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. 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.
'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! Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated. Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report assignment. In a book trailer video students highlight their favorite elements of a story and try to entice viewers to read the book themselves. Much like a movie trailer that tries to get viewers to watch the full movie, a book trailer should give viewers just enough to be interested in the full story without giving away the conclusion to the story. If you have heard of book trailers and wanted to try having your create book trailers, here are the four things they'll need to get started after reading a book.
Thinking Outside the Books – Snipette It’s late in the night, when most people are getting ready for bed — if they aren’t asleep already. Daytime shops have closed long ago; they wait with their shutters down until the next morning. But in this silent street, one door remains open. It leads to a library. But what an extraordinary library this is!