Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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May Best Practice of the Month - Encourage Summer Reading

What's on your summer reading list? Recreational reading? Some serious reading? Tackling a project read (War and Peace, anyone)?  Whatever reading is on deck for your summer break, share those reading plans with your students, and ask about the books are on their summer reading lists.

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Weeding: April Best Practice of the Month

Ah, Spring! The sun is shining (sometimes), the wind is blowing (always), and bulbs are sending up early blooms that assure us that winter is almost over.  Gardeners are itching to get going. So, while pulling all those winter weeds out of the vegetable patch, it is a good time to consider weeding the library collection, too.

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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!