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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

‘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 […]

Words

I love our beautiful new word wall! Right before we left for Thanksgiving break, we–well, actually Ray, Steve, and Mark–installed about twenty words.  The lovely, purple vinyl words were a gift from my generous friends at Syba Signs for whom I did workshops this summer. I hope the words continually remind us of what we […]

Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video

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 […]

Library 2.011

Even before I process and share all I learned at AASL, I must share about this week’s Library 2.011. Scheduled for November 2nd through the 4th (depending on where you are), the line-up for this free, international event, sponsored by San Jose University, is going to be outstanding. Register here Steve Hargadon, conference organizer and […]

Just published: School Libraries: What’s Now? What’s Next? What’s Yet to Come?

Holy collaboration!  Looking for some updated thinking about school libraries? Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton just released the ebook they recently crowdsourced and edited: School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come? It is now available for free download in three formats: PDF for those who want to read it on a desktop/laptop […]

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!

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 […]