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School library blog value. As a former librarian in a small independent school with a newly established library, one of my more time-consuming tasks was promoting the library to staff and students. Actually, I spent most of my time promoting the library to the staff. The kids knew about the library - it was the place that had all the computers, and the comfy chairs.

Occasionally it was the place they arrived in a blind panic when Dr Google hadn't been able to supply the answers to the assignment that was usually due that day. The staff thought it was where you took the kids when you had time-tabling issues and couldn't find that elusive spare classroom pronto! It certainly wasn’t where they went to get books or information. Social media merits I’m sure you’re aware of all the latest social media fads, and by now may be a little tired of hearing about all of them. SCIS blog page Communicate more effectively Knowledge management Emily Pyers Former school librarian, SCIS cataloguer and SCIS blog contributer. Our Library Ecosystem Is Under Threat | Barbara K. Stripling. The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's! " of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discovering new authors and using computers to research.

All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. For example school librarians teach children the 21st-century skills they need to build knowledge, create and share their own ideas, successfully complete their high school education, and prepare themselves for college and career. Academic librarians enable students to complete their college degrees, building on the skills taught by school librarians, and support academic research and scholarship.

Public librarians extend the work of school and academic librarians by providing homework help, literacy resources, and after-school and summer programming. Information Search Process: A Summary of Research and Implications for School Library Media Programs. SLMQ Volume 18, Number 1, Fall 1989 Carol C. Kuhlthau, Professor, Library and Information Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. At the time of this article, she was Assistant Professor. This paper summarizes a series of five studies on students' perspective of information seeking in response to a research assignment. The challenge for education in the twenty-first century is to prepare students to use information in the workplace, in their personal lives, and as responsible citizens.

Education is changing from the assembly-line environment of the Industrial Age offered by textbook teaching to the data-rich environment of the information age offered by resource-based learning. The information research process is a holistic learning process encompassing the affective experience of students as well as their intellect. Theoretical Basis Summary of the Five Studies The information search process was found to be similar to Kelly's description of the process of construction. A library by any other name... How many of you have had a conversation or read an article or been recently to a school library that has been renamed: the E-centre, the I Centre, the Information Centre, the Learning Cave, the Learning Commons, the Learning Hub, the Reading Room, the...whatever????

Actually, if you look at the derivation of the word, Library is still a very appropriate term which can cope very well with change – as it has done over 2,000 years. Look at the Latin derivation. You will find that the term Library is rooted in at least these two words and concepts: liber (2) -bri m. [the inner bark of a tree] from the use of this in writing [a book, volume, catalogue, letter] In the past, the different formats of information included: books, catalogues, letters. Liber (1) -era -erum [free , independent, unrestrained; free from, exempt] Adv. libere [freely, without restraint, frankly, openly, boldly] Change services.

Glynis & Maxine. Eighth-graders at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, Calif., design and build their own library. Courtesy of Project H Design There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif. When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they had plenty of ideas. “When we asked them what do you want out of your school, they didn’t use the word ‘library,’” Pilloton told me in a phone interview. “They said they wanted a space to relax and read and discover. They said ‘I want to learn how microphones work,’ ‘I want to learn how ostriches make their nests,’ ‘I want to learn how to make video games,’ or ‘I want to learn better English.’ All these questions about exploration and finding things you don’t know.” Courtesy of Project H To get started, they took a field trip to the new public library a half a mile from their school.

“We thought that was a metaphor for our students,” Pilloton said. Rethinking library with Carolyn and Shannon. Subject Guides. Subject guides are lists of resources created by librarians to assist students with their research needs. These list of resources may include topics including but not limited to books, journals, databases, websites, as well as any other topics the librarian feels would assist students with their research. LibGuidesare a type of subject guide used by libraries across the world. A LibGuide is a content management and publishing system created by SpringShare. Libraries may use LibGuides to create subject guides, course guides, information portals, or research help pages to name a few.

LibGuides use a WYSIWYG approach to creating subject guides. An important aspect of LibGuides that may interest librarians is the statistical features of LibGuides. El Dorado Center Library's Internet Subject Directories, Canadian Studies Research Guide. Japanese Studies Resources, Perkins Library, Duke University, Leveraging Teacher Leadership:The New School Library. Digital information, readily accessed from classrooms, homes, and mobile devices, is the choice of today's students and teachers—resulting in increasingly fewer in-person visits to libraries. For 100 years, many schools have created spacious rooms that contain thousands of books and other physical materials to support reading programs, aid research projects, and expand the curriculum. Numerous studies1 show that schools with good library programs are more successful than those without, validating the wisdom of education leaders who have invested in school libraries.

Yet information seekers today have less need to visit a physical library to meet their needs. Many school leaders are asking, Why does a school need a physical library when students can readily access information using a laptop, a tablet computer, or a mobile phone? Can these large, expensive spaces in our schools be used for other purposes that will produce greater education benefits? Adapting to Current Needs Teaching Spaces. Closing school libraries? This means war | Editor's Note. And so finally it's come to this: The Philadelphia School District has closed its top schools' libraries due to the budget crisis.

