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MSLA Implementation Support for School Librarians PDF Print E-mail

Resource to support DESE model rubric system
Implementation support for school librarians
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT
http://maschoolibraries.org/dmdocuments/MSLAImplementationSupportSchoolLibrarians071814.pdf

This resource document was developed by the school librarian evaluation task force of the Massachusetts School Library Association. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has reviewed the contents for consistency with the classroom teacher rubric. 

Library services are essential to schools, and a well­-managed school library provides materials and services to give every student the opportunity to reach academic potential. The Massachusetts School Library Association task force developed this resource document to highlight the essential role the well-­managed school library program plays in a school. The resource provides examples of school library practices that promote academic rigor, individual and collaborative learning, problem solving, and responsible use of resources that support student success. 

This resource document describes practice that is common to school libraries in general. The task force acknowledges that the nature of the job varies according to school culture, funding and staffing levels, grade levels, and fixed vs. flexible school scheduling. The responsibilities of school librarians to whom this resource document may be applied will vary. Librarians and evaluators both should agree together on elements that have high priority in given environments. 

As a final note, it is worthwhile to emphasize that this resource document reflects the fact while teaching is one important role of school librarians, effective library programs rely on successful school librarian performance in multiple areas:

  • learning and teaching  
  • information access, including collection development 
  • program administration and library management 
  • technology leadership 
  • collaboration with school community 
  • support of school community  
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 July 2014 )
 
Twitter Chat PDF Print E-mail
 Join In! #MSLA
8-9 PM on the 2nd Tuesday each month:
Note: Each Twitter session is archived on Storify
October 14, 2014
November 18, 2014 (2nd Tuesday is Veterans Day)
December 9, 2014
January 13, 2015
February 10, 2015
March 10, 2015
April 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015
Topics will be determined by member input and announced prior to each chat. For more information about getting started on Twitter and participating in Twitter chats, please see http://bpslibraries.org/twitter/    Please feel free to use #MSLA regularly when tweeting.  We look forward to connecting with you online!
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2014 )
 
LITERATURE Resources PDF Print E-mail

AUTHOR DATABASE  
Looking for a guest Author or Illustrator?

SUMMER READING  
Lists from Massachusetts K-12 schools, compiled by E. Downey

GENRE VS. DEWEY  
coming, soon

LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE
A reading and writing program administered in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The program asks students to write letters to authors whose work has made a significant difference in their lives.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 October 2013 )
 
PROFESSIONAL Nuts & Bolts PDF Print E-mail

Resources Central to the Profession of School Librarianship:

S.M.A.R.T. Goals:    
Share your SMART Goals     READ other Members' SMART GOALS

JOB DESCRIPTION

CERTIFICATION

MLS LONG RANGE PLANNING

COMMON CORE WIKI

STANDARDS and RUBRICS

AASL RESOLUTION: We ARE School Librarians!

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 November 2013 )
 
SMARTGoals PDF Print E-mail

SHARE and GROW!

Please use this form to share your teacher evaluation SMART goals.  Remember to indicate if you are sharing your Professional Practice Goal  or Student Learning Goal. Goals should have been approved by your primary evaluator before you share them here, and should be formulated as SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).   Please also include the DDM you are using for your goal.  MSLA is providing this repository of goals as a courtesy to members.  However, we do not review them, nor does inclusion on this page imply that MSLA endorses any particular goal.

CONTRIBUTE your Smart Goals! [http://bit.ly/ContributeSMARTgoals]

VIEW the spreadsheet of members' contributions (as of 10/31/13)
Note: the spreadsheet is not editable; contribute your goals using the link,, above.
 
Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 November 2013 )
 
Anti-Bullying Summit PDF Print E-mail

Anti-Bullying

2011 MSLA ANTI-BULLYING SUMMIT

Monday,  March 14, 2011

RESOURCES from the Summit linked, below
ANTI-BULLYING WIKI
Speaker Biographies

Keynote: Mary Sullivan, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Implementation of the Bullying Prevention Law

Gail Okerman,  Massachusetts School Counselors Association
Beyond Bullying

 Michael Tempesta, Principal Milford High School,  MassCUE 
De-Mystifying and Humanizing Bullying

Dr. Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education

Dr. Lori DiGisi and Delores Krasner, Massachusetts Reading Association
Read-Alouds that Promote Understanding and Discussions about Bullying

Roundtable Discussions of Best Resources and Practices
Facilitated by MSLA Executive Board Members
Anti-Bullying Roundtable Discussion: compiled on the Summit Wiki for all attendees.


