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CO School Librarians: Improving Student Achievement

Check out this excellent Infographic from CDE and the Colorado State Library! Share, print or post! Spread the word!

It’s TIE time in Colorado!

It’s that time of year again.  Our partnership with TIE continues with the CASL at TIE Strand all day Wednesday, June 20th in the Hasties room (the former TIE Book Store location).  There are a great number of school librarians/leaders presenting.  More information will be coming but in the meantime, check out our site for session details. https://sites.google.com/site/caslattie/

School Librarians TEACH 21st Century Skills

I became interested in how deeply “library skills” were embedded in literacy standards after reading “Library Skills” = Information Literacy Skills = Common Core Skills by Sara Kelly Johns in the March 23rd post on School Library Journal’s Make Some Noise Blog. Sara did a “find” search of the word “research” in the “College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing,” which showed 56 results. I took it a step further with a word count analysis of Colorado K-12 Reading, Writing and Communicating Standards. It shows that the skills, lessons and tools provided by School Librarians are embedded in 21st Century Literacy. School Librarians TEACH 21st Century Skills!

Click to go to the full visualization in Many Eyes


Libraries in Action!

A new feature on CDE’s Highly Effective School Library web page is that each month,  there will be featured school libraries of the month.  Now, you can see what different school library leaders are doing.  This month’s featured school library is Sierra Elementary in Arvada, CO, Christine Yacano, school librarian!  Check out her animoto below:



CAL Membership Survey

3D Character and Question Mark

Are you a CAL and/or CASL member?  2012 is well underway and the Colorado Association of Libraries would like your help to make sure we are going in the right direction! Please take a  few minutes to complete our membership survey.