Common Core State Standards and the School Librarian

11/10/2012 § 7 Comments

A major focus of one of my School Media Studies classes this semester has been how the implementation of the Common Core State Standards will affect the role of the school librarian. As one of my classmates aptly pointed out, the Common Core State Standards are a way for school librarians to demonstrate their indispensable work in a  school and to take on a leadership role in implementing these new standards. In other words, in a time when fewer and fewer school library positions exist,  leading the charge when it comes the Common Core State Standards proves to our schools how important and necessary we are. « Read the rest of this entry »

Pursuing a Specialty in Library Services for Children [Starter Kit]

31/08/2012 § 4 Comments

Photo of sign that reads, "Children's Library."

Photo by Michael Sauers

As library science students begin classes again, school is also beginning for the children we serve as School Media Specialists and Children’s Librarians. In that spirit, Ashley and I co-wrote a starter kit for anyone interested in librarianship related to children. I am currently pursing my School Media Studies degree, while also teaching first grade. Ashley is a certified librarian and works as a Children’s Librarian at a public library. Below are some thoughts on our programs and experiences. Ashley is in bold.

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