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Library Advocates

Posts tagged School Libraries

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Jan 9

Nov 19
“The size of the [E-rate] program was designed for the dial-up era. We need to design for the broadband era.” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Hope, hurdles ahead for school Internet subsidy

Jul 15

Jul 10
butinmyotherlife:

laura-in-libraryland:

undercovershelf:

libraryadvocates:

librarylinknj:

It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the things you DO with the stuff. See also: Makerspaces, the point of. 

Check yourself.

I really, really like this. In fact, I’m giving a presentation on how to use Prezi for educators in October, and I will definitely include the “right answers.” 

YESSSSS. Libraries, especially in higher ed, struggle with this all of the time. We offer tool-based workshops rather than targeting the real issue of “what is the student trying to communicate or do. Why?” We have made an earnest effort to change our approach by letting students submit tech trainings requests based around their needs, rather than what we *think* they want. So far, so good.

My school district just finished its first year of a one-to-one pilot program with iPads and next year, all teachers and 50% of students will have a device. Meanwhile, it often feels like the library is getting left behind because so many people still think of us as the ‘book/traditional literacy place’ rather than also being the ‘information literacy/discovery/exploration place.’ Libraries can do so much good in helping people learn how to utilize new technologies and access information resources to drive innovation and conversation. Are librarians book people? Yes, a lot of us are. But we’re also incredibly adaptable and have a long history of being progressive. Don’t let the stereotypes fool you.

This^^^

butinmyotherlife:

laura-in-libraryland:

undercovershelf:

libraryadvocates:

librarylinknj:

It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the things you DO with the stuff. See also: Makerspaces, the point of. 

Check yourself.

I really, really like this. In fact, I’m giving a presentation on how to use Prezi for educators in October, and I will definitely include the “right answers.” 

YESSSSS. Libraries, especially in higher ed, struggle with this all of the time. We offer tool-based workshops rather than targeting the real issue of “what is the student trying to communicate or do. Why?” We have made an earnest effort to change our approach by letting students submit tech trainings requests based around their needs, rather than what we *think* they want. So far, so good.

My school district just finished its first year of a one-to-one pilot program with iPads and next year, all teachers and 50% of students will have a device. Meanwhile, it often feels like the library is getting left behind because so many people still think of us as the ‘book/traditional literacy place’ rather than also being the ‘information literacy/discovery/exploration place.’ Libraries can do so much good in helping people learn how to utilize new technologies and access information resources to drive innovation and conversation. Are librarians book people? Yes, a lot of us are. But we’re also incredibly adaptable and have a long history of being progressive. Don’t let the stereotypes fool you.

This^^^


May 22
“'Librarians have a natural place in the forefront of helping students be more adept at online research. School librarians should be a partner in this,' one teacher said. 'Oftentimes, teachers don't realize that, or sadly schools don't have school librarians.'” EdWeek: Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Apr 10
“School libraries are the foundation of our culture, not luxuries.” Laurie Halse Anderson via AASL (via themugglelibrarian)

Apr 1

alpha-lima-lima-papa:

Have you hugged a school librarian today?

Ask permission first, though.


(via nerdbrarian)


Mar 11
Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension.”

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension.”


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