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The New Librarian: Building confidence through coding

E-School News – Cory Roush

“When reading became more digital with the introduction of tablets and e-readers, libraries became pressured to innovate and remain relevant. As a former classroom teacher and current literacy specialist at the Muskingum County Library System in southeastern Ohio, I have had to step back and rethink how to ensure that children are not just achieving foundational literacy skills such as reading and writing, but also developing digital-literacy skills.” (more)

Genres generate renewed enthusiasm for school libraries

District Administration – Ray Bendici

“School libraries increasingly use “genrefication”—the reorganization of collections by genre as opposed to the traditional Dewey Decimal System—to boost circulation and to encourage students to help themselves in finding books. Genrefication emulates bookstores, allowing users to find titles easily by browsing by general subject rather than using card catalogues and numeric codes.” (more)

Boys still lag behind in reading

Medical X-Press – Steinar Brandslet

“From their first days in school, boys’ reading proficiency in Norway is on average much worse than that of girls. And it doesn’t appear that this discrepancy levels out during the first school year. “The fact that that the discrepancies don’t diminish during the school year is a sign that we have to change how we teach letters and reading,” says Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology. ” (more)

Summer Reading Lists Abound on the Web

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“Today, Education World surveys some of the best children’s summer reading lists on the Web. Here, you’ll find an overview of great lists that you or your school’s staff might use to create your own summer reading program. Every educator knows it. So do most parents. Summer reading is essential for kids!” (more)

Finding the Source of Reading Difficulties

Edutopia – Ana Wright

“It’s a common refrain heard in upper elementary and middle school teachers’ lounges: “These kids can’t read!” But what do we really mean when we say a child can’t read? Too often, we don’t know what we mean—we just know that the child’s needs seem too overwhelming for us to address. As a result, intervention in these cases often looks like more test prep passages, more graphic organizers, more annotation strategies. All of this doesn’t treat the underlying causes of the child’s reading difficulties—instead, it frustrates the child and the teacher further.” (more)

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

Ed Tech Magazine – Steve Zurier

“What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making, says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students. “When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s really a mindset and a philosophy of education.” Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality.” (more)