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Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians

Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published as a Tag Team Tech column on It has been reprinted and reproduced numerous times and in many places. We are making it available here to ensure that all of our readers have seen it. Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians By Joyce Kasman Valenza October 2010 A couple of summers back a young school librarian, fresh out of library school, asked a very honest question at one of our state retreats: We’re all doing different stuff. Well into the 21st century, it is clear that the concept of modern teacher librarian practice is not clear. What I know for sure is that if the Joyce who graduated from library school in 1976 (and again with a school specialty in 1988), heck, if the Joyce from the 2007/2008 school year, were to visit my library today, she would be stunned by the differences in my/our practice. And in my humble opinion some aspects of emerging practice are nonnegotiable. Reading Information Landscape 1. 2. 1. Related:  School Libraries make a differenceLibrary

Cool Tools 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! guest Join | Help | Sign In Cool Toolsfor 21st Century Learners Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In Turn off "Getting Started" Loading... Not So Distant Future | technology, libraries, and schools School libraries in the 21st century | Today more information is stored digitally than in all the libraries in the world combined. We simply don’t need to ‘remember’ everything. The output of our digital mediums exceeds the wildest dreams of nineteenth century industrialists, and alters our view of memory; forgetfulness; creativity and originality. Thats why schools need to extend their vision of learning beyond ‘memory-arts’. We are in a hyper-dynamic world of connections, relationships, and adaptive tools that help us make sense of the information flooding about us. Our students need to develop insights into how to navigate and select a pathway in their learning world, how to juxtapose text, sound, media, and social connections in real time, and how to mix and match what they see, hear and experience to build personal knowledge and understandings. Rethinking our structures and learning frameworks is central to meeting the demands of 21st century learning. It is an exciting and challenging time for education.

School Library Impact Study - 2009 March 4, 2010. The Idaho Commission For Libraries is pleased to release the final and complete report of the School Library Impact Study conducted in 2009. You may download the full report or the Executive Summary in either Word or Adobe PDF format below. Idaho School Library Impact Study - 2009: How Idaho Librarians, Teachers, and Administrators Collaborate for Student Success (Idaho Commission For Libraries, 2010) Executive Summary - Word file - PDF file Full Report - Word file - PDF fileResearch Brief - PDF fileOverview for JFAC - PDF file This commissioned report identifies how Idaho school libraries contribute to student success. Library access is scheduled based on instructional needsLibrarian and teacher design instructional units togetherLibrarian provides professional development to facultyLibrarian is appointed to school committeesLibrarian and principal meet regularlyLibrarian's role is addressed in teacher hiring Based upon the findings, the study recommends: Administrators.

The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader Awhile back Larry Ferlazzo wrote about the Web 2.0/Social Media tools that he uses every day. I read Larry’s blog all the time, but what struck me about this post was not the tools that he listed as being useful to him, (even though I use many of them myself), but rather the actual process of identifying the technology he uses each and every day. Not that this is hard work, mind you, it’s just that technology is such a ubiquitous part of my life; the tools/toys I use most often don’t feel like “tools” at all – rather they are almost an extension of who I am: a part of my daily routine so “normal” that I don’t think twice about the important role they play. Of course I start my day with a cup of coffee, my google reader and a personalized web curation app. Doesn’t everyone? And that’s what’s so brilliant about Larry’s post. #1 & #2 Google Reader + Feeddler Pro: In Larry’s post, he says that “RSS is truly a magical service” and he is so right! #5 Twitter: #9 Instagram: Bonus!

White Ravens Each year the language specialists (Lektoren) at the International Youth Library (IYL), in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy. This list of books is compiled into the annual White Ravens Catalogue, which is introduced each year at the Bologna (Italy) Children's Book Fair. The White Ravens Online Catalogue, which includes all titles from 1993 through 2007, was created by ICDL researchers in collaboration with the IYL and is available on the ICDL web site with the permission of the International Youth Library. The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The titles are drawn from the books that the IYL receives as review or donation copies from publishers and organizations around the world. 3557 booksfrom 84 countriesin 60 languages

Staley Middle School Library - Annual Report - 2010-2011 by Debbie Owen on Prezi What does a school library look like in the digital age? | Teacher Network The concept of a school library in a digital age is challenging. With the capacity to download books onto a range of digital devices there is every possibility the library could look superfluous to youngsters growing up today. Why would you want to visit a room which is essentially about storage and distribution? We are in the middle of redesigning our school library. If we view the library as purely a function of lending books this is indeed the case. The Renaissance witnessed the exponential growth in libraries with the invention of printing. So what does this mean for a school? The design brief for the libraries in our junior and senior schools is premised on inspiration. The senior school library continues the journey. The digital age therefore, far from sounding the death knell of school libraries, offers schools an opportunity to create their own distinctive library space.