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This page was created to serve as a place that media professionals can make resource suggestions to be included on the Minnesota Educational Media Organization's Resource page at
. Existing resources are listed by category on the left. Suggestions may be made on the right. Thank you for helping add to the repository of resources that MEMO provides media professionals.
2013 Legislative Action Links
This special section contains information specific to the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session. The remainder of our resources can be found below in alphabetical order
MEMO_MLA Legislative Briefing.2013.03.05.mp3
by MEMO/MLA lobbyist Elaine Keefe, shown at left (volume low; turn it up!)
2013 Legislative Platform Bills.pdf
2013 Legislative Platform Overview.pdf
MEMO Legislator Letter 2013.pdf
School Library Letter to Legislators.docx
(to personalize and send)
Homework Help Overview.pdf
ELM Talking Points.pdf
Minitex and MNLink Overview.pdf
Broadband Access Overview.pdf
Who are my representatives?
View the full text versions of the bills
AASL Essential Links
This site contains a wealth of resources for media professionals.
Academic Standards - See "Curriculum"
AASL Advocacy Tool Kit
Has links to other web pages of info for school library advocacy
AASL Crisis Tool Kit
AASL prepared this site for advocacy planning during a crisis.
Act for School Libraries
A national coalition of school librarians, library school faculty, and others with a passion for students and great library programs sharing resources and ideas.
Advocacy Downloads from
Kansas Association of School Libraries
Collection of pdf files, although specific to Kansas can be used as examples for your own pamphlets.
Stephanie Vance was the speaker at the 2009 ISLMA Conference Awards Banquet. She has lots of info on her site in regards to working with Congress but the basic advice is for all types of advocacy.
Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
Presents research and statistics on the impact of libraries grouped by the stages (preschool, kindergarten-middle school, and teens) of child development and education.
A great collection of resources, online courses and tools for developing your local advocacy plan.
Legislative Action Center
This is a good site to respond to “hot” issues, find your legislator, and other library advocacy items.
American School Board Journal Archives
The archives are accessible with a subscription or individual articles can be purchased. Highly recommend “The Future of Libraries” from the January, 2010 issue. If your school board members are also members of the American School Board Association, they receive this publication. This may also be accessed via online periodical databases. Good article emphasizing the need for good school library programs and certificated staff.
“Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times”
From Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog. This is the first of series of blog postings on budgeting that has tips on how to use the budget process in advocacy.
California School Library Association.
Campaign for Strong School Libraries
Campaign is new in 2011 and is an excellent resource for ideas for local advocacy.
Congressional Information Portal
This is the site for all things pertaining to the U.S. Congress. Official websites for the members of congress, the committees, bills, resolutions, it’s all here. Site also includes information for classroom teachers so share this with them.
Digital Wish advocacy videos for technology and mobile devices
The Importance of Technology in American Schools
If you are arguing for
in the classroom, this is a great introductory video to show the need.
The Need for a Shift to Mobile
If you are making a case for tablets / mobile devices in the classroom, Digital Wish remade the same video - but with a tablet twist.
Full-Time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores
School Library Journal article, March 6, 2012, by Lauren Barack
Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement
, by the New York Comprehensive Center, October, 2011.
“Is Your Job on the Line and What You Can Do About It”
From Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog. Be sure to read the comments and use the links provided to previous posts by Doug.
Learning and Leading
An Animoto video made by Wendy Larson to show to the School Board of Minnesota ISD#192 on March 12, 2012. Recommended for showing to administrators to show the importance of strong media programs.
Minnesota State Legislature
Your go to site for all things pertaining to the state legislature. Find bills and state statutes, schedules for both House and Senate, bios and contact information for members of both chambers, even links to audio and video of the day’s actions when they are convened.
Minnesota Library Association Library Advocacy
This page is an overview of the advocacy process for all types of libraries.
Primer for Minnesota Library Advocacy
Provide a one-stop spot for information about what is going on in the current legislative session, an overview of how Minnesota libraries and systems work together to meet the needs of all Minnesotans, how to participate in Library Legislative Day, and an "Advocacy 101" introduction to those who may be new to advocacy.
