Marcia Barnhart, former Assistant Director of Professional Development/Stakeholder Outreach at the Ohio Department of Education and now Teacher2Teacher Director of Organization Learning, will present ideas and resources to demonstrate how librarians can support all content area teachers in their use of the literacy standards to build content knowledge. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the literacy standards and discover ways librarians can support an integrated model of literacy across the content areas. When: Monday, April 15, 2013 from 9-3:30 Where? 1220 Bethel Rd. Columbus, OH 43220. Contact (877) 874-6504 ext 103 for more information.
Have you received your April 2013 issue of School Library Monthly? If so, you will see that OELMA is well-represented in this edition. First of all, Kathy Fredrick, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for the Shaker Heights City Schools, has written an article titled, “Virtual Pathfinders: LiveBinders and LibGuides”. Kathy is a regular contributor to School Library Monthly and her articles are always well-written and very informative. Her article appears on page 24.
The feature article by Kristin Fontichiaro and the Michigan Makers team features information about the badging experience at our fall 2012 OELMA conference. As you may know, the OELMA conference was the Michigan Makers inaugural event for badging at a professional conference. In their article the team from Michigan shares their experience and lessons learned. The article, “Badging a Conference” appears on page 5.
Finally, Susan and I were asked to write an additional article about the badging experience at our conference from a different perspective. Susan and I focused on the experience of how we introduced badging at our conference, highlighting the steps leading up to the preparation for launching this new idea. The article includes feedback from our membership, a reflection about the experience and the potential of badges for learning. The article, “A Conference, A Session, A Badge, Oh My!” appears on page 36.
Happy Spring! Here in Northeast Ohio the temperature this morning was 28! Brrrr!
OELMA’s 2013 awards include:
Award of Merit
Emerging Leader Award
Intellectual Freedom Award
Library of Distinction Award — District Category
Library of Distinction Award — School Category
OELMA/Follett Library Resources School Librarian-of-the-Year Award
J. Allen Oakum Scholarship
Want to find out more? Have questions about the application process?
Check-out award description and application form at OELMA’s Scholarship & Awards page: http://oelma.org/awards/overview-article
Submit applications to OELMA’s office or online
by Monday, April 15
Jumpstart Your Career in Youth Services Librarianship was a terrific day long seminar hosted by Kent State University Youth Services Librarian Professors this past Saturday, March 16th, 2013.
Attendees had the opportunity to learn from some of Ohio’s most talented librarians. It was a day jam packed with useful information for Ohio’s job seeking librarians. Columbus and Kent attendees were welcomed by Dr.Meghan Harper, Dr. Carolyn Brodie and OELMA’s own Dr. Susan Yutzey.
Sessions included Interviewing, Dressing for Success, Resume Preparation, Storytelling and Booktalk preparation, Networking, Careers for M.L.I.S. graduates and much more. Small group breakout sessions were held in the afternoon with participants benefiting from time to talk with the many professional librarians who generously donated their time.
Arenofsky, J. (2012). Toughing It Out In a Tight Job Market. American Libraries, 43(11/12), 30-33
Open Education Database. (2007). How to Ace Your Job Interview: 88 Surefire Tips and Tricks.
Von Drasek, Lisa. (2011). Hang in there: How to Get a Library Job Against All Odds.
School Library Journal.
Nominate an outstanding administrator for OELMA’s Administrator-of-the-Year Award
Do you know a school administrator whose support of school libraries has improved library programs and increased student learning? Nominate him or her for OELMA’s Administrator-of-the-Year Award.
This is a great opportunity to recognize the importance administrators play in contributing to the planning, implementation, and support of school library programs. Don’t miss your chance to recognize the administrator who supports your school library program.
Want to find out more? Have questions about the application process?
Check out the award description and application form at OELMA’s Scholarship & Awards page: http://oelma.org/awards/overview-article
Submit applications to OELMA’s office or online by Monday, April 15
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today announced a new planning tool and guidance for schools and districts that will help them get ready for the PARCC assessments in the 2014-15 school year. Here is the link to the planning tool http://www.parcconline.org/assessment-administration-guidance. The PARCC assessments will include a “rich set of performance-based tasks that address a long-standing concern among educators about large school, pencil and paper assessments – they have been unable to caputure some of the most important skills that we strive to develop in students.” The PARCC assessments will enable teachers, schools, students and their parents to gain “important insights into how well critical knowledge, skills and abilities essential for young people to thirive in college and careers are being mastered in ways that only computer-based assessments can measure.” (PARCC)
On Friday, March 1st, Beachwood Middle School had the incredible opportunity to Skype with award-winning author, Lauren Oliver. In order to participate in the Skype session, students were expected to read Delirium, answer discussion questions and participate in a small group book discussion. Prior to the Skype session, students developed questions to ask Ms. Oliver. Julie Ungier, BMS media specialist, attended Lauren’s sessions at the 2012 OELMA conference and was inspired to contact her for a possibe author visit and Skype session. With the help of some of the middle school teachers, Julie’s idea evolved into a meaningful experience for many BMS students and staff. I had the great opportunity to attend the session and see the sheer awe in many of the students as they asked Lauren questions about writing, becoming published and the “Delirium” series.
Kudos to Julie Ungier! Will it be your turn to be “inspired” at the 2013 OELMA conference?