Only 15 librarians remain in the entire district, where enrollment has already climbed past last year's 150,000 students. As the Inquirer reported today, principals at Central High and Masterman are scrambling to figure out how exactly they're supposed to give students an education without being able to give them books to read. Let me spell this out in no uncertain terms: The library is the single most important operation in any school. It's more important than each and every classroom. The library is where students engage their own minds. The library is the place that embodies the concept of intellectual activity being something for a person to choose. A school where students are not free to use a library is not a school. On occasion, I've heard people suggest that the ubiquity of the internet makes libraries obsolete. 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. Teacher Resources. School librarians have knowledge to share. Sep 3 Written by: 9/3/2013 7:16 AM Steven M. Baule, CIO Advisor I keep a list of potential blog topics on the whiteboard in my office and then, when I have a couple of free moments, I stare at my whiteboard and hope one of them jumps out at me or starts to dance around inside my head to the point my fingers start to move on the keyboard.

Only rarely do events connect to the point that I am compelled to start writing. In full disclosure, I was a school librarian before entering administration; in some ways I am still a recovering librarian and I really worry about access to real information and primary source documents, not just Twitter feeds, Facebook and other social media. Three connected items spurred today's entry. The Today Online article speaks to the fact that we have reached both information and attention overload. In the same way, my daughter came home and announced she needed a graphing calculator the next day for class. James Patterson: Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries. I know you’re mad. I know your colleagues have been fired or may be on the brink of being fired.

I know your libraries are shutting their doors left and right. All this is happening, even though studies show that having children grow up without a school librarian is really, really bad. Do we blame the digital wave? Going digital can be smart, and it can be effective for teaching. Sharing an ebook with a classroom might save a lot of money. But this transition of the book culture is not happening in a sane, well thought-out way. Do we blame the unforgiving economy? Books are losing a presence in our children’s lives. We can fix this. Let’s together embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books.

Who will save our libraries? Before I start shipping bean bag chairs to every school district, I better back up and ask the experts. Did you save your library? Have you ever had—or have you been mulling—one great, concrete idea that, in a concrete way, will help? What drives school boards? Patterson’s Passion: Revitalizing School Libraries Will Take Big Ideas—and Bold Action | Feedback. Bestselling author James Patterson’s print editorial [“My Say: Man on a Mission” Nov. 2013, p. 20] and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create quite the stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has already generated dozens of ideas on how to achieve this epic feat.

Here are just a few of our recent favorites. You, too, can join the conversation online. Thank you for your advocacy, Mr. Patterson! One idea comes to mind: media labs in schools with certified school librarians. Valarie Kingsland Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Seward, AK To save school libraries, public perception must change.

Maggie BokelmanEagle View Middle School LibraryMechanicsburg, PA I take inspiration from author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Kirsten TrumanOckley Green School Library Portland, OR Librarians = tech leaders Re: Harold Boyer’s Feedback letter (Nov. 2013, p. 8), I definitely disagree. The joy of reading. 10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | eSchool News | eSchool News | 3. 6. Showcase: Part of having meaningful resources is by letting students and staff know what’s available, and showcasing content can be done through a number of online platforms, said Luhtala. For instance, GoodReads can be used to highlight summer reading content, while Aurasma can be used as a visual guide to printed content.

Pinterest, Destiny Quest, QR codes, and ThingLink can also help librarians showcase collections. 5. Assess: “It’s so important you don’t speculate—know your numbers!” Emphasized Luhtala. “How many kids in the school have internet access at home? Luhtala suggested using Moodle to complete many of these surveys, as well as to assess students during their library literacy classes, since “Moodle allows for mobile assessments, which frees up precious lab time in the school.” 4.

“Getting rid of old, ratty books is so important because it not only clears up space, but entices students to use the library. 3. “Catalogue but catalogue eContent, and use online tagging. 2. 1. What does a school library look like in the digital age? | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. 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. So, this question has exercised the mind of my school because senior school students are already equipped with iPads. We had to consider what for many teachers is the unthinkable – is the library an anachronism? A resource to be discarded as no longer fit for purpose? 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. Eighth-graders design and build a school library for the 21st century - The Killeen Daily Herald: At Home. Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:15 am Eighth-graders design and build a school library for the 21st century By Kristin Hohenadel | Slate The Killeen Daily Herald | There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif.

When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they had plenty of ideas. “When we asked them what do you want out of your school, they didn’t use the word ‘library,’ “ Pilloton told me in a phone interview. “They said they wanted a space to relax and read and discover. They said ‘I want to learn how microphones work,’ ‘I want to learn how ostriches make their nests,’ ‘I want to learn how to make video games,’ or ‘I want to learn better English.’

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New evidence for the power of reading.