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Thweatt, Mary – School Library Monthly, 2012
School librarians are collaborators, making connections with community, school, technology, jobseekers, and individuals with language barriers. They have served as a resource of information to the community and students. As an elementary school librarian, the author has become more creative by seriously listening to school community members. What…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Reading Programs, Family Programs, Parent Participation
Keller, Cynthia – School Library Monthly, 2012
School librarians can assume an important role in preserving and perpetuating the oral tradition. The same skills and techniques when telling a personal story can be transmitted to telling various kinds of stories from literature and history. For school librarians to be successful storytellers, they need to select stories that they like and enjoy…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
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Spidal, Debra F. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2012
Holocaust denial literature has been treated inconsistently in library collections. At one time Holocaust denial literature was classed and subject headings assigned with Holocaust literature. After specific Library of Congress classification numbers and subject headings for Holocaust denial and Holocaust denial literature became available in the…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Library Materials, Classification, Indexing
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Arya, Harsh Bardhan; Mishra, J. K. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2012
The paper describes the theory and definition of the practice of librarianship, specifically addressing how Web 2.0 technologies (tools) such as synchronous messaging, collaborative reference service and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, social bookmarking tools, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups might intimate changes and how…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Social Networks, Reference Services
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Perez, Lisa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
To assume the role of technology leaders and information literacy specialists in their schools, librarians need access to the most current information. And, they do this by helping each other. There are many definitions, but professional learning networks (PLNs) involve sharing work-related ideas with a network of colleagues via various digital…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Educational Technology, Information Literacy, Librarians
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Moorefield-Lang, Heather; Gavigan, Karen – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Due to the development of new 21st-century technologies, the world of children's and young adult literature is continually changing. For example, one of the fastest-growing multimodal formats that today's visually literate youth embrace is the digital graphic novel. Digital graphic novels are graphic novels produced on and/or accessed on some form…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Librarians, Novels, Graphic Arts
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Edwards, Buffy – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In this era of higher student enrollment coupled with budget cuts, some school library professionals are considering retirement, while others are standing up to defend the profession they know has a strong positive impact on student learning. Many school librarians who weather difficulties do so by choosing to find energy in the challenges of…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Performance Factors, Barriers
Brahme, Maria; Delich, Patricia; Heilman, Elena – Computers in Libraries, 2012
For more than a decade, librarians have struggled to balance making the convenience of the ebook formats available while alleviating users' frustrations with the disparities between the myriad formats. This article tells the story of another area of ebook concern: How can independently published ebooks make it into a library's collections? The…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Books, Electronic Publishing, Entrepreneurship
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Nesi, Olga M. – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In this article, the author discusses the transformative power of care. In the interest of achieving some modicum of clarity, the author begins with a definition of the word "care." For each of the different school constituencies, there exist categories of actions through which educators demonstrate care. Broadly, these categories include:…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, School Libraries, Caring, Affective Objectives
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Perrault, Anne Marie; Levesque, Aimee M. – Knowledge Quest, 2012
To understand and share the feelings of students one must see the world through their lens. Empathic design includes aspects of empathy and offers a means for a practical application of the concept by encouraging organizations to put themselves into the shoes or situation of their users so as to better understand users' needs. Program evaluation…
Descriptors: Caring, Library Services, Empathy, School Libraries
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Smith, Nichole L. – Knowledge Quest, 2012
A school librarian may or may not have access to the same students on a daily basis as would a teacher. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. Often, students are drawn to those who are not their "teacher," and a bond is naturally formed. In other instances, students may not seek this bond. Either way, a school librarian can reach out to…
Descriptors: Caring, Library Services, School Libraries, Librarians
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Munde, Gail – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Librarianship places an ethical demand on practitioners to put patrons or library users' interests before self-interest, and indeed, this is the hallmark of any service profession. But what obligation do school librarians have to their peer librarians and educators? The Code of Ethics of the American Library Association offers this principle, "We…
Descriptors: Caring, Ethics, Professional Associations, Social Organizations
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Nieto, Sonia – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Educator Bell Hooks acknowledged the fundamental truth that teaching, caring, and transformation are closely linked, that is, that true teaching must be accompanied by a deep level of care in order for learning to take place. No matter how young or old, no matter the subject matter, and no matter where teaching and learning take place--a…
Descriptors: Caring, Social Influences, Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Practices
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Kumasi, Kafi – Knowledge Quest, 2012
The late rapper Tupac Shakur wrote a poem called "The Rose that Grew from Concrete" that serves as a good metaphor for helping educators, including school librarians, to disrupt stereotypical metanarratives they might have about urban youth and replace them with new narratives of hope, compassion, and high expectations for all students. Tupac's…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Urban Youth, Youth Opportunities
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Hachey, Alyse C. – Knowledge Quest, 2012
School librarians help train students to be effective acquirers, evaluators, and users of ideas and information--a necessary skill for survival in the information-rich society. From this stance, school librarians are definitely caregivers. But the author argues that this does not get to the heart of the matter: Librarianship usually translates…
Descriptors: Caring, Caregivers, Educational Practices, School Libraries
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