Sample letter to the legislature to advocate for school libraries
School Library Impact Studies
from Library Research Service.
This is the go-to place for the information on the school library studies by Keith Curry Lance and associates.
School Libraries & Student Achievement info-graphic
School Libraries Work!
This is a good summary of the school library studies that emphasize the value of school libraries and certified librarians in student learning.
SLMS Crisis Toolkit
From the New York Library Association.
Lists even more sites with advocacy ideas
Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians.
A robust resource from the Colorado Association of School Librarians.
Why You Need Your School Librarian
By Kimberly Shearer, Kentucky Teacher of the Year 2011-12. July 2012.
Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, "Evidence Assessment Advocacy,"
, 37:3. February 2010.
Book Challenges/Intellectual Freedom
Organizations to contact for support:
Your regional library system
Minnesota Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee
American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom
Conducting a Challenge Hearing
Intellectual Freedom Statements and Policies
Coping with Challenges: Kids and Libraries
Copying with Challenges: Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials
Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources
Workbook for Selection Policy Writing
Minnesota Universities with Library and Information Science Programs
St. Catherine University
St. Cloud State University
Mankato State University
Sample Goals for Recertification - from the Illinois School Library Media Association
Sample Activities for Recertification
- from the Illinois School Library Media Association
Activity Planning Worksheet for Recertification (rtf)
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Site
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Library Media Standards for teachers of students ages 3-18+ (pdf)
OWL at Purdue
NoodleBib - an online bibliography maker
Landmarks Son of Citation Machine
21st Century Information Fluency Project
Virtual Volunteer area at Digital Wish
. Digital Wish connects classroom teachers with "expert" volunteers by video conference. To access this free service, just login and post your project.
School Library Collection Development Links
Recommended Reference Sources for High Schools – From The Metropolitan Library System
High School Recommended Reference Sources
High School Recommended Resources
Recommended Reference Sources for Elementary - From The Metropolitan Library System
Grades K-8 Recommended Reference Sources (pdf)
Elementary Recommended Resources
The Copyright Site
The Copyright Website
US Copyright Office
Crash Course in Copyright
Student Copyright Quizzes
Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Standards, etc.
Buzzo, Toni. "Using Communication to Solve Roadblocks to Collaboration." Teacher Librarian (June 2004) 31.5
Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Upgrading the K-12 Journey through Curriculum Mapping: A Technology Tool for Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists, and Administrators."
(November/December 2000) 29:2.
Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
Loertscher, David V. and May Lein Ho.
Collection Mapping in the LMC
. San Jose, CA: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 1996.
Lesson Plan Database
Planning Guide for Empowering Learners with School Library Program Assessment Rubric
is an online program assessment and planning module for school libraries. This interactive tool saves and converts user entries into worksheets, charts and graphs, saving librarians time while delivering data to schools and districts. Subscribers ($40/year) can login to the module at
offers free multimedia lessons and course materials to help with instruction, homework, and studies. "Teaching the power of digital media."
Minnesota Digital Library
Online guides written by teachers across the state using primary sources from the Minnesota Digital Library.
Minnesota Learning Commons
, a collaboration of the University of minnesota, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and the Minnesota Department of Education, this is a comprehensive collection of high-quality resources for K-12 educators to create online course content.
The Minnesota Learning Loop Teacher Classroom Resources
, created by TIES, is a database of online resources linked to the Minnesota Academic Standards.
The standards, and a program overview.
Best Prep Technology Lesson Library
AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
ELM for K-12 Standards
This resource includes the 2010 Common Core Standards, Language Arts, Science, and History & Social Studies Standards. The site shows how the free Electronic Libraries for Minnesota database resources align with the standards.
