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Discussion Leaving a Media Specialist Position that will not be replaced.

by John Byrnes on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 01:14 pm

Greetings,

Although I've been a member of the ALA and AASL for two years, this is the first time I've taken advantage of these forums.  I will be leaving my current position in six weeks and moving to a different school library. I found out yesterday that there is no plan to replace my Media Specialist position, but the library will still exist.  Has anyone prepared a collection for this? Does anyone have some advice I can use to put my remaining time toward something meaningful besides just a final inventory?

Thank you in advance for your answers and insight.

Greetings,

Although I've been a member of the ALA and AASL for two years, this is the first time I've taken advantage of these forums.  I will be leaving my current position in six weeks and moving to a different school library. I found out yesterday that there is no plan to replace my Media Specialist position, but the library will still exist.  Has anyone prepared a collection for this? Does anyone have some advice I can use to put my remaining time toward something meaningful besides just a final inventory?

Thank you in advance for your answers and insight.

John E. Byrnes

jebyrnes@gmail.com

Media and Technology Integration Specialist 7-12, St. Peter Middle and High School, St. Peter, MN

@byrnedout22

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Discussion Please take our survey for Scholars and Researchers of School Libraries

by Jeffrey DiScala on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

Are you scholar, researcher, professor, or academic in the field of the school libraries (or a field closely related to it)? Take the AASL Community of Scholars Survey! We need your response and it only takes five minutes!
 
http://bit.ly/schoollibres2
 
Please feel free to share this survey with other interested scholars. You can use the hashtag #schoollibres.
 

Are you scholar, researcher, professor, or academic in the field of the school libraries (or a field closely related to it)? Take the AASL Community of Scholars Survey! We need your response and it only takes five minutes!
 
http://bit.ly/schoollibres2
 
Please feel free to share this survey with other interested scholars. You can use the hashtag #schoollibres.
 
AASL is working on the development of a community of scholars in the school library and related research fields. Such a community will connect all those working on school library research across organizations and backgrounds. If you consider yourself a scholar/researcher/academic/professor of school libraries or a related field.
 
Along with the School Library SIG of ALISE, the AASL Task Force created this survey to better understand the needs and affiliations of school library scholars. Please help us create a truly meaningful community by responding to the questions on this brief survey. It should only take about five minutes. The survey will close on Friday, April 3, 2015.
 
Please feel free to share this survey with other interested scholars. Share the survey on social media using #schoollibres. Thank you!
 
-- 
Jeffrey DiScala
AASL Community of Scholars Task Force Chair
PhD Candidate
iSchool, University of Maryland
jeffdiscala@gmail.com; discala@umd.edu

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Discussion Graphic Novels - How to catalog Graphic Novels

by Camille Ryckman on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 08:06 pm

Working on an assignment for a class.  I am curious how others catalog and shelve graphic novels.  I am working at a K-8 as a teacher librarian and we have a collection that spans, content wise, from innocent to vivid.  I am wanting to honor Ranganathan by getting the right book to the right reader so I am not sure where is best.  What do you think?

Working on an assignment for a class.  I am curious how others catalog and shelve graphic novels.  I am working at a K-8 as a teacher librarian and we have a collection that spans, content wise, from innocent to vivid.  I am wanting to honor Ranganathan by getting the right book to the right reader so I am not sure where is best.  What do you think?

"Remember, this is a format that embodies a wide range of material already being collected in school libraries, from biographies and other nonfiction, to adventure, fantasy, science fiction, contemporary realism, and historical fiction. Viewing the professional literature alongside the display, colleagues will begin to think about how they can capitalize on students' interest in graphic novels to further curricular goals related to visual literacy, media criticism, and nontextual information, as well as their potential for use with nontraditional learners, including students with some types of cognitive disabilities and those learning English."

 From:

Rudiger, H. M., & Schliesman, M. (2007). Graphic novels and school libraries. Knowledge Quest, 36(2), 57-59. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.bianca.penlib.du.edu/docview/194730792?acco...

Thanks for your responses. 

 

 

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Discussion Questions of a New Librarian

by Allison Moote on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 06:42 pm

I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day.

I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Discussion Contribute to "Summer Slide" Resource List

by Ann Marie Pipkin on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 03:27 pm

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

“Summer Slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens over the summer, can set students back a full month.  Keeping students reading and engaged in learning activities year round can be a challenge, which is why the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation would love to hear from you!

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

“Summer Slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens over the summer, can set students back a full month.  Keeping students reading and engaged in learning activities year round can be a challenge, which is why the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation would love to hear from you!

Have you created a program to help combat “Summer Slide” in your school or library?  Has your organization found a way to bridge the gap between school years by working with other organizations to support kids over the summer?  Do you have ideas for programs, resources, or best practices that might successfully slow the “Summer Slide” for youth of all ages?

If so, please contribute to our resource list!  

The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation is a unique committee that includes members from all three ALA divisions.  Each year the committee is charged with compiling resources around a theme and making those resources available in a variety of ways including print and electronic publications.  

If you would like to contribute your program or idea (or have questions about the committee or our projects) please send an email to committee chair Julie Bartel at julietbartel@gmail.com (note the middle “t”!) with answers to the questions below.  You can also send your contribution in any format (links, articles, blog posts, podcasts, etc.) to the same address.  Contributions will be included in our resources list, and may be included in one of our print or electronic publications.  Please make sure to include contact info so the committee can get in touch with follow up questions and publication details.  

Thank you so much for your ingenuity, dedication, and support!  

YOUR NAME, TITLE, & ORGANIZATION
(as you would like it displayed for attribution)

PROGRAM, RESOURCE, OR IDEA DESCRIPTION
(please be as specific as possible)

ASSESSMENT
(lessons learned, outcomes, feedback received etc.)

CONTACT INFO & PREFERENCE
(email, phone, postal address)

MAY WE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFO ON THE WEBSITE? Y/N

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Event Alliance for Association Excellence (AASL)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

A closed meeting to develop alliances between AASL and the business community to promote cooperative plans for supporting and enhancing AASL activities and services and to provide a recognition program for companies that participate in the AASL Alliance.

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Event Executive Committee Meeting II (AASL)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Meeting of the American Association of School Librarians Executive Committee.

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Event All Committee Meeting (AASL)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

All Committee meeting for the American Association of School Librarians.

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