June/ July 2014, Volume 6, Issue 5
Check Your Calendars!!
ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1, 2014
ALCTS Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014
Immersion Program – Teacher and Program Tracks
July 20–25, 2014
Teen Blogging Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Library Card Sign-up Month
Featured e-Resources of the Month
New e-resources' features made available
Getting students college ready?
Affordable Colleges Foundation "created a teaching career and post-secondary education guide tailored to the needs of current and future students. It includes industry resources, career paths, scholarships, supplemental free online courses, and internship opportunities. "Additionally, they "have created the first database of Not-for-Profit accredited online teaching programs that is updated on a quarterly basis. While online learning continues to grow, it is critical to educate students about accreditation as it can significantly impact financial aid and credit transferability."
Prairie Bud and Pasque nominations provide quality booklists for the library and classroom
The 2014-15 Prairie Bud and Pasque lists are now on the State Library website. The Prairie Bud and Pasque nominations are a great resource for both instructional and recreational reading [PDF]. Over the summer, as librarians and classroom teachers start making plans for the next school year, the Prairie Bud and Pasque nominations provide an excellent list of children's titles and information to consider. This information now includes quantitative measures for text complexity [PDF]. The Prairie Bud and Pasque booklists have been reviewed and selected by members of the SDLA committee from across the state and provide an excellent selection of children's literary and informational titles that are fitting for reading in both the home and classroom. While the review process is very extensive, additional information can help librarians and teachers choose specific books from the list they would like to use with students.
Common Core Reading Standard 10 states that children should be able to read and comprehend at the appropriate text complexity band independently and proficiently. The details for each title shares this text complexity band and several age, grade-level, and quantitative measures. While these quantitative measures are helpful in selecting text of the appropriate reading level, it is also important to use your own judgment and reader's advisory skills as you consider how you are going to use the books in your library or classroom.
Along with the information on text complexity, the booklists on the State Library website now include direct links to the webpage for each author. These websites can be a great place find lesson ideas. Most of these websites include ways your students can contact the author and find information about the author, book details, and activities.
Find a Book is a tool you need in your reader's advisory toolkit
Whether it's February or July, Find a Book is a reading tool to point students, parents, and fellow teachers to as you dig into your reader's advisory toolkit.
It's available 24/7 for free online. It can be used independently or with your help to find that "just right book" for the right reader at the right time. Users can set up an account or do a quick search to find titles of interest at the appropriate reading level. Generated lists can be saved or printed to help you and your readers locate titles in the school or public library. Add your expertise to the list to recommend similar or additional titles you know your readers can access either in print or e-book format.
School library blogs to add to your summer reading list
Your summer reading list may already be a mile long but adding a few excellent school library blogs won't take up much space and will be well worth your time. Blogs can be read on any type of device with an Internet connection. They are usually only a page or so long and are archived so you can browse through past topics. Many point you to links for further information which you can easily save to a social bookmarking site like Diigo to use later when you are planning lessons and projects.
Give a blog a try between now and August:
- American Association of School Librarians Blog (membership not required)
- Blue Skunk Blog - Doug Johnson, Mankato Public Schools, MN
- Library Door - Paige Jaeger, WSWHE Board of Cooperative Educational Services, NY
- Neverending Search - Joyce Valenza, School Library Journal
- No Shelf Required - Sue Polanka, Wright State University