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Discussion Public library cards for students

by Jolene Finn on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 05:21 pm

I am interested in launching a partnership between my school library and the local public library system. Please share your experiences with securing a public library card for each student enrolled at your school.

How was your initiative received by school administrators?

Did you set up a program that automatically gave all students a card when they registered for school?

Thank you. 

Discussion Job Posting: Library Instructor at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School (SF)

by Christina Wenger on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 04:05 pm

Hello everyone. 

 
We're looking for a teammate to join me here at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. The job listing is here. I'll post the job description below, as well. Please share this with whomever you think is qualified and interested.
 

Library Instructor

Hello everyone. 

 
We're looking for a teammate to join me here at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. The job listing is here. I'll post the job description below, as well. Please share this with whomever you think is qualified and interested.
 

Library Instructor

We are looking for a teacher-at-heart who is passionate about reader engagement, technological innovation, and informational literacy. This person must be able to work a 9:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule.

Responsibilities
Teach:

  • Model curiosity, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  • Teach classes how to use physical and digital library resources for specific projects.
  • Tutor individuals how to find resources that support their needs.
  • Support student needs by working at the desk, checking out tools and resources, and answering student questions.
  • Be a "warm demander" of student behavior and academic performance.

Renovate, Implement, and Assess Technology:

  • Determine library technology needs and develop, implement, and assess plans to meet those needs.
  • Monitor equipment performance and inventory.
  • Make technology recommendations based on current Ed tech research.
  • Support student technology use (troubleshoot, teach, model).
  • Represent library on the Ed Tech committee.

Problem Solve:

  • Take initiative in performing general day-to-day library tasks and creating new learning opportunities for students.
  • Work towards developing reading engagement throughout the school community.
  • Collaborate with library team on vision, uses of library space, and resources.
  • Collaborate with teachers to build learning opportunities based on curricular needs.
  • Calm frustrated students and support them with resources that can enhance their academic lives.
  • Maintain the delicate balance of happy, comfortable, and work-friendly in the library atmosphere.

Engage with the Community:

  • Participate in library professional networks (e.g. BAISL).
  • Moderate a co-curricular activity.
  • Participate in student retreats.
  • Attend Ignatian Evening.
  • Attend all faculty retreats.

Required Experience

  • Minimum three years of classroom teaching at the middle or high school level.
  • Deep integration of technology into the classroom.
  • MLS or MILS preferred, but not required.
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Discussion Collecting Fines

by Laura Naugle on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

HI all,

I am a new librarian. I have a middle school and high school library (one library for both) that I am needing advise on.

We do 5 cent a day fines for overdue books and fines for lost books. I have over 268 fines printed today.

Can anyone give me advise on how they go about collecting these fines?

 

Thanks for any advise you might give!

Laura

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 Netflix Subscriptions

by Fay Stump on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 02:08 pm

Our school library media center is considering a subscription to Netflix.  After contacting Netflix, I learned that they would provide library institutions an account.  I'd like to know if any other schools have a Netflix account and what procedures do you follow to ensure that films obtained through Netflix and used in school adhere to copyright laws and educational use guidelines.  Our budget is limited and rather than purchasing DVD's that may be used only one time by a teacher, this seems like a cost efficient alternative, but we want to do it right.

Our school library media center is considering a subscription to Netflix.  After contacting Netflix, I learned that they would provide library institutions an account.  I'd like to know if any other schools have a Netflix account and what procedures do you follow to ensure that films obtained through Netflix and used in school adhere to copyright laws and educational use guidelines.  Our budget is limited and rather than purchasing DVD's that may be used only one time by a teacher, this seems like a cost efficient alternative, but we want to do it right.  Please share ideas and issues to consider.

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Discussion Job Posting: Lower School Librarian in Jackson, MS

by Sara Douglas on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a diverse and thriving PK3-12 independent school in Mississippi's capital city with exciting academic and Global Studies programs, invites applications for a Lower School Librarian.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a diverse and thriving PK3-12 independent school in Mississippi's capital city with exciting academic and Global Studies programs, invites applications for a Lower School Librarian.

