[kids-lib] In the News: Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Sep 12 16:29:37 PDT 2012

Hello! My colleague Jen Maurer just sent the following email about Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that is very relevant to public libraries too. Attached is the CCSS fact sheet and here is a link to the Oregon Department of Education's CCSS website:

If you want learn what other Oregon public libraries are talking and doing about CCSS, I encourage you to attend OLA's Children's Services Division on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Hood River Public Library.

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
From: oasl-all at memberclicks.net [oasl-all at memberclicks.net] on behalf of Jennifer Maurer [jennifer.maurer at state.or.us]
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:41 PM
To: Katie Anderson
Subject: [oasl-all] EdWeek Article: Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Education Week just posted/published a great article about the role of school librarians in supporting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/09/12/03librarians_ep.h32.html?tkn=VQWFYJGM2SogaWGs3%2B3jNYTI4FpPcsEj7qzG&intc=es.

In Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role, readers learn that librarians are revamping their collections to better align with the information text and rigor expectations of CCSS; working with teachers to find resources that support the standards and to rework selected activities to be research-driven; repackaging their research instruction to demonstrate how it is inquiry, which CCSS demands; and leading inservices to train content area teachers on literacy skills.

There’s an interesting angle about library budgets and common core, too: “Ms. Hearne [a librarian in South Carolina] reports that … her book budget has doubled this year. That came in the wake of her superintendent's request for a report on the percentage of fiction and nonfiction, and the age of the nonfiction materials, in the district's school libraries, she said.”

For some starter ideas for upgrading your nonfiction (informational text) collection, check out the Resource Roundup column in the Fall 2012 issue of the Interchange. Also note that the OSLIS/Gale Friday session at the OASL conference in Seaside will have a section about using the databases to find and filter informational text to support CCSS.

I hope everyone had a positive start to the new school year!


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

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