A plan for implementing the AASL Standards
MEMO Information and Technology Literacy Standards
Minnesota Academic Standards on the Minnesota Learning Loop
Minnesota_Standards for Effective School Library Media_Programs (pdf)
Minnesota Department of Education Academic Standards, K-12
is provided by The U.S. Department of Commerce, a gateway to materials, research, online learning tools and more to help librarians and educators access and share materials to use when training learners of all ages on topics such as information literacy, computer skills, digital literacy and more. The Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the
in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. Individuals are welcome to visit the site to find resources, upload their own and/or connect with others who are offering training on these topics.
Digital Passport by Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media has released Digital Passport, a free, web-based tool to help educators prepare students from grades 3 to 5 to use online and mobile technologies. Based on lessons from Common Sense Media's K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, the tool addresses issues kids face online -- safety and security, cyberbullying, privacy, responsible cell phone use, and respecting creative work -- and leverages a blended-learning model of classroom instruction with online videos and games extensively tested in implementation sites in seven regions across the country. Additionally, Digital Passport's modules align to the ISTE NETS standards and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Public
schools in Chicago
, Denver, New York City, and Omaha, as well as schools in Maine and California, have committed to using Digital Passport this academic year.
Evaluation of Web Sites
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Critical Evaluation of Information
Evaluating Internet Resources - Southern California College
RADCAB Mnemonic Acronym for Information Evaluation
Baule, S. M. (2007).
Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers
, Linworth Publishing.
Bolan, K. (2009).
The Step-by-Step Library Makeover
. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.
: Designing for the future of learning
Erikson, R. & Harkuson, C. (2007). Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. ALA Editions.
“Facilities: Designing school library media centers” on Mary Alice Anderson’s blog.
Haggans, M. (1998). 14 Ways to Get Better Performance from Your Architect.
School Planning & Management
, 37 (3), 24-27. (Dated but excellent source for those new to the process)
Hart, T. L. (2006). Top Ten List of Library Facility Technology Issues.
Library Media Connection
24 (4): 46-47.
. (2009) Some Design Considerations.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner
ACRL Institute for Information Literacy
Big6 Skills to Information Problem Solving
21st Century Information Fluency Project
S.O.S. for Information Literacy
I-SAIL - Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries
TRAILS, Tools for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills
U.S. Institute for Library & Information Literacy Education
Bell, Mary Ann. 2007. The Elephant in the Room: School Districts Nationwide Are Voluntarily Filtering the Filters- And No One Is Talking about It.
School Library Journal
53, no.1 (January), 40-42.
Harris, Frances Jacobson. 2009. Ethics from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: Standing Outside the Box.
37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.
Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9.
Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights?
: The Media Show
: A Game About Life Online
Internet Safety Guide For Kids
A Complete Guide
These are some places to look but the listings are probably not totally inclusive. Each Regional Office of Education and Illinois Library System has its own policy and responsibility for the job postings.
Minnesota Teacher Recruitment Job Bank
Minnesota Regional Offices of Education
Minnesota Regional Library Systems
Librarian Job Postings for the Midwest
Developing a Relationship with Your Legislator
Minnesota State Legislature
Minnesota State Senate
- find your senator
Minnesota Library Association
- ALA Washington Office Electronic Newsline; find out the latest on legislation being discussed in Congress.
- The Children's Internet Protection Act - ALA's website deals with current laws and restrictions.
Contacting your representatives:
How to contact Congress about federal issues
How to contact your representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives
Library Media Specialist Links
Leadership Continuum Checklist
Online Resources for School Librarians
21st Century Information Fluency Project (Illinois Math and Science Academy)
School Libraries on the Web
- Peter Milbury's site
: Online Instructional Videos for YA Librarians
YALSA Academy is a free
video initiative. It is a YouTube channel that offers free training videos on popular professional development topics for school and YA services librarians. Videos include such topics as: providing customer service to teens; connecting teens and ereaders; conducting a mock Printz program; and ideas for building a YA collection.
YALSA members and nonmembers are eligible to submit videos. The intended audiences of the videos are young adult librarians, school librarians, library support staff, teachers, administrators, technology staff working with teens and educators and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens. FFI:
Creighton, Peggy Milam. (2007) Mentoring a New Library Media Specialist: a Model Relationship.
