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7 Ways the Library is a Learning Tool for You!

1. The library is available for all students as they research. There are many resources available to them in the form of books, internet sites and videos, as well valuable information from me, their Media Specialist. I will be able to direct them to resources that will enable them to cover the literacy standards that will go right along with their curriculum TEKS. Remember, "There is a significant positive relationship between a majority of the 21 library services regularly provided and student achievement at all levels," (Lance, Achteman, 2008).

2. The library is a place of collaboration. Together, we can model and promote collaborative planning, work, and presentations, as well as experience various learning stations. As a teacher, you can also come to the library for any advice or research and we'll be happy to collaborate with you! We want information in all formats to be available to you and your students and have cutting-edge technology we are excited to share.

3. With learning stations, we encourage students to garner information via reading, viewing, and listening for both understanding, and enjoyment. We also have an "Explore" station. The more access the students have, the better; "It has been firmly established that more access to books results in more reading and that more reading leads to better literacy development," (Krashen, 2004).

4. Diversity doesn't have to be addressed in the classroom, only. The library is a great place to teach students about diversity. From Skype presentations, to speakers, to various visuals, learners will leave knowing much more about diversity than they did when they first entered.

5. Student-driven learning is fostered in your library. Whether we are asking challenging questions or posing them through visuals and other stations, the library is a place where we can also collaborate with teachers to suggest critical thinking questions that drive students to inquire more about the material being presented.

6. The library isn't just a place to store books; it is a place for learning. Whether that's through reading, or incorporating technology, both are avenues to understanding and enrichment. From 3-d experiences to robots and 3-d printers, we have it all!

7. We're not alone. The library is a great resource for getting in touch with the community. From Skype classrooms to meeting with parents and clubs, to full access of information in all formats, your students have the community behind them. Just like in our classrooms, we want to reach all students with information that sparks their learning, all at their fingertips!

Information Power (1998).

Important Research Information for your Students

2 Tidbits:

Do they know? Plagiarism and Copyright: Use your own words and ideas! In other words, don't plagiarize. According to Merriam-Webster, plagiarizing is, "stealing and passing off ideas and words of another as one's own" and, "to use another's production without crediting the source. Make sure you cite your work! We want to encourage students to use information to guide their own critical thinking. Make sure they know about Turnitin.com, a great sight for submitting work and checking to see how much of their writing is considered plagiarized. Do they know what copyright is? Here are four things students should be knowledgeable of when judging if a work is plagiarized: 1. What was the purpose and character of the use? 2. What was the nature of the copyrighted work? 3. How much was taken? and 4. What is the effect of using the work on the market? (Stim, Standford University Libraries, Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors, 2017). Creative Commons, as well as Pixaby, and Unsplash are great resources for getting free images, by the way!

What about...? Right to Privacy and Challenges to Material. What is it? "The right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others." The library must keep identifying information confidential (ALA, Privacy). Your ALA (American Library Association) has challenge support with the statement, "Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment," (Article 3, Library Bill of Rights). If someone wants to remove or restrict materials, or exclude a work, you have a right to receive information from all points of view without restriction (ALA, Challenge Support, 2018).

And don't forget... Internet Ethics. "Internet ethics means an acceptable behavior for using internet. We should be honest, respect the rights and property of others on the internet" (Information Security Education and Awareness). The Ten Rules: "One shall not use a computer to harm other people, interfere with other's computer work, snoop around in other's files, use a computer to steal, bear false witness, copy or use proprietary software, use other's resources without authorization, appropriate other's intellectual output, one should think about social consequences, and should use a computer in ways that insure consideration and respect for fellow humans," (Information Security Education and Awareness, 2016).

Keep in Mind...

"It has been firmly established that more access to books results in more reading adn that more reading leads to better literacy development" (Krashen, 2004).

"21 state studies confirm school librarians support student achievement," (AASL, 2013).

"School libraries are essential learning resources and librarians are the essential 'guides inside' our schools, leading everyday teaching and learning toward methods and outcomes that best prepare out students for the challenges of the 21st century," (Trilling, 2010).


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Lamos, S. (2013). Strong school libraries build strong students. Retrieved March 20, 2018, from ALA website: http://www. ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/advocacy/ aasl_infographic.pdf