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Aren’t we already the “digital literacy corps”?

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I asked Fran Bullington, fabulous blogger and media specialist from South Carolina, if she’d allow me to share the post she wrote yesterday in response to Matt Ricthel’s New York Times piece, Wasting Time is New Divide in Digital Era. The article pointed to studies pointing to a new divide–that children of poverty spend more [...]

Bookloose!

This is simply adorable and inspiring and a reminder that kids, even middle school kids, should have a voice in expressing what they need to learn and grow. Thank you teachers and students at Dowell Middle School in McKinney, Texas; for your charming production–Bookloose!

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA [...]

Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video

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School Libraries in the 21st Century came across the AASL listserv a couple of days ago. It’s a bit different from the other advocacy videos we’ve been sharing. Douglas B. Reeves, founder of the Leadership and Learning Center, speaks to school administrators about a place you might not have been very recently, and that’s your [...]

Mobilize for help and hope: Petition Obama & Twitter bomb Senate!

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It’s time to act!  This week, promise to raise your political voice by participating in two political activities to save libraries for young people! 1. Sign this petition now. I share this email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us yesterday: My friends [...]

See Sally Research @TEDxPhillyED

When I discovered I was selected to present at TEDxPhillyED last spring, I was both honored and terrified. Doug wrote about this event and his own TEDx experience in his post Everyone should give a TED talk. Doug hit the nail on the head with his question: So here is my question: Could you give [...]

Child of the Library: Sing out and share!

Piers Cawley (programmer, photographer, singer, cook, geek) presented this moving protest song about the importance of reading and libraries in childhood at the OSCON 2011 conference back in July. He wrote it back in February when he discovered his own public library was under threat of closure and had only a few months left. When [...]

Back to school with the TL Café (and bonus ppt!)

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We’re back! Join us on September 12th @8PM Eastern, for the first TLCafé webinar of this school year. We’ve planned a casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech [...]

But what does it look like? Colorado paints the picture

Becky Russell, School Library Senior Consultant, Colorado Department of Education wrote this week to share an exciting project relating to the State’s retooled Power Library Program. The program and its competencies are closely tied to the newly revised Colorado Academic Standards, which integrate 21st century skills across grade and content area. It is a highly [...]

It was Shannon!

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The article Casting a Wide Net for Mentors appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s USA Today.  (Here’s the link to the online version.) The article begins: Julia Albaugh’s high school in Van Meter, Iowa didn’t have a course that would teach her about marketing and public relations.  So a librarian in the school helped [...]