School Libraries

Schools adjust to no librarians

Elementary schools in Springfield, Illinois, USA -- the state capital where Abe Lincoln rests -- eliminated all librarian and assistant positions as part of big-time budget cuts. The State Journal-Register, in a hefty article, reports on the way each school is dealing with the situation. Or not.

Oh, the one person who knew how to operate the library automation system was riffed, too.

Schools Adapt Old Lesson: Share and Share Alike

An Interesting NYTimes Story sent in by always alert Jen Young on ho more schools, particularly in New York City, are sharing buildings, either with other schools or with noneducational enterprises. Some schools are sharing common spaces like the library and gymnasium.

Thin Line Splits Cheating, Smarts

Wired Says that Google Answers may be helping cheaters prosper. They have several cases that show students often ignore the policy encouraging students to use the service as a study aid rather than a substitution for original work.

One student in Quebec, dismayed by a response that offered only background research for a paper on religion, pleads, \"Make it into an essay, not just links and quotes. I need this asap PLEASE!!! 2500 words is the minimum.\"

Net savvy students to teachers: You just don\'t get it!

The Christian Science Monitor\'s Tom Reagan Says according to \"The Digital
Disconnect,\" a new report from the Pew
Internet and American Life Project
78 percent of middle and high school
students use the Internet (probably a
conservative figure), and that 94 percent of
that number had used the Internet as a
major research source for a recent major school project. The new
report says the \"most Internet-savvy among them complain that their
teachers don\'t use the Internet in class or create assignments that
exploit great Web material.\"

Here\'s The Survey.[Again]

School libraries computerised \'fingerprinting\' system criticised

JB Bryant QuickSubmitted This Follow Up on that \'fingerprinting\' system. Privacy groups and parents have criticised a new computerised library system for schools that involves children apparently being fingerprinted.

The watchdog Privacy International has expressed concerns about the system which uses the data to bring up a child\'s personal details.

Row over finger-printing in UK schools

Big Stevie sent over This BBC Story that Says, tens of thousands of children are being finger-printed in school -
often without the consent of their parents, in the UK in order to check out
books. One of the makers of the technology, Micro Librarian Systems (MLS),
say they have sold about 1,000 systems to schools in the UK and abroad.

Prints are taken for a library lending system which the makers say makes
lending more efficient and less vulnerable to abuse.

California School Library Media Centers and Academic Achievement

Jackie Siminitus sent in word on her California School Library Media Centers and Academic Achievement study [It\'s a PDF] on issues, trends, and network applications. This is the first year K12 school library media centers were the focus.
Academic Achievement was the #1 issue, and other issues include, funding, staffing, space, technology and development.

Public school libraries get an upgrade

Bob Cox sent along This One that says across the state of CA, school libraries are emerging from the dark
days, reaping the effects of four years of flush education budgets and voter-approved bond measures. This because the California public school system cut most of its librarians 20 years ago, and
let most of its libraries slip into obsolescence. The number of certified library media teachers statewide has grown from 942 to 1,387 since 1998, with Santa
Clara County alone nearly tripling its number to 86. The library credential program at San Jose State University
grew from 25 students six years ago to 200 today.

Kids check out refurbished Library

Bob Cox sent This One in from The Christian Science Monitor that says The presence of Laura Bush – a former
school librarian – in the White House has
meant a big boost in morale for school
librarians. Yet despite such positive steps, many
librarians are feeling grim about the future of
their field. School districts across the
country are suddenly finding themselves
cash-strapped, and there are already signs
that budget cuts will hit librarians hard this
It\'s a sad little summary of the bleak budgets most of us are facing.

A comparable replacement for a trained school librarian

Diane writes \"High school honor students and part-time aides would staff Lordstown (Ohio) schools two libraries next year under a plan to make up for the elimination of the district\'s only librarian. I guess since they are *honor* students, this is a comparable replacement.
Full Story

Here\'s the, uh, job description from the story:\'\'More or less, (they\'ll be) mentoring and reading to the younger students,\'\' Koch said. \'\'In order to keep the doors open and keep books from walking away.\'\'


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