[kids-lib] Public libraries and Common Core State Standards--is your library ready?

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Nov 7 15:21:59 PST 2012

My colleague, Jen Maurer, presented at the OLA Children’s Services Division meeting on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) a few weeks ago. While there are CCSS for math and English language arts, the focus was on the latter. We learned from her presentation that at least 50% of what elementary school students read should be informational text, in middle school it’s 55%, and by the end of high school it’s 70%. Informational texts are a sub-set of non-fiction. For example, poetry and instructional texts (i.e. how-to books) are not considered informational. These requirements are supposed to be fully implemented in all Oregon schools by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

Is your library’s circulating collection ready for this increase in demand for informational texts?
The State Library has ordered the books on non-fiction collection development discussed at the CSD meeting so keep your eyes open for ‘New books…’ emails. In the mean time, here are two books you can use now:

  *   Nonfiction for Young Adults: From Delight to Wisdom by Betty Carter & Richard F. Abrahamson
  *   From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by Kathleen Horning (Newer edition is on order.)
  *   Reference sources and services for youth by Meghan Harper (includes section on developing a core reference collection)
  *   Crash course in collection development by Wayne Disher

If you would like to request these or other materials from the Oregon State Library please use your library's established interlibrary loan process or send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at library.request at state.or.us<mailto:library.request at state.or.us> or (fax) 503-588-7119. Items will be checked out to your library, not to you personally, for 4 weeks (print materials) or 2 weeks (videos). Materials will be delivered via mail or Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier, and you may return them the same way. Normally a single copy is purchases and it is loaned on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may be put on a hold list for several weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Do you know how to use online databases well enough to help students access the increased number of articles and primary documents they will need to do their homework?

  *   Learn which Kindergarten-12th Grade Gale databases to use when: http://secondary.educator.oslis.org/find-information (scroll down to bottom of the page to click on link and open word.doc)
  *   Download and print ‘Tip Sheets’ http://support.gale.com/gale/cat.html?cat=1196

     *   For example, take a look at the Kids Info Bits Tip Sheet: http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/searchtip/kidsInfobits_tip.pdf

  *   View short FREE Gale online tutorials to learn more: http://www.cengagesites.com/Literature/790/gale-cengage-library-training/on-demand-training/
  *   Participate in a FREE upcoming Gale training webinar: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=cengagegale&

Learn more ways libraries can support students and schools as CCSS is implemented by reading Jen’s PowerPoint: http://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136

Learn more about CCSS on the Oregon Department of Education’s website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2860

Hopefully this will help you prepare your library to support student success in your community in the coming year.


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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