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Canada\'s School libraries in a miserable state

Bob Cox sent along This Globe & Mail Story that quotes national librarian Roch Carrier as saying \"I was flabbergasted by the miserable state of our school libraries,\" after touring the country\'s book repositories large and small.

\"I saw beautiful ones, but I saw school libraries closed 50 per cent of the time, I saw school libraries that served 10,000 students, I saw libraries with no new books in the last 10 years. ... In Canada, it\'s happening. It doesn\'t make sense.\"

Plagiarizers Beware

Genie from over at virtualchase.com passed along This SFGate Story on Turnitin.com and other sites that check students work for authenticity.

\"Of the papers we\'ve reviewed, about 30 percent are sent back with more than 50 percent of the paper underlined,\" says John Barrie, one of the site\'s founders. \"That leaves a lot of students with some explaining to do.\"

Suprised it\'s so low?

Libraries Should be Spared Cuts

The state of Georgia has proposed to cut funding to school libraries is based on a logic that \"school libraries are not places where direct instruction occurs.\" According to an article in the Macon Telegraph, \"It is counterproductive to place emphasis on reading, while at the same time, cutting the funds that supply books to read.\" More

Technology and the School Library: Great Expectations and Unexpected Consequence

Jeffrey Hastings has written this lengthy essay on being (or not being) a school library media specialist. As always LISNews welcomes all original work. I am quite happy to now have had 2 days in a row with an original essay!


After eleven years as a school library media specialist, I’m considering quitting. I’ve gone back to school once again, completed the courses and taken the test required for secondary language arts certification and am prepared to beat a retreat into the classroom. Though I once felt school librarianship to be my ultimate professional destiny, I now think I’d like to teach high school English.


The teachers who are aware of this think I’m crazy. They wonder why I’d ever ditch the contemplative serenity of the school library in favor of the demanding unruliness of the English classroom. When I told our district personnel director of my interest in a pursuing a classroom post, she voiced the typical reaction: “Okay, Jeff,” she said, “but--I have to ask--my God, why? You’ve got the job all the teachers want.”

Librarian Cuts Jeopardize National Certification

The Nashville, TN Metro school district is planning to eliminate the positions of seven librarians, which could cause them to lose their school accreditation. The materials budget has been doubled, but unfortunately, it\'s been at the expense of the librarians themselves. Although Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians, applauds the boost in book money, she questions the logic. \"Why would you buy a Lexus without an engine? Acquiring skills to enable you to find, evaluate and use information is not inborn. Now, with the explosion of all the digital resources, you have to have someone helping students learn the skills they need to make wise choices. It permeates everything they do. If they can\'t wisely evaluate and use information, it affects all their coursework.\" More from The Tennessean

E-Learning & K-12 Education Webcast

On the heels of this article, Learning Week takes a look at how \"e-learning\" is changing K-12 education. They\'ll be hosting a live Webcast tomorrow at 1:00 PM U.S. EST on the subject, featuring a panel of Canadian teachers, academics, and software vendors.

A recent interview with Tutor.com honcho John Fallon on library-sponsored online tutoring is now available from the Learning Week archives.

Lack of funds leads to shortage of librarians in MA

Abbey writes \"From the Boston Globe. \"Across the state, public school libraries are struggling, facing what librarians insist is a crisis that threatens to undermine the very academic skills education reform hoped to build up. There is no state mandate to fund libraries, so many remain neglected.\"

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Parent wants right to visit school library

I\'m not sure I understand This One.

A mother accompanies her daughter to the library on a weeknight to help with a research project. The school librarian says the mother cannot stay. The reason, she\'s told, is that parents are considered \"a security risk.\"

\"I\'m not a risk when I\'m at Crawford Stadium, or when in the gym, or even at a concert in the auditorium,\" Zajko. \"Apparently I am only a risk when I attempt to enter the high school library - a library funded and supported by my tax dollars.\"

Elementary and Secondary Schools: The Role, Challenges

Cabot writes \"Statistics Canada has prepared, for the National Library of Canada, an overview of school libraries in Canada.


\"Specifically, this report will examine information (both qualitative and quantitative), on library-related issues and concerns, elementary and secondary schools, school libraries, government spending, trends in enrolment and library finances. It will also provide an analysis of the availability and quality of current data sources for school libraries.\"


Full Report \"

At Last . . . An Understanding Look at Weeding

From the Victoria Times Colonist:

Judith Reid isn\'t surprised to hear from me. God knows, the district\'s head teacher-librarian has been hearing from a lot of people these days during her visits to Greater Victoria school libraries, all of them asking the same questions I\'m asking.

Such as: What\'s going on with all these books? How come you\'re throwing away thousands of them? Aren\'t there desperate children somewhere in the Third World who\'d give anything to get their hands on some of these?

Reid and many of her 51 fellow teacher-librarians in the district are in the midst of a major cull, weeding out any books deemed to be outdated, shabby, incorrect, racist, sexist, ageist or just plain neglected . . .

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