 

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2011 )
 
Author Database PDF Print E-mail
 
Job Description: School Librarian PDF Print E-mail

What are the qualifications of a School Librarian?

To whom does s/he report?

What are the job goals?

What are the Roles and Responsibilities?

DOWNLOAD the Job Description Approved by the MSLA Executive Board (4/11)
PDF    Word Document 

DOWNLOAD the Job Description of L4L (AASL)
PDF    Word Document

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2011 )
 
1/10 AASL Resolution: We are School Librarians PDF Print E-mail

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, administrators, and the public; and

Whereas, a recent AASL survey indicated confusion, misperceptions, and inconsistencies about various job titles in our profession; and

Whereas, AASL needed to agree on a common nomenclature for all publications and advocacy efforts; and

Whereas, the AASL’s leadership reviewed the data, identified the advantages and disadvantages of the various titles, and held a focused and extensive discussion.

Therefore be it resolved
, AASL officially adopts “school librarian” as the title which reflects the roles of the 21st century school library professional as leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator; be it further resolved that AASL will advance and promote the title “school librarian” to ensure universal recognition of school librarians as indispensible educational leaders.

The following guiding principles govern these actions: Open dialog concerning knowledge of our stakeholders’ needs, wants, and preferences; the current realities and evolving dynamics of our environment; the capacity and strategic position of our organization; and the ethical implications relevant to this decision.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2010 )
 
Technology Resources for School Libraries PDF Print E-mail

Technology is an integral part of a School Library program.

AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning including Landmark Sites announced July 2009
Link to the AASLwebsite
Article by Linda Friel , a member of the Task Force that published this resource
     Note: the article appeared in the 2009 Forum Plus

Web 2.0 Toolbox from Joyce Valenza  

Webtools4U2Use   http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/
Created by Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee
Description from the site about its purpose:

The purpose of this website is to provide a place for K-12 school library media specialists to learn a little more about web tools that can be used to improve and enhance school library media programs and services, to see examples of how they can be used, and to share success stories and creative ideas about how to use and integrate them. Hundreds of free and inexpensive web tools are available for school library media specialists to use that can make us more productive, valued, and, perhaps, more competitive.
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Nominations by MSLA Members February 2010
to Linda Friel and the Task Force, 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Ace Pintura - Art Detective
http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html
Counting on Art
http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/
counting_on_art/act_shapes.htm

CryptoClub
http://cryptoclub.math.uic.edu/treasurehunt/treasure18f6.php
Dihydrogen Monoxide—DHMO Homepage
http://www.dhmo.org/ Bogus webpage; great teaching tool
Emints
http://www.emints.org/ethemes/
Free Technology for Teachers 
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Glogster
http://edu.glogster.com/
Helping with Math.com
http://www.helpingwithmath.com
History Is Elementary
http://historyiselementary.blogspot.com/
iEARN Collaboration Centrehttps://media.iearn.org/
Inventions Canada
http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/schoolzone/
invention/gallery.cfm

KidsNumbers.com: Learning Math Step By Step
http://www.kidnumbers.com
Magnet Lab FSU
http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/
Making Trackshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/play/
Mass Momentswww.massmoments.org
Math Moves U
http://www.mathmovesu.com/
Mr. Steve Zanetti
http://sjzanetti.edublogs.org/ Edublogs.org weblog
Multiplication.com
http://www.multiplication.com
National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
New York Philharmonic
http://www.nyphilkids.org/games/main.phtml
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources
http://www.oercommons.org/
OneWorld Classrooms
http://www.ccph.com/index.html Formerly Creative Connections Project
Planet Science
http://www.scienceyear.com/home.html
Play Music
http://www.playmusic.org/        
Powers of Persuasion
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/powers_of_persuasion/powers_of_persuasionhome.html
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html Smithsonian National Museum of American History; Smithsonian Education included as a Landmark  Website on last year’s list
Road Trip to Savings
http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/road_trip/road_trip.html
Slam Dunk Science
http://www.scire.com/sds/sdsmenu.html
Teachers Network
http://www.teachnet.org/
Teachers’ Domain
http://www.teachersdomain.org/
Thesis Builder: Online Tools for Thesis Statements and Outlineshttp://www.tommarch.com/electraguide/
Thinkfinity
http://www.thinkfinity.org/home.aspx Included in last year's Landmark Sites
Try Science
http://www.tryscience.org/tsadv/world/home.html 
US Map
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/united_states/usa_blank.jpg
Virtual Body
http://www.ehc.com/vbody.asp
Virtual Knee Surgery
http://www.edheads.org/activities/knee/






Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 February 2010 )
 
School Libraries Matter! Count! PDF Print E-mail

School Libraries Matter!

