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Banned Websites Awareness Day

Banned Websites Awareness Day
To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 30, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. Background | Complimentary Webinars | Resources & Activities Logo Use | Promotional Partners Background Usually the public thinks of censorship in relation to books, however there is a growing censorship issue in schools and school libraries – overly restrictive filtering of educational websites reaching far beyond the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Filtering websites does the next generation of digital citizens a disservice. Resources Intellectual Freedom related posts on Knowledge Quest AASL White Paper on Educational Technology in Schools Related:  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship For Students

Professional Ethics | Tools, Publications & Resources "Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate, and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of work, and the viewpoints of both the author and the receiver of information." - Intellectual Freedom Manual, 7th edition ALA's Code of Ethics is the responsibility of the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE). The Code of Ethics is the document that translates the values of intellectual freedom that define the profession of librarianship into broad principles that may be used by individual members of that profession as well as by others employed in a library as a framework for dealing with situations involving ethical conflicts. Ethical dilemmas occur when values are in conflict. Code of Ethics (PDF)

R U What U Eat? R U Stuck on R U What U Eat??? Text us at 615 669 6670 We collapsed this post to facilitate loading THE ANNEX@ page. Click on Read more>> below. Having trouble making a graph? Click on image below to enlarge. Images and descriptions from Hungry Planet book that inspired this project (for class use only!). Publishing your work: You will use both Meograph and Smore to communicate your research findings to your class. Follow all 101 steps in the slideshow below. This is for all 9th graders EXCEPT Ms. Ms. BROWNER ONLY!!! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. "This Ted Talk tries gets into the thinking behind Hungry Planet, the book behind the project we're about to start. In the food project, you will be given a family, a picture, a diet, a narrative.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month | American Library Association Thanks to DC's Teen Titans and everyone who participated for a great Library Card Sign-up Month 2017. Teen Titans posters and bookmarks are available for purchase through the ALA Store. Posters and bookmarks featuring other DC Super Heroes, including Supergirl, Batman, Super Sons, the Justice League, and Wonder Woman are available in the ALA Graphics summer catalog. Need help getting started planning your Library Card Sign-up Month event? Check out these ideas. Please take a moment to tell us about your plans for Library Card Sign-up Month. Tell us your plans Library Superpower Promotion Everyone loves superheroes, not just because they do great things, but also because they inspire us to be our best selves. In honor of our 2017 Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs, DC's Teen Titans, we're asking everyone to share their library superpower. What special talents, skills, and interests have you developed thanks to the library? Need a prop? Free Promotional Tools Sample Tweets Print PSA

About Banned & Challenged Books - ALA Does ALA ban books? No. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. For more information on ALA's efforts to raise awareness of censorship and promote the freedom to read, please explore Banned Books Week. What's the difference between a challenge and a banning? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Why are books challenged? Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. — On Liberty, John Stuart Mill

Big leap for school libraries Steven Yates has a message for would-be school librarians. “If you’re coming to this because you like to read and you want to manage a collection of books, then you showed up about 30 years too late to the profession,” says Yates, a former high school librarian who teaches in the school library media certification program at the University of Alabama. The school library’s mission—matching resources with those who need them—has not changed, he says. Here’s a look at how administrators and their teams are redesigning libraries. Sidebar: Going digital Inspiring thinkers Poway USD near San Diego built its Design39Campus, a K8 school that opened in 2014, around the concept of design thinking—an approach to problem-solving that promotes experimentation and collaboration. “Our Loft is not filled to the brim with tons of books, as the future is going digital,” the school’s website says. Make way for multitasking Districts don’t need brand new facilities to launch this transformation.

Core Competences | Education & Careers The Core Competences of Librarianship define the knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from ALA-accredited master’s programs in library and information studies. The Presidential Task Force on Library Education has gathered together the drafts of the Core Competences resulting from the work of various bodies in response to the first Congress on Professional Education and, following extensive consultation and redrafting, presented them in the current form to the Executive Boa rd , who approved them at their fall 2008 meeting. The final statement was approved and adopted as policy by the ALA Council on January 27, 2009 during the 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO. To review the statement, please see the links below: Final Core Competences Statement – January 2009 (opens in new window) If you have questions about the status of this document, you may contact: Mary Ghikas Senior Associate Executive Director ALA Member, Programs & Services mghikas@ala.org

School Library Month School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning. About the history of School Library Month. Proclamation Templates Ask your school and elected officials and request they proclaim the month of April as School Library Month! Build Your Celebration Click an image below to download a zip file containing graphics, a PowerPoint template, and a poster you can use to create your own School Library Month celebration! Spokespeople Videos Resources Use these resources to build a celebration for your school community.

ALA Releases List of Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books - Publisher's Weekly As part of the American Library Association's annual Banned Books Week (which this year runs from September 27 to October 3), the organization has released a list of the 100 most banned and challenged books of the last decade, 2010-2019. Topping the list: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey; Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and the most challenged book of 2019, George, by Alex Gino. First launched in 1982, Banned Books Week is the ALA's annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information. ALA publishes the lists to draw attention to literary censorship. But ALA officials stress that the annual report provides only a snapshot of book challenges, with ALA acknowledging that most challenges go unreported. For resources and more on the events set for the 2020 Banned Books Week, visit the ALA's website.

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library The school library plays a unique role in promoting, protecting, and educating about intellectual freedom. It serves as a point of voluntary access to information and ideas and as a learning laboratory for students as they acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in a pluralistic society. Although the educational level and program of the school necessarily shape the resources and services of a school library, the principles of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights apply equally to all libraries, including school libraries. School librarians assume a leadership role in promoting the principles of intellectual freedom within the school by providing resources and services that create and sustain an atmosphere of free inquiry. School librarians cooperate with other individuals in building collections of resources that meet the needs as well as the developmental and maturity levels of students.

Library Bill of Rights The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019. Games in Libraries – brought to you by ALA GameRT

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