Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Internet Competency

I searched on Google using the term Texas school libraries and found the website for the Texas Association of School Librarians, which is a division of the Texas Library Association.
Upon visiting the site, I found several links to useful information for school librarians plus local conferences to be attended. Texas is divided up into districts, so each district has its own conference.
I found this to be a practical site for a school librarian in that the association provides networking and training for members along with the much-needed advocacy.
URL: http://www.txla.org/

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Social Networking- MySpace

I found this site under MySpace. I'm still not competent in that area even though when I went to MySpace I saw that my daughter had her own email listed on it!
This group based out of Fort Worth/Dallas is an online book club for people who just like to read.
Even though my blog site is based on school librarians, I like to read and am willing to bet that most librarians like to also.

Group Url: http://groups.myspace.com/libraryfolks
Ladies & Lads of Library Land

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Literature & Arts
Type: Public Membership Founded: 23 Jun 2004, 11:40 PM Location:: DFW, Texas - US Members: 1008

Multimedia Competency

My blog site topic is how librarians can help teachers and how to increase students' reading.
I found a flow chart created by the librarian for her junior high school in New Jersey. This would be a nice visual for students to refer to when they are in the library for research.

Web site created by Kathy Rohr, LibrarianWest Essex Junior High SchoolURL: http://euclid.westex.org/krohr

Sunday, October 28, 2007

One Last Search

Creating a citation pearl from the ASP hit on improving student literacy, I used the terms "literacy", "motivation", and "reading". WorldCat on TWU's database returned 115 hits. I limited the search to the years 2000-2007. The first two looked promising:

Engaging young readers : promoting achievement and motivation / Author: Baker, Linda.; Dreher, Mariam Jean. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2000
Document: English : Book Internet Resource Libraries Worldwide: 681 TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIV LIBR
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Literacy and young children : research-based practices / Author: Barone, Diane M.; Morrow, Lesley Mandel. Publication: New York : Guilford Press, 2003
Document: English : Book Internet Resource Libraries Worldwide: 661 TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIV LIBR
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Specific Facet First

Searching again, this time in ASP in the TWU database. Using the exact phrase, "improving student literacy" resulted in one hit again. Still, it looks like a good one.

Improve Student Literacy: Pick Up a Book and Read.Find More Like This
Bouchard, David
Teacher Librarian; Feb2003, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p63, 1p
Document Type:
Subject Terms:
Presents an article on improving student literacy by reading. Factor needed to motivate children to read; Advantages of reading; Key to reading in schools.
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This title is available at the TWU Library

Successive Fraction

Continuing with my search on how to improve students' literacy by using the school library, I entered the database of Library Lit on the Texas Women's University website.

I limited my search to s1 student reading achievement AND s2 assessment and narrowed the search down to the years between 2000 and 2007. Surprisingly, the search gave exactly 1 hit, but it seems to be a good one and right on the topic. It is posted below:

A reading report card for library media specialists
Personal Author:
Barron, Daniel D.
Journal Name:
School Library Media Activities Monthly
School Library Media Activities Monthly v. 18 no. 5 (January 2002) p. 48-51
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An overview of the findings from the federally mandated survey of student achievement known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress is provided. A discussion of what these results mean for library media specialists and suggestions to help library media specialists improve children's reading skills are provided.
Children's reading/Educational aspects; National Assessment of Educational Progress
Document Type:
Feature Article
Education; Library & Information Science
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Dialog and ERIC

Using DIALOG and the database ERIC, I conducted a basic building block search using the terms "reading achievement", "student evaluation", and " student motivation". This was done to research how libraries in public schools can help increase student literacy. These gave me a return of only 6 hits which included one on NCLB.

The first hit is seen below:

11/2/1 DIALOG(R)File 1:ERIC (c) format only 2007 Dialog. All rts. reserv. 0011932008 ERIC Number: ED497327 Reading Assessment: A Primer for Teachers and Coaches. Second Edition. Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Caldwell, JoAnne Schudt 293 pp. Guilford Publications 2008 (20080000) ISBN: 1-5938-5580-X; 978-1-5938-5580-2 Available From: Guilford Press. 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Tel: 800-365-7006; Tel: 212-431-9800; Fax: 212-966-6708; e-mail: info@guilford.com; Web site: http://www.guilford.com Language: English Document Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher Record Type: Abstract Record Status: New Year Added: 2007 Journal Announcement: AUG2007 Educational Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education Target Audience: Students; Support Staff; Teachers Number of Reference: 0 Descriptors: Standardized Tests; Beginning Reading; Reading Fluency; Reading Processes; Informal Reading Inventories; High Stakes Tests; Emergent Literacy; Reading Achievement; Reading Tests; Reading Instruction; Reading Skills; Student Evaluation; Professional Development; Student Motivation; Educational Assessment; Word Recognition; Reading Comprehension; Elementary Education; Teaching Methods Dialog Update Date: 070924; 19:08:08 EST
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

New RSS Feed

I have added an RSS feed for the "breaking news" from School Library Journal. It will allow me to keep up with news and events happening around school libraries, especially in the US.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Podcast for School Librarians

Podcast: Librarians Celebrate Controversial Books

Here is a podcast that discussed banned book "month" instead of week, out in Venture, California. I found it interesting that I have read many of the books that some people wanted to ban.
I found this one at the yahoo podcast search engine.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Other library blogs

This blog was found using GoogleBlog search engine at http://blogsearch.google.com/.
This was the Pierce County Library System..


What's the best part about the first day of school?
Reuniting with Friends Seeing your favorite teacher Being in a higher grade Attending your favorite class Show off the new back to school stuff Other:
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I liked this school's library blog because it had a lot of student interaction on it and they were trying different ways to get the kids back "into school" with some interesting polls and books to read.

Saturday, September 1, 2007


This blog is a work in progress. It is to provide a means of communication for ISAR. My library type of interest is public school libraries and my topic of interest is how school librarians can be of a greater help to the teachers in offering books of interest to students, to promote a love of reading in students, and to offer help in research at the junior high and high school levels.