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School libraries are still about teaching students ‘to use information efficiently and ethically’

“When Sue Reinaman became Northern High School librarian 18 years ago, there were CD-ROMs and a card catalog in drawers, with the beginning of digital resources.

    

Today, her library has seven online databases, with the budget shifting toward buying more digital resources, including e-books. Still, she said the emphasis is the same. “It’s always been about teaching them how to find and use information efficiently and ethically,” Reinaman said, except in a different format.”

via PennLive.com

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School libraries hit hard by budget cuts

“The kids are back, but the media center at one of California’s largest high schools is quiet, even for a library. That’s because the 4,000 students at James Logan High School in Union City are starting the school year without access to the aisles of books and computers sitting in a darkened room, unused.

“Due to budget cuts, the library is closed,” read printed signs on the library doors. Carla Colburn, the school librarian for eight years and a teacher for 26, is the only person who goes in there now. For one period each day, she goes to the library and prepares book carts for English-language-learner classrooms or history classes working on research projects.”

via SFGate

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Amid Million Dollar PTAs, a School Fights to Keep Its Library

NYTimes – “In the last three years, TNS has cut its Reading Recovery program, lost its assistant principal and its half-time math and literacy coaches and increased class size in every grade. The school learned this past April that it could no longer afford its library or librarian. Forty percent of TNS students qualify for free lunch, and the school pays for that diversity in an unexpected way: it’s far more difficult to raise large sums of money from its families. But the school still does not qualify for the federal Title 1 financing allocated to schools serving large percentages of low-income children. It is the public school version of the marriage penalty: diversity is largely considered a social good, but those who practice it are expected to pay, one way or another.”

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Missouri School District Questioned Over Anti-Gay Web Filter

NYT – “Students using the computers at Camdenton High School here in central Missouri have been able to access the Web sites for Exodus International, as well as People Can Change, antigay organizations that counsel men and women on how to become heterosexual. But the students have not been able to access the Web sites of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.”

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Colorado Elementary School Ditches Dewey for Bookstore Model

SLJ – “Colorado’s Red Hawk Elementary School has gone Dewey-less—and so far the results have been great. The new school, which opened its doors just six weeks ago, is the only building in the St. Vrain Valley School District to scrap the Dewey Decimal system in favor of a more user-friendly bookstore model for organizing its 6,031-title collection. In fact, according to District Librarian Holli Buchter, Red Hawk is the only elementary school in the United States to ditch Dewey. (The only other one she knows about is located in Alberta, Canada).”

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Laid-off Philadelphia teacher sets sights on rebuilding school libraries

Philadelphia Inquirer – “The library at Rowen Elementary School is musty and outdated – a locked room used for storage and occasional meetings, a repository of yellowing, untouched books. But Callie Hammond has big dreams for the room, whose leather-bound encyclopedias were printed in 1986, the year she was born. Hammond sees the West Oak Lane public school as a launching pad for Library Build, a nonprofit group she recently started to renovate and staff school libraries with fellows in the Teach for America model.”

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Time to stop cutting at L.A. Unified

LA Times – “Firing library aides and office assistants leaves the school district in free-fall. It’s time to tap emergency funds, cut state redevelopment agencies and discuss raising businesses’ property taxes.”

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Republic may change book policy, again

News Leader – “Weeks after a series of national groups demanded the Republic school board reverse a decision to remove two books from the high school, the governing body will take up the issue. The board will meet today to discuss revising a policy that paved the way for the books — “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler — to be pulled from classrooms and the library. Superintendent Vern Minor didn’t return calls, but a proposed revision to the book standards policy posted online outlines one significant change”

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Sherlock Holmes book removed from school reading list for being anti-Mormon

Washington Post – “Here’s a relatively new one in the annals of book challenges: A Virginia school district has removed from the required sixth grade reading list at one middle school a Sherlock Holmes book because a Mormon parent complained about the way it portrayed Mormons. Josh Davis, chief operating officer for the Albemarle County Public Schools said the school board decided a few days ago to honor the request of a group of parents, “one in particular of the Mormon faith,” who complained earlier in the year.

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Tornado-damaged Alabama libraries get help

Birmingham News – “Mary Schellhammer, the school librarian at Alberta Elementary in Tuscaloosa, has a new visual aid when she lectures students about returning their library books. It’s a portion of a beginning reader book that was blown from the school building 60 miles to Adams­ville in the April 27 torna­does. The library’s bar code and stamp were still intact, so someone brought it back.”

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