Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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February Best Practice of the Month: Develop the Graphic Novel Collection

Hurray! The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting! Another hurray!

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January Best Practice of the Month: Flexible Scheduling

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) counts flexible scheduling among best practices for school libraries.  The other scheduling methods include fixed scheduling and mixed scheduling.  Before discussing those options, it is best to set out definitions of the terms:

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IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Got a fabulous idea, but no money to implement? Check out the Sparks! Ignition grants from IMLS! School, public, and non-profit, tax-exempt libraries are eligible for these small grants that range from $10K-25K. Small is a relative term, and these grants are large enough to make a big difference.

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December Best Practice of the Month: Subject Guides

A subject guide is a set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic. Since the patrons of a school library are teachers and students, it is best to keep both audiences in mind when creating one.

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2 Idaho School Librarians Accepted to LiLead Fellowship!

Congratulations to Erin Downey, District Librarian at Boise Independent School District, and to Carol Robinson, District Librarian at Joint School District 171 in Orofino, on their acceptance into the LiLead Fellows Program!  The LiLead fellowship is an 18-month program through the University of Maryland, with the goal to create a network of school library supervisors w

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Best Practice of the Month: Self-Selection

 Do you have a roommate in your library? Did you decide it would be a good arrangement, or did you realize one day that you had extra software on the computer and a drawer full of colored dot stickers that were not yours? Have you found reading level numbers in the front of books that boss you and your students around?
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Laura Bush Foundation Grant Application for School Libraries is Open!

The Laura Bush Foundation funds $5,000 grants for  school libraries to expand their book collections.  Go to their website at http://www.laurabushfoundation.com/ to get the details and see if your school meets the eligibility requirements.  Submission deadline is December 15th, 2014.  Good luck!

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    Best Practice of the Month: Develop a Multicultural Collection

    We are right in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated this year from September 15th to October 15th.  Ever wonder why it is so important to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women's Month, Black History Month, and similar commemorations?  So important that librarians purchase materials to support it, highlight the featured authors, cult

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    Low Hanging Fruit

    ICfL has a new tool for school librarians!  It is a newsletter for you to use as your own, with information about ICfL tools and other resources for your teachers. Here is the kicker: it comes from your library - from you!  This little something you just threw together is called Low Hanging Fruit because it is easy.  It's easy for you - just forward it to your teachers' emai

    Letters About Literature

    It's time to register for our favorite reading and writing contest!  The registration window for Letters About Literature is now open.  Get all the details on how to enter this Idaho Core Standards-aligned contest from The Center for the Book at http://libraries.idaho.gov/lal.