the latest research findings on the early detection and treatment recommendations of autism, that’s a task that will take many searches over an extended period of time.

______________Originally written for the APS “Observer” journal. 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!

Beyond Search by Lucy Gray

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. Slides: Beyond Search Google asked Lucy several summers ago to develop a curriculum for teachers and students on Google Search based on the work of Dan Russell bottom line: many people don’t know how to search efficiently and effectively We want kids to be able to figure out the best source for their online needs - may not just be to “Google it” Video: Parisian Love.

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.

Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries

Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. It is time to stop trying to save libraries. No, this is not another bait and switch act of verbal irony about how libraries are obsolete. This is about the messages we send. Where did they get the idea that libraries are sinking? This messaging is insidious. “Best Days of Librarianship are Ahead of Us We are the Right Profession, Uniquely Positioned to Lead in the Knowledge Age However, We won’t get there Following Current Trends and with our Current Focus on ‘Recorded Knowledge’ and Buildings” It looks initially as a nice little uplifting piece of fluff, but it is really an implied threat.

We must take on Google (or be like Google, or build our own Google) to save libraries! We must be on Facebook (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace, Geocities) to save libraries! Screw that! Find a thriving library. I believe the future of libraries is bright. And I am the Goddamn Batman. Like this: Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore. OK, it’s time for a little tough love for public library leaders.

Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore

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. Unless we move quickly, the technology divide that we’ve all been battling the last 20 years will look like a minor skirmish compared to the content divide that is mounting. Why it matters Let’s get a few facts on the table. Pat Losinski is the CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library. Second, we are all aware that several major publishers have refused to sell commercial digital content to public libraries via ebook aggregators. George H. Why You Need Your School Librarian. Posted on 12 July 2012.

Why You Need Your School Librarian

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. We are able to express ourselves and our opinions. Now, think about the Common Core Standards. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of creativity and know-how to generate such connections for our students. Students must be able to evaluate information. We’ve all been working hard this past year to implement the Common Core Standards in our classrooms, but it is important to remember we don’t have to go it alone. Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 18, 2011.

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…’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? Should I have it? Does it matter? “They have taken away my right to own a slave,” wrote Max Stirner, the opening words of the chapter on human rights in his great book, The Ego and its Own (1844).

One paradoxical sentence to remind us that what we call rights are no more than what the law concedes to one party or another in any given conflict of interest. There are no rights in nature, only in a society with a legal system and a police force. Copyright then is part of a mass of legislation that governs the relationship between individual and collective, for the most part defending the former against the latter. Officially the idea is that the writer, artist, or musician should be allowed to reap the just rewards for his effort.

What we are talking about, more brutally, is preventing other people from making money from my work without paying me a tribute, because my work belongs to me.