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Johnson, Wendell G. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Copyright concerns continue to bedevil K-12 librarians, who are often called upon to act as the copyright officers in public schools. This article describes recent copyright developments of concern to these librarians in three areas: a recent court case involving a university library, pending legislation supported by ALA, and a regulatory update.…
Descriptors: Copyrights, Elementary Secondary Education, Librarians, Court Litigation
Johnson, Yvonne M.; Johnson, Nicole M. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This article provides a collection of annotated citations for online resources of interest to school librarians; the focus is on copyright law, related information, and guidelines. The citations are organized by themes based on common issues. Copyright protects originally created works, including movies, recorded music performances, novels,…
Descriptors: Copyrights, School Libraries, Librarians, Annotated Bibliographies
Baker, Sheila F.; Willis, Jana – Knowledge Quest, 2016
A new teacher enters the classroom for the first time equipped with teaching strategies, technology-integration models, and classroom experiences acquired during his or her teacher preparation program. These new teachers are often unaware that down the hall exists their greatest resource for today's technologies and their strongest potential…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Soulen, Rita R. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Mary Virginia Gaver conducted the first correlational research in the field of school libraries. Many in the field trace the beginning of the search for proof that effective school libraries impact student learning to her study published just over fifty years ago. While conducting her study she developed measures of the effectiveness of school…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Role, Electronic Libraries
McPherson, Heather; Dubé, Margot – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Information literacy (IL) is a multifaceted skill that encompasses information seeking, identifying research questions, finding answers to research questions, and then evaluating and using information appropriately (ALA 2001). Much research has been conducted on the low level of IL found amongst high school students. Failure to make connections…
Descriptors: High School Students, Information Literacy, Action Research, Critical Thinking
Fiehn, Barbara – Knowledge Quest, 2016
When was the last time you saw a student copying from a print reference source? As print sources gather dust, digital materials' use grows. Digital materials are more to the liking of students raised with technology in hand. For young learners, the process of on-screen copy and paste has made replication with pen and paper obsolete. As digital…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Ethics
Stripling, Barbara K. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Culture involves behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and invisible norms and expectations. The question for school librarians is: How is a culture of intellectual freedom built, and what is the role of the librarian? School librarians are expected to be instructional leaders from "the middle." They are not in positions of authority over other…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Role
Pekoll, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) strives to educate librarians and the public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries, and it will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Libraries are a forum for information and ideas (under the First Amendment), and librarians are…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
Adams, Helen; Moskalski, Michael D.; McBride, Linda L. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians often wonder whether school superintendents and school board members understand and support intellectual freedom for students in K-12 schools. In this article, an administrator and a school board member discuss their thoughts and the actions they took to support access to information in the face of formal challenges to school…
Descriptors: Access to Information, School Libraries, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes
Batch, Kristen R.; Magi, Trina; Luhtala, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The article is divided into three sections. The main section, "Filtering beyond CIPA: Consequences of and Alternatives to Overfiltering in Schools" (Kristen Batch) describes factors that contribute to the overimplementation of CIPA. Internet filtering is a routine practice in public schools and libraries. The Children's Internet…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Information Policy, Library Administration, Library Policy
Garnar, Martin – Knowledge Quest, 2015
In 1939 technological advances included the first handheld electric slicing knife, the first mass-produced helicopter, and the first transmission of a picture via a cable system (Science and Technology 2001). That year also saw the first Code of Ethics adopted by the American Library Association (ALA OIF 2010, 311). Can an ethical code first…
Descriptors: Ethics, Administrative Principles, Library Associations, Relevance (Education)
Adams, Helen; Leu, DaNae; Venuto, Dee Ann – Knowledge Quest, 2015
What do school librarians fear most? Hands down, their biggest fear is a formal challenge to a resource in the school library. There are no accurate statistics about the number of challenges to school library resources. The staff of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom estimates that only about 20 percent are reported to ALA annually. For the…
Descriptors: Librarians, Barriers, School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom
Magi, Trina – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians regularly face difficult intellectual freedom questions. Is it a good idea to put grade- or reading-level labels on the outside of books or use labels to determine what students should read? Do children have First Amendment rights? The ALA "Intellectual Freedom Manual" provides answers and guidance. The…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Help Seeking, School Libraries, Librarians
Chmara, Theresa – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Courts have held that minors have First Amendment rights and that those rights include the right to receive information. However, how does that apply in the school setting? The First Amendment prohibits governmental entities from unconstitutionally infringing rights of free speech. Students in public schools, therefore, do have rights under the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Religion, Freedom of Speech, Court Litigation
Martin, Ann M. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article asks the question: How well versed are school librarians on issues related to labeling and rating systems? As school librarians continue to design and implement resource location schemes to assist patrons, they must recognize the difference between using labels to create interest in books or implementing labeling and rating systems…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Attitudes, Intellectual Freedom
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