From the Ground Up

ACST (American Community School of Tunis) needs your help!

Last month, The American Cooperative School of Tunis lost their entire elementary library in an attack on their school. If you would like to donate to help them build their collection, please visit their TitleWish page.

If you would like to learn more about what happened, see the Atlantic Wire article entitled Demonstrators Killed in Attack on U.S. Embassy in Tunisia as Protests Spread

My partner and I just donated. If you want more information on how to help, visit the ACST website.

This is a screenshot from @shellterrell’s #LIB2012 session on preparing your library for mobile learning. It was a great one full of app recommendations, QR codes and advice on research in the 21st century. 

This is a screenshot from @shellterrell’s #LIB2012 session on preparing your library for mobile learning. It was a great one full of app recommendations, QR codes and advice on research in the 21st century. 

Gamification of Learning is so good it glows! @katyvance is excited to be back on the #levelupbc train. 

Gamification of Learning is so good it glows! @katyvance is excited to be back on the #levelupbc train. 

“Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
#summerreading has taken an academic turn with James Paul Gee’s “What Video Games Have To teach Us About Literacy and Learning”!

#summerreading has taken an academic turn with James Paul Gee’s “What Video Games Have To teach Us About Literacy and Learning”!

It’s Not Inquiry If: Three easy (and attractively-formatted) questions we can ask as we look to whether or not we do inquiry 
- Compliments of the School Library Monthly blog

It’s Not Inquiry If: Three easy (and attractively-formatted) questions we can ask as we look to whether or not we do inquiry 

- Compliments of the School Library Monthly blog

I am so excited to kick off my own summer reading by joining the Level Up Book Club.  I am NOT a gamer, but gaming in schools is something that is on fire right now.  I really want to learn about how gaming could enhance teaching and learning.

I am so excited to kick off my own summer reading by joining the Level Up Book Club.  I am NOT a gamer, but gaming in schools is something that is on fire right now.  I really want to learn about how gaming could enhance teaching and learning.

Minority Babies Outnumber White Babies

There’s a new post on the Building a Bridge to Literacy blog.

Today it was announced that minority babies outnumbered white newborns in 2011 for the first time in U.S. history. What does this mean for school libraires? For public libraries? For the publishing industry? How does this relate to and impact the literacy achievement of African American male youth?

I’ve been pondering this recently as a librarian at a school with a very diverse population. I already put a great deal of effort into maintaining a global collection, but the implications of this statistic are far beyond just what I purchase in terms of materials for my library. Libraries are community spaces and the development of our community needs to reflect the demographics of our community.

I think this means as an individual librarian, I need to support diversity in library staffing. I can do this financially, by supporting ALA’s Spectrum scholarships. But I have also been thinking that I need to reach out to area universities with ILS programs and invite library students into our space to work with students, particularly library students from underrepresented minorities. We do not have a racially or linguistically diverse staff at my school, and it would be wonderful to have more African American, Latino/Latina, and Spanish speaking adults working with our students.

I actively reach out to students from minority backgrounds and engage them in our learning commons as volunteers, giving them a sense of ownership in our community. I promote librarianship as a flexible career with a great future. Up until now, however, these have mostly been girls. I would like to work to engage more of my African American males as decision making stakeholders in our learning commons xommunity. I hope someday there will be a Bloomberg new report saying that minority librarians outnumber white librarians!