Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banned Books Week: September 21-27, 2014

"Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) with questions. Banned Books Week 2015 is scheduled for September 27-October 3, 2015".

Find out more at ALA & ALA

Monday, September 15, 2014

An update from the IASL Membership Chair

Welcome back to a new school year.  By now schedules are settling down and, at least in my school, students are reading up a storm.   

If you are not an IASL member, we hope you will consider joining us!  I recently asked AEA Media Coordinators for the list of new staff members in their AEA school libraries. 

So far here are the counts:
AEA 1 – 2
AEA 267 – 8
AEA 10 – 5
AEA 9 – 11

Good luck to each and every one of you!

Thank you Diane Brown for the information for this post! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Advocacy Means Marketing

Keep in mind Library Card Sign-up Month.

Bookmark featuring Stan Lee

This school year advocacy will be critical to keep the school library I work in strong and prosperous. The first order of business will be advertising library tool kits. 

Here are some articles that may help teacher librarians advocate for themselves and/or help others.

AASL Blog: Monday Means Advocacy: Advisory Committee
I am looking forward to starting an advisory committee at the high school! :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Promoting IASL Award Books is Easy!

With the new school year in full swing, I, like many are excited to showcase the new IASL Award books. Posters and spine labels are a great way to identify these books in the library. If you did not get a chance to purchase posters or spine labels earlier this year, there’s still time! Here is the link for ordering supplies:

Happy Promoting!  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Questions....Not Answers...Giving and Receiving Assignments

Welcome back to your profession!

Hope that everyone is rested, relaxed, and recharged as much as one can be this time of year.  

Here is some food for thought as we enter another school year of providing the best services and resources possible in our respective areas.  

Articles to inspire and ponder new beginnings.

These themes in these articles really speak to me this time of year.

I am challenging myself this year to raise more questions and not expect answers to everything in library land.  I will keep investigating issues while giving and receiving assignments from those around me as well as the ones I assign to myself. 

Best wishes for an awesome school year!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Multiple Literacy Series: Transliteracy

Transliteracy and the School Library Program: bringing all the literacy concepts together. 

The term transliteracy refers to the connects between the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from text, signing and orality through handwriting, print, television, streaming video, computer programs and software, mash-ups, radio and film, to digital, mobile , and social networks. 

Transliteracy does not replace other literacy, but rather incorporates, media literacy, digital literacy, mobile literacy, visual literacy, and social literacy (Thomas, et al).

Libraries and transliteracy / @librarianbyday | #readyfortransliteracy


The site Libraries and Transliteracy discusses transliteracy as a set of 21st century skills defined as " the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools, and media, from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks."

Articles to explore and learn more about transliteracy including the perspective of a school librarian trying to fit into the school setting. School librarians are trained to participate in collaboration and we understand that teaching and learning is a two way street.
School Library Research: Literacy and transliteracy
slideshare: Libraries and transliteracy Transliteracy and Libraries
Transliteracy from the perspective of an information literacy advocate
AASL's 2012 Fall Forum Focused on Transliteracy
Transliteracy and Participatory Librarianship