School Libraries

AASL Announces Landmark Web sites for Teaching and Learning

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new resource for school library media specialists and their teacher colleagues. The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: Landmark Websites, a list honoring the top Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development, is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

School Library Media Month 2009

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced that James Patterson will be the spokesperson for School Library Media Month (SLMM). SLMM is AASL's annual celebration of school library media specialists and their programs and is celebrated the entire month of April. More information can be found at the School Library Media Month Website.

"AASL is extremely pleased to have James Patterson as our spokesperson for School Library Media Month," said AASL President Ann M. Martin. "Lending his talents and support to this very special month acknowledges that school library media specialists are a vital component of the educational system."

The Schneider Family Book Award

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Each year the American Library Association (ALA) awards authors and illustrators of books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. The Schneider Family Book Award is one of them.

Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen (ages 14-18), Middle School (ages 11-13), and Children’s (ages 10 and younger) book. The winning books are selected for their excellence as an artistic expression of the disability experience. The disability portrayed may be mental, physical, or emotional. Winning authors receive an award in the form of a $5,000 check and a framed plaque, emblazoned with a silver and blue emblem featuring a circle of boys and girls holding hands around a globe, symbolizing the equality of all children. Since the inception of the award in 2003, winning titles have included characters who deal with depression, blindness, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, deafness, synesthesia, dyscalculia, physical disabilities, and stuttering.

School Libraries Promote International Understanding

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Inaugurated in 1999 by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), International School Library Day highlights school libraries as essential partners in educating young minds, not only in the United States, but around the world, by connecting students from different cultures.

On October 22nd school libraries will be embracing the theme Learning Powered by Your School Library.”

Last year school libraries in over 30 countries, from Australia to Mozambique to Egypt, connected with libraries in other countries.

Reading is Still Hot at Keansburg High School

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As a high school librarian, I always try to think of ways to stimulate an interest in reading among my students.  At the high school level, students are involved in numerous extracurricular activities making reading a low priority.  Over the past several years, headphones and MP3 players have become an essential part of our students’ wardrobes.

Got a resource question? Text a librarian

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Students, faculty and staff at Arizona Western College (AWC) can now text questions to the college’s librarians and expect answers within a few minutes.

The new feature, which the college shares with Northern Arizona University along with a campus and library, will allow library users to text general library questions or to book a study room.

AWC added the feature mainly to accommodate students who had “on-the-go questions” but don’t at the time have access to a computer, said Jocelyn Bates, an information technology librarian at the college.

“We knew that since they had smart phones, they had to be texting,” she said, noting a campus survey that indicated most students on campus owned smart phones.

Most community college libraries offer some type of texting feature, said Sarah Raley, director of the Community College Library Consortium, which represents mainly two-year colleges in California. The majority of libraries on community college campuses use free basic text services, typically because they don’t have the budgets for more elaborate services that charge fees. Those systems, for example, can pool libraries so an employee from one of the participating colleges is always on call to answer questions, which save on resources.

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