Fifteen years ago, a hiring principal asked me where I saw myself in ten years. I said, “A Reading Recovery specialist”. Well, fifteen years later I am entering my fifth year as a licensed Library Media Specialist after having taught reading and math in the general classroom. And in a way, I have become that reading recovery specialist. I am probably like many of you, our educational visions shift but our overall goals of wanting students to be successful does not. One of the most struggling things to hear, as a teacher and or librarian, is that a child cannot find anything to read. Depending on the curriculum or class reading assignment, I often see children wandering the stacks looking at covers and their overwhelming number of pages for the perfect read. I decided to build a small collection of books called the Reader’s Cafe just for these students in its own section of the Media Center. This mini collection holds each section of Dewey that fit my building’s curriculum requirements as well as various fictional titles. This collection is geared toward the student that is not reading on grade level. I use a strategy that I used in my general classrooms at the start of the school year where I discuss how everyone has strengths and weaknesses and learning is different for everyone too. But now I take my new fifth graders to this section in the Media Center during our tour and point out my bumble bee stuffed animal. I proceed to discuss that this is special collection of library books and its “no buddies Bee-nize” what you read from this shelves or any other shelves in the library. Then as needed, I am able to guide students to this section to find a great read! I am happy to say that the Reader’s Cafe has been very successful. Not only do I have students selecting books with comfort and most importantly with something they CAN read, but teachers love this area too. They have found it very helpful to direct their specific students to this area when they assisting themselves or identify it on a pass for me to assist students. In addition, our MRD students now have an area that is easier for them to select books from too. And even though I am not an official Reading Recovery specialist, I know that I am a specialist in ensuring all my students can find something in their library that they can enjoy and READ. Kim Hamlin Little Miami Intermediate School
Several email services have recently changed policies that may affect your listing on the OELMA listserv. Specifically, this currently affects anyone with a Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL account, but others may follow. The new policy means that although you will continue to receive listserv messages for the time being, each one will generate a “bounce-back” message to the list. After 50 bounce-back messages, the list automatically removes an email address from the listserv (you will receive a message from the listserv when/if this happens).
There are a couple of ways to work around this. You can submit a different email address to us for the listserv. Gmail accounts don’t seem to be affectedso far, or if your school doesn’t filter listserv messages, we can use your school email address. A second fix would be to switch your settings to digest mode, which would mean you would we receive one message a day, with links to all of the messages sent over the listserv that day. To take either of these actions, simply complete our online form at https://www.formstack.com/forms/aom-oelmalistserv.
Multimedia tools are really evolving into invaluable tools for students, teachers, and business professionals alike. View this article by Mercedes Bell on digital story telling
There is increasing pressure on teachers and school librarians to become “paperless.” School
libraries have been joining public libraries in transforming themselves into digital collections.
Does a bookless library better suit the needs and research habits of 21st-century students?
What has your experience been?
The Editor of the Ohio Media Spectrum Journal is currently accepting previously unpublished submissions to the spring 2013 issue from librarians, graduate and professional students, faculty and practitioners involved with, or of interest to, Ohio school libraries on this topic. We are looking for articles about the philosophy of the paperless classroom/library at your school; how digital resources are integrated into your curriculum; what digital resources are being used; and the pros and cons of a paperless classroom/library.
Ohio Media Spectrum is a peer-reviewed publication of the Ohio Education Library Media
Association (OELMA), the professional organization dedicated to educational and technological
excellence in library/media services in Ohio’s schools.
The Ohio Media Spectrum seeks articles detailing ongoing research that serve to inform the
learning community about projects and encourage collaboration. Authors may also respond to
articles published in the Ohio Media Spectrum or other publications, share observations and
ephemera, or detail innovative programs or original research.
Article Submission Information
If you are interested in submitting an article for the upcoming issue, contact me via e-mail and
include the following information in your email:
Title of Article
Final submissions should include a photograph (jpeg format, if possible) of the author and a
brief biographical sketch and can be sent via email to email@example.com (Please also
copy/paste the article from MSWord in the text of your e-mail as backup). Any article accepted
will be edited/proofed by the OELMA editorial staff and peer reviewed by members of the
OELMA Peer Review Committee.
The Editor works cooperatively with authors to plan and develop each issue, so early
notification of your interest in participating in an issue of the journal will help facilitate the
process. All submissions are peer-reviewed and the peer review committee will have the
permission to select, edit, and format the articles. A deadline for submission has been set to
insure ample time for discussion of revision and layout issues before final publication. Ohio
Media Spectrum is published online once a year and is accessible to OELMA members on the
OELMA website. Deadline for the fall 2013 issue is August 1, 2013.
Please note that manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that:
They are not concurrently under consideration by another publication nor have they already been printed, in part or whole, elsewhere;
The author(s) understands that the manuscript will be subjected to a “blind” referee process and that it will be selected based on the importance of the topic, the relevance to the OELMA readership, the applicability to library/media professionals and situations, and its clarity;
The author(s) is responsible for all information presented, including citations which give proper credit to other sources of ideas and information presented;
Quotes of 50 words or more and other reproductions from published material must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the original author and publisher;
The author(s) agrees that the editor has the right to edit the manuscript as may be necessary as long as the author’s original intent is not altered;
The decision of the editor is final;
The author(s) of an accepted manuscript assigns all rights for its publication to the Ohio Media Spectrum;
Manuscripts become the property of the Ohio Media Spectrum and will not be returned.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Sheila Campbell, Editor
Ohio Media Spectrum
Library Media Specialist
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OELMA is considering offering a summer workshop in June, to be presented by Frank Baker and Bill Kist. The workshop title is A New Literacies Toolkit: Resources & Strategies for Teaching and Supporting Common Core in the 21st Century. Attendees will learn about what it looks like when teachers allow for lots of different kinds of texts in their classrooms. Examples will come from standard informational text and strategies to transmediate between media texts and print.
Before we plan for this to happen, we’d like to hear from you! We’ve set up a BRIEF survey (only three questions!) that will help us gauge interest and availability for this workshop.
Please take 30 seconds to complete the survey – we want to make sure that OELMA is offering the best professional development to members as possible. THANKS!
It’s a new season, and a season of change for OELMA – the OELMA 2012 Conference will be taking place at a NEW LOCATION: The Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Oct. 17-19, 2012, and we’ve got a great line up of authors! You won’t want to miss seeing Kathy Schrock, Laura Deisley, Tim Green, Lauren Oliver, Nic Bishop, Keiko Kasza, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Kristin Fontichiaro and Frank Baker, among others! There will also be many informative educational sessions that fall in line with the conference theme: School Libraries 4 the Future.
The OELMA web site is the go-to place for information, and we’ll be posting a lot in the days and weeks to come. That’s where you’ll go to find a listing of conference sessions, information about our authors and AuthorPalooza, hotel information and more. But in the meantime, why not just get registration out of the way? To do this, go to http://www.formstack.com/landing/oelma-2012confreg
and register. We’re planning now to offer an outstanding conference in 2012 – won’t you plan now to attend?