Current Reports and Research for Teacher-Librarians
Rosenfeld, Esther, Tabor, Kim, Teacher Librarian
Read the latest reports and research about education and libraries, what students are doing online, and which nations are failing in providing adequate education for children.
DOTTO TECH ONLINE DATABASES TUTORIAL AVAILABLE
The Canadian educational television show Dotto Tech recently featured a segment demonstrating the benefits of using licensed online database resources. In the episode, host Steve Dotto walks viewers through the process of logging in, selecting a database, conducting a search, and refining search parameters. The show appears on the national CHUM network and on Canada's independent educational channels and can be downloaded at http://dottotech.com/library_video.php.
FREE RESOURCES TEACH LITERACY THROUGH ART AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The Curriculum Foundation released two new and innovative teaching resources: Exploring Aboriginal Art in Canada, by educators Larry Maenpaa and Clarice Kloezeman, and Life Skills Literacy: Career, Employment, and Volunteer Development, by educator Janet Hopkins. Teachers can download for free Exploring Aboriginal Art in Canada, Life Skills Literacy, and many other quality resources on the Teacher-Developed Resources page at http://www.curriculum.org/tcf/teachers/projects.shtml.
HOUSEHOLDS' USE OF PUBLIC AND OTHER TYPES OF LIBRARIES REPORT RELEASED
This report is available on the web site of the National Center for Education Statistics. It presents a series of tabulations that highlight households' use of public libraries, such as patterns of library use by demographic, social, economic, and geographic characteristics. Data were collected through personal and telephone interviews from a sample of 50,000 to 60,000 households. To download the report, visit http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/ pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007327
THE MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY LIST AVAILABLE
The American Library Association has released a list of the top-10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. All but three of these books were in the top 10 of the most challenged books of the 1990s. For the list, visit www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bbwlinks/topten2000to2005.htm.
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATORS ARTICLE PUBLISHED
The November 2006 issue of Intervention in School and Clinic is devoted to collaborative relationships between school libraries and special educators. Little has been published concerning the relationship between special education and libraries or describing best practices in this area. This publication fills this gap. The volume features an introduction by Joyce Anderson Downing, which discusses the various roles that the school library can play in the lives of students with disabilities, describes the ways that teachers and teacher-librarians can collaborate, and provides an overview of access to library resources from physical and technological perspectives. Articles on topics such as bibliotherapy and the library as a support system for students provide an overview of the existing literature, along with concrete strategies for developing, equipping, and operating collaborative library-based programs for students with mild to moderate learning and behavior problems. The journal is available electronically at www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ proedcw/in;jsessionid=3er7d10 ng6a73.henrietta.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND TEENS REPORT RELEASED
The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new report, Social Networking Sites and Teens: An Overview. According to the study, more than half (55%) of all online American youths aged 12-17 use online social networking sites. …