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The New York Times has this neat article on a plan to combine all the software in schools into one database. The program is entitled Schools Interoperability Framework and involves more than 80 software companies (Mr. Gates and all).\"The new standards, which were developed by the software companies and educators, will allow schools to link together the separate programs that run various functions, including the library\'s checkout system, the school\'s front office, and the cafeteria and transportation systems.\" -- Read More
\"We call it the cybrary, instead of
the library,\" said Susan Newcomer, library media
teacher at Glendale\'s Clark Magnet High School where
students can roam the World Wide Web, view
CD-ROMs and search an online catalog for books -- Read More
SF Gate had this article about a fire that damaged parts of a school, and the residents of the community that built it back up.
\"Three years ago, a fire ripped through the school, severely damaging a wing of classrooms and its library, destroying every book on every shelf. But thanks to much- needed donations from Peninsula schools and residents -- including one who took the school\'s principal Lorna Manning on a $2,200 book shopping spree -- the shelves in the soon-to-be re-opened library are beginning to fill up.\" -- Read More
\"Some books on space travel in the city
school libraries pre-date the 1969 historic Apollo 11
mission by a decade, More than half of the schools lack
certified librarians, and those who run the so-called
learning centers have been hesitant to get rid of
Last time I think this
same story came from Philly. -- Read More
The Chicago Sun Times has an Almost funny Story on some unfair seating troubles at The Wheeling High School Library. The librarians are really cracking down, and some of the students are none to happy.
\"It\'s ridiculous,\" said Chris Schiel, 17, of Wheeling, who\'s on Wheeling\'s track and cross-country teams. \"I\'ve been kicked out for discussing that day\'s classwork.\" Student athletes who are allowed to study in the library instead of attending gym class are required to sit facing south, in the direction of the circulation desk. -- Read More
A Story from Starnews.com
pines about the good old days, when teenagers read
for fun, and swiped what they wanted from the library.
An interesting take on how the internet is influencing
\"That\'s because teen-agers no
longer are reading for fun. In libraries, computer labs
and at home, most youths today are more apt to spend
an hour chatting with friends on the Internet than spend
an hour reading a good book.\" -- Read More
Fosters Online has this article about how a school librarian gets kids to read books. Another issue that is brought up is her title change.
\"When Diana Greenleaf started her job at the New Durham School 15 years ago, she was known as a librarian and was responsible for scheduling classes to use the library.
Today she’s known as a \"media generalist\" and is involved in everything from helping teachers design curriculum, teaching research skills, having story time and challenging students to read books.\" -- Read More
The Washington Times has this story on outdated school libraries.
\"Browse a typical school library and you\'ll learn that humans haven\'t yet set foot on the moon and \"stewardesses\" must quit working when they get married.
Although the latest research indicates that a well-stocked and well-staffed school library actually boosts students\' scores on standardized tests, many school libraries contain books that are outdated by decades and often filled with offensive stereotypes.\" -- Read More
Pioneer Planet has this article about an elementary school principal in Connecticut who has taken the book \"Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants\" off the school library shelves.
\"Not even the children\'s book superhero ``Captain Underpants\'\' could win a battle against the Naugatuck, Conn., school district.
Officials of the Maple Hill elementary school have yanked Dav Pilkey\'s latest book, ``Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants,\'\' out of its library, saying that its humor is tasteless and that the book has caused students to be disruptive. While anti-censorship groups say they have not heard of other bans of Pilkey\'s books, they say they regularly receive complaints about children\'s books for taste and other reasons.\" -- Read More
This release from the U.S. Newswire talks about new studies that reveal that school libraries have beneficial effects on students\' performances in school. If this is so, then why don\'t they get the funding from the government that they deserve?
\"Want to raise students\'
test scores? Three new studies -- from Pennsylvania, Alaska,
and Colorado -- confirm that the secret to boosting students\'
academic performance is right down the hall in the school library.
But will school libraries get their just rewards as the Senate
begins debating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
School libraries last received dedicated federal dollars in the
1960s. Today, the average U.S. school library gets $6 per pupil
per year from federal block grants.
\"That pays for less than half a book,\" notes Emily Sheketoff,
executive director of the American Library Association\'s Washington
office. \"If a dot com could show the results school libraries
do, its stock price would soar.\" -- Read More