Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Although they would eventually change their model to focus on traditionally copyrighted textbooks, FWK’s over 100 openly licensed textbooks can still be found archived around the web in places like the Open Textbook Library and the Saylor Foundation’s website. Effective Advocacy. Preface. Here’s a trivia question for you: which American organization has produced the largest number of open textbooks?

The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership

eSchool News

In this series, we will be profiling innovative and award-winning library media specialists who will share their favorite tools, lessons, and advice. As innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information & library media at Parkway School District in St. He urges administrators to think differently about the way libraries are used and the role of the librarian in the digital age. 21st Century Libraries Featured on eSchool News Innovation Corner librarian

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. But, first, a little background: I’ve been playing around with building virtual school libraries for a very long time. I started playing around with the fairly easy and recently very popular strategy of building a library scene in Slides. 2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface. 2005/2006) “The Virtual Library.”

Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. And students have complained that moving to digital textbooks removes the option of borrowing from the library or a friend and avoid paying for course materials. Department of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.

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. In the 21st century information environment, our students deserve and need your help in keeping their library/information literacy programs strong. Yet library jobs are being cut - and, now, not included in this jobs bill.

School Libraries Work! 2016

NeverEndingSearch

. Among the many exciting events at AASL National in Columbus was Scholastic’s release of the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work! . You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. In addition, the document is filled with visuals and quotes to use in any local advocacy effort. Through School Libraries Work!, Download your copy of School Libraries Work! .

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Each year I ponder what to do for the first of the year library orientation. As students entered the library, I played the book trailer. Over the course of reading the book to students, there were certain pages that started to stand out as the pages I wanted to pause on in order to connect the book with the first visit to the library. Again, there were so many was to connect to the library and school.

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. I wanted to of course give them some reminders about routines and procedures, but I wanted them to leave with a sense that the library was a place for all readers to connect with books. If we didn’t have the book or topic in our library, then I wanted us to make sure that we did.

Two New Library 2.0 Webinars: Library Advocacy + Marketing | Coaching Skills for Managers + Supervisors | ALSO: Active Shooter Response Recording

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have two new Library 2.0 First is the return of Dr. Steve Albrecht with " Coaching Skills for Library Managers and Supervisors: Getting Better Performance and Behavior From Your Employees One Meeting at a Time " on February 12th. Then, being announced today, is " Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques " with Dr. Sue Alman on February 21st. Registering for one of the Library 2.0 A 60-minute webinar (live and recorded) in a special Library 2.0

Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please consider joining us for this special Library 2.0 OVERVIEW: Library marketing can be effective without the expense of hiring a marketing and PR firm. Promoting the library can be a fun and productive task for all employees and library users IF time is spent on developing a communication plan and providing content for print materials, social media, and word-of-mouth interactions. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We are quickly approaching summer at our school, so we have been winding down activities in the library and looking ahead to what we might read this summer. Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Hooray for the public library sharing their summer reading program. Another project I’ve been working on is proving books to an additional community within our school to build up home libraries.

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We are quickly approaching summer at our school, so we have been winding down activities in the library and looking ahead to what we might read this summer. Families decorated book boxes, learned some reading strategies, and talked about the importance of a home library. Hooray for the public library sharing their summer reading program. Another project I’ve been working on is proving books to an additional community within our school to build up home libraries.

Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound

NeverEndingSearch

ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries , as well as an assortment of brochures from AASL’s School Library Programs Improve Student Learning advocacy series.

ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

The Daring Librarian

Whether on ISTE, ALA, AASL, YALSA, NEA, NCATE, METC, TCEA, or your local ISTE or library affiliate? I also wonder why, out of 50 Library Mover & Shakers every year, Library Journal magazine (and I''m a grateful recipient of that award , mind!), AASL Advocacy ALA common core conference infographic ISTE profession professional professionalism spoon twitter

Is your library going Future Ready too?

eSchool News

Ed note : This is the first in a series of columns from digital library expert Mark Ray discussing the changing role of librarians and the Future Ready Schools initiative. Vancouver has been part of a national team sponsored by the Follett Project Connect advocacy initiative. A team of district library leaders has developed a simple framework which builds on the Future Ready Schools initiative to identify what makes for a Future Ready library.

I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I’m beyond excited to finally announce that I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. I’m extremely honored to represent the power of libraries in our world along with the many other talented individuals on this year’s list. Also included is Sue Kowalski, who empowers her students to take charge in the library and is always thinking about how to grow the library program in the community. The library has never been just mine.

