school libraries

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project

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We are delighted to accept submissions for a collection of crowdsourced short essays on the future of school libraries from multiple perspectives, to be published in e-book format to coincide with Treasure Mountain and AASL in October 2011. We believe this e-book is a way for librarians to take the lead as content creators and publishers with custom, community-significant content for patrons. We imagine e-readers as publishing platforms for us, not competition.

Whether you’re an ardent supporter or see the proverbial handwriting on the wall, what do you see as the next 10 or 20 years of school libraries? This book will also tackle an “elephant in the room” question: with the nation’s education systems in an economic depression and many school librarians being pink-slipped, what is the future of school libraries? How might they be reinvented to remain deeply significant – for student learning? Should they? What past practices will we need to jettison? What stalwart beliefs must we hold tightly?

We’re posing a set of essential questions that will encourage you — and us! — to think deeply about the future of school libraries in the areas of:

  • Gaming
  • 21st-Century Learners
  • Who and When Do We Teach?
  • Reading
  • Emerging and Multiple Literacies
  • Networks and Organizations
  • The Physical Library
  • The Virtual Library
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Librarian Coursework and Professional Development

You can learn more about our project, the topics we are exploring, and how to submit by visiting the links on the Submissions page. The Submission Guidelines document will let you know more about the length, style, and topics.

Thank you for your interest in our experiment – we hope you will join us!  Please visit the project page by clicking here.

Best,

Kristin Fontichiaro

Buffy Hamilton

Your School Library 6th Annual Online Conference–School Library Advocacy: Evidence & Image

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I’m honored to be one of the virtual presenters for the Your School Library 6th Annual Online Conference!  This virtual conference, which runs March 4-18, 2011, focuses on school library advocacy and ways to make your practice more effective and visible in your learning community.  My session focuses on framing your practice with a lens of participatory librarianship and how that translates into conversations for learning, community building, and ongoing program advocacy.  You can learn more about this virtual learning opportunity and see the outstanding list of presenters (I’m honored to be part of the team!) by clicking on the course information link.

Inviting Student Participation in Your School Library Media Program

Yesterday, I was honored to present a new virtual workshop for LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative.  This workshop focused on concrete strategies for inviting student participation in your school library program at any grade level and builds on my passion for learning and transliteracy that dovetails with my philosophy of participatory librarianship.  Please feel free to explore the resources below for ideas on how you can invite student participation in your library program!