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Schaffner, Jennifer; Erway, Ricky – OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2014
The digital humanities (DH) are attracting considerable attention and funding at the same time that this nascent field is striving for an identity. Some research libraries are making significant investments by creating digital humanities centers. However, questions about whether such investments are warranted persist across the cultural heritage…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Humanities, Technology Uses in Education, Librarians
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Bowler, Leanne – Knowledge Quest, 2014
A makerspace is a physical place in the library where informal, collaborative learning can happen through hands-on creation, using any combination of technology, industrial arts, and fine arts that is not readily available for home use. The underlying goal of a makerspace is to encourage innovation and creativity through the use of technology-to…
Descriptors: Librarians, Information Science Education, Creativity, Pilot Projects
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Bitterman, Amy; Gray, Lucinda; Goldring, Rebecca – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
This report presents selected findings from the Public School Library Media Center Data File of the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). SASS is a nationally representative sample survey of public and private K-12 schools, principals, and teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. School districts associated with public schools…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Private Schools, School Libraries, Elementary Schools
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James, Robert – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2013
The transformation of the first floor of Joyner Library into the Collaborative Learning Center produced significant changes to collection and user spaces. Collaboration, in this context, refers to students engaged in teamwork with technology and support services. A Culture War emerged when some faculty, displeased with the loss of the traditional…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Learning Resources Centers, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
Spitzer, Stephan – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The fact that people now live in a world of abundant portable electronic devices is important to any organization that maintains a web presence, including libraries. No longer tied to a desktop, the patrons' netbooks, tablets, ebook readers, and, of course, cellphones all become potential tools for remote access to library content. About a year…
Descriptors: Learning Resources Centers, Internet, Educational Resources, Libraries
Standard, April – Library Media Connection, 2011
In "What Defines an Exemplary School Librarian," Jami Jones and Gail Bush make a strong argument that professional disposition is the key to a successful library media program. The authors emphasize the relevance of INTASC standards which specify that teachers must promote "positive social interaction and (develop) healthy and helping…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, School Libraries, Learning Resources Centers
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Pribesh, Shana; Gavigan, Karen; Dickinson, Gail – Library Quarterly, 2011
Stephen Krashen believes that schools can counter the effects of poverty in at least one area: access to books. However, little research has been done to determine whether students living in poverty have access to school library services comparable to those attending schools with low concentrations of students living in poverty. We examined the…
Descriptors: Poverty, School Libraries, Library Services, Learning Resources Centers
Purcell, Melissa – Library Media Connection, 2010
Media centers have been transformed from warehouses for books and equipment into the hub of the learning community. Media specialists keep the hub functioning properly. If school library media specialists are doing their job well, they are making a difference in the ways teachers teach and in the ways students learn. On any given day, a media…
Descriptors: Media Specialists, School Libraries, Information Scientists, Library Role
DuRant, Kathleen D. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to assess the readiness of South Carolina secondary school library media specialists to prepare students to meet the "AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner" (American Association of School Librarians, 2009b) by investigating the availability of 21st century technology tools, the confidence level of…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Professional Associations, Media Specialists, Librarians
Allen, Melissa – Library Media Connection, 2010
Today school library media specialists operate in an environment of daily challenges and controversies. "No Child Left Behind" established mandates that all educators are scrambling to meet. No matter how people feel about the way the legislation is being carried out, it is difficult to argue against its purpose--that all educators must…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Academic Achievement
Ferlazzo, Larry – Library Media Connection, 2010
Over 10 percent of all students in K-12 schools in the United States are English Language Learners (ELLs) today, and, according to the Educational Testing Service, that number is expected to grow to 25 percent by 2025. Much of that growth is happening in communities (and in schools) that do not have a history of large immigrant populations. Given…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Testing, Second Language Learning, Librarians
Carmichael, Patricia – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2009
This article is the second part of a two-part article on a learning project developed through the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) program at Concordia Lutheran College. The first part of this article can be found in the January 2009 issue of this journal and discusses how the applications of the "AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner"…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Interests, School Libraries, Higher Education
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Moreillon, Judi – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The Position Statement on the School Library Media Specialist's Role in Reading, adopted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board in February 2009, is a guide to help practitioners build library programs that support every learner's development in reading. As part of the Learning4Life (L4L) plan to implement the Standards for…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Lifelong Learning, Motivation, School Libraries
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Sturm, Brian W. – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Secret spaces serve as mirrors in which children can explore themselves and play with identities, while at the same time they act as windows to the real world through which children develop an understanding of social interactions and societal norms and expectations. The understanding of secret spaces has important implications for the physical…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Learning Resources Centers, Imagination, Interpersonal Relationship
Baaden, Bea – School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2008
Mentoring is defined as a professional relationship between an experienced person and inexperienced person. When newly hired library media specialists enter their schools, they often become part of the district's mentoring program. Yet, mentoring these new professionals can be problematic for school districts. In addition, when a library media…
Descriptors: Mentors, School Culture, School Libraries, Media Specialists
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