My Current Thinking on Library Media Specialists and 21st Century Learning

Reading By Example

This is a summary of a conversation I had with our school’s library media specialist (LMS) Kari Kabat. First, have a well stocked school library that is appealing and always open for students to come find a book whenever they need one. Expanding offerings beyond the library centers and making them available as a place where teachers and students can come to think critically and problem solve together can help teachers rethink their instruction.

My Current Thinking on Library Media Specialists and 21st Century Learning

Reading By Example

This is a summary of a conversation I had with our school’s library media specialist (LMS) Kari Kabat. First, have a well stocked school library that is appealing and always open for students to come find a book whenever they need one. Expanding offerings beyond the library centers and making them available as a place where teachers and students can come to think critically and problem solve together can help teachers rethink their instruction.

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW!

The Daring Librarian

I got this compelling email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us to mobilize, sign the petition to Ensure all school libraries are properly staffed, open, and available for children every day and to get out the word via Twitter. I’m writing on behalf of a single voice, who has reached out to School Library Journal looking for “help and hope”. Our efforts can’t focus solely on the school library channel.

5 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 03.20.15 - What to Assess? Library of Congress on Pinterest, An Adult Coloring Book, A School Librarians Advocacy Video, and Who's Tracking Your Emails?

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Library of Congress celebrating " Women''s History Month" on Pinterest. Library of Congress on Pinterest, with 32 boards and 790 pins ( follow ) -- pretty cool! A school librarian advocacy video from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, worth watching. BEST school librarian advocacy video! [I blog every Friday about my #GR8Finds #ThisWeek. My list is very v-e-r-r-r-y selective --my own crème de la crème curation. Generally, three to five #GR8Finds.

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. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

West Georgia RESA Summer Camp for Library Media Specialists

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We’ll answer any questions about social media and look at how social media allows us to show our work, connect to opportunities, and empower all the voices in our library community. Advocacy professional learning goals librarians library media specialists media specialists professional learning network RESA student voice summer camp tools west georgia resaIt’s summer. Educators have the summer off, right?

CUE Advocates for All of Us

CUE

Why CUE Legislative Advocacy? Because everyday students walk across busy intersections and freeway overpasses to gain access to the business and libraries that provide the free wifi connection they need in order to complete their online homework, which is becoming a standard part of the educational experience. Inspire News advocacy

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

NeverEndingSearch

Our special guest speakers included: Lauren Comito , founder of Urban Librarians Unite and recent recipient of Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award, who acted as MC State Representative Tom Murt , a former educator and a primary co-sponsor of HB 1355 , legislation that would require every school in Pennsylvania to have a certified librarian. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

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. Read the report Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education. In this project Afterschool staff, including library staff, take part, with a small cohort of colleagues, in virtual learning.

Maximize the Leadership of School Librarians

MiddleWeb

Book Reviews Leadership advocacy ALA American Library Association assessment co-teaching digital resources inquiry learning Judi Moreillon leadership learning culture literacy networking school librarians Susan CurtisWith commitment and hard work, school librarians can become indispensable to school success, writes Judi Moreillon. Through their support for community building, PD, inquiry learning, digital resources and more, librarians can be a vital part of leadership teams.

June 17th - Library 2.0 Mini-Conference on "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries" - Speaker Listing

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries--as well as the many unique challenges that they face. Please also join this Library 2.0

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. Finally, I share my work because it defines for the world what is happening in a public school library. You can look through my blog posts , Instagram picture s, and Tweets and see that our library and school are filled with miraculous things. BetsyDeVos here are a few highlights from the day in our public school library.

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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

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 love my career and am thrilled every time a child skips into the library. The library is not a place of reading, it is and has always been a place of learning.

"Wholehearted Libraries" Mini-Conference - New Keynote Panelists Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've added three new keynote panelists (see below) to our first Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Wholehearted Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time (click for your own time zone). Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude. Please also join the Library 2.0 Steve Steve Hargadon Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

Mini-Conference for Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries - Wednesday, June 17th #library20

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries ," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries--as well as the many unique challenges that they face. Please also join the Library 2.0 Steve Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

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. ” Michelle Luhtala was selected for her advocacy work. ” Visit Michelle Luhtala’s website for ideas on learning libraries.

Final Schedule - "Wholehearted Libraries" Online Mini-Conference on Tuesday, March 10th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our first Library 2.020 mini-conference of the year is next week: "Wholehearted Libraries," online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th , from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude. Please also join the Library 2.0 We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event.

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. ” Michelle Luhtala is the host of the edWeb community on Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program. ”Visit Michelle Luhtala’s website with ideas on learning libraries.