Blog posts in School Libraries

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AASL National School Library Standards: Domains and Competencies

In February, we discussed the Shared Foundations (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage)AASL Infographic and their Accompanying Key Commitments.  This month, we'll cover the next level of detail in

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AASL National School Library Standards - Where to Start?

Sometimes when a new set of standards is introduced, it is difficult to know where to start, how to apply them, and how a set of standards fits with existing curriculum and everyday practice.  Luckily, there are some helpful tools included in AASL’s new National School Library Standards to help us unpack the standards and start using them in the most useful way.

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Do Overdue Fines Short-Change the Library?

Who loves to collect overdue fines from students?  Nobody.  But fines are necessary, aren't they?  And for some school libraries, aren't they a needed revenue stream?  What if collecting the overdue fine costs more than the fine itself? 

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Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school, and welcome back to The School Zone!  It has been a fun (if smoky) summer here in Idaho, and we hope everyone is returning refreshed, recreated, and ready to take on a new year.

Summer Reading Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Available Now

2017 PSAs promoting summer reading are available from the CSLP website for your use and distribution: www.cslpreads.org/2017-psas.

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.

Low Hanging Fruit news: STEM

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The March edition of Low Hanging Fruit is all about STEM.
Take a look at this one-page newsletter to get an overview of STEM resources for use with K12 students. From the Cardboard Challenge, the Makerspace Playbook, and LiLI STEM resources to learning all about the STEM Action Center. The March Low Hanging Fruit has got it all!

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Happy New Year & Penciling In!

Happy New Year!  Hope the break was fun and restful, and school librarians everywhere are supercharged and ready to take on 2nd semester! Now that we've turned the calendar to 2016, perhaps there are a few dates you'd like to save.

July 19-21, 2016:

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Librarian Superheroes Use Journal Alerts!

It is a little known fact that Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, started her career as a librarian. It's true! Librarians can become superheroes outside Gotham City, too, by providing the right resources and information at the right time. Journal alerts are a great tool for the school librian's utility belt to achieve superhero status at school!

Here is how it works:

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PD and Jammies Can Happen at the Same Time - No Travel Required

Finding school library-specific professional development (PD) can be hard to manage. The big conferences and formal courses are expensive and most involve travel.  To further complicate the matter, getting time away from school, arranging a substitute (if that's an option), and myriad other obstacles make this best practice not practicable for many school librarians.