Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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ESSA and the School Library

On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation.  In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.

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Summer Reading Project: Find Your Blog

Blogs are plentiful, free, and when you find a few that speak to you, never-ending sources for ideas, information, and opinion. If the blogger is also a tweeter, you might add a new member to your professional network, too. A few blogs have been mentioned and recommended here, and there are so many, it can be overwhelming.

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School Library Month, Poetry Month and so much more in April!

April is National Poetry Month! And it is National School Library Month! And National Humor Month!

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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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Got Plans the Week of Dec. 7th - 13th? Participate in the Largest Learning Event in History!

Register your Hour of Code event and learn to code with the likes of Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and more - there is something for everyone and kids of all ages!  Plus, your event will be registered on the Global Map, and educators are eligible for prizes!

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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.

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Information Literacy for K-12

Information Literacy:

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel, activity and learning here at the School Libraries desk at ICfL.  Topping the list of favorites of the summer were opportunities to meet many Idaho school librarians from all parts of the state.  Running a close second was learning about new trends and developments in Libraryland to bring back to our state.  So, in the spirit of the tra