School Libraries

A delicate balance in the classroom

Here's An Editorial Out Of Indiana on an English class at Franklin Central High School had read about three-fourths of the novel "Fallen Angels" when the students were told to stop. Principal Kevin Koers decided the book was too profane, and it was dropped from the curriculum.
The editorial says obtaining parental consent is the best way to teach sensitive topics while protecting all students' sensibilities.

"Administrators and teachers need to look for ways to keep classrooms relevant, challenging and interesting while respecting the concerns of parents who want their children protected from influences they don't deem appropriate. That's a tough order."

Parent objects to book in catalog from school

Bob Cox spotted This One out of FL, where Jill Leskow is proud that her 11-year-old son likes to read, but when he brought home a catalog from school with the book title When Dad Killed Mom on its cover she was stunned.
But because of Leskow's complaint, the district is now looking into how to handle a review of the book catalogs before they reach students.

Labeling a book inappropriate, however, is not an easy process even when dealing with school libraries and reading material for English classes.

School librarians have a recommended list of books to choose from, but may purchase other books at their discretion. There is no banned-book list for Palm Beach County schools.

"Emerging Technology Report:A Guide to Wireless LANs in K-12 Schools"

"A new report from the Emerging Technology Committee of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) examines the implementation of wireless LAN technologies in K-12 schools and identifies challenges, options and lessons learned. The goal is to provide a practical road map for CTOs, CIOs, school administrators, technology coordinators and others charged with planning for wireless implementation."


Based on the summary for this report, it looks to be a worthwhile purchase for schools.

Bill Drew

Wireless Technology Makes Up 28.6% Of Instructional Computer Purchases

Survey from Quality Education Data (QED) shows:
"Wireless Technology Makes Up 28.6% Of Instructional Computer Purchases"

" Wireless Technologies: Two-thirds of the districts surveyed (68%) report current ownership of wireless devices, a jump from 39% in 2002. Importantly, an additional seven percent of districts report they will purchase wireless devices for the first time this year. Districts will be spending $220 million in 2003-2004 for wireless networking and equipment including portable wireless laptop carts and wireless-enabled handhelds."


October 27: International School Library Day

Today is the fifth annual International School Library Day. This year's theme is "Breaking Down Barriers." Find out more on the ISLD 2003 page at the International Association of School Librarianship - School Libraries Online site.
Any school librarians out there participating in this? Please post a comment to report on your activities.

Content of some books in school libraries can draw parents' attention

The Macon Telegraph Reports Last month, two popular books that dealt with sex, reckless driving and murder alarmed parent Katie Jones so much that she fought for their removal from the Crawford County Middle School library.

She won, at least for now.

"Extreme Elvin" by Chris Lynch and "Double Date" by R.L. Stine, are books that deal with the often complex issues teenagers confront. They are now off limits to students.

The books will continue to stay off the shelves until at least December when board members finalize a library book policy, said Crawford County school board Chairwoman Patrice Walker.

Why do we need a teacher librarian or a school library when we have the Internet?

Mary H. Musgrave points us to This List Of Reasons produced by the Department of Education Library and Information down in Australia. Includes Snappy Comebacks, and Longer answers.

"We still need libraries because “everything� is not on the Internet. Not even Bill Gates can afford to digitise the sum total of human knowledge. And we need librarians because, as chaotic as the Internet is, librarians are trained to find information, and to determine which source - print or electronic – is the most appropriate to retrieve what is wanted."

Good school libraries boost readers

Bob Cox spotted an Obvious Article from down in Florida, where they say Donna Baumbach, a professor at the University of Central Florida, analyzed more than 1,700 media centers at Florida schools. She found that well-staffed, well-stocked libraries drive up elementary reading scores by 9 percent, middle-school scores by 3 percent and high-school scores by 22 percent.

Her yearlong study reflects the findings of similar research in six other states.
Of course, Money for new books is sporadic at best. Librarians report that about half of their budgets come not from the state but from book fairs, parent organizations, candy sales and profits from school supplies, according to the latest research.

Kids lobby for new library

Kids lobby for new library is a neat article out of California on pleas for a new city library handwritten in clumsy cursive, "Library-O-Grams" from elementary schoolchildren. The collage is part of a no-holds-barred lobbying effort launched by the city to win state money - a requested $18.9 million - for a new 92,000-square-foot library.

Fontana lost its bid for the money last year, in part, city officials say, because they failed to recognize how hard they would have to lobby.
The city's present 13,000-square-foot library has only 10 computers, said head librarian Renee Lovato, and on Tuesdays - the library's busiest day - by 4 p.m. children are often signing up for computer time up to a day ahead.
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Grove librarian digs deep to fulfill promise

Katie writes "Grove Elementary School librarian, Tim Nave, regularly challenges students to send him postcards from their summer vacation destinations. This year's reward for making the goal was having Nave enact a scene from Louis Sachar's Holes.

More here..."


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