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Road Rage At The Elementary School

EVERETT WA — An Everett man is accused of berating fifth-graders on safety patrol and using his vehicle to knock down an (unnamed) elementary school librarian during a dispute over what entrance he was supposed to use when dropping off his child at school.

Prosecutors on Monday charged Trevor Wipf, 33, with second-degree attempted assault, a felony. He is accused of intentionally driving his sport utility vehicle into the librarian at Jefferson Elementary School during this past school year.

Wipf told police he didn’t hit the librarian. He said the librarian slipped when he tried to kick Wipf’s vehicle, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Janice Albert wrote.

PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

"In an effort to make its vast collection of digital educational resources available for in-class use, PBS has announced the launch of the PBS Digital Learning Library, a comprehensive source of digital video, still images, audio, games, and interactive simulations for teachers to use to augment their lessons. PBS made the announcement at last week's National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC."

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Retired school librarian fears unhappy ending for profession

When Dennis Donley began his career nearly 35 years ago, he joined a crew of 40 teachers who staffed every middle and high school library in the San Diego school district.

As Donley enters retirement, there will be 11 full-time, credentialed librarians assigned to San Diego secondary schools next year. Most of the dozens of campuses will share librarians or employ half-time clerks — a far cry from the 1970s when the district had one of the most progressive school library systems in California.

San Diego Unified, along with other districts across the state, has whittled its library staff while struggling with budget cuts. This year, districts were allowed to use state funds meant for libraries to help balance their spending plans.

Full story here.

Author calls for UK school libraries to be made statutory

A new initiative by the Campaign for the Book, spearheaded by author Alan Gibbons, will call on the government to make school libraries statutory,­ as is already the case in Scotland.

Gibbons said the initiative will help to galvanise the campaign's work in support of school libraries. He is gathering signatories for an open letter to the press demanding that school libraries become statutory.

School Librarians to learn Social Media through $1M grant in WI

The University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium has been awarded almost $1 million to help school librarians become better versed in technology and social media such as Twitter.

The United States Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will award $989,495 that will be used to train 50 new school library specialists for Wisconsin’s rural and high-need urban public schools. This was the only grant awarded in Wisconsin. More from Bizjournals/Milwaukee.

I wonder if Laura tweets?

Stuyvesant HS Librarian Is Accused of Sexual Abuse

The New York Times reports that R. Christopher Asch, the librarian at Manhattan's elite public high school, Stuyvesant, has been arrested and charged with harassment and sexual abuse after he was accused of inappropriately touching four male students.

The students said in the report that the inappropriate contact occurred from September 2004 through February 2008, when Mr. Asch grabbed the leg of a boy, the report said. The four boys decided to report Mr. Asch to school officials after that episode.

Asch, 56, led the quiz bowl team and served as faculty advisor to the Republican club and several other student groups. He was the coach of the cricket team, according to the student newspaper, The Spectator.

Mr. Asch started working in city schools in 1989 and has spent most of his career as a high school librarian. He came to Stuyvesant in 2002,

Washington State Passes Education Reform includes School Libraries

There have been articles about the Bellevue School District in Washington State doing away with their librarians on this site so I went to see what Washington State's elected officials are doing about it. The answer?

No More Librarians in Bellevue High Schools

The Bellevue School District has decided it can't afford librarians in its middle and high schools anymore. At Sammamish High, that could mean an end to the school's carefully curated manga collection.

Full story here.

School district criticized for reassigning librarians

School district criticized for reassigning librarians: The decision by the Bellevue School District to reassign all secondary librarians to classroom positions for the 09/10 school year has been criticized by some in the educational community.

Mike Eisenberg, dean emeritus and professor at the Information School of the University of Washington, said the move goes against the needs of the 21st century.

"This is the information age, and to compete in a tough, global economy, our children need to be experts in information seeking, use, evaluation, and synthesis,"

Librarian Transformed into Human Popcorn Ball

I was hoping this one had a photo with it, but sorry...you'll have to use your imagination. It's another one of those "I'll do thus and such if you kids read X number of books" stories.

Report from Jackson, MS : Children's librarian Melissa Strauss laughed, "I'm here because I want to make good on a promise at the beginning of the school year." The promise: she would become a human popcorn ball. Before she got into the plastic pool filled with popcorn, the principal poured sticky syrup all over Strauss. Then it was time to jump in and roll around.

Why is this happening? This librarian challenged her students to read 10 million words from library books. "They read 10.5 million."

The pure joy of this mess thrilled the students. "I love the way she dived into the pool." "A little like something I want to do to somebody." " I think it was funny." " I love it."

Strauss apparently picks a new 'treat' for the kids each year, and thus far, they haven't let her down.

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