The Australia Post Australian Legends Award is presented each year as part of Australia Day celebrations to honour individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to the development of our national identity and character.
Tim Winton said he was pleased that Australian writers were selected to be this year's Australian Legends."It's great to think that Australians would honour writers in the same way that it has honoured sports stars".
AASL has redefined the term that describes the certified person who runs a school library (or library media center as a “school librarian”. This new decision made by the American Association of School Librarians means the term "Library Media Specialist' is no more.
Here is the motion put to the AASL from the AASL Official blog . Whereas, the overarching strategic goal of the American Association of School Librarians is to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensable educational leaders; and Whereas, the AASL Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of Directors choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other educators, administrators, and the public; and Whereas, a recent AASL survey indicated confusion, misperceptions, and inconsistencies about various job titles in our profession; and Whereas, AASL needed to agree on a common nomenclature for all publications and advocacy efforts; and Whereas, the AASL’s leadership reviewed the data, identified the advantages and disadvantages of the various titles, and held a focused and extensive discussion. Therefore be it resolved, AASL officially adopts “school librarian” as the title which reflects the roles of the21st century school library professional as leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator; be it further resolved that AASL will advance and promote the title “school librarian” to ensure universal recognition of school librarians as indispensible educational leaders. The following guiding principles govern these actions: Open dialog concerning knowledge of our stakeholders’ needs, wants, and preferences; the current realities and evolving dynamics of our environment; the capacity and strategic position of our organization; and the ethical implications relevant to this decision.
“A strong library program that is adequately staffed, resourced and funded can lead to higher student achievement regardless of the socioeconomic or educational levels of the adults in the community” (Lonsdale, ACER, 2003).
"How is it that the Federal government can commit billions of dollars to the building of new primary school libraries across all states, yet seems unconcerned who (if anyone) will be managing those brand new libraries – let alone if anyone is also qualified to teach within them?" The Hub
Request for a national school library review was made by Australian School Library Association.
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Participants: Aparna Vashisht (@Parentella) - Founder, Parentella; Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) - New Milford High School, NJ; Shelly S Terrell (@ShellTerrell) - Educator and Blogger, Teacher ReBoot Camp; Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom) - Educator and Blogger, Web 2.0 Connected Classroom; Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) - Professor of English, Secondary English
from the 140 Character Conference - Los Angeles - October 28, 2009
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Seth Godin in his blog post on the future of the library states that: "What we need to spend the money on are leaders, sherpas and teachers who will push everyone from kids to seniors to get very aggressive in finding and using information and in connecting with and leading others."
This sounds to me very much like the teach them "at the point of need" method. Success rates rise significantly when people have a need and are ready to learn. In our schools Teacher Librarians often have the opportunity to fill this role for students and staff alike, but need to be given "time" to undertake this vital task.
John writes: "I believe that school and children’s librarians will have a great deal of say in the shape of that change—more say, in fact, than anyone else: your choices will guide us as publishers stumble, as bookstores struggle, as the reading public becomes too bewildered to know what they want, and as authors—like always—do whatever you tell us to do."