Let’s Empower Student Voice

Who can empower students’ voices? You can! Read the Entrsekt April 2016 article by Jennifer Snelling, “Empowering Student Voice: Students are now at the center of education transformation.” I truly believe this. As Glen Warren (Encinitas Union District Coordinator for Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries, VP of Government Relations for the California School Library Association, Chair of the Library Media Educator Network for CUE) says, “What matters to you (students) matters.”

At CUE in Palm Springs last month, I gave a talk as part of the CSLA Information Literacy Strand about students as social media content creators. (http://bit.ly/socialmediacontentcreators) The slide show is full of inspiring examples of students of all ages creating legitimate content on social media. We need to give students the opportunities to create content on social media, and we need to listen to students’ voices on social media and in real life.

Snelling credits ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) with doing a great job in listening to students.

Mentioned in the Snelling article:

#StuVoice on Twitter

Stuvoice.org

TakingITGlobal (tigweb.org)

Future Friendly Schools

Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter

Thank you Jennifer Snelling and entrsekt, for giving us some examples and inspiration on this vital issue.

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Fresno and Libraries

Fresno, you’re doing great and interesting things, library-wise.

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From the Fresno Bee, “Two Central High School East librarians were honored with the Nutrition Educator Award in Anaheim on Jan. 15 as part of a statewide nutrition education contest. Christina Flores and Janet Wile were honored at the Astor Classics Event Center in Anaheim and also won $500 for Central Unified’s “Athletes as Readers and Leaders” program, which promotes healthy eating habits.

As part of this program, which is in its eighth year,  high school students visit elementary school each Friday to read books about healthy eating to kindergarten to third-grade classes.” (Feb. 14, 2016)

Congratulations to Ms. Flores, Ms. Wile, Central East student athletes, and Central Unified!

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Also from the Feb. 14, 2016 Fresno Bee:

The Fresno County Public Library has partnered with Career Online High School for a program offering accredited high school diplomas specifically designed for adults. http://fresnolibrary.org or call 559.600.7323.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melvil Dui

We who use libraries owe a lot to Melville Dewey, or, as he preferred to write his name, to save time, Melvil Dui.
He came up with a good organization system for the books in the library. Before his Dewey Decimal system was used, there were about 257 public library branches in the US. This was 1875. Then his system started being used. By 1900 there were 5000 public libraries! All because Mr. Dewey came up with a classification system that made sense. Before that there were all kinds of “systems”- including just putting the newest book on the next available spot on the shelf, or arranging by color or size. I learned about Dewey and a few other folks in America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation by Joshua Kendall.
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