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The Life & Times of a School Librarian

A Futuristic Library November 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — ketchup57 @ 11:43 am

I found these photos of a school library in (what I think is) Thailand.  I just love the simplistic, clean design! 

Photos courtesy of Creative Commons licensing from:


21st Century Learners

Filed under: Student Achievement,Technology — ketchup57 @ 2:05 am

Teachers and School Librarians have a new focus this year – to develop lessons that meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner.  What are the needs of the 21st Century Learners?  According to The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Every child in America needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century…

To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills website goes on to say that these skills include:

  • Information and communication skills (information and media literacy skills; communication skills)
  • Thinking and problem-solving (critical thinking and systems thinking; problem identification, formulation and solution; creativity and intellectual curiosity)
  • Interpersonal and self-direction skills (interpersonal and collaborative skills; self-direction; accountability and adaptability; social responsibility)
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic and business literacy, and developing entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
  • Civic literacy


School library-media specialists are trained to help students achieve these goals and learn these skills.  TheAmerican Association of School Librarians (AASL) believe…

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs. 
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

The AASL Standards describe how learners use skills, resources, and tools to:

  • inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
  • draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
  • share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
  • pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
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    A Fair(y) Use Tale

    Filed under: Copyright — ketchup57 @ 1:28 am
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    Every librarian knows that it’s best to stay away from using Disney movies in the classroom.  Stories of Disney lawsuits are abundant within the library community.  However, at a recent conference I was introduced to a quite interesting video called “A Fair(y) Use Tale.”  In this video, Eric Faden shares information about fair use in quite an unusual way – he only uses short clips from Disney movies to tell the story!  At first, it’s a little hard to follow, but it’s definitely worth watching (be sure to pause to read the “FBI Warning”).  I plan on using this video at a faculty meeting to review copyright issues.  Enjoy the show!