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Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries

Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries
Close the crisis center. Take down the picket signs. Please proceed to un-occupy the library. It is time to stop trying to save libraries. No, this is not another bait and switch act of verbal irony about how libraries are obsolete. Where did they get the idea that libraries are sinking? This messaging is insidious. “Best Days of Librarianship are Ahead of Us We are the Right Profession, Uniquely Positioned to Lead in the Knowledge Age However, We won’t get there Following Current Trends and with our Current Focus on ‘Recorded Knowledge’ and Buildings” It looks initially as a nice little uplifting piece of fluff, but it is really an implied threat. We must take on Google (or be like Google, or build our own Google) to save libraries! We must be on Facebook (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, MySpace, Geocities) to save libraries! Screw that! To be sure libraries need more funding, they need modernization, they need a shifted identity in the minds of our communities. Find a thriving library. Related:  edWebet52 - Pitching the libraryFuture of librariesAdvocacy

Working Together Is Working Smarter A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals that school librarians are highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators. Additionally, school librarians not only participate in but deliver professional development to peers, educators and staff in their schools. The report, Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works, details key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 2,400 educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. It investigates the connection between professional learning, educator collaboration and student learning. NCLE Press Release Read an executive summary prepared by the AASL Research & Statistics Committee. The infographic below details key school librarian findings from Remolding Literacy Learning.

Live Training – Search Education – Google With these webinars, you can improve your own search skills and learn how to bring search literacy to your school. Browse the archive of past trainings, and make sure to follow us on Google+ to stay up to speed on the latest tips and trainings from Google. Even better search results: Getting to know Google search for education Google makes it simple to find the information you need, but there are strategies for finding higher quality sources even more easily. Power searching: Advanced Google search for education When you realize that the information you want will be a presentation or PDF, what can you do? Beyond the First Five Links Looking for new ways to motivate students to look beyond the first five links in a search engine? Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get the most from popular tools Once you've run your search, how do you interpret your results for the highest impact? Sensemaking: Organizing information to gain better understanding Writing Successful Queries Pt.

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities Released: December 11, 2013 By Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell and Maeve Duggan Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services. The importance of public libraries to their communities Some 90% of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a “major” impact. Moreover, the vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities: Meanwhile, while most Americans feel that libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, they are split on whether public libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information:

10 things classroom teachers need to know about modern school librarians | Trust me, I'm a librarian 1) We hate quiet. Oh, sure, the typical view of a librarian is an older woman, in a cardigan and cat-eye glasses, with a tight bun, shushing everyone who dares to make a sound. That may have been the case a long time ago, and may still be the case with some dinosaur librarians (they still exist, sorry!), but generally, librarians don’t like quiet. Quiet means that no one is collaborating. We would rather have a loud library with tables of students and teachers talking about a book, project, essay, collectible card game, what-have-you, than a library with students just sitting there reading. This isn’t to say we don’t appreciate students working alone or a student reading alone, but the library is a common place where everyone can work together and communicate. 2) We love collaboration. We love to see students collaborating, but we also love to collaborate with you, our classroom teachers! 3) We are technology people at heart. If you have a new Web 2.0 tool that you want to try, ask us.

30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015 30 Trends In Education Technology For The 2015 School Year by Terry Heick What’s trending up for 2015 school year in terms of education technology? iPads are still the standard but other platforms are making headway. Educators are getting better at spotting crap edtech, but waste still abounds. Schools are getting better at thinking tech-first (not in terms of priority, but design). Apps are getting downright brilliant in spots, but in-app purchasing? Below are 30 entirely subjective but hopefully somewhere close to reality takes on what’s trending up and what’s trending down in education and education technology for 2015 and beyond. Note that this list isn’t an endorsement–meaning this isn’t necessarily the way I think things should be, but rather what they seem to be–at least from my vantage point, right here, right now. What’s trending up, what’s trending down, and what’s in that awkward middle ground of education and education technology? Trending Up Awkward Middle Ground Trending Down

Library Services in the Digital Age Released: January 22, 2013 By Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries. Moreover, a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries such as: These are some of the key findings from a new national survey of 2,252 Americans ages 16 and older by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and underwritten by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Acknowledgements

School librarians are rising school leaders “School librarians have the unique position, in school, of being school-wide and curriculum-wide—that really makes for a powerful partnership with school administrators,” said Gail Dickinson, AASL’s current president. “I think there are a lot of people who view the digital shift as a threat to librarians, and I really just think it’s a call for reinvention,” said Mark Ray, the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Schools’ increased reliance on digital resources and content leads to different “thinking about the way libraries function and the ways librarians work with students and teachers.” In fact, as more schools move to using digital tools or digital resources with more regularity, school librarians “have an opportunity to play a bigger leadership role within the school and district. The call for school libraries and librarians to become more integrated within their schools also means that school libraries will change as schools change to align with digital learning practices.

Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software Plagiarism detection software from vendors such as Turnitin is often criticized for labeling clumsy student writing as plagiarism. Now a set of new tests suggests the software lets too many students get away with it. The data come from Susan E. Schorn, a writing coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. Schorn first ran a test to determine Turnitin’s efficacy back in 2007, when the university was considering paying for an institutionwide license. Her results initially dissuaded the university from paying a five-figure sum to license the software, she said. Moreover, the results -- while not a comprehensive overview of Turnitin's strengths and weaknesses -- are likely to renew the debate among writing instructors about the value of plagiarism detection software in the classroom. “We say that we’re using this software in order to teach students about academic dishonesty, but we’re using software we know doesn’t work,” Schorn said. A 'Dog-Bites-Man Twist' Susan M.

New Value of Libraries Megapost I have been pulling together all of my posts on studies and reports on the value of public libraries for my work with the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. I thought I might as well post it here too. I’m sure I’ve got some dupes in here but c’est la vie! The Value of Public Libraries Selected (mostly free) Web References: CULC Analysis of Canadian Public Library Trends Video: LibValue: Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value Tactic: Highlighting the Value of Library Use Research Report conducted by Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania Fels Research & Consulting entitled The Economic Value of the Free Library in Philadelphia (2010) Fels_Report Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study Available (223 page PDF) The Value of Our Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives: US Public Libraries – OCLC St. St. Ko, Y.

KLA/KASL Fall Conference 2014: Building Advocacy for your School Library Program As school librarians we wear many hats: book guru, manager, technology leader, instructional partner, research guide, and our very own public relations firm. In advocating for our school library programs, we must identify our stakeholder priorities, develop a mission statement that aligns with our district and school mission, develop programming that will meet the needs of our stakeholders and collect data that doesn't just represent the number of books we check out each month, but really connects to the mission of our district and demonstrates how we support student growth. In this post you will find some resources that James Allen and I shared at the KLA/KASL Fall Conference to help develop that long term, ongoing plan to really advocate for your school library program. The prezi below provides an overview of the topic with research and information from the AASL. The ThingLinked Piktochart includes some basics of advocacy and additional resources. School Library Advocacy Blogs Canva Smore