School Libraries

Librarins--now media specialists

Aina writes \"CNN - posted a story on 2/3 titled, \"Librarins--now \'media specialist.\'\"
This story is a positive acknowledgement for the changing face of librarianship. \"


They say demands of technology and higher academic standards are changing the roles of librarians, creating a new breed of educators who can shift gears from \"Hamlet\" to HTML, from Gogol to Google.
More importantly many of the same skills that make librarians indispensable in school are now making them more attractive to the private sector.

\"In the old days, you could trust a book, more or less,\" she says. \"You could look at the publisher. Now they have to figure this out for themselves.\"

Schoolbook Donations Needed

Nancy Groves writes:

The World Bank Book Project packages and ships recycled books to supply hundreds of schools in several developing countries. It is currently undertaking a large shipment of books to Malawi.

This operation is entirely run by volunteers who collect, sort out and pack books according to the needs of each school which contacted this charity.

You can help them by donating books and magazines, old or new. The project is looking for elementary, intermediate, high school and university textbooks and library books, novels, fiction, National Geographic magazines and vocational material such as books on quilting,
knitting, woodworking etc . . .

Donations can be brought to the loading dock of the J building at 1775 G Street [in Washington, D.C.] all week long or at JB3-105 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Or you can contact Chantale Holzmann at 202-473-8960; Email:
Wproject@worldbank.org

Please distribute this notice to your friends and colleagues who may be able to supply the project with much needed books. Thanks very much!

A Heroine for Today\'s Youth

I have a feeling This One from the Nevada Appeal is a repeat, but it\'s a nice read.

\"Some people think the School Librarian is a tame and innocuous creature. But behind the bun, the tweed and the glasses lurks a fiery defender of Children\'s Right to Know. By fostering the inquiring minds of our youth, regardless of race, sex or attention deficit disorder, she symbolizes one of our most cherished freedoms -- the freedom to learn.\"

A fight over Forever

Librarians, parents, and staff members are trying to bring Judy Blume\'s Forever back to middle school libraries in a Chicago-area school district after a 4-year absence from the shelves. The leader of the local opposition calls the district "pagan" and says, "The book is harmful ... it shows teens committing sins."

Forever tells the story of a teenage girl\'s first sexual experiences with an orphaned boy wizard. (Wait, scratch that last part.)

Anyway, the full article is in today\'s Chicago Tribune.

The School Librarian\'s Role in the Electronic Age

ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology has The School Librarian\'s Role in the Electronic Age by Carol Simpson.

She says librarians are evolving From warehousing to consulting in Schools today.

\"The school librarian in the electronic age expands the services available from the library to include computer-based data and sophisticated information-seeking strategies. Working in concert with classroom teachers and curriculum experts, librarians form a comprehensive team designed to enhance student academic achievement and critical thinking skills necessary for success in lifelong endeavors.\"

Louisiana Librarians Urge State to Require Librarians in All Schools

For The Leesville Daily Leader (LA), someone writes...

\"Armed with a stack of recent studies and statistics, Louisiana librarians on Tuesday urged the state school board to require a librarian in every Louisiana elementary and middle school. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations require only high schools to have librarians. Citing recent studies of student achievement in other states, a University of New Orleans professor told board members that students at schools with librarians and well-equipped libraries earn higher scores on reading tests as well as on other types of standardized tests. More

The Invisible School Librarian

SLJ ran The Invisible School Librarian: Why Other Educators Are Blind to Your Value Part 1 and Part 2 way back in \'97, but if you\'ve never read it, it\'ll be new to you.

\"It\'s time for librarians to fight back against budget cuts and layoffs, the handiwork of forces that ignore you -- or worse, would diminish or eliminate you. The way to fight back is to make the role and contributions of school librarians visible to those people who have the power to make a difference.\"

Need more bad news? Try schools without books

Donna Marentette sent This Story on from The Globe and Mail on budgets and library staff in Canadian schools.

But hey, everything we need is on the internet now, right?

\"Across Canada, teacher-librarians are a vanishing breed. Their acquisition budgets have nearly vanished, too. Public libraries have cut back on hours and staff who know what children like to read. And instead of buying new library books, schools are pouring millions into computers and Internet connections.\"

The School Librarian -- A Heroine for Today\'s Youth

The Nevada Appeal has a Nice Piece that says for youngsters looking to serve their country, the job of School Librarian just might be the career for them.

\"Some people think the School Librarian is a tame and innocuous creature. But behind the bun, the tweed and the glasses lurks a fiery defender of Children\'s Right to Know. By fostering the inquiring minds of our youth, regardless of race, sex or attention deficit disorder, she symbolizes one of our most cherished freedoms -- the freedom to learn.\"

CO Students Break Reading Record - Share Prize with Schools Near WTC

Some Colorado school students have broken a record by reading. The program, Focus on Reading, pays students for each page they read. The money goes toward school libraries. This year, the students want part of the money to go toward replacing books for some schools near the WTC. More

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