Apr 04, 2019
School Library Month
School Library Month began in 1985 and gives an opportunity to celebrate the great things happening in school libraries and school library programs.
This year’s theme is Everyone Belongs @Your School Library. The theme celebrates the uniqueness of a school library where librarians plan, curate, and promote so that all users will be able to find themselves, and feel welcome when they enter the school library.
Dave Pilkey, author and illustrator of the “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” series, is this year’s ambassador. This one-minute video of Dave talking about the positive impact libraries have had on his life may be viewed and shared for non-commercial use and without alterations.
A big thank you goes out to all teacher librarians and staff that help make libraries welcoming to all!
The Iowa Department of Education released The Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019). There is much to celebrate about these new standards and guidelines.
Educators are aware that qualified teacher librarians and high quality school library programs are one of the pillars of the school and an important foundation of a school’s continuous improvement. The Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019) highlight and measure the intentional utilization of strengths specific to teacher librarians, and align directly to the continuous improvement process.
The standards are a useful tool to evaluate the current state of a building or district library and library program, using the rating system as a way to guide discussions about what ideal libraries and programs entail. The standards are not meant to evaluate a teacher librarian’s performance, but rather the overall structure and utilization of the unique expertise of a qualified teacher librarian. When schools work toward meeting and exceeding these new standards, they will also be ensuring that they are meeting the Iowa Code requirements.
The Iowa Department of Education is in the process of updating their school library web page. The yearly library state report is also undergoing changes, and the goal is to align the survey to the new Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019). Also, keep an eye out for an invitation to a webinar about how to navigate the new standards.
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Professional Titles about Libraries and Librarians
Looking for an informative read about quality libraries? Below are some of our newest titles.
The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook (199976) 2017
News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News (202655) 2018
The School Librarian as Curriculum Leader (200772) 2017
School Library Makerspaces in Action (201635) 2018
Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (202206) 2015
Final Teacher Librarian Workshop for 2019
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on May 7 for our “Supporting and Celebrating Digital Citizens” workshop! For more information and to register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning site and search course #167825.