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School library programs are critical to 21st century learners. A presentation by Joyce Valenza.

School library programs are critical to 21st century learners. A presentation by Joyce Valenza.

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    • All students deserve an equitable education
    • Every student deserves the services of an on-site licensed library media specialist.
    • but . . .
    • our school library programs are
    • a tale of inequity
    • Students and teachers without the services of a qualified library media specialist,
    • without a funded library program . . .
    • Rpongsaj. “Locked Doors.”4 Nov. 2006. Flickr Creative Commons Pool. 19 Mar. 2008. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong/288223209/>. are at a significant disadvantage.
    • They are less likely to learn and practice 21st century skills of information and technology literacy.
    • They are less likely to understand the importance of digital citizenship in today’s world.
    • “ School libraries help teachers teach and children learn.”
    • “ Children and teachers need library resources–especially books and the expertise of a librarian to succeed.” First Lady, and former school librarian, Laura Bush
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • build developmentally appropriate collections of reading and research materials
    • that promote life-long learning and love of reading
    • Collections look different these days
    • collection BLOGS WIKIBOOKS e-books RSS feeds Streamed media databases audiobooks online survey tools major web portals books search engines magazines newspapers
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • collaboratively plan, teach and assess with classroom teachers
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • teach critical information and communication skills necessary for academic and business success
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • help teachers integrate relevant information and communication technologies into lessons.
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • promote use of high quality print and electronic resources
    • including our state-funded databases
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • promote independent reading,
    • promote the best in children’s and young adult literature.
    • Independent reading is critical.
    • You become a reader because
    • you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience,
    • someone led you to the world of books even before you could read,
    • let you taste the magic of stories , took you to the library , and allowed you to stay up later at night to read in bed. Jim Trelease, author The Read Aloud Handbook
    • You become a reader because you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience, someone led you to the world of books even before you could read, let you taste the magic of stories , took you to the library , and allowed you to stay up later at night to read in bed. Jim Trelease, author The Read Aloud Handbook
    • Professional school librarians . . .
    • work with school leaders and administrators to leverage technology investments
      • level the playing field, promote equity, help to reduce the achievement gap.
    • But . . .
      • Around the country
      • our school libraries are
      • threatened.
    • In California, only 23% of schools have a credentialed library media teacher on campus. California Department of Education 2004/2005. <http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/lb/libstats.asp>.
    • Nearly 40% of all PA public schools are without a librarian and school library. (estimated 2006-07 data, there are 3,568 public schools and 2,248 school librarians)
    • In Philadelphia, more than 75% of the city’s 265 public schools do not have a librarian or a library.
    • In other states the situation may be far worse.
    • Will you endorse this?
    • when . . .
    • The same proportion of schools without adequate staffing reported below-average scores. reading scores
      • PA middle schools with the best PSSA reading scores spend twice as much on their school libraries as the lowest scoring schools.
    • More than 18 studies, replicated in states across the country . . .
    • show student achievement increases an average of 10%-20%
    • when school library media centers are staffed with certified school librarians .
    • In Washington State
    • three moms,
    • concerned about reductions in school library programs,
    • successfully lobbied state legislators for $4 million in emergency bridge funding.
    • They continue to lobby to ensure students across the state have library programs and certified librarians.
    • “ Spokane Moms.” 1 Feb. 2008. ALA Fund Our Future Flickr Group . 24 Mar. 2008. <http:// www.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/sets/72157603853026097/ >.
    • They continue to lobby to ensure students across the state have library programs and certified librarians.
    • The Washington State legislature is rethinking the meaning of the phrase basic education.
    • How do library media specialists make a difference?
    • Media specialists introduce resources and teach students and teachers how to best use them.
    • Among those resources—state-funded databases!
    • Media specialists organize the Web for their learning communities.
    •  
    • Media specialists teach literacy:
    • traditional literacy
    • information literacy
    • media literacy
    • Media specialists ensure equity
    • access for all students:
    •  
    • access to information
    • in all its formats
    • access to technology
    • access to skills
    • Library media specialists teach learners to . . .
    • inquire, think critically, gain knowledge research inquire develop a thesis take a stand organize analyze synthesize question apply debate
    • evaluate information bias relevance timeliness authority points of view author credentials evaluating new information formats purpose
    • draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge, create new knowledge
    • share knowledge, participate ethically & productively
    • collaborate and create traditional papers blog podcast streamed video storyboard concept map digital storytelling public service announcements student-produced digital instruction present
    • demonstrate information ethics documentation digital citizenship Creative Commons safety respect for intellectual property academic integrity intellectual freedom
    • pursue personal & aesthetic growth independent reading viewing listening author visits school-wide reading initiatives poetry slams galleries of student work video book trailers collections that meet needs of all learners book fairs review blogs podcast reviews book clubs booktalks
    •  
    • Research shows the highest achieving students attend schools with good library media centers.
    • The library media specialist builds age & developmentally appropriate collections
    • in all media formats
    • for all learners
    • The media specialist
    • collaborates in teaching and integrating information and technology literacy standards
    • and develops learning activities that improve student achievement.
    • School libraries are not a nice extra .
    •  
    • School libraries are a core service .
    • All students deserve an equitable education
    • Every student deserves the services of an on-site licensed library media specialist.
    • Nationwide data available at: Library Research Service Research and Statistics About Libraries,&quot;Impact Studies.&quot; http://www.lrs.org/impact.asp Other statistics available from the American Library Association: http://ala.org/ala/issues/issuesadvocacy.cfm Thanks to Doug Johnson and the librarians of MEMO for their advocacy ideas. Thanks to Deb Kachel, Mansfield University, for local statistics. For more information on the Spokane Moms http://www.fundourfuturewashington.org/
      • Music
      Camp, Manolo. “Medieval.” 24 Mar. 2008. <http://www.manolocamp.net/music/mp3/Manolo%20Camp%20-%20Medieval.mp3>.
    • Prepared by Joyce Kasman Valenza, April 2008