Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Requirements for School Library Programs: Summary by State

As we participate in the Iowa School Library Survey, how does Iowa measure up compared to other states around the country? 

The Council of State School Library Consultants wiki lists most states' library curriculum and/or input standards. 

Here is the fact sheet for state requirements

Some states are not included in the links above. Below is more information about the states.

North Dakota

Hovious, Amanda. "Designer Librarian." Designer Librarian. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015. <https://designerlibrarian.wordpress.com/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-3>.

Resource organized by states. 

Mastery Connect has all the state standards in one ap. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

State Award Bookmarks 15-16

Please feel free to download and print these bookmarks to help promote the 15-16 IASL State Book Award nominees!

Iowa High School Book Award

UPDATE: The ICCA bookmark was missing a title - please use the link above for the complete list.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Future of Librarianship Series: Teacher as Technology Integrationists

I desire to investigate the varied roles of 21st century teacher librarians. In our state I have noticed that job titles, duties, and descriptions are rapidly changing or not at all. This movement or lack of movement impacts our profession and K-12 environments. Since technology is transforming our world there are many uncertainties associated with our positions.  I sense that some of us have hit a bit of an identity crisis.  I think that the bottom line is that school leaders must put teacher librarians into action.  One way this may happen is by changing our job titles and descriptions to teacher librarians/tech integrationists.  We understand that "technology is a tool and not a solution" (Day). The bottom line is that I would like to know why some teacher librarians have successfully evolved into technology integrationists and others have not. What are the barriers and potential solutions during this time of transformation?

Teacher librarians/technology integrationists are experts in information and media literacy skills. We are here to support the curriculum and help bridge the digital divide.  Curriculum updates require computer and information knowledge that utilizes teacher librarians.  I believe that our job is to lessen the digital divide and equip students with skills that match present and future job experiences in the 21st century.  I think that the digital divide is a huge piece of the puzzle that prevents teacher librarians from evolving to technology integrationists. Factors that impact the digital divide include access to hardware, software, internet speeds, virtual and physical space of the library, and collaborative curriculum based instructional practices.

To find out more about teacher librarians moving towards technology integrationists, I plan on studying informational literacy practices, learning commons, educational relationships, and STEM libraries. I want to present how teacher librarians bring invaluable support to our educational system. Some questions to ponder during the journey are how will modifications of the teacher librarian roles impact future library science majors? What skills and abilities will we need as well as future graduates so they can respond effectively to the K-12 world?

TRACES: we bring HISTORY to...Everyone

Mason-City-based. non-profit historical-edu org (www.roots.TRACES.org) would like to inform our readers about their organization. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Teen Enrichment 15,000 Opportunities for Students in Grades 7-12

Exploring Your Possibilities 

As we enter the summer months TeenLife Media provides extensive, free resources for teens, parents, and educators.  The search engine covers teen opportunities including summer programs, gap programs, schools, colleges, and community services opportunities. 

TeenLife provides the web’s most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. Our print and online content helps teens, parents and educators make strong enrichment-program decisions. Check out our guides online at teenlife.com/guides, and our blog at teenlife.com/blog! TeenLife is passionate about teen success.

-To find out more information contact Naomi Sand @ naomi@teenlife.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Have You Been Caught Reading?

Happy Get Caught Reading Month! 

Get your resources here to celebrate reading.  What ways can you and/or the people at your school get caught reading this month?

GCR Celebrates Free Comic Book Day with Five New Posters

In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day on May 2nd, Get Caught Reading partnered with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to launch five new posters in our campaign with comic and graphic novel themes. 

Click HERE to order your free posters. 




Monday, May 4, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

My Summer is Booked!

Thank you to our guest author, Jenna Spiering, Teacher Librarian at North West Junior High in Iowa City for giving us some more information about the ICCSD summer reading program!


The mission of the school library includes fostering and encouraging a love of reading. This mission does not have to end in June and begin again in August, but rather, should continue year round. Each summer, thousands of books sit on our library shelves, unread, during a time when students have an unfettered opportunity to read for enjoyment. During the school year the stress of deadlines, grades and applications often keep our students from finding time to read for enjoyment. However, the summer months provide an important opportunity for students to read books that they choose for pure enjoyment.

To ensure that all of our district’s secondary students have access to books for recreational reading year-round, our “My Summer is Booked” summer reading program provides our students with a reusable tote bag and the ability to check out an unlimited number of books to read for enjoyment during the summer months. 

Allowing students to check out school library books during the summer break ensures that each student has access to reading materials during this important developmental period. Although we have wonderful public libraries in our community, access to these services vary among our student populations.  Distance and accessibility, restrictive fining, and transportation are all factors that determine the levels of access our students have to reading materials in the summer months.  Furthermore, providing students with a reusable bag not only gives students a place to store their books throughout the summer months, but also generates interest, district-wide, in summer reading.

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The program was promoted with posters, announcements, commercials, social media, and bookmarks. Our libraries featured fun displays and a festive atmosphere to make the event more memorable and engaging.

The My Summer is Booked program has proven to be very successful in the Iowa City Community School District. After receiving a grant to purchase bags for our students, all six secondary schools (3 junior highs, 2 high schools, and an alternative high school) offered summer checkout for their students.  Scheduled during textbook return or literacy classes, students were invited enmasse to fill up their bags. In the last week of school, we checked out 4,595 books.

We also opened our libraries twice during the summer months, so that students would have an opportunity to check out new books, return, renew and visit different school libraries in our district. These open hours were supervised by librarians and teachers who volunteered to spend an hour with us. For teachers, it was a chance to get a great book and a chance to talk to future students.

We realized this program would risk the loss of books in our collection, but we were willing to make that potential sacrifice for the good of our students. However, our fears were mostly unfounded - by January of the 2015 school year, we had experienced a 95% rate of return. 

The ICCSD junior high and high school librarians look forward to continuing this summer reading initiative again this year. We will plan to begin expanding this program by offering checkout to incoming 6th graders and will continue to promote the program to our older students. 

Thanks to Jenna for writing! Follow Jenna on Twitter and Instagram @NWJHlibrary!

Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7, 2015

Who is watching you? Your patrons?

Be informed as you leave your digital footprint. 

digitalfamilysummit.com Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Web May 1 2015

Choose Privacy ALA 

ALA. Web. May 1 2015.