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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.

CASL Launches New Advocacy Site!

CASL Survive and Thrive Advocacy Website

CASL is helping School Librarians Speak Out

We’ve launched a great new website to help school librarians advocate in a positive manner to save and support school libraries.  The CASL Survive and Thrive website provides tools to educate and inform stakeholders about the vital and irreplaceable role that school librarians play in teaching and learning.  In order to better communicate to our community members what “21st century skills” are all about, CASL developed “taglines” for the 21st century skills of the Colorado Academic Standards (seen at right).  On the site, you will find message templates (sample e-mails, letters, newsletter blurbs, brochures, and even videos) containing  the taglines and targeting specific stakeholder audiences in order to promote school librarians as 21st century skills experts. Check out the site and start advocating!

Jeffco Librarians Need Our Help!

Jefferson County (Jeffco) school librarians are facing potential significant cuts. Please support them by LIKING and SHARING their Facebook Page.   They have over 1000 likes and 300+ people talking about it. Please click “LIKE” & “SHARE” with your friends.  Add your comments, support, & stories.  Their goal is to get 4000 likes before Feb. 2nd when their teacher librarians will present to the school board.

From their Facebook Page:

We are a group of parents, teachers, students, and teacher librarians from Jefferson County, Colorado that appreciate and support our school libraries.  ADVOCATE in a positive manner to save and support Jeffco school libraries!  INSPIRE teacher librarians to work together, support each other, and strengthen the programs we have all worked so hard to create.

Please help EDUCATE the entire Jeffco community about how libraries are vital and how they impact schools, teachers, parents, kids, and the entire community.