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Keep school libraries weird

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A couple of weeks back I presented at a conference about the value of out-of -the-box thinking. On a whim I included a slide that read: “Keep School Libraries Weird.” I’ve been doing a little thinking about why, like Austin, we might want to keep school libraries a little weird. Interestingly, it was Austin Community College […]

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL). This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as […]

Our “bus tour” experiment

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We’ve just concluded an exciting experiment and I am thrilled to share our story. Rutgers MI program, NJASL and the South Brunswick School District partnered this week to offer a School Library Bus Tour. Okay, no buses were actually involved. (Think garden tour.) We simply opened up school libraries representing effective practice and invited students, […]

On innovative practice: There is no box!

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A few years back, I was stuck in an airport on a long layover. I found myself chatting over dinner and wine with an extraordinary woman who excitedly described the new business empire she was building.  I said, “Wow, you sure think outside the box!”  She responded: “Joyce, what makes you think there’s a box?” […]

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

A belated confession

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I’ve avoided writing this post for years.  But a couple of recent conference breakfasts and beverages, with librarians you all know well and admire, and a few questions from my grad students, pushed me into a reflective confession. I don’t think we can really rock every aspect of our jobs at once, however much we […]

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?

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I made many new friends at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference this week and I will be sharing some highlights and featuring emerging leaders. One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. I reconnected […]

School Libraries Work! 2016

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  Among the many exciting events at AASL National in Columbus was Scholastic’s release of the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work!  You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. The downloadable document, builds on the 2008 edition,  collecting and highlighting more than […]

Pam Moran on transformed school libraries

Once I believed that libraries were places where people went for books and reference materials. Now I believe that libraries are learning opportunities that promote pathways for people to “search, connect, communicate and make.” Please do not miss superintendent Pam Moran’s post today about the possibilities of 21st c school libraries. Please share her vision […]

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking, the power of community

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I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do […]