[kids-lib] FW: [oasl-all] Summer Tidbits from the Library World: Part 1

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Aug 17 09:10:54 PDT 2011

Yesterday I sent an email to the OASL listserv with announcements and resources related to school libraries. Below are the items that I feel also pertain to public libraries, for anyone who might be interested.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR  97301-3950
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

From: oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net [mailto:oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net] On Behalf Of Jennifer Maurer
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:55 PM
To: Jennifer Maurer
Subject: [oasl-all] Summer Tidbits from the Library World: Part 1

Here’s hoping that you are having a great summer!

This information has been culled from American Libraries Direct, Library Hotline, AASL Hotline, ODE, and other sources. If you don’t have time to read everything, I encourage you to scan the headings for dates and deadlines and for what you deem most important.

AASL Published its List of Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning
Theoretically you have a bit more time during the summer, so now’s the time to browse the list and learn about a new resource or two.
AASL Hosts Online Book Discussion of The Shallows
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 AASL Conference in Minneapolis in late October. In anticipation of that, anyone is welcome to join an online discussion of The Shallows. Starting this week, a chapter per week will be discussed.

Information Literacy
From 140 Characters to 10 Pages: Teens, Social Media, and Information Literacy
That’s the name of a webinar being sponsored by YALSA on August 18th at 11am. Laura Pearle “will discuss how school and public librarians can help their teens use social media for research projects. She’ll explore ways to help teens locate appropriate material in social media streams as well as determine the validity of the source material. Participants will learn how to create research focused Twitter hashtag lists for students and how to assist students in citing information from social media sources. Laura will also discuss how librarians can help teens become good digital citizens when contributing to social media streams.” Registration costs between $29 and $49.

Intellectual Freedom/Censorship
Banned Books Week
...is an annual event drawing attention to the concept of intellectual freedom. It is celebrated during the last week of September, and this year that’s September 24th – October 1st.  For those who want to promote the event, the ALA Store has posters, bookmarks, t-shirts, and more.

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Banned Sites Day
A school librarian in Connecticut plans to launch Banned Sites Day on September 28th, in conjunction with Banned Books Week, to draw attention to what she considers the unfair practice of banning students from accessing Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites on school computers. "This is the kind of culture they'll be in once they get into the workforce, and for students to be participatory in the workplace and school, we have to provide a wider array of experiences," said Michelle Luhtala. Now I see that AASL is celebrating Banned Sites Day as well. I’m not sure who had the idea first.

Richland, WA School Board Reverses Ban on Alexie Book
Sherman Alexie’s frequently challenged The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was added back to district reading lists in Richland, Washington when the school board reversed its earlier decision to remove it. One school member said, “I won't vote to remove a book from the selection before I read it." Exactly! Encourage folks to read books in question before they make decisions about them.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR  97301-3950
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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