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Jamie McKenzie is the "brave new librarian," who shares the role and work of the new librarian.

Access: The Brave New Librarian Jamie McKenzie

Fontbonne University shares the what, the why, and the how of banned books.

Access:  Common Reasons for Banning Books from Schools and Libraries

There are many different reasons an institution will ban a book. The magic in a fantasy novel can be construed as anti-religious, or the language in a novel can be considered too mature for younger audiences. No matter the reason, banned books intrigue audiences and tempt readers as soon as they are restricted.

Access:  15 Banned Books and Reasons for Their Censorship

School librarians must excel at research, teaching, technology, digital and information literacy, and library design to lead today’s school ibraries

Access: How School Librarians are Evolving - Tech and Learning

Check out the vision for Iowa school libraries as well as the role of the 21st century librarian and school library resources.

Access: Iowa Department of Education's School Library Resources

Check out Pinterest's site on school libraries.

Access: Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference

Media specialists are leading the way!

Access: The League of Extraordinary Librarians

A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps for 2016!

Access: Librarian Approved:  30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation  

Every field has its own language, and libraries and media centers are no different. Users and new employees are often confused by terms librarians take for granted. Many words can have different meanings, which adds to the confusion. For example, when a student hears the word “journal,” they might think of something quite different from what the research librarian helping them find sources for their paper means. And even experienced library patrons might not be able to explain the difference between microfilm and microfiche. But by learning some common library-related terms, you can feel more comfortable and confident when you’re at the library.

Note:  This site was recommended by the students of Katherine Liu.

Access:  Library and Media Center Glossary of Terms

School Library Journal webcast (with Shannon McClintock Miller, Sam Miller and Kathy Kaldenberg

Access: Make the Administrator Connection

Established December 1, 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.  The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.

Access:  The Office for Intellectual Freedom

The free speech advocacy organization found that between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, 1,586 books were banned in classrooms across the country. The comprehensive list of bans includes cases from 86 school districts in 26 states that affected more than 2 million students in 2,899 schools.

This professor shares reasons for those bans.

Access:  One Professor's Take on Why Books Are Being Banned in Schools

Designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning, the National School Library Standards enable personalization for every learner and school librarian, allowing you to continuously tailor your school library to local needs, your own strengths, and learners’ benefit. These resources will help you get started on your journey.

Access:  School Librarians

Designed to meet the needs of pre-service as well as professional school library media specialists, this blog provides news and information, book and technology reviews, and professionals sharing their expertise.

Although the project is no longer updated on a regular basis, 
feel free to explore this online resource.

Access:  Teacher Librarians: Bridging Theory and Practice

Access:  The Times They are a Changin' - an infographic - Jennifer LaGarde


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This page was last updated: 2/7/23