School Libraries

Librarians' numbers decrease as roles expand: Students need help with Web, new media

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On a typical day at the Forked River Elementary School in Lacey, school librarian Miranda Paris will help her students navigate the Web, help them decide what books best fit their research needs, put in a little time as the adviser of a peer mediator group here and teach a few children how to use the Dewey Decimal System.

She’ll also help manage the school library’s teen volunteers and, if there’s time, she’ll devote part of her day to planning the school’s Battle of the Books literacy program.

School libraries are still about teaching students 'to use information efficiently and ethically'

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When Sue Reinaman became Northern High School librarian 18 years ago, there were CD-ROMs and a card catalog in drawers, with the beginning of digital resources.

Today, her library has seven online databases, with the budget shifting toward buying more digital resources, including e-books.

School libraries vital to reading achievement

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If the situation were not so serious, it would be laughable.

How can we improve reading achievement if we make it more difficult to put books in the hands of our children?

Our schools work diligently to teach reading skills, but we actually undermine teachers’ efforts and students’ progress by drastically cutting the purchase of new school library books and by eliminating many school librarians. It stands to reason that once you learn a skill, you must practice to master it. If we insist that we must exert effort to ensure reading achievement, it does not make good sense to reduce the number of books and librarians in our schools.

Summer Reading Goes to School

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An Iowa university and Connecticut high school are reinventing recreational reading programs

The lazy days of summer are here—a time to relax, vacation, and sun by the pool. It’s also a time to catch up on all those good books you didn’t have time to read all year. For students, this season can be especially prime reading months.

While public libraries have traditionally provided space for schoolchildren and adults to participate in a wide array of programming geared around summer reading, a growing number of academic and school libraries are now taking a page from their public library counterparts by hosting programming—and they’re seeing positive results.

Hughes Middle School parents work to keep librarian

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When a few Hughes Middle School ( parents learned that next year's budget cuts would include cutting the school library and librarian's hours by half next year, they decided to do something.

Parents Kimberly Peterson, Cathy Procopio and Kelly Johnson organized and hosted a plant sale fundraiser Saturday in the school's parking lot.

Peterson said that Diane Riska-Taylor "is not just a librarian, she's more like a teacher. Every child at Hughes knows her and loves her."

Information Matrix Camp Rocks Tulsa!

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“Have you read any good books lately?" Quite a few Tulsa area librarians had this question posed to them during the week of July 18-24 when the Oklahoma Library Association's 4th annual Information Matrix Summer Camp hit town.  The purpose of the camp is to encourage middle school kids (ages 12-14) to begin to consider careers in libraries, archives, and museums.  This was the first year the camp had come to northeastern Oklahoma and "Green Country" librarians really worked hard to make the camp a great success.

East Carolina University digital collection of historic photographs receives reference award

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The award is administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and is given to a library or library system for development of an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. “Seeds of Change” contains more than 7,500 images taken from 1949 to 1967 and digitized from the photographic negatives of The Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C.’s daily newspaper. These photos document the trends and developments that influenced the eastern region of North Carolina during this period of major change in the United States. The collection’s website also contains supplemental multimedia resources which offer historical context for the images, including a streaming video and full transcript of an interview with The Daily Reflector's former editor and photographer; an essay written by ECU history faculty member Christopher Oakley on the history of Pitt County and Greenville during this period; and an illustrated timeline identifying the national and international events that shaped the era. The resource also contains tools for browsing the images by subject, facilitating users’ entry into the collection.