Spanning seven grade levels (PK3 through fourth grade) and housed on its own campus, with approximately 500 students and 50 faculty, St. Andrew’s Lower School is a lively center for learning through development of the whole child. The curriculum builds on skills developed in pre-K and kindergarten, and uses an active, hands-on approach that makes learning exciting and fun. Instruction by specialists in world languages, science, art, music, physical education, technology and “making” complements a strong core of language arts, social studies, and mathematics. Lower School classes are kept purposefully small, ensuring thorough attention for every child.

In keeping with the characteristics of excellence for all St. Andrew's faculty and staff, strong candidates will be professional, self-driven, team-oriented, life-long learners who pursue excellence and contribute positively to the life of the school in various ways. Exhibiting flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor, they will be growth- oriented, passionate about teaching, technologically savvy, and comfortable working with young children. They will embrace fully the school's mission and will be able to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, to explore different subject areas with elementary-aged students, to collaborate effectively across grade-levels and departments, and to inspire students to read, question, research, and learn. They will promote a culture of reading and create a warm and inviting library space for all. Strong candidates will also cultivate critical thinking and learning skills through student-centered, differentiated instruction and help prepare students to function in our increasingly dynamic, interconnected, data-driven, technological world.

Additional qualifications for this position include the following:

  • a graduate degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program;

  • background in education and teaching or school library experience;

  • knowledge of current children's literature and an ability to grow and maintain a diverse, current, and

    relevant children’s collection;

  • awareness of trends in school librarianship and current educational research

  • a high degree of self-direction and flexibility

    Reporting to the Director of Libraries, this position includes the following responsibilities:

  • manage the two Lower School library spaces including a new Early Childhood library and the fully-

    renovated Discovery Center;

  • work with the Head of the Lower School and other staff to meet specific curriculum and program

    objectives;

  • select, catalog, and circulate library materials using Follett Destiny;

  • collaborate with the Director of Libraries to plan strategies for reaching library program goals and to

    administer the library budget;

  • plan activities and lessons for PK3 through 4th grade library classes (which meet once weekly) to

    promote a life-long love of reading, research, and learning;

  • collaborate with Lower School Technology Coordinator, faculty, and other staff in integrating current

    technology and information literacy skills into the curriculum.

This is a full-time, twelve-month position scheduled to begin in July 2017. As an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities. More information about the school is available at www.gosaints.org.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the characteristics and responsibilities specified above, a current CV or résumé, a copy of higher education transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice initially), and a list of at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs and emailed to hr@gosaints.org, specifying "Lower School Librarian Search" in the subject line. 

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Discussion [PRESS RELEASE] The Lilead Project Releases 2017-18 Fellows Program Application Form

by Jeffrey DiScala on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 06:24 pm

Please excuse any duplicate postings.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Rosemary Hall

rkhall@umd.edu


Please excuse any duplicate postings.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Rosemary Hall

rkhall@umd.edu


The Lilead Project Releases 2017-18 Fellows Program Application Form

Applications for the second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program are now available on the Lilead Project website. Applications are due on March 17, 2017.

The Lilead Project received IMLS grant funding in 2016 to support a second cohort of Lilead Fellows. The Lilead Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program for school district library supervisors. Like their predecessors, this second cohort will tackle challenging and pressing issues in their districts and work toward transformational change to support student success. UMD’s iSchool will partner with the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) to carry out the expanded program.

For more information, please visit http://lileadproject.org/ or contact the Lilead Project at lileadproject@gmail.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 


 

The Lilead Project will host three information sessions to provide an overview of the program and answer questions about the application process. Two information sessions will be online webinars and one session will be in-person at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Online Information Sessions: https://webmeeting.umd.edu/lileadfellowsinfo2017/

January 25, 2017, 4 - 5pm ET

February 7, 2017, 7 - 8pm ET


In-Person Information Session:

ALA Midwinter Conference, Atlanta, GA

iday, January 20, 2017, 4:15 - 5pm ET

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Embassy C


To receive updates and reminders for the information sessions, individuals may RSVP by completing the following form: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/SE/?SID=SV_5BEP6DoxS0HN4lT.

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Discussion Music Selection Policy

by Carrie E. Turner on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 01:50 pm

Recently a parent challenged a song our pep band plays. Her concern was that the lyrics (which are not included in the performance) are inappropriate for our setting. We have a library collection selection policy, but I am having difficulty finding any district policies for the selection of music played in performances. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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 Questions of a New Librarian

by Allison Moote (non-member) 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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