School Library Media Activities Monthly
, 24(4), 25-28.
Meloni, Christine. (2006) Mentoring the Next Generation of Library Media Specialists.
Library Media Connection
, 24(4), 32-33.
Minnesota Education Sites
Saint Paul Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education K-12 Academic Standards
Minnesota Senate Education Committee
Minnesota History & Culture
Minnesota History Center Library
A project of the Minnesota Digital Library. The collection brings you more than 80,000 images, maps and documents from more than 125 of the state's cultural heritage organizations.
Online Journals and Discussion Groups
eSchool News Online
Newspapers in Education
School Library Media Research Online
School Library Info Tech Programs: Tapestry of Effective Practice
Tech and Learning
American Library Association
American Association of School Librarians (ALA)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)
Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA)
Children's Book Council
Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
International Society for Technology in Education
International Reading Association (IRA)
21st Century Information Fluency Project
National Education Association
American Federation of Teachers
Minnesota Education Association
Minnesota Federation of Teachers
Quantitative Guidelines for School Libraries
Utah School Library Media Programs
--standards from Utah State Office of Ed.
Pennsylvania Guidelines for School Library Programs
(scroll down to School Library Resources)
Resources for School Librarians
- a mega site with state and national guidelines and standards from many states. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian.
Ohio Department of Education-Library Guidelines
Research on School Library Media Programs
The Library Research Service
provides a one-stop resource to connect with school library research
//Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners: The Illinois Study//
//Student Learning Through Wisconsin School Library Media Centers//
//Idaho School Library Impact Study//
School Library Media Census
2002 and 2004, by Metronet.
//School Libraries Work!//
is a research foundation paper that collects position statements and research findings on the impact that school libraries and school library information specialists have on student achievement. This booklet, in PDF format, is an easy-to-read and understand summary of the research.
Stephen D. Krashen
, author of
The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research
, includes information in his books and website on the importance of providing students with a print-rich environment.
Resources for Keeping Up
From library people:
Donna Baumbach's amazing wiki for school library media specialists is a place "to learn about cool new web tools, see how they can be used in school library media programs, and share ideas and success stories."
Joyce Valenza's Never Ending Search
The Blue Skunk Blog
, from Doug Johnson
An online community for school librarians.
Library Research Service
- School Library Impact Studies
TL Virtual Café
– a monthly online webinar committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections.
#TLChat on Twitter
From other folks:
: Kid-tech News for Parents
: Internet Safety and Civility
: The Social Media Guide
Classroom 2.0 Ning
A social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and social media in education.
School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice
Home: includes many additional valuable links
Middle School Examples
High School Examples
Standards - see "Curriculum"
Web 2.0 in Education
Hargittai, E. 2010. Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation."
. 80 (1): 92-113. The take-home message from this study is that young people don't actually know everything about the digital world. They need our guidance to learn literacy in this realm as well.
Ito, Mizuko, et al. 2008.
Digital Youth Research: Kids' Informal Learning With Digital Media
, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A synthesis of the findings of 22 different case studies revealing how young people learn, create, and collaborate online.
Lenhart, Amanda, May 13, 2009.
Cyberbullying: What the Research Is Telling Us
... Presentation at the National Association of Attorneys General Year of the Child Conference,
Pew Internet and American Life Project
. Keep an eye on anything produced by the Pew Internet and American Life Project!
National School Boards Association, 2007.
Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social - and Educational - Networking
. In its conclusion, this study urges educators to reexamine policies regarding social network tools and find ways to harness their value for educational purposes.
Wolak, Janet, David Finkelhor, Kimberley J. Mitchell, and Michelle L. Ybarra, February 18, 2008. Online "Predators" and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment.
, 63 (2): 111-128.
Additional Resource Suggestions
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Internet Safety Guide For Kids
Phone Systems for Schools
Great resource for learning more about how VoIP phone systems can help communications for teachers, administrators, and IT staff.
help on how to format text
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