Skip to main content

Needing school librarians

While I am a proponent of electronic book, that doesn't mean I have no feeling for printed book, I care for them too, after all I have my own print collection of a few thousand copies. I'm also a supporter of libraries; digital and brick & mortar. It's important to remember that libraries are more than just the collection or the building (or network space) it is also made up of an important group of people: librarians - those people who take care of the collection and do so much more. What some seem to forget amount school libraries though is that in a school the librarian does so much more than just shelve books, check out books, and cull the collection. There are the ones responsible for displays within the library to attract new readers or to new books, do book talks to get students in other books (book talks have shown major impacts on circulation of selected book) and there is the personal interaction with students, guiding them to books an authors, or assisting researchers. Then too there is the work that librarians do with teachers, from helping with classroom collections to assisting with literature circles and new literacy instruction. Be they in-person or digital, we all need Liberian support, so if we want to support reading, we need to support librarians to keep the students reading.



Fewer books checked out of Pa. district's libraries following budget cuts 
Severe budget cuts has left the Allentown, Pa., school district with one librarian serving 15 elementary schools and two serving four middle schools. The librarians often are teaching library-skills classes, closing the library to students. At one middle school, circulation dropped 77% during the first four months of operations without a librarian, from the same months of the previous year. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (3/15)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ebooks as Textbooks - Part 2 - Highlighting

Highlighting can be a very effective tool in reading and learning no matter the kind of text being read: from novels to textbooks.

Most textbooks or other forms of information text will usually used text features along with graphics to help organize information presented in the text.  These elements are done to help focus attention on important or key concepts and provide additional information. The text organization itself can include structural elements such as heading, subheading, index, glossary, paragraph spacing, bulleted or numbered lists, sidebars or side boxes, italics, underlines or bold for words or even sections. Graphic content can include the use of symbols, colors, illustrations, pictures, diagrams, charts, and graphs.
The act of highlighting is less time consuming and much easier than note-taking (to be discussed in an upcoming posting). To be effective in highlighting it should be a kind of metacognitive approach of sifting or filtering to identify the important content…

Ebooks as Textbooks Part 6 - Taking Note

The process of taking notes, makes reading that much more of an active process and will aid in comprehension and retention. The addition of your own personal notes are usually easier to understand and remember than textbook material. As a student reads the textbook, he or she may not remember all of that they read when they have finished - this is especially true of very dense texts. But, if a student reads the information and also writes down notes about what he or she is reading at the same time, then that extra step reinforces that information and improves retention. So one of the best ways to retain information you are reading it is to take notes while you are actually reading it, for print books these notes were usually written in the margins of the text and so were called margin notes. 

The taking of margin notes is a strategy that focuses your attention on important information from the textbook, novels, or articles that you are reading. Because it involves tagging key words or …

Auto Summarization

In dealing with textbooks and students with disabilities, one of the most common things that we would do is to get the textbook in a digital format, as an ebook. By doing this we were able to use a number of tools based on the need of the student. I've had students who could not lift their physical printed textbook, but would be able to access though a laptop installed in their electronic wheelchair, for students with vision issues we could boost the font size or use a text-to-speech tool to have the book read aloud to them. One tool that I used with a number of my students who had issues was the Auto Summarize tool in Word. The tool works well with textbook, but wouldn't work for other texts, such as novels.  I used this to reduce the amount of text that they had to read, the "cognitive load" of the text, but would still enable be able to get the information. Word did a great job, and depending on the student I would reduce the text to about 66% for facts and suppor…