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The Power of Visual Storytelling

Posted by bronwynr on May 11, 2009

The “1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling” panel—featuring a star-studded panel of international artists—began a little late. But all was forgiven once the moderator, novelist/performer Jonathan Ames, got everyone’s attention with his amazing, animalistic “hairy call.” He explained it was an audio warning he and his friends had used to alert each other to oncoming peril when being attacked “by more normal children.” Like a literary starting gun, it kicked off the panel discussion.


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Seminar: Information practices in primary school

Posted by bronwynr on May 9, 2009

Speaker: Anna Lundh, visiting doctoral candidate
The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in contemporary Society (LinCS), Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS),University of Borås and University of Gothenburg
Seminar: Information practices in primary school
Date: Thursday May 14
Time: 5.30 7pm
Venue: University of Technology Sydney – City Campus
CB10.07.114 (for those unfamiliar with UTS, please see map )
***Light refreshments will be provided!***
About the Seminar:
In this seminar Anna will present her ongoing doctoral work which focuses on information activities and information practices in primary school. The setting for the study is two Swedish third-year forms where children (generally 9 year olds) are working with research or inquiry- based/problem-based assignments.

Annas thesis is related to the research field within library and information science called information needs, seeking and use (INSU), as well as to the field of information literacy. The thesis also builds on a sociocultural perspective on learning, particularly on the school of thought that originates in the work of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Her work is also influenced by the new sociology of childhood.

During this talk Anna will focus on the methodology used in the studies, namely visual ethnography and interaction analysis. Using a camcorder during the ethnographical fieldwork makes it possible for the researcher to carry out a detailed analysis of children interacting with each other, with the educators and with the tools used for information seeking and use. It also enables a focus on the visual aspects of the practices studied, which requires new ways of presenting the empirical material.
For more information about Anna, visit:

About The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in contemporary Society (LinCS),
LinCS is a national centre of excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council and with additional funding from several agencies. The focus of the research is on issues of the relationship between learning and media, in particular how digital technologies and media transform how knowledge and information circulate in society, and the implications of these developments for learning at the individual and collective level. The research projects include studies of learning in educational settings (in various subjects and areas), at work places (hospitals, industry, design etc.), and in virtual environments and communities.
For more information about LinCS, visit

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Explore the DOAJ

Posted by bronwynr on April 20, 2009

Here’s another post relating to tight times and the happy fact that the open source/open access movement continues to simultaneously flourish. High school librarians will want to share the Dir…
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When students speak.

Posted by bronwynr on March 24, 2009

I love this simple but eloquent plea from a California high school sophomore about what library means to her, or what a library void would mean to her. A look at what morning looks like in s…
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LA High School Library Unwittingly Houses Valuable Artwork

Posted by bronwynr on March 23, 2009

The teens at Louisiana’s Bolton High School had no clue about the treasure trove housed in their library—and it wasn’t just the books. It turns out that the two paintings of oak and pine trees, which have hung in the media center for decades, are by American artist Ellsworth Woodward—and they’re valued at $300,000.

It all started a few years ago, when Charlene Johnson, a media specialist at the school, began researching the artist online. She discovered that Woodward, who was born in 1861 in Seekonk, MA, became the head of the art department of the Newcomb School at Tulane University and is considered to be instrumental in developing Newcomb Pottery, an important part of the Arts and Crafts Movement from about 1870 to 1920. more » » »

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Children’s Libraries – Building A Book Culture

Posted by bronwynr on March 20, 2009

The Indian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), is holding a three-day International Conference on Children’s Libraries – Building A Book Culture, on February 4th—6th, 2010 at New Delhi, India.

The aim of the Conference is to discuss the potentials and scope of libraries in strengthening the book culture.

This Conference, a pioneering attempt by the Indian BBY is a step towards this goal.

Conference Organiser

Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children

(AWIC) / Ind.BBY Nehru House

4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

New Delhi- 110002,


Fax: 91-11-23724067

Tel.: 91-11-23311095, 91-11-23316970-74

E-mail : awicbooks at yahoo dot com

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International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Awards Program

Posted by bronwynr on March 17, 2009

Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2009.

Visit for more information.

The IASL/Softlink Excellence Award recognises significant contributions to
school librarianship by school library specialists, educators, and/or

Outstanding and innovative school library projects, plans, publications or
programs that could serve as models for replication by individuals and
associations are recognized by the LinksPlus Library Commendation Award.

The IASL School Library Technology Innovation Award recognises school
library programs or projects that effectively utilise current and emerging
technologies for school libraries and information service delivery.

The recipient of the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award is provided with US$
500 towards an international research project.

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Stephanie Rosalia: The New Poster Girl for School Libraries

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Stephanie Rosalia became a poster girl for school librarians when she made the front page of the New York Times on February 16.

The article, “The Future of Reading: In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update” by Motoko Rich, which featured the Brooklyn-based Rosalia and the key role she plays at her school, became the most emailed story of the day, receiving more than 75 comments from readers and becoming the topic of more than 100 blogs around the world. The newspaper even featured a video about her program and the story appeared in the paper’s February 20 Book Review podcast.

School Library Journal caught up with Rosalia to find out how all this came about and the reaction to her newfound fame.

How did a media specialist from Public School 225 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, end up on the front page of the New York Times?

I received a call one day from the New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who was referred to me by the then president of the American Association of School Librarians, Sara Kelly Johns.

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DOE Report Praises Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

Posted by bronwynr on February 27, 2009

Students attending schools that received grant money from the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program perform higher on state reading tests than those in schools that didn’t participate in the program, says a recent report by the Department of Education.

The “Second Evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program” says that the percentage of students during the 2005–06 academic year who met or exceeded state reading proficiency requirements increased by an extra 2.7 percentage points over nonparticipating schools. more » » » 

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In web age Library Job gets update

Posted by bronwynr on February 18, 2009

  From the NY Times

Ms. Rosalia, 54, is part of a growing cadre of 21st-century multimedia specialists who help guide students through the digital ocean of information that confronts them on a daily basis. These new librarians believe that literacy includes, but also exceeds, books.


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