June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

White Papers / Case Studies

At times, our sponsors make available valuable insights in the form of complimentary white papers or case studies that they wish to share with our audience. You’ll find descriptions and download links for these documents below. (All require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.)

Beanstack logoSponsor: LearningExpress

Posted: November 2017

Information & Media Literacy: Skills Needed in Today’s World

Extraordinary digital innovation has brought about a global information society and has radically changed information access and standards of authority and reliability — straining the educational and labor market infrastructures needed to confront this change. Read the LearningExpress-sponsored white paper on skills needed in today’s world to decipher information sources.

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Beanstack logoSponsor: Beanstack

Posted: November 2017

Designing High-Participation Summer and Winter Reading Programs

Aggregating the results of over 2,000 summer reading programs, and looking deeper at the libraries which have run the highest participation summer programs, our data shows that seemingly small decisions about registration, logging, incentives, and other features can have a measurable impact. This report provides an overview of key insights and recommends some best practices that are enabling top-performing libraries to get the most out of their reading programs.

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littleBits logoSponsor: littleBits

Posted: November 2015

The Librarian’s Guide to littleBits and STEAM

littleBits is a collection of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is at the intersection of STEM/STEAM and the Maker Movement. The Librarian’s Guide to littleBits and STEAM will help you unleash your creativity with this innovative tool and give you project ideas that support learning in your library, school or makerspace.

In this guide, teacher librarian Colleen Graves shares her real-world tips for getting started with littleBits and the STEAM movement. You’ll also get real-world insights from other savvy maker librarians. Learn how to organize the Bits, guide students through design challenges, create fixed stations in your library, host workshops, build a maker community, and more!

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Britannica Digital Learning logoSponsor: Britannica Digital Learning

Posted: May 2015

Bringing School Libraries and Classrooms Together

Progressive teachers and librarians are seeing the value in more closely collaborating with each other to support student learning. With the library media specialist as the information literacy expert and the teacher as the content expert, students conduct research for projects, assignments, and personal discovery with a newfound sense of purpose and engagement.

This case study profiles how the Library Media Specialist at East Hall Middle School in Gainesville, GA uses Britannica® School, one of the resources provided to her school by the GALILEO statewide initiative, to successfully guide students to the research information they need. She highlights how she has made it a priority to partner with her building’s classroom teachers to promote the great resources they and their students can access.

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Britannica Digital Learning logoSponsor: Britannica Digital Learning

Posted: March 2015

Using Online Resources as Collaboration Tools

Nationwide, school librarians are embracing the opportunity to do more than check out books and using their knowledge to make the library a seamless extension of the classroom. In Memphis, TN, one school librarian has found success in using online resources as a basis for partnering with teachers to support student learning and the research process across subject areas.

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Scholastic Go logoSponsor:

Posted: October 2014

Students should GO, not Google—how the use of Scholastic GO!™ in classrooms and libraries successfully developed research skills in K-8 students in the Chico Unified School District

All students must be able to research to build and present knowledge in order to be college and career ready. In addition to researching, students must be able to determine if the information they gather is credible, accurate and reliable.

This case study explores two librarians’ experience with Scholastic GO!™ – a digital resource providing hundreds of thousands of nonfiction authentic texts on every core-curricula subject by respective experts in each area of study.

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