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Random Reads

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- a smattering of two random reads about libraries, education & growth -
Is perfect the enemy of good? Is overworking something just as bad as failing to polish it?

It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done by Tim Herrera




O Shakespeare, Shakespeare, wherefore art thou Shakespeare?

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You’re Quoting Shakespeare by Dana Schwartz



Disclaimer: The South Dakota State Library does not endorse any service, product, or recommendation listed in this blog.

School Library Day Camp

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Last spring a few school library staff from central South Dakota asked if we could meet up in sort of an EdCamp + Library 101 course + social summit kind of way.  
So... we made the mash-up happen!
A mighty little group of library professionals + a classroom teacher showed up at Kimball School Library ready to connect and learn in an informal way. 
And did we! Take a look at the notes from our time together. My hope is that you'll take away a nugget or two and share with others.
Also, if you're interested in hosting one of these trainings/get-togethers, email Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator.

A Successful First Round!

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Thirty-seven library and other school staff across South Dakota successfully completed the first round of the one-credit online course An Introduction to the 2019 SD School Library StandardsThis course is part of the Learn & Lead series from the South Dakota State Library and is specifically for school librarians and others who work with and in school libraries including classified staff.




Participants made their way through a digital workbook incorporating a variety of related topics including:
a comparative look at the 2010 and 2019 standardsthe history of the SD School Library Standards the process of standards revision in South Dakota a deeper dive into each strand of proficiency of the new standards.Additional rounds of this course are scheduled for fall 2019 and spring 2019. Registration for the fall session will open in September with 20 virtual seats available.

Here's what recent participants had to say about this course:
...It was exactly what I needed to dive in and ex…

Random Reads

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- a smattering of two random reads about libraries, education & growth -



"What Teachers Want You to Know: A Letter to Administrators" via The Cult of Pedagogy

...You stand right in the middle, wedged between those who make the policies and the teachers and students impacted by them.


"How To Speak Administrator" via School Library Journal

...Because we can’t speak to every principal, superintendent, and school board member directly, allow us to help you be heard with these seven tips to make the case for your library.



Best Apps 2019 from AASL

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Each summer the American Association of School Librarians puts out its annual list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and its Best Websites for Teaching & Learning.

This is a good opportunity to share with your staff via a quick email series or via a PD session or staff meeting. By sharing, you're not only promoting technology as a teaching resource and learning tool, but you're also promoting the library and the work you do. These opportunities to share resources absolutely count as collaboration!

All apps and websites on the lists are 'crosswalked' with the AASL Shared Foundations - helpful to librarians and classroom teachers alike when selecting the digital tool/resource but also when lesson planning.
I've already shared in a past post my five picks from the Best Websites list, so now I'll share my five picks from the Best Apps list. Be sure, though, to check out the entire list; you're sure to find your own favorites too!











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Best Websites 2019 from AASL

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Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, the American Association of School Librarians puts out its annual lists of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning... and the lists are out!
Apps and websites on the lists are 'crosswalked' with the AASL Shared Foundations - helpful when selecting the digital tool/resource but also when lesson planning.



I'll use this post to share my five favorites from the Best Websites for Teaching & Learning list but be sure to check out the entire list of quality educational websites for use in the library - spaces where teaching and learning happen just as they do in the classroom.
Of the five I've listed below, three are ones that I've used extensively; in fact, they were already on my curated resource lists here and here.

These five resources are spot-on when it comes to beefing up library services in terms of inclusive and global curriculum as well as curation and collaboration.




























Diversity in Children's Books 2018 Infographic

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You may have seen the 2015 version of this infographic floating around in your professional world. It's now updated and it's definitely worth investigating.


A variety of outlets like School Library Journal have published articles about this infographic update, but I'd be sure to check out Sarah Park Dahlen's website. You'll find information about the 2015 & 2018 multicultural publishing statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. You'll also find links to quality resources and discover what Debbie Reese of the superb blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature, says about mirrors with regard to children's literature.

Lastly, I'll share a link to my Inclusion & Diversity resource list. It's loaded with links for supporting inclusion and diversity in our libraries and classrooms.

First Round! An Introduction to the 2019 SD School Library Standards

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About 40 library staff across South Dakota are diving into the first round of the online course An Introduction to the 2019 SD School Library Standards. This course is part of the Learn & Lead series from the South Dakota State Library and is specifically for school librarians and others who work with school libraries.



This one-credit course aims to introduce the new 2019 School Library Content Standards and help guide school librarians and other educators in their professional practice.
Additional rounds of this course are scheduled for Fall 2019 and Spring 2010. 
To learn more for this upcoming opportunity, visit LEARN & LEAD: An Introduction to the 2019 SD School Library Standards or contact Alissa Adams.

YALSA Book Finder

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Check out this go-to resource from the Young Adult Library Services Association. YALSA has a free Teen Book Finder Database to support collection development and literacy programming at the middle school and high school levels.

This database provides access to all of YALSA's annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees. It replaces individual award lists formerly on the YALSA site. Search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films and filter by author, list, genre, theme, and year. Plus, download, print, and share lists. Technology at work for you!


And, of course, there's an app for that! Teen Book Finder App.


Bonus! Additional award books focusing on diversity have been recently added to the database. Those include books from Amelia Bloomer Book ListAmerican Indian Library AssociationAsian/Pacific American Librarians AssociationAssociation of Jewish LibrariesChinese American Librarians AssociationCoretta Scott King Award, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans…

Weeding

Weeding or deselection of materials is a part of collection maintenance. It should be tied to the goals and mission of the library and the district. An optimal library collection is reviewed consistently for accuracy, currency, usage, diversity, and subject area gaps. Space limitations, edition, format, physical condition, and number of copies are also considerations.

Districts, with school librarians leading the charge, should develop district policies to guide collection maintenance. This policy could be called a collection development policy (a more comprehensive term) or a weeding policy. The policy should not only provide considerations for the development of the collection, it should also specify who repairs materials and is responsible for ordering, weeding, and inventory. Lastly, policies may also provide guidance about the disposal of weeded items.

Conducting regular inventories are a very important part of collection development. Inventories don't necessarily need to be …