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Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

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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 [...]

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

During National Library Month, it’s so lovely to celebrate a victory for children and that the hard work of advocacy can pay off. VSLA President, Denise Wentz, just wrote to share the following great news in advance of my visit to the the Vermont Dynamic Learning Landscapes Conference. I am very happy to finally announce [...]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

It’s the close of the school day. I am sitting at the circ desk looking out at our library where our kids have access to more than 85 computers and assorted devices and tools for reading, research and creation. I am thinking about the great week we had: scanning curation sites for breaking news, honing filtered searches [...]

School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated)

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(Note: I just realized that I created a draft of this post a few weeks back, but forgot to publish. Forgive me!) Deb Kachel, my colleague at the Mansfield SL&IT, just shared her latest revision of School Library Research Summarized. The revised booklet updates the work of Deb’s grad students in her Spring 2011 Advocacy [...]

School library infographics: research and advocacy

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However compelling the research is, it can be hard to make the case with a 30-page study, or even a executive summary. Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen a research translated and chunked in the form of infographics.  We’ve also [...]

New Zealand: The future of library services to NZ students

A couple of summers ago I was invited to visit New Zealand and speak at the SLANZA Conference. I will never forget the warm welcome, the energy, and the passion of the librarians I met in Auckland.  While I was there I toured the National Library of New Zealand and had the pleasure of meeting [...]

Resolved:That School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success

Sara Kelly Johns just shared this now official document on the AASL Forum List: Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success. Sara writes, It is not posted online yet, but will be soon. School libraries and librarians need help ASAP. If you can use it for advocacy, that’s great. Thanks go [...]

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 [...]

Where there’s always a place at a table

For those kids in Ohio, the choir room may be the softest place to land.  But for many others, even those who really can sing, the library is the sweet and soft spot. When I read Suzie Day’s guest post, Being queer friendly in your library, in the GayYA blog last week, I was touched. [...]

School Library Trendspotting

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‘Tis the season for trend spotting–for considering what we learned in 2011 and what it means to our programs in 2012.   Audrey Watters, of Hack Education, concluded her five-part Ed-Tech Trends series with The Digital Library.  And a couple of weeks ago, Joe Murphy shared Technology Trends for Libraries 2012 and recently Kathy Ishizuka, of [...]