ALA’s Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries is in its second year of operation. I am serving as the AASL representative. This task force, composed of members of all types of libraries around the nation, authored the Resolution on School Libraries, unanimously approved by ALA. We are currently working on a three prong approach to organize and disseminate key campaign messages about school libraries. We are looking for best practices, i.e., models of collaboration, grassroots/parent activity, administrators or principals who can be spokespeople, other unique or particularly effective advocacy. ANY INPUT FROM OELMA MEMBERS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
2012-2013 ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s charge to the 2012-2013 Presidential Task Force on School Libraries is to initiate a campaign to promote awareness and understanding of the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement. I have included an abbreviated document below which outlines the details of the campaign:
Overarching Points: At the heart of a nationwide focus on career and college readiness and a statewide focus on Common Core Standards (45 out of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, are now using Common Core Standards in their curricula) is a focus on the ability of students to do research and read complex text. There is no one better able to teach research skills than a school librarian.
Although parents indicate that the most important factor in education is having teachers who are experts in their subject areas, it seems that librarians were not factored into this equation, as the majority of the nation has seen a decline in the number of school librarians serving their students.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center concludes that 47% of teachers surveyed strongly agree, and another 44% somewhat believe, that courses and content focusing on digital literacy should be incorporated into every school curriculum, while a growing body of evidence, including more than 25 state studies, validate that higher test scores are found in schools with school library programs.
In a few communities, such as Baltimore, Maryland, a recognition of the vital role of school librarians is taking place: schools that had eliminated school librarians from the teaching equation are recognizing adverse effects on their students’ research abilities and are bringing librarians back.
The goal of the school library campaign is to raise awareness about the value of school librarians that will ultimately lead to ongoing, sustained support for school library programs. Three audiences have been determined, each with specific but related goals, key messages and strategies: Parents and local communities; School administrators and local and state decision-makers; National policy makers.
Component 1: Parents and the Local Community
Vision: To develop an awareness, understanding and commitment to a shared vision of how excellence in school libraries provides a foundation for ongoing student success and lifelong learning, which promotes literacy, productivity and citizenship.
Students who benefit from school library programs staffed by credentialed school librarians are better prepared to succeed in college and the workplace.
Strategies and Tactics Find editorial placements in publications such as the Huffington Post, women’s and men’s magazines, as well as education blogs, written by both librarians and those outside the field. Utilize ALA members to hold informal focus groups with parents to kelp inform key messages and next steps with plan. Provide key messaging for this audience to reinforce messages at state and national levels.
Create tools and resources for community presentations, including a website, downloadable handouts, PowerPoint presentations and videos.
Component 2: School Administrators and Local and State Decision-makers
Vision: To further an understanding among school/district leaders and funders that strong school library programs are essential to providing a quality education for all children, leading to increased support and funding for all aspects of the school library program.
Quality school libraries staffed by credentialed school librarians have a proven, measurable and significant impact on student achievement, including literacy levels and high-stakes test scores, and are an effective tool in closing the achievement gap for poor and minority students. School libraries and school librarians are critical resources necessary for effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Strategies and Tactics Identify administrators who are school library champions around the country and utilize them as spokespeople in peer-to-peer communications.
Utilize this cadre of administrator’s op-eds and media placements in peer publications and other publications within their circles of influence; to speak on behalf of school librarians.
Develop tools and resources for peer-to-peer presentations, including a website, downloadable handouts, PowerPoint presentations and videos.
Have a presence at trade shows that target administrators, both as exhibitors and as speakers, such as these (identified by AASL’s Learning4Life Task Force as educational associations most important to influence).
Identify states already doing exemplary work on behalf of school libraries, such as NJ and NY, and elevate them as models for other states to follow. Create a partnership with ALA chapters and AASL affiliates to get local media placement and help move campaign to state and local level, including messaging to library communities. Create key messaging for this audience to reinforce messages at local and national levels.
Component 3: National Policy Makers
Vision: To demonstrate the critical role school library programs and school librarians play in education which directly contributes to their goals of educational skills focusing on college and workforce readiness.
Schools with strong library media programs have higher test scores in both reading and writing skills. Direct correlation between having a strong school media program and test scores. School libraries play critical role in supporting student learning and student achievement. Librarians help develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. School librarians have the educational training and expertise to support learning at all grade levels through knowledge of both print and digital information which prepare students for college and workforce readiness.
Strategies and Tactics Work with ALA leadership to reach out to national educational policy leaders including members of Congress and members of the administration such as the Department of Education and the FCC, as well as leaders in the business community such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Work with ALA leadership to reach out to leaders of major educational associations to conduct information sharing sessions on issues of mutual concern, such as these (identified by AASL’s Learning4Life Task Force as educational associations most important to influence).
Find editorial placement in publications of these national associations, plus find editorial placement in publications such as the Huffington Post, women’s and men’s magazines, as well as education blogs, written by both librarians and those outside the field. Develop tools and resources for presentations, including a website, downloadable handouts, PowerPoint presentations and videos. Create key messaging for this audience to reinforce messages at local and state level.
In doing some searching today, found this nice link from Joyce Valenza and Gwyenth Jones. It is a very good inforgraphic that tells what Teacher Librarians teach! Enjoy!
Free, easily accessible, high-quality professional development is everywhere. The challenge is taking the time to find it! Here’s a handful of this month’s offerings:
Wednesday March 6 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Exceeding the Common Core Speaking Standards: Improving the Oral Communication of All Students, hosted by ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Thursday, March 7, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m, Getting Tech Ready for Common Core Testing, hosted by Education Week
Thursday March 7, from 3:30-4:40 p.m., Book Trailers…Lights, Cameras, Action!, hosted by INFOhio, Ohio’s Pre-K-12 Digital Library
Wednesday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m., https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp, hosted by Education Week
Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m., PBL hangout with Kathy Shrock (free Google+ account needed), hosted by Discovery Education
Feel free to share your suggestions for great, free PD resources! Stay tuned for OELMA created, free, professional development… What do you want to see?