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Top 50 School Library Blogs

Top 50 School Library Blogs
One look at the titles of blogs narrated by school librarians reveals the evolution of a profession within an institution that is at a pivotal point. Charged with the vital duty of promoting digital literacy, today’s librarians are daring, unquiet, sassy and definitely e-literate. This list features the top school library blogs ordered by website popularity metrics and social media engagement including the number of websites that link to a blog and number of followers on Twitter. We commend these school librarians for taking the time to share their ideas, experiences, and advice with the school library community. If you would like to recommend a school library blog to add to this list, please contact us to help improve this resource. Our list of top school library blogs is based on website popularity and social media engagement as measured by the number of sites linking to the blog, Google Page Rank, Moz’s Page Authority, MozRank, and number of Twitter followers. Want to be inspired?

Teaching Librarians & Project Management: New Expectations for the Digital Age - Archive Journal Issue 3 Librarians have long been critical collaborators with their faculty in higher-education classroom settings, teaching research-education principles and providing one-on-one help with students to locate and evaluate sources for research projects. Until recently, most of these student projects have been research papers of varying lengths; each writing experience is a solo project that leads students to monkish behavior in solitary library carrels and dorm rooms. Today’s students have new opportunities to apply critical thinking and research skills in transformative digital and collaborative projects. At Harvard, for example, students in an African and African American Studies course recently created digital stories about music, language, and digital media in former Portuguese colonies. This type of venture requires a different level of support from and collaboration with librarians who work in classroom settings. Skills for Teaching Librarians & Archivists in the Digital Age

Technology is Loose in the Library!! 2013 PRECONFERENCE KEYNOTETransforming Learning….One Voice At A Time Posted by Wesley Fryer on October 14th, 2013 Presenters: Shannon McClintock Miller and Meridan BoydLocation: Van Meter, Iowa, United States@shannonmmiller Presentation Description: As educators, it is so important for us to stop and really listen to the young people we work with everyday. Link to presentation’s supporting documents: Additional Information: Van Meter Library Voice Van Meter Library Voice on Twitter @vmlibraryvoice Shannon McClintock Miller on Twitter @shannonmmiller Van Meter Voice Facebook Email is shannon.miller [at] vmbulldogs [dot] com On this day.. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Author School Visits BY STATE!

Title talk: Librarian + What? Teacher? Facilitator? Curriculum Leader? The last time our school posted a library job, it asked for a Teacher-Librarian (TL).* This time it says we need a Library Facilitator. Where did the teaching go? Work collaboratively with library staff across the campus and college.Work collaboratively with the curriculum leaders and department heads to develop resources and promote inquiry-based learning and all forms of literacy.Work collaboratively with all members of the community (whether students, parents, or staff) to support teaching and learning.Manage the library as a learning environment and public space, including patron services and library staff.Manage and develop learning resources, physical and digital, both for the library and classrooms/departments.Lead the development and promotion of the library as a centre dedicated to the spread of ideas, information, and learning.Other responsibilities as determined by the Head of Libraries and Head of Campus. How can one person "teach" 1,000 students? We have great teachers.

Exploring the Advantages of Using Rubrics “I don’t believe in giving students rubrics,” a faculty member told me recently. “They’re another example of something that waters down education.” I was telling him about a study I’d just read that documented some significant improvement in student papers when students used a detailed rubric to guide their preparation of the research paper. I wasn’t very articulate in my response to him and decided I’d use this post to explore some of the issues involved in sharing rubrics and grading criteria with students. “I don’t understand what you want on this assignment.” The objection to sharing rubrics is not groundless. (a descriptive term used by the study’s author) a research report. Not knowing how the work will be assessed definitely adds challenge to an assignment. A lot of students are obsessed with trying to figure out what the teacher wants. We continue to keep students out of the assessment process. The ultimate goal should be students who don’t need teacher-constructed rubrics.

Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal

Sturdy for Common Things Infographic: Why librarians are crucial in the digital age [Educause 2013] As campuses becoming increasingly digitized, the role of campus libraries becomes more complex—and more important. A new infographic released at Educause 2013 by Jones eGlobal Library, a provider of online library solutions, draws on a variety of research from sources such as Pew and the College Board to paint a clearer picture of the important role librarians play in their institutions. Students are bombarded with more information than ever, and librarians play a critical role in helping them to become better consumers of that information. After all, no instructor wants a research paper sourced from Wikipedia. According to eGlobal Library President Joseph G. Gregg, the challenge is presenting a library that can accommodate a wide range of clients who want anything from a sophisticated search engine to a simple search box. “I think librarians are critical. Click on the image below for a better look at the new infographic.

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): About AICL'S LOGO The logo for AICL incorporates the avanyu, which is the Tewa (Nambe's language) word for water serpent. Avanyu figures prominently in stories of our river and people, and water is important to our ways of being at Nambe. Designed by my daughter, Elizabeth Anne Reese, the logo also reflects the act of storytelling and passing of knowledge from one generation to the next. AICL'S CONTENT 1. 1. As a relatively new assistant professor at a "Research I" university (the height of the "publish or perish" institution), I knew it was important that I publish my research in academic journals and books, but as a Native parent and former schoolteacher, I knew that those academic journals are not easily accessible or available to people who work with children on a daily basis... I was raised at Nambe Owingeh (a federally recognized tribe) and I am tribally enrolled there. A common phrase used to describe minority or underrepresented populations is "people of color." 3. 4. 5.

Do Your Students Know How To Search? The Connected Student Series: There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not. Helene Blowers has come up with seven ideas about the new digital divide – four of them, the ones I felt related to searching, are listed below. The New Digital Divide: In an age of information abundance learning to effectively search is one of the most important skills most teachers are NOT teaching. Teachers – especially in the elementary grades -need to develop a shared vocabulary around the skill of searching. Here are some of the searching skills and vocabulary we should be teaching students : Quotation Marks: Students should always use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. Example: “The Great Chicago Fire” Dashes (or minus sign): Example: Great Chicago Fire -soccer Two Periods: Site Search:

Maker – Kids Blog Minecraft domination! This game has taken over the top ten this month! Other popular books from the libraries’ non-fiction collections covered Arabic language and Matariki. We’ve been having some great clear skies in the evening, giving you a chance to spy out the constellations in our winter sky. Arabic language books are part of the foreign language collection in the Children’s non-fiction. There are stories in different languages from around the world as well as dictionaries and books that help with learning a new language. You don’t have to travel far to use other languages as we are lucky to have people from many different countries living in Wellington. How many languages can you say these words in? Ka kite! Here’s your Top 10 for July 2016: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.