2013 Legislative Action Links
This special section contains information specific to the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session. The remainder of our resources can be found below in alphabetical order by category.
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AASL Essential Links
This site contains a wealth of resources for media professionals.
Academic Standards - See "Curriculum"
"Librarian Required" by Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance. Appeared in School Library Journal, March 2013.
Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, "Evidence Assessment Advocacy," Teacher Librarian, 37:3. February 2010.
Book Challenges/Intellectual Freedom
Organizations to contact for support:
Minnesota Universities with Library and Information Science Programs
Virtual Volunteer area at Digital Wish. Digital Wish connects classroom teachers with "expert" volunteers by video conference. To access this free service, just login and post your project.
Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Standards, etc.
Buzzo, Toni. "Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration." Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators." Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.
Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho. Collection Mapping in the LMC. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.
AASL's Lesson Plan Database
AASL's Planning Guide for Empowering Learners with School Library Program Assessment Rubric is an online program assessment and planning module for school libraries. This interactive tool saves and converts user entries into worksheets, charts and graphs, saving librarians time while delivering data to schools and districts. Subscribers ($40/year) can login to the module at http://aasl.eb.com.
HippoCampus offers free multimedia lessons and course materials to help with instruction, homework, and studies. "Teaching the power of digital media."
Minnesota Digital Library Online guides written by teachers across the state using primary sources from the Minnesota Digital Library.
Minnesota Learning Commons, a collaboration of the University of minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Department of Education, this is a comprehensive collection of high-quality resources for K-12 educators to create online course content.
The Minnesota Learning Loop Teacher Classroom Resources, created by TIES, is a database of online resources linked to the Minnesota Academic Standards. The standards, and a program overview.
ELM for K-12 Standards This resource includes the 2010 Common Core Standards, Language Arts, Science, and History & Social Studies Standards. The site shows how the free Electronic Libraries for Minnesota database resources align with the standards.
Learning4Life A plan for implementing the AASL Standards
Digital Learn Free learning tools to help make technology work for people.
DigitalLiteracy.gov is provided by The U.S. Department of Commerce, a gateway to materials, research, online learning tools and more to help librarians and educators access and share materials to use when training learners of all ages on topics such as information literacy, computer skills, digital literacy and more. The Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. Individuals are welcome to visit the site to find resources, upload their own and/or connect with others who are offering training on these topics.
Common Sense Media has released Digital Passport, a free, web-based tool to help educators prepare students from grades 3 to 5 to use online and mobile technologies. Based on lessons from Common Sense Media's K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, the tool addresses issues kids face online -- safety and security, cyberbullying, privacy, responsible cell phone use, and respecting creative work -- and leverages a blended-learning model of classroom instruction with online videos and games extensively tested in implementation sites in seven regions across the country. Additionally, Digital Passport's modules align to the ISTE NETS standards and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Public schools in Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Omaha, as well as schools in Maine and California, have committed to using Digital Passport this academic year.
Read more: http://tinyurl.com/blwqmyz
Evaluation of Web Sites
Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It. School Library Journal 53, no.1 (January), 40-42.
Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.
Online Predators: The Media Show
Smokescreen: A Game About Life Online
These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.
Minnesota Libraries Jobline by Metronet
Minnesota Regional Offices of Education
Minnesota State Senate - find your senator
ALAWON - ALA Washington Office Electronic Newsline; find out the latest on legislation being discussed in Congress.
CIPA - The Children's Internet Protection Act - ALA's website deals with current laws and restrictions.
Contacting your representatives:
Library Media Specialist Links
School Libraries on the Web - Peter Milbury's site
YALSA Academy: Online Instructional Videos for YA Librarians
YALSA Academy is a free online educational video initiative. It is a YouTube channel that offers free training videos on popular professional development topics for school and YA services librarians. Videos include such topics as: providing customer service to teens; connecting teens and ereaders; conducting a mock Printz program; and ideas for building a YA collection.
YALSA members and nonmembers are eligible to submit videos. The intended audiences of the videos are young adult librarians, school librarians, library support staff, teachers, administrators, technology staff working with teens and educators and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens. FFI: www.ala.org/yalsa/academy
Creighton, Peggy Milam. (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4), 25-28.
Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists. Library Media Connection, 24(4), 32-33.
Minnesota Education Sites
Minnesota History & Culture
Minnesota Reflections A project of the Minnesota Digital Library. The collection brings you more than 80,000 images, maps and documents from more than 125 of the state's cultural heritage organizations.
Online Journals and Discussion Groups
American Library Association
American Association of School Librarians (ALA)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)
Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA)
Minnesota Library Association
Children's Book Council
Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
International Society for Technology in Education
International Reading Association (IRA)
21st Century Information Fluency Project
Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries
Utah School Library Media Programs --standards from Utah State Office of Ed.
Pennsylvania Guidelines for School Library Programs (scroll down to School Library Resources)
Resources for School Librarians - a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian.
Research on School Library Media Programs
The Library Research Service provides a one-stop resource to connect with school library research
Minnesota School Library Media Census 2002 and 2004, by Metronet.
School Libraries Work! is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.
Stephen D. Krashen, author of The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.
Resources for Keeping Up
From library people:
From other folks:
School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice
Standards - see "Curriculum"
Web 2.0 in Education
Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation." Sociological Inquiry. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don't actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.
Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008. Digital Youth Research: Kids' Informal Learning With Digital Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.
Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009. Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us... Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference, Pew Internet and American Life Project. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!
National School Boards Association, 2007. Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social - and Educational - Networking. In its conclusion, this study urges educators to reexamine policies regarding social network tools and find ways to harness their value for educational purposes.
Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online "Predators" and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.