School Libraries

In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History

Story in the New York Times

At Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., students use computers provided by the school to get their lessons, do their homework and hear podcasts of their teachers’ science lectures.

Down the road, at Cienega High School, students who own laptops can register for “digital sections” of several English, history and science classes. And throughout the district, a Beyond Textbooks initiative encourages teachers to create — and share — lessons that incorporate their own PowerPoint presentations, along with videos and research materials they find by sifting through reliable Internet sites.

Textbooks have not gone the way of the scroll yet, but many educators say that it will not be long before they are replaced by digital versions — or supplanted altogether by lessons assembled from the wealth of free courseware, educational games, videos and projects on the Web.

Full story here.

Is the book closed on school librarians?

School libraries are undergoing a transformation in the Las Virgenes (CA) Unified School District.

Six teacher-librarian jobs have metamorphosed into three media specialist jobs for next year, in part to save money due to state budget cuts.

Dan Stepenosky, LVUSD assistant superintendent of personnel, said the positions were based upon “a hybrid of skills and services that were previously performed by the technology teachers on special assignment and school librarians.”

Kelly Benning, Mary Ann Hamre and Barbara Folkeson were chosen to fill the media specialist spots. Benning has been a librarian at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas, and Folkeson has worked as a traveling elementary school librarian. Hamre worked as a district technology teacher.

Full story here.

Texas Board of Education May Remove Civil Rights Figures from textbooks

The Texas State Board of Education is listening to recommendations to remove or de-emphasize Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall, among others, in school textbooks.

School libraries, out of favor in China

Most schools in Chinese cities have a mini-library attached to them that is supposed to help children develop a lifelong love of books and literature. But in a recent study, many school libraries have failed to accomplish this task and have even fallen into oblivion. They probe into why school libraries are falling out of favor with students.

LISWire Reaches A Broad Audience of Librarians

Author Molly Dowd, whose book "Kevin Knows the Rules" was publicized on LISWire last winter knows that the Wire is a great way to reach a broad selection of librarians. Over 150 librarians accepted her offer of a reader's copy of her book to examine for their libraries. LISWire Works!

Now it's time for you to order copies for your libraries. Here's a listing on Google.

Publishers, authors, vendors and suppliers--register on LISWire today, and once your registration is accepted, you are welcome to post press releases about new titles, imprints and other products. press releases about author appearances, exhibits and personnel news...anything of interest to the community. Take advantage of this wonderful resource (while it's still free!!).

LISWire is a website from the guy behind LISNews & LISHost, Blake Carver, along with assistance from birdie, Robin K. Blum. Member companies and organizations can send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and anyone with an interest in libraries.

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?


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