December 10, 2016

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Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

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The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Wiegand Researches the History of U.S. Public School Libraries

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School librarians will be important primary sources in historian Wayne Wiegand’s project, facilitated by a visiting scholar post at the Library of Congress.

 Streamline Student Research With Wolfram|Alpha Add-Ons

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The recent release of two add-ons for Google Drive brings the power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational search engine directly into Google Docs and Google Sheets.

Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial

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Two determined Nebraska librarians came up with a road map to making strategic decisions based on their school district’s data.

Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits

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High school teacher librarian and Tech Tidbits columnist Phil Goerner shares some of the resources he used in a recent class on copyright and fair use.

Infographic: Librarians Embrace Tech Instruction

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Need help making the case for librarians as technology leaders? This handy infographic, based on School Library Journal’s recent technology survey, is free to download and share.

New Report from Scholastic Shows School Libraries Work

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Brand new research shines a light on the unique positive effects school librarians have on student learning outcomes.

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

I am thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Community of Scholars Task Force and equally thrilled about our plans to move forward in creating a truly meaningful community. Discussed at last year’s CLASS (Causality: School Libraries and Student Success) Summit, the project is realized and described as one of three goals in the CLASS […]

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

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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 […]