I have forgotten how to read Author of Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in an Age of Constant Connection. Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn't. There was nothing wrong with my eyes. Don't worry, a school library with fewer books and more technology is good for today's students A recent article about a new approach to a school library sparked vigorous discussion on social media. Many worried the school had completely abolished traditional library services. The article describes how a Melbourne school changed its library to a technology-focused centre staffed by “change adopters” who host discussions with students and encourage creative thinking. The school’s principal was forced to defend the library’s restructure.
Projects Workshop 'Implementing the IFLA School Library Guidelines'. The IASL / IFLA Joint Committee has developed a workshop based on the IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition. This project is realized under the supervision and with the collaboration of (previous) members of the IASL / IFLA Joint Committee. The workshop consists of an Introduction and 6 Modules. The material can be used freely and adapted to local needs. and can be downloaded here:
Award-winning Durham teacher-librarian says libraries are 'powerful' DURHAM — Richard Reid’s love of libraries goes back a long way. His mom was a public librarian and growing up, he spent a lot of time at library programs. “From a young age, I saw the power of what libraries can do,” says Reid. Today, he provides support to the 130 teacher librarians working across the Durham District School Board (DDSB), as the board’s innovative education facilitator for libraries. Being a library advocate is something he’s passionate about — and that passion hasn’t gone unnoticed. Our new report finds that author visits to schools have a positive relationship with children and young people’s literacy To mark National Writing Day, we’ve published a new report today which shows that author visits to schools have a positive relationship with children and young people’s reading skills, and their enjoyment and confidence in reading and writing. Our report found that pupils who had an author visit this academic year: Were twice as likely to read above the expected level for their age (31% vs 17%)Were more likely to enjoy reading (68% vs 47%) and writing (44% vs 32%)Were more likely to be highly confident in their reading (37% vs 25%) and writing (22% vs 17%) However, we also found that only 1 in 4 pupils had an author visit this academic year, and those from the poorest backgrounds were most likely to miss out.
Arranging library fiction by genre Changes in fiction arrangement or labelling gives you an opportunity to promote and discuss with library users the characteristics of different genres. It also helps identify personal reading preferences, people who share reading preferences, and effective book selection strategies. Promote at sessions with students as they visit the library. Why We Still need Bookshops and Librairies in the Internet Age Dare the question: do we really need bookstores (or even libraries) today? In theory, no. If you’re in search of a book a simple click on the Internet can satisfy it: within 24 hours it is delivered in your mailbox. Better, you can have it immediately in its digital version.
schoollibrarywebsites - Reports Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad! School Librarians At Their Best! – Leon's Library Blog The last post in the current series on school libraries is by Caroline Roche, Chair of Cilip’s School Library Group. Caroline explains about the work of the group, the work they do with 2000 school librarians, and the importance of collecting reliable data for the sector to help encourage informed decision making. A peek into the world of SLG – school librarians at their best! The S LG Committee is composed of around 17 members, and we serve a large group of school librarians – currently about 2000.
Core Resource: The Reading Brain In the early 90s, training as a dyslexia expert began my journey into the brain and behaviour, which underpins my work today. Understanding how reading changes us is still my interest and we now know so much more about the benefits of reading – particularly reading for pleasure. I even came up with my own word: “Readaxation” means reading for pleasure, as a deliberate act to reduce stress and boost wellbeing and performance. CAUTION: every time you see “reading reduces stress by 68%”, ignore it. It is a lovely result, but based on a study of 16 people. The research I prefer is robust and relies on much larger or repeated studies.
'Escape the Room!' classroom games - ActiveHistory Overview: What is an "Escape Room"? An escape room is, according to Wikipedia, "a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms". The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About For librarians, as with many other professions, “Other duties as assigned” is code for tasks that are distasteful, off-kilter, or just plain gross. I’ll be blunt: Almost every librarian I know has a story or three about retrieving something odd (think half-eaten food, cigarettes, live animals) from the book drop, cleaning up feces or other bodily concoctions, or finding members of the public doing foul deeds (clipping their nails, bathing naked in the bathroom, masturbating) in the library. But that’s not what this article is about. For librarians, “other duties as assigned” has another meaning, too.
A “To Be” List for School Librarians Earlier this year, a local Superintendent, faced with four retirement notices, asked my advice on what to look for when hiring new school librarians. She sought me out because I shared my ‘outsider’s” perspective on librarians in an article I wrote years ago for Forbes, and it went viral. Though nearly every word of it remains true, before I met with the Superintendent, I updated my perspective by asking a question on the Future Ready Librarians Facebook group. Several people suggested hiring based on character and personality. Recognizing the wisdom of these responses, I borrowed a framework from my former colleague Angela Maiers, who urges us to focus on who we want to “be,” rather than what we aspire to “do.” At the bottom of this post, I ask you again to contribute your opinions, and examples, of what a school librarian should BE – what traits and qualities a librarian must develop and practice each day.
Libraries, Schools, Social Media and lots more...: Advocacy for school libraries. How we can take responsibility After the success of my post in November 2017 Why do teachers need school librarians? 5 questions to ask yourself. Where over 29000 people viewed it I began to worry about how I could ever match that again. I think I have come to the conclusion that I can't!