Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

The Daring Librarian

Letters for Libraries: It''s Not Just About Books. Funding for school libraries and funding for other student literacy programs (like the National Writing Project) is being threatened both federally and in states across the country.

Library Orientation for Third through Fifth Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Just as I did for the early grades, I pondered what message I wanted our upper grades to take away from library orientation. If we didn’t have the book or topic in our library, then I wanted us to make sure that we did.

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ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

The Daring Librarian

Four years ago on Doug Johnson''s awesome The Blue Skunk Blog a commenter named Glynda said " Doug, I just read in the SLJ that Teacher librarian Gwyneth Jones is now a board member of ISTE. Whether on ISTE, ALA, AASL, YALSA, NEA, NCATE, METC, TCEA, or your local ISTE or library affiliate?

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

While she learned to navigate and understand the value of her library’s network of databases, she knows that many kids don’t even know what a database is. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW!

The Daring Librarian

I’m writing on behalf of a single voice, who has reached out to School Library Journal looking for “help and hope”. On our end, we’re going to do all we can via our social media channels, our newsletters (LJ/SLJ and The Horn Book), our blogs. Thank you Joyce for blogging about this!

Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education: What We Learned

Educator Innovator

It’s been a year since YALSA and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) started work on the Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education (CE) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) project. YALSA library out-of-school

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I share at least one thing every single day on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook about the work that is going on in our public school library. I’ve gained so much from reading the tweets, pictures, and blog posts of fellow educators around the world.

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

edWeb.net

Michelle Luhtala, High School Library Department Chair at New Canaan Public Schools and the presenter of edWeb.net’s Emerging Tech community for school librarians, has been selected by Library Journal as one of the 2015 Movers and Shakers , the people shaping the future of libraries.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit.

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

edWeb.net

” Mich elle Luhtala was selected for her advocacy work.Michelle Luhtala has been a strong advocate for Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD), an annual event raising consciousness about excessive filtering in school settings. edWeb Blog

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?

NeverEndingSearch

One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. Harris Award for a Progressive School Library Media Program. The library can and should be about playful learning.

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

NeverEndingSearch

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month. AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Department of Education and the Library of Congress also received the CUE delegation for meetings that took place in advance of the Summit.

Every Person Counts: How the 2020 U.S. Census Could Impact Adult Education

Digital Promise

Critical programs and services that adult education communities rely on, such as libraries and nonprofit organizations, could be impacted. The National Literacy Council’s website also has an extensive list of helpful resources for teaching and learning, programs, and advocacy.

Let’s All Connect for LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day 2016

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We have many ideas from previous years on our blogs. You can read more about World Read Aloud Day 2015 on Expect the Miraculous and The Library Voice. It’s time for us all to start making plans and building excitement for Litworld ‘s World Read Aloud Day 2016.

School Librarians Rocking it Hard Every Day!

The Daring Librarian

Introducing the SLJ Librarian of the Year Award Advocacy is always important. Advocacy for kiddos, teens, literature, creativity, giftedness, special needs, technology, a filterless society, community projects, connection with parents, geeks, goofballs, oh and LIBRARIES!

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In other areas, library programs are being cut because some tight budgets favor more pressing priorities. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter. Through their websites and guides, school libraries organize the information worlds of their schools. Library is not merely a place to get stuff.

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Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

Digital Promise

Events are hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, community centers, and more. Inspire advocacy for more experiential learning in schools. Blog Developers Education Innovation Clusters Educators Entrepreneurs Researchers Students

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. The Barrow Spelling Bee is held in the library and broadcast to the school and families through Google Hangouts on Air. 2nd grade is collaborating in a Google Hangout facilitated from the library.

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

CLX now has substantial, informative data they can use as a foundation or justification when making decisions around funding, advocacy, partnership, and expansion. Blog Education Innovation Clusters Educators Researchers

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To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

(I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.). Two words: Public library. Mineral Point has an excellent public library with helpful and knowledgeable staff. Library staff offers a storytime for little ones every Monday morning at 10 A.M. If transportation is an issue, consider utilizing Overdrive , a digital library of eBooks and audiobooks.

The Natural Side of Student Voice with Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Empowering student voice has become one of the goals in the library that I am most passionate about. You can find multiple uses of Flipgrid within the posts on this blog. It seems like we are always coming up with new ways to use the tool in our library.

It’s Time to Plan World Read Aloud Week 2018

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We have many ideas from previous years on our blogs. You can read more about previous World Read Aloud Day connections on Expect the Miraculous and The Library Voice. Search for an author to connect with on Kate Messner’s blog.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs , shares critical background on the ESSA reauthorization and a plan for moving forward. activism advocacy ESSA technology

Museums, libraries win grants for youth to enhance online learning, community

Educator Innovator

Sixteen museums, libraries and nonprofit institutions have been awarded a total of $150,000 to engage young people in the development of apps, badges, curricula and other tools that will make the online experience more civil, safe and empowering. included libraries, community organizations, advocacy groups, museums, non-profits, cultural organizations, youth-serving institutions, and arts organizations.

Acceptable Risk

Reading By Example

The local public library was also on hand, encouraging everyone to sign up for their summer reading challenge. Blogging, social media, and other forms of digital communications are becoming a necessary part of an educator’s life.

Acceptable Risk

Reading By Example

The local public library was also on hand, encouraging everyone to sign up for their summer reading challenge. Blogging, social media, and other forms of digital communications are becoming a necessary part of an educator’s life.

Wishes and Plans: Exploring Life Challenges Through Books

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

In his recent Newbery speech , Matt de la Pena referenced an encounter with a librarian where she said that she loved his books but didn’t stock them in her library because she didn’t have those kinds of kids at her school.

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please join us for the third annual global conversation about the future of libraries: October 18-19, 2013, [link]. There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more! join the Library 2.0 Ffion Alice Bell, Graduate Library Assistant.

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Happy World Read Aloud Day 2015: Connecting Through Stories Part 3

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Louisa and Ansley showed off their blogs about how to use Tinkercad to 3d design. Another thing that I love about World Read Aloud week is that the books that we share aloud and the books that are by the authors that we connect with are immediately checked out of the library.

The Natural Side of Student Voice with Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Empowering student voice has become one of the goals in the library that I am most passionate about. You can find multiple uses of Flipgrid within the posts on this blog. It seems like we are always coming up with new ways to use the tool in our library.

A belated confession

NeverEndingSearch

My small sample revealed regrets about: not being as fully committed to advocacy as you know who, or as conversant with new YA/children’s titles as you know who, or as quick to genrefy as you know who, or as creative about instructional strategies as you know who.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

edWeb.net

Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. ClassLink® OneClick® includes a library of over 5,000 single sign-on apps and instant links to file folders at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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ClassLink® OneClick® includes a library of over 5,000 single sign-on apps and instant links to file folders at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives. edWeb Blog accessibility CoSN district leadershipWATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.