MEMO Resources Wiki

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.
Current Resources
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 by category.
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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.
  • Advocacy Guru
    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.
  • ALA. 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.
  • ALA. Advocacy University
    A great collection of resources, online courses and tools for developing your local advocacy plan.
  • ALA. 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 computers 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.

Kramer, Pamela K. and Linda Diekman, "Evidence Assessment Advocacy," Teacher Librarian, 37:3. February 2010.

Book Challenges/Intellectual Freedom
Organizations to contact for support:

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)
Test Framework
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)

Citation Resources
OWL at Purdue
MLA Online
APA Style
NoodleBib - an online bibliography maker
Easy Bib
Landmarks Son of Citation Machine
Knight Cite
21st Century Information Fluency Project

Classroom VolunteersVirtual 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.
Collection Development

Copyright Information:

Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Standards, etc.
Curriculum