School Libraries

School Libraries

Male Librarian Advice: Don't Be Afraid To Be The Only Guy In The Room

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 12:01

Interview with Anthony Carnovale. The teacher-librarian at St. Michael Secondary School in Bolton, Ont.

"The most difficult part of my job initially was trying to get people to take my role as teacher-librarian seriously; there are very few males in this role. When I told a colleague that I had accepted the teacher-librarian position, he laughed and quipped: “You just ruined every fantasy I ever had about a librarian.”

School Bus Driver Honored for creating a "Library on Wheels"

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 09:28

Books on board - Learning in progress! That's the mantra of one Prince William County school bus driver who turned the bus into a "library on wheels." Ric Clark was voted the "Education Support Professional of the Year by the Virginia Education Association for his efforts in creating a learning and interactive experience for kids.

School librarian spends $7,000 to turn RV into campaign billboard

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 08:36
McQueen looked at his recreational vehicle and decided to make into a roving bill board in support of Ballot Questions 3A and 3B in Jefferson County, which would raise property taxes to generate money for Jeffco Schools.

If both measures pass, property taxes for a $300,000 home would go up by about $44 for the year.

See text and video here.

Study finds PA's school librarians spread thin

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 12:55

School librarians do more than shush students – they help teachers with reading curricula, encourage kids to read outside of school, and they’re proven to be linked to high student achievement.

If they have the time.

About 73 percent of the commonwealth’s public schools have taken part in a study that reveals school libraries are hurting for funding and resources.

Good news for DC libraries, or more empty talk?

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 07:37

Education advocates weren't dancing in the streets last week after their meeting with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. But some were smiling -- just a little.

"I felt very positive and hopeful for the future of the libraries," said Suzanne Wells, a founder of the Capitol Hill Public School Parents Organization, or CHPSPO, which has been driving the effort to save librarians and push the city into making a greater investment in school libraries.

The fight for school libraries in D.C.

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 08:32

The fight for school libraries in D.C.
"There is a strong statistical correlation," said Peter MacPherson, of CHPSPO, while acknowledging the presence of a librarian may not be the sole factor. "But, it matters in a significant way."

The organization's findings seem to contradict Henderson's assertion earlier this year that the school system had not received sufficient return on its investment in librarians.

School library being eaten away by termites

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:15

School library being eaten away by termites
There are piles of them on the floor that need to be swept up regularly by the students assigned as library aides.

"What is that and they're like oh termite poop and they're like eeew, so it's our job to make sure everything is clean and there's lots of tiny little holes and we get duct tape and we put duct tape over the holes," says Waileia Botelho, library aide.