April 2009, Volume 1, Issue 4
Worlds Connect @ Your Library
Clock is Ticking
South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest
School Library Annual Report Moratorium
The South Dakota State Library is declaring a one-year moratorium on the statistical report for schools for the 2008-09 school year. During this year of moratorium, a School Library Study Group that will be considering possible revisions in the gathering of school library data has been formed. The group will be monitoring what is happening on the national level in regard to gathering statistics, with an eye toward having South Dakota’s information included with national library statistics.
Conclusions and recommendations formed by the Study Group will be made available by September 2009. Librarians should feel free to gather their own statistics this year for local administration, using last year’s report as a template. When the Annual Statistical Report resumes in the spring of 2010, we hope it will be more targeted and useful for local purposes. Questions and comments may be directed to the following:
Daria Bossman, Assistant State Librarian
Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator
Lee Crary, School Library Coordinator
Copyright Lessons Available for Middle School Students
Disclaimer: Presentation of any particular curriculum does not constitute endorsement, approval or recommendation for adoption of that curriculum by the State of South Dakota or the South Dakota Department of Education and its offices.
AASL, along with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), have re-released updated copyright lessons plans for middle school students, Grades 6-8. The five lessons address timely topics in copyright education and, unlike many other lessons plans, provide a balanced approach to copyright by including issues such as fair use.
The lessons also have connections to AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Designed to be flexible curriculum tools that can be integrated across subject areas and complement any information literacy program, the lessons are available on the ReadWriteThink web site.