When a student had trouble aligning the margins on his research paper, he asked the school librarian for help. She had her suspicions and uncovered the real problem - his entire paper was lifted (margin formatting and all) directly from the internet. This story leads in to a detailed discussion of the increasingly common problem of internet plagiarism among school and college students and the measures that are being taken to deal with it.
[This story is from the New York Times so you need to register to have access to it - but it\'s free.]
Someone passed along This Link to a release that states, in part:\"the Department of Education will not be including any \"specialists\" in the Excellent Teaching Program (national certification & mentoring program). The Department has taken the position that the Statute that established the program was not intended to include teachers who did not have a full time class asigned to them.\"
There was talk about possibly eliminating librarians from the elementary schools in the Santa Barbara area.
This story was written by Derek Maraszek, 13, who attends Goleta Valley Junior High School. And you thought none of your students even knew what you did...
How would you like to walk into a library and not be greeted with that friendly, \"Hello!\" Or, the very warm, helpful attitude and spirit, \"How can I help you?\"
I remember when I went to library school, one of my professors said how much easier it would be to find a position in the school media branch of our profession than anywhere else, and how much more secure those positions were. It seems, however, that lately we\'re reading an awful lot to contradict that. Here\'s another one.
The Globe & Mail has another Sad Story on the sorry state of school libraries in Canada.
They say the rush onto the Internet seems to be harming school libraries, with everyone thinking schools don\'t need to build libraries and don\'t need to have a budget for book acquisition.
\"The state of our nation\'s libraries can only be described as a desperate one in almost every province in Canada,\" Mr. Carrier writes in a draft of a statement to be published this fall. \"In my regular visits to library communities across the country, there is consistent heartbreak.\"
LGordon writes \"A new program to help provide new library books for the schools in Clark County, Nevada, is underway. Clark County Reads aims to help provide library books for the children of Las Vegas. In Clark County, school libraries provide an average of 7 books per student, while the national average is 18. With only $7.00 per student allocated for library expenditures, it is difficult for schools to purchase an adequate number of books to replace the aged books on the shelves\"
Carrie passed along This NYTimes Story on Richmond, VA\'s decision to buy 23,000 new Apple iBook laptops. That\'ll be enough for every teacher and student in its middle and high schools.
Meanwhile in Montreal, the English Montreal School Board is considering reducing staffing hours at its elementary-school libraries. Yet more bad new from Canada, it never seems to stop. Full Story
Doug Johnson has written a great article Seven Most Critical Challenges That Face Our Profession.
He suggests seven areas where every library media specialist can and should take action.
They include, Remaining experts in helping others make meaning out of technology, Keeping our core values, Staying connected and more.
\"A person recently commented to me that one must be mad to go into school librarianship. He’s right, of course, on a number of levels. You have to mad (passionate) for stories, computers, and especially work with kids.\"
UW-Milwaukee Student writes \"This happens in a public school and people are worried about pornography on the internet at the library?
jsonline.com Story On a 3rd-grade class who thought they were watching a video about dinosaurs w an X-rated tape inadvertently left in the VCR by a janitor. \"
It\'s funny because it happened to someone else.
Last summer librarians in 132 Columbus schools weeded 225,000 old books.
The titles included \"Seven Fun Disco Outfits You Can Make?\", I can\'t believe they got rid of that one, disco will never die!
But anywhoo... Now the shelves sit empty until they get the money for new books, which they say is on the way.
\"To be honest with you, we have not had money for libraries since the 1980s,\'\' said Brenda Gonzalez, supervisor of instructional information services for Columbus schools.\"