Scholastic Publishing monograph, written by Terry Young:

"The School Library is Critical to the Learning Experience and Student Academic Achievement", as demonstrated in state studies.

Details of 14 state studies demonstrating the direct correlation between strong school library programs and high student achievement.

School Libraries Count!

The “School Libraries Count!” survey aims to gather data on changes in the field to gain understanding of the state of school library media programs nationally.

Results of the 2007 and 2008 studies, in Word and PowerPoint.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2009 )
 
Professional Development PDF Print E-mail

Available for MSLA members: Thinkfinity Workshop  JULY 2009 and Thinkfinity FIELD training AUGUST 2009 (note difference, below)

*** Thinkfinity Workshop (introduction)***

  • The workshop is offered for Thinkfinity.com training
  • There will also be time set aside for curriculum development discussion
  • The workshop will consist of two, five hour trainings on July 21 and 23, 2009
  • There is a refrigerator and conference room for a half-hour lunch.
  • The workshop will held at the SEMLS office:  10 Riverside Drive, Lakeville, MA 02347 |  tel:508-923-3531
  • Location and directions: http://www.semls.org/who/directions.html
  • Limited to 16 members (16 computers available)
  • The workshop is free but open only to MSLA members
    Your membership must be current.
  • Participants can earn 10 PDPs

To Register:

1)    Compose an email with the subject line: Thinkfinity Registration

2)  Copy this information into your email and supply your information:  

Name:                

Job Title:

School:            

Work Phone:

Home Address:

Home Phone:               

Alt. phone:

Email:

Alternate email:

3)     Send the email to Kathy Dubrovsky This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 You will receive a confirmation of your successful enrollment in the workshop.

 

*** Thinkfinity FIELD Training (To become a Trainer)***

  • The workshop is offered to MSLA members who have completed the MSLA Thinkfinity.com training
  • After completing this training, you will be a Thinkfinity Field Trainer and be able to teach other teachers how to use Thinkfinity .org
  • The workshop will consist of two, five hour trainings on August 4 and 13, 2009
  • There is a refrigerator and conference room for a half-hour lunch.
  • The workshop will held at the SEMLS office:  10 Riverside Drive, Lakeville, MA 02347 |  tel:508-923-3531
  • Location and directions: http://www.semls.org/who/directions.html
  • Limited to 16 members (16 computers available)
  • The workshop is free but open only to MSLA members
    Your membership must be current.
  • Participants can earn 10 PDPs

To Register:

1)      Compose an email with the subject line: Thinkfinity FIELD TRAINING Registration

2)  Copy this information into your email and supply your information:  

Name:                

Job Title:

School:            

Work Phone:

Home Address:

Home Phone:               

Alt. phone:

Email:

Alternate email:

3)     Send the email to Kathy Dubrovsky This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it  You will receive a confirmation of your successful enrollment in the workshop.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 May 2009 )
 
Standards for School Libraries PDF Print E-mail

MASSACHUSETTS STANDARDS:

Sample Curriculum Integrated K-12 Information Literacy Expectations. Appendix B: School Library Media Program Standards. MSLMA, 2003.

 NATIONAL STANDARDS:

STANDARDS Compared: AASL, NETS, Partnership for 21st-Century Skills

 DOWNLOAD the document, developed in 2010 by Cassandra Barnett (2009-10 AASL President)

RUBRICS for Evaluating School Library Programs

DOWNLOAD the document ; Developed by MSLA in 2002

 

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 February 2010 )
 
Search Statewide Databases/Find a Library Near You PDF Print E-mail

 School Libraries are an important part of the "Family" of Libraries in Massachusetts

mass libraries

 

  • Search Our Virtual Resources Using Your Library Card
  • Find and reserve books, CDs, DVDs and more from our Virtual Catalog.

  • Find thousands of articles from magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, investment reports, biographies, health resources, radio transcripts, reference books, and more using On-line Library Resources.

  • Find a Library near you!
visit mass.gov/libraries
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 February 2008 )
 

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