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September’s Featured Learning Commons: Pam Harland at Sanborn High School. Photo by Mark Giuliucci For this month’s featured Learning Commons, I interviewed Pam Harland from Sanborn High School in New Hampshire.

September’s Featured Learning Commons: Pam Harland at Sanborn High School

Besides being a librarian extraordinaire, she is the AASL Board of Director Liaison to Knowledge Quest. Her answers to my interview questions were so filled with great ideas, I am serving them up to you whole. Read on to get meaty nuggets to chew on for awhile. With this latest terminology change from Library Media Center to Learning Commons, how do you feel the profession is changing along with the spaces? I noticed that when my principal introduced me to people during my first few years at Sanborn he would say “This is Pam Harland, our librarian, but she’s more than a librarian.” Give us an overview of your school: 700-750 students, public high school. How has a transition to a learning commons changed teaching and learning in your school? What kinds of technology do you have in the space & how is it used?

Madison Junior School's iCenter - Home. Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success. The results from of a study released by the Washington Library Media Association (WMLA) join a growing body of evidence from other reports showing that that certified teacher librarians and library programs have a significant and measurable impact on student success.

Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success

According to the April 1 report, “The Washington State School Library Impact Study: Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools,” students who attend schools with certified teacher librarians (CTLs) and quality library facilities perform better on standardized tests and are far more likely to graduate. Facilities with CTLs had an 85 percent five-year graduation rate, vs. 79 percent for those without. The study drew results from 1,486 K−12 public schools across the state. “School library programs are positive predictors of student success that poverty cannot suppress,” Lance says. Library Quality Scale The opportunity gap: schools with or without CTLs. How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love.

Dartmout Middle school students Payton and Aidan delete and recatalog old reference books.

How to Run a Library Volunteer Program that Students Love

The bell just rang for the start of school at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School, and I’m still taking off my coat. Fifty to 60 students are about to flood into the library to print schoolwork, look for books, hang out, and play computer games for 15 minutes before the Pledge of Allegiance signals the start of homeroom. No worries. The lights and computers are on and the circulation desk computer is ready to go, thanks to the Leconte sisters, student volunteers who let themselves in each morning. Reilly, in eighth grade, and Reese, in sixth, check out books until they head off to their lockers. On an average day, at least ten students help me run the library. Why have student library volunteers? Having student library volunteers frees me up to do more collaboration with teachers, one-on-one instruction at students’ point of need, and reader’s advisory. How it works Tips Get administrator approval. Cape Elizabeth Schools LLC. Our Learning Commons: One How To for 21st Century Learning.

A few months back, I began reading Building the Learning Commons: A Guide for School Administrators and Learning Leadership Teams.

Our Learning Commons: One How To for 21st Century Learning

Much of what follows is a summary of the book, the impact that it has made in transforming our library at John Oliver and the importance of the Learning Commons as a “hub” or centre of learning in our school (and the district). It is a facility that will be characterized by “hum and hub, not hush”. @tlspecial will tell you that in the JO Learning Commons, observers will encounter: In short, the JO Learning Commons would be the impetus for a cultural sea-change that would enable every student and every teacher, as well as parents, teachers from other schools, and other members of the community to share in the 21st century learning experience. What is a Learning Commons? 21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons. Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge.

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

From tablets and scrolls to bound books, they have cataloged resources and served as a locus of knowledge. Today, with the digitization of content and the ubiquity of the internet, information is no longer confined to printed materials accessible only in a single, physical location. Consider this: Project Gutenberg and its affiliates make over 100,000 public domain works available digitally, and Google has scanned over 30 million books through its library project.

Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts has been in the vanguard of this transition since 2009, when it announced its plans for a "bookless" library.