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School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. Adam Lancaster has been able to demonstrate the impact of improving reluctant reading using his data tracking project. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian In schools, impact, along with Ofsted, is probably one of the most commonly used words. But impact has always been a difficult word when you're trying to show the benefit of reading. We all know that the more you read the more fluent you become, which in turn leads not only to increased literacy skills but also to improved attainment in all subjects. But, it seems, proof and evidence of this impact has eluded the reading profession for many years. At Monk's Walk School, Hertfordshire, we've worked on this area, knowing there must be some way a library can show the impact it has on literacy development. We decided that for too long the library had been a department doing its own thing and that we needed to learn from other departments and the way they went about collecting and analysing data - to show impact. - Connecticut's re-search engine. The Top 100 Things Kids Will Miss if they don't have a school librarian in their school. Research and Statistics. AUHSDteacherLibrarians - 100 Things. 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. 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. Infographic The Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: Exploring the School Library Impact Studies (2010) Colorado Change in school librarian staffing linked with change in CSAP reading performance, 2005 to 2011 (2012) This report examines the change in CSAP reading scores of Colorado students, from 2005 to 2011, as influenced by changes in school library staffing levels.

Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians. Presenters at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference described how librarians today must curate, foster citizenship, forge connections—and more By Michelle Luhtala Read more by Contributor August 2nd, 2012 School librarians, with their specialized training in collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating information, now must teach their patrons to perform these tasks. According to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania and author of School Library Journal’s “Never Ending Search” blog, this is the golden age of librarianship.

“Librarians are in the sweet spot of education,” Valenza said. Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever. Curation Students have long documented their research in notebooks, bibliographies, and research papers, but the presenters described these containers as inadequate for the digital landscape. Citizenship/Compassion. CO School Libraries Infographic.pdf. LibraryLO_000.pdf. How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians. Illustration by David Flaherty Librarians’ Top 10 Tasks How principals see them Help students to access information and books.Help faculty to access information and books.Share technology expertise with students and teachers.Select “appropriate” materials.Model love for reading.Collaborate with teachers.Provide equipment (preferably “fast” equipment) and technology.Provide leadership with technology.Teach research skills, teach about books, and teach about databases.Provide an inviting environment.

How librarians see them Principals value their librarians. Those are just two of the interesting findings from a recent survey of 102 media specialists and 67 principals. Tech respect When asked about our tech contributions, not only did 90 percent of principals say that we encourage its use, they also ranked dealing with technology as one of the top 10 important tasks that we perform. “The evolution of the ‘library’ into the ‘media/technology’ center is a reality,” says one administrator. The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way.

Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey, media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms. So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes.

What are many librarians’ biggest challenges? Another trend we spotted? And that may be the best outcome of all. Full-Time School Librarians Improve Test Scores. What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings.

Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. “It was a traditional, quiet research space.” Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. As her first step, she and her co-librarian at the time (music teacher Dave Glover), converted a storeroom into a technology lab. Teachers balked because the library was no longer quiet, but students liked it, and many at-risk students became frequent visitors.

“Students work more productively in that kind of environment,” Ackroyd says. Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning. Make the case for school libraries with our new impact studies infographic « Library Research Service. Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement. By Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance on March 7, 2013 Illustration by David Flaherty.

Imagine trying to teach kids how to swim in an empty pool. That’s exactly what Baruch Kintisch envisioned when he took a hard look at the effects of his city’s deep education cuts. Philadelphia’s “schools are underfunded; classrooms are crowded; libraries, labs, and special-education services are outdated or nonexistent,” writes Kintisch, the director of policy advocacy and a senior staff attorney at the Education Law Center (see the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “City Schools’ Real Problem,” August 9, 2012). Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. He’s right. Even wealthy suburban districts find library reductions acceptable.

Background Research and key findings Quality school library programs significantly impact the most vulnerable students. School library infographics: research and advocacy. However compelling the research is, it can be hard to make the case with a 30-page study, or even a executive summary. Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen a research translated and chunked in the form of infographics. We’ve also seen a few infographics that visually convey the school library advocacy message. The Library Research Service recently shared an infographic presenting meta-view–highlights of many years and many states of LRS school library impact studies that connect school libraries with student achievement and improved reading.

The LRS infographic is available optimized for online viewing or for printing Last month, the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), announced the release of School Libraries: a Lesson in Student Success. CISSL’s compelling research is also presented in this educational video. Here are a few less formal advocacy visualizations: School libraries: using data to boost student literacy | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition. New report shows digitizing learning can engage students in new ways. / Credit: Rocketship Education The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) published the report “Leading In and Beyond the Library,” this past January, showing the importance of school and public libraries in both state and district-wide efforts toward digital learning and the effective use of technology in teaching. “There is a critical role for both school and community librarians in the transition to digital,” says Sara Hall, director of the Center for Digital Learning at the Alliance for Excellent Education based out of Washington, D.C.

“Whether they’re librarians or media specialists, they’re often becoming instructional coaches leading the transition.” Digital materials from e-books to online databases—and tools from tablets to 3-D printers—have quickly found their way into school libraries, classrooms, and public library branches as well. “Don’t just buy the device,” says Hall. What is the role of the librarian. I have been wondering about what the role of the librarian is? This is actually a hard question, some people might answer that they don’t think its changed, the role remains the same.

I would argue that those people have libraries that have not adapted and changed with the world we live in. Some might argue that their is no longer a role for the librarian. I would again disagree, I believe the role is so much more now. So where do I stand? The Librarian is still the curator, but they have three key roles or features of their craft. Media ExpertEthicistScholar So what do I mean by each of these different roles.

The Many roles of the librarian Curator – Maintaining the real and virtual space, the mediums and materials,the processes and standards that underpin the library as a center of learning and information. Media Expert, they have expertise in many different forms of Media, both the traditional book style format and the varied digital media IS this a complete list? What have I missed? Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders. SLJ’s May 2011 cover featured the technology survey. Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’’s annual technology survey. It’s been a consistent trend, which SLJ has tracked for several years, documenting how librarians use technology and—more importantly—how that use has enhanced teaching and learning across their schools and districts.

This year, the magazine has visualized the “proof” in a handy infographic, which is freely available for reuse, printing, and posting (in JPEG and PDF formats). The graphic (below) hits the high points of the 2013 survey­.