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Articles in Education on Libraries K-12.
The New School Library The Human Connection to Digital Resources and Academic Success
Increasingly, we hear the questions: “Are libraries necessary today? Isn’t everything on the Internet? Can’t we use the library space for better purposes?” We read about prominent independent schools that have chosen to eliminate most or all of their print collections in favor of digital resources.
Clearly, a popular impression out there is that the plentiful free information on the open Internet will answer all academic needs.
We respectfully disagree — and the research is on our side.
Libraries of the Future: Where Trends Are Taking K-12 Public School Libraries
Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts.
Check out the Library of the Future
It’s a library without any books. Could this digital reading room be the way of the future?
Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians
According to Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania and author of School Library Journal’s “Never Ending Search” blog, this is the golden age of librarianship.
PA Library Common Core Curriculum
The Library Model Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards for English Language Arts, Reading and Writing in Science & Technology/Technical Subjects, Reading and Writing in Social Studies and History and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Business, Computer and Information Technology.
Understanding by Design curriculum model uses three stages of development: Stage 1 Desired Results, Stage 2 Assessment Evidence and Stage 3 Learning Plan. The document posted on the PDE SAS Portal concentrates on Stage One: Desired Results, which provides established goals (the 44 PA Common Core Standards and Academic Standards for which librarians take primary instructional responsibility), the big ideas of understanding and the essential questions that prompt understanding and the competencies/skills that students should be able to perform.
American Libraries : school libraries transform learning
Professional Library Organizations
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA)
The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is a professional organization for school library professionals and library educators. The mission of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is to ensure excellence in school library programs.
American Library Association (ALA)
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
A division of The American Library Association.
Younge Adult Library Services Association (YASLA)
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.