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Week 13: Obstacles & Opportunities (BYOR= Bring your own reading)

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Saving School Libraries: How Technology and Innovation Help Them Stay Relevant.

Banned Websites Awareness Day

Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online.

For teacher-librarians looking to create units on plagiarism and proper citation, this article from Cult of Pedagogy offers great insight and instructional ideas for teaching 7th - 12th grade students about citing online images. Also, an accompanying 114 slide presentation is available from Teachers Pay Teachers. - Mary Beth – mbsieminski

‘Mum this is me!’: the pop-up bookshop that only sells diverse children's books. "Not Just Classroom Teachers, School Librarians Spend Their Own Money on Supplies" - School Library Journal (Jazz) Librarians are spending hundreds, if not thousands, of their own dollars to better serve their students. It’s the season of news stories and social media posts about classroom teachers spending their own money on school supplies, but they aren’t the only educators using their paychecks to better serve the students. SLJ asked two Facebook groups of school librarians if they were spending their own money and, if so, how much and on what? The responses keep coming, and while it’s certainly not a scientific poll, we can tell you this: Across the country, librarians, teacher librarians, and library media specialists are spending thousands of personal dollars, and it’s not just on “decorative” items, cleaning supplies, or makerspace extras.

They are buying books. Code of Ethics: The Foundation of Our Work. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am in no way supporting the views of organizations that use hate speech or act in any way that is dangerous to others.

Code of Ethics: The Foundation of Our Work

Several things have happened recently that led me to this post: In the November/December 2018 issue of American Libraries there is an article titled “When Values Collide.” The author of the article talks about the July 2018 amendment to the Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights for Meeting Rooms. The author was alarmed that it was specifically stated that hate groups cannot be excluded from meeting room use. There was conversation about this change, and eventually the wording was rescinded.At a book selection committee meeting we were presented with a list of books that the committee chair said should be automatically removed from the consideration list. These three events share the same problem.

The American Library Association has two documents to help guide librarians in the profession. COPPA, FERPA, SOPIPA, & TOS - Protecting Students while Empowering them to Publish. (Steve 1) Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. (Steve 2) Scranton School Board eliminates librarian positions. Article Tools Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, speaks in front of members of the Scranton School Board during Wednesday night's public meeting at Scranton High School.

(Steve 2) Scranton School Board eliminates librarian positions

Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer Board adjourns, teachers hold silent protest. (Steve 3) Bill Maher talks about Funding Schools.

This third and final piece in the trilogy has comedian and late night host Bill Maher discussing how ridiculous the current lack of funding for education makes our country. – thegoogledoc

A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account. Surveillance Economy A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account By Dian Schaffhauser04/11/18 As Mark Zuckerberg faces Congress this week, the National Education Policy Center, which reports on "schoolhouse commercialism," has deleted its Facebook account in order to break ties with an organization that has become known for its "invasive data mining and the third-party targeting of users inherent in its business model.

A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account

" Will school districts follow NEPC's lead? So far, the answer appears to be no. The center works out of the University of Colorado Boulder and is known for its piercing (and sometimes-scathing) reviews of education-related research projects. New PEW: Bots in the Twittersphere. An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings Bots in the Twittersphere “The role of so-called social media “bots” – automated accounts capable of posting content or interacting with other users with no direct human involvement – has been the subject of much scrutiny and attention in recent years.

New PEW: Bots in the Twittersphere

These accounts can play a valuable part in the social media ecosystem by answering questions about a variety of topics in real time or providing automated updates about news stories or events. At the same time, they can also be used to attempt to alter perceptions of political discourse on social media, spread misinformation, or manipulate online rating and review systems. How does this study define a Twitter bot? The Library Voice: Watch The NEW Future Ready Librarian Webinar...Exploring Equitable Digital Access Here. You can now watch the NEW Future Ready Librarian webinar, Exploring Equitable Digital Access here and share it with others.

The Library Voice: Watch The NEW Future Ready Librarian Webinar...Exploring Equitable Digital Access Here

My friends and colleagues Ashley Cooksey, Instructional Technology Coach, Batesville School District (AL), Len Bryan, Library Technical Systems Manager, Denver Public Schools (CO) and Kristin Mattson, Library Media Center Director, Waubonsie Valley High School (IL) joined me for the webinar. We discussed how school library programs help ensure that students have equitable digital access. School librarians are supporters and advocates for equitable access to collections tools using digital resources, programming, and services that support the school district’s strategic vision.

Ashley, Len and Kristin shared their unique experiences on how they have approached the goal of ensuring equitable access. I loved hearing their stories and ideas. Behind the Scenes of Publishing’s First Diversity Baseline Survey. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 we will release the results of the Diversity Baseline Survey, the first major study to look at diversity among publishing industry staff.

Behind the Scenes of Publishing’s First Diversity Baseline Survey

The Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS) focuses on four different aspects of diversity: race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.