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School Library PULSEKathleen Porter, Editor

"Being able to read and write in multiple forms of media and integrate them into a meaningful whole is the new hallmark of literacy."
Literacy 2.0, Educational Leadership, March 2009 


If you’ve been keeping up with your listserv email or the MSLA Facebook page you’ll have heard about AASL President Carl Harvey’s White House petition, reproduced below. We need 25,000 signatures by February 4th to get a response from the White House, so we’ll want to invite our friends, families and colleagues to sign it, too!


Ensure that every child in America has access to
an effective school library program.

Every child in America deserves access to an effective school library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are creating an ‘access gap’ between schools in wealthier communities versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to learn, to participate, and to compete in today’s world.


Knowledge QuestThe AASL Knowledge Quest January/February issue on FutureCasting focuses on how school librarians will need to adapt library programs to stay relevant as conditions continue to change rapidly. This issue’s poll asks the following:

What school library resources or programs are you interested in pursuing in the next few years to stay current with the rapid changes of the 21st Century?

1. E-book and e-readers
2. Collaborations with teachers on 21st century skills for students
3. Professional development strategies
4. Online information streams for students, such as RSS feeds, news alerts, customized news magazine apps, and book trailers
5. Other resources or programs

MSLA Listserv discussions show that MSLA members are actively exploring or implementing e-readers and bring-your-own-device models in our changing school environments. We find ourselves scaffolding and differentiating tech lessons for our school colleagues, as we learn from them new ways to exploit Web 2.0 tools with students. As we manage ebooks and streaming media we become curators of digital collections, and with our websites and lessons we teach and learn about curating digital content. As poet Mark Strand reminds us, “The future is always beginning now.”

Relationships in Today's World  Part of the changing landscape of “today’s world” includes the fundamental ways we frame our relationships as teachers, students, administrators, and learners. Consider the following infographic from David Price shared with permission to “cut out and keep” (David quips that “’slides’ are so 2011”): 


Book2CloudBOOK2CLOUD David Loertscher is working towards having our learning commons transcend traditional boundaries. Changing the interface of learner and text is an initiative called Book2Cloud.  Some of the collaborative digital books in Book2Cloud editions include Judi Moreillon’s Sing Down the Rain and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Digital Learning Day

Massachusetts is among the many states signed on as partners for the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, to take place on February 1, 2012.  ALA is helping to promote this national awareness campaign to “celebrate innovative teachers and instructional strategies” and to “improve teaching and learning for all children.” Foxborough Public Schools, for example, will be celebrating the day by showcasing technology activities and digital learning examples with Technology Parent Night. AASL is showcasing learning with the Learning4Life in My School Library Student Video Contest. See for more information and to sign up.

AASLRegister for a Complimentary Webinar on RELEASING  YOUR INNER LEADER

AASL is offering a complimentary one hour webinar on spinning 21st century standards-driven evaluations and professional development into stronger school relationships, Monday, February 13 at 7:00 PM CST. Carolyn Jo Starkey, author of the Jan/Feb Knowledge Quest feature, "Releasing Your Inner Leader" will address how collaborative cultures are transforming professional development in new and inspiring ways. Interested? Register at the AASL website.
ALA looks forward to welcoming attendees to its 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 21–26. Early bird registration and housing opened on January 3. Registering early ensures the best rates. New in 2012 are “Conversation Starter” programs, where presenters will share expertise and ideas in 45-minute sessions.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 January 2012 )

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