Connecticut Association of School Librarians

January 2010 Blog Posts (8)

Connecticut Author

Leslie Connor is the Madison author who wrote 2011 Nutmeg intermediate nominee, Waiting for Normal. She visited my school last year during a book fair. Even if you do not have a large number of students who have read her book (targeting middle schoolers), students will enjoy her down-to-earth manner and discussion of her writing process. You may reach her at See more at… Continue

Added by Ellen Nosal on January 29, 2010 at 10:07pm — No Comments

NBPTS Library Media Standards Comment & Review Survey

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announces its public review period for the Library Media Standards. Practicing library media specialists fill a majority of seats on standards committees with other members representing districts, states and higher education.

The Library Media Standards will be available for public review January 25‐February 17, 2010. The standards can be accessed at… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 25, 2010 at 10:57pm — No Comments

AASL Affiliate Assembly Jan. 17, 2010

Sunday’s Affiliate Assembly meeting was a full agenda. We spent a few minutes talking about having regions submit concerns and commendations by the May 14th deadline.

Then we went on to committee announcements.

1. 2010 Fall Forum “In Focus: the Essentials for 21st Century Learning” November 5-6, 2010, Portland, Oregon

2. Standards and Guidelines Implementation… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 25, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Media Use Overload

This was reported in the January 20th New York Times article:

"The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 21, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

ALA midwinter, Sat., 1/16/10

Even though the main purpose of ALA mid-winter is association business, there is a lot of learning going on along with the work by hundreds of volunteers for the association. There are the pre-conference institutes: the ALA president’s program on Literacy in Ethiopia with the founder of Ethiopia Reads; author events like the sunrise speaker series with Elizabeth Gilbert, Atul Gawande and Adriana Trigiani; the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Al Gore; and of course the exhibits to talk with… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 20, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

The 21st Century School Librarian at ALA Midwinter

Education is constantly being reevaluated to ensure that our youth is prepared for an everchanging 21st century. People are not losing jobs because of a lack of content knowledge, they are fired because they cannot think out of the box. They cannot problem-solve or work collaboratively with others. The need for routine non-analytical jobs is decreasing while the need for creative, analytical jobs is increasing at a rapid rate. A set of skills and concepts that have been determined to be… Continue

Added by Lucia Rafala on January 18, 2010 at 9:41pm — No Comments

School Librarian Wins the Name Game

RESOLUTION to standardize the use of the job title, “School Librarian”

Approved January 15, 2010 by the AASL Board of Directors

Whereas, the overarching strategic goal of the American Association of School Librarians is to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensable educational leaders; and

Whereas, the AASL Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of Directors choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other educators,… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 17, 2010 at 11:11am — No Comments

2010 NESLA Leadership Conference - Boston

We’ve had a great morning with Dr. Ross Todd and Dr. David Loertscher a the 2010 NESLA Leadership Conference in Boston. The topic today is The Learning Commons. I am writing this on the bus which is taking us to the Chelmsford High School Learning Commons under the direction of Valerie Diggs.

Ross Todd started us thinking about how school libraries need to change. He just came back from presenting in Argentina and the song Don’t Cry for Us Argentina made him think about school… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 16, 2010 at 10:42am — No Comments

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