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July 30, 2014

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Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers

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The low-down on digital content, what’s appropriate, at what age—and some props for print books.

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School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated)

(Note: I just realized that I created a draft of this post a few weeks back, but forgot to publish. Forgive me!) Deb Kachel, my colleague at the Mansfield SL&IT, just shared her latest revision of School Library Research Summarized. The revised booklet updates the work of Deb’s grad students in her Spring 2011 Advocacy [...]

Responding to Pew: The Myth and Reality of the Evolving Patron

Responding to Pew: The Myth and Reality of the Evolving Patron

At ALA I was honored to be invited by RUSA to respond to research presentation, The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, shared the latest data relating to how Americans think about libraries and information, their use of library services, and what [...]

Working together is working smarter [Infographic]

Based on a report recently released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), Working Together is Working Smarter, visually demonstrates the role of school librarians as highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators.   The infographic reveals our dedicated, voluntary leadership in the delivery of [...]

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Illustration by David Flaherty.

An important new study of Pennsylvania’s schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.

School library infographics: research and advocacy

School library infographics: research and advocacy

However compelling the research is, it can be hard to make the case with a 30-page study, or even a executive summary. Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen a research translated and chunked in the form of infographics.  We’ve also [...]

How would you fill an Edcanvas?

I am adding Edcanvas to my toolkit for curating, flipping, and presenting. The flexible platform allows teachers and students to organize and share teaching and learning materials, or their research products, in the form of a attractive visual grids composed of tiles. Pick a topic, choose a theme (tile layout) and create a canvas by [...]

Pew offers new Libraries page

I was about to write an alert about several of the interesting new Pew Internet & American Life Project studies, when I discovered that it is now easier to discover those studies. The Pew Project recently added a Libraries page to their site, gathering research especially relevant to our community, as well as updates from [...]

Sticky research metaphors?

This holiday weekend I bumped into a former student at the mall.  And she said, Thank you, Dr. V., for the metaphors. I’ve been keeping them in mind at college.
When I looked at her puzzled, she reminded me of a couple of the goofy things I regularly say to make teenage sense of the research [...]

Sticky research metaphors?

This holiday weekend I bumped into a former student at the mall.  And she said, Thank you, Dr. V., for the metaphors. I’ve been keeping them in mind at college. When I looked at her puzzled, she reminded me of a couple of the goofy things I regularly say to make teenage sense of the [...]

Wikipedia and JSTOR partner

In a Wikimedia blog post this week, Steven Walling shared news of an exciting partnership.
JSTOR, that non-profit consortium-based database, beloved by high school and college students everywhere for its scholarly, authoritative content, will now provide the 100 most active Wikipedia editors with
free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than 1,600 [...]

Wikipedia and JSTOR partner

In a Wikimedia blog post this week, Steven Walling shared news of an exciting partnership. JSTOR, that non-profit consortium-based database, beloved by high school and college students everywhere for its scholarly, authoritative content, will now provide the 100 most active Wikipedia editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than [...]

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World

This morning, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.
This one really speaks to the need for digital literacy skills and the type of instruction we are all about.
Conducted by Pew, in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the [...]

SLJ Summit 2012: Full-Time School Librarians Boost Student Test Scores in Reading, Writing, Says PA Report

Upper Merion High School Librarian Sharon Nardelli assists ninth-graders with research.

Access to a full-time school librarian increases test scores, closes the achievement gap, and improves writing skills, according to a new study of Pennsylvania public schools announced at the start of SLJ’s Leadership Summit.