Here’s Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

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The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives — from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the “aha’s!” of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove…

lyn_hay‘s insight:

Now, more than ever, we need local evidence from every TL practitioner regarding their contribution to teacher practice and student learning. ALA President Barbara Stripling makes presents a strong argument for the existence of school libraries, given the trickle effect their demise will have on public libraries, academic libraries, and the preparedness of young people to effectively contribute to society as creative, critical, ethical and informed citizens.

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School Libraries | State of America’s Libraries Report 2014

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The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year.
School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.

lyn_hay‘s insight:

The American Library Association has just released this year ‘State of America’s Libraries Report 2014′. While the whole report is a must-read for all information professionals, some of the trends and issues identified in this report highlight the significant contribution a school library and teacher librarian can make to student learning. It’s quite sad to read about the power and potential of school libraries as transformative learning spaces, followed by increasing budget cuts that are gutting schools of their library and qualified library media specialists.

It just shows how important it is for every TL practitioner to collect, analyse and report on the evidence of their impact.

 

I particularly like ALA President, Barbara Stripling’s suggestion for school library programs to focus on the five critical areas of literacy, inquiry, social and emotional growth, creativity and imagination, and thoughtful use of technology. I think this represents the TL profession’s core business as information and learning leaders in schools.

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Portuguese School Libraries Evaluation Model

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Jorge Tiago Martins & Rosa Maria Martins. (2012). Portuguese School LibrariesEvaluation Model: an Analysis of Primary Schools results for the ‘Reading and Literacy’ Domain, The Australian Library Journal, 61:4, 265-280. Retrieved http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2012.10739060

lyn_hay‘s insight:

This peer-reviewed journal article presents results and recommendations of a research project on the implementation of the ‘Portuguese School Libraries Evaluation Model’. This could be used by individual primary teacher librarians or TL network teams to evaluate  their libraries’ reading promotion and information literacy programs.

 

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Innovations at Monticello High School library recognized ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

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This is a powerful claim: "…rethinking the library’s role is changing education at the Albemarle school". This story about innovations at Monticello High School library shows how the tracking of student and teacher interactions with the school library before and after infrastructure and program changes can be used to demonstrate impact. Receiving a state-based school board association award is also evidence of impact.

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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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This video presents evidence of how the school library contributes to teacher practice and student learning. What is so special about this video is that the evidence is provided by school principals. Many thanks to Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett from Texas Woman’s University for producing this video.

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School Library Monthly – Research that Resonates: Influencing Stakeholders”

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The library profession has strong evidence that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, achieve academic standards, and score higher on standardized tests than students in schools without school libraries and librarians. School librarians must seize the charge to use this body of research and master “messaging” strategies to create library advocates among school and community stakeholders and, hopefully, one or two school library champions.

lyn_hay‘s insight:

A practical article by Deb Kachel providing teacher librarians with strategies to develop their capacity to present a carefully crafted argument on the importance of school libraries based on research findings of school library impact studies. I love her closing statement: "School librarians must learn, embrace, and share these research findings." Absolutely!

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College Ready – What Can We Learn from First Year College Assignments?

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Donham, J. (2014). College Ready – What Can We Learn from First Year College Assignments? An Examination of Assignments in Iowa Colleges and Universities. School Library Research, Vol. 17. Retrieved http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume17/donham

lyn_hay‘s insight:

Provides an insight into the expectations of college/university lecturers when designing inquiry-based assignments for students. An analysis of the elements of these assignments revealed that academics design assignments for 1st year university students with the expectation that these students bring with them an existing set of understandings, skills and dispositions with regard to ‘researching assignments’. The study identifies a number of ways teacher librarians could be targeting student skill development. A lot of these findings support the research evidence published by Kuhlthau re students’ information seeking and knowledge building experiences, and the range of instructional interventions she suggests while students undertake inquiry projects.

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