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9 Essential Skills. The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills needed for the workplace.

9 Essential Skills

These skills are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. To learn more about the benefits of essential skills training in the workplace visit upskill.ca. 1. Reading - The ability to understand reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs. Jobs in community advocacy, such as social workers, use reading skills. WhatIsATeacherLibrarian.

We Need Librarians More Than Ever. These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries. Superintendents (clockwise from top left) Mat McRae, Karen Sullivan, Pam Moran, and Timothy Purnell at the SLJ Summit.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries

Programming Librarian. On a rare sunny but cool June day in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Dayton Libraries staff competed (and excelled in!)

Programming Librarian

The inaugural Library Olympics. Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement. By Debra E.

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

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 Philadelphia’s “schools are underfunded; classrooms are crowded; libraries, labs, and special-education services are outdated or nonexistent,” writes Kintisch, the director of policy advocacy and a senior staff attorney at the Education Law Center (see the Philadelphia Inquirer’s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).

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement. Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement. Let the Librarians Lead - Home. Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library. Updated February 18, 2017.

Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library

Lead The Way To "Finish The Race Strong" From The School Library. Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs. Messages, Ideas, and Strategies for Communicating the Value of School Library Programs and School Librarians in the 21st Century This toolkit includes strategies, practical tips and tools, key messages, inspirational stories, and much more to help school librarians promote the many ways they transform teaching and learning within schools, districts, and communities through their library programs.

Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs

*Click on the cover at left to download a PDF of the toolkit. Preface Every one of us knows the important role that advocacy plays in the world. Successful advocates for organizations and programs can turn stakeholders into partners who act for and with the advocates. Future Ready Schools heralds school librarians as leaders. New project highlights critical role school librarians play in supporting Future Ready goals Future Ready Schools (FRS), led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S.

Future Ready Schools heralds school librarians as leaders

Department of Education, announced Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the FRS initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. The FRS initiative helps district leaders recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. The new librarian: leaders in the digital age. Digital Promise staff As school districts confront budget constraints and cuts, one of the first places administrators often look to for savings is the school library. Numerous districts, large and small, have cut librarian staffing to part-time or eliminated positions entirely. These cuts can impact both students and teachers. Although libraries remain open, they lack trained educators to support students, despite a technological landscape that makes information literacy more important than ever.

Student research increasingly occurs outside of the library and with the advent of digital content, new standards, and 1:1 computing, teachers need librarians to help navigate these new choices. The district’s cohort of 33 teacher librarians is viewed as indispensable to the vision of a technology-infused path to improved student outcomes. Teacher librarians at VPS play a crucial role in this digital transformation, as well as other strategic initiatives. A Neuroscientist Explains Adult Coloring Books. A few months ago, I caved: I bought myself a coloring book.

A Neuroscientist Explains Adult Coloring Books

And maybe you did, too, or perhaps you received one as a gift for the holidays. According to a recent Fortune article, adult coloring books are one of the biggest contributors to this year’s boost in print-book sales. With over 11,000 search results total, five of Amazon’s current top 15 best-selling books are coloring books. A few nights a week, I look forward to curling up on the couch with my ever-growing collection of colored pencils, tuning in to the latest episode of Serial, and scribbling away at mandalas and Harry Potters — but I still find the trend strange. How the School Library Helps Build Strong Blended Classes. Learning & the Library How the School Library Helps Build Strong Blended Classes.

How the School Library Helps Build Strong Blended Classes

Teens can't tell the difference between Google ads and search results. Librarians Point the Way on Digital Learning. Project Tomorrow‘s annual Speak Up surveys show that librarians are in a unique leadership position to develop new visions of learning at their schools.

Librarians Point the Way on Digital Learning

We see that administrators now have a well-articulated need and community backing to support digital integration, and teachers are increasingly looking for resources and training to take better advantage of new technology in their classrooms. Librarians are already on the front lines supporting both administrators’ visions and teachers’ daily needs and we only see that increasing. Over the last few years, we have seen large changes in both what librarians are sourcing for teachers and in the challenges librarians confront with digital content in schools. For instance, in 2010, 30 percent of librarians told us they were securing e-book subscriptions. By 2014, that number had increased to 45 percent. The 2015 Speak Up surveys are open until December 18th. 6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have. Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students.

While this research (and this book) are not specifically focused on school libraries, we are the ideal place in our schools to encompass all six types of learning spaces in one location. We are the learning hubs of our schools after all. :) You might find that many of these spaces will overlap in your library, or that their purpose might shift depending on the day. That’s totally normal considering how flexible our spaces have to be. Aim for having all six areas available as much as possible. ‘With all this technology, what do we need librarians for?’; Advocates say in the information age, school libraries are more important than ever. Marni Hanna has a disclaimer for visitors to the Pacific Crest Middle School library: It’s not done. “A lot of people walk in and say there’s not that many books,” said Hanna, the school’s media manager. The shelves are about half full — the school opened this year, and Hanna is still trying to gauge what sort of books teachers and students are most interested in.

But there are other things missing: computers, since all the students have iPads; reference books, since they become out-of-date within a few years; the card catalog, which disappeared long ago. The Human Network. Excerpted from BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey. Available from Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group. 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.

Librarians' Changing Roles Can Inspire School Communities. Five Challenges Every Librarian Must Face. 4 Future Trends You Are Bound to See in K-12 School Libraries. Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. New Report from Scholastic Shows School Libraries Work. Scholastic, Inc. has just released the 2016 edition of “School Libraries Work! 10 things classroom teachers need to know about modern school librarians. School Libraries Are Under Attack.

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Student & Instructor Perceptions on Libraries and Research « The Gale Blog. Transforming the Library Profession. Technological advancements are driving an increasingly interconnected global landscape, which contributes to rapid political, economic, social, and environmental change. Faster communication systems and enhanced access to information bind countries, economies, and businesses in far more complex ways than we have ever conceived. This interdependence on a global scale makes risks such as rising socioeconomic inequality particularly pernicious because of the inherent instability of weak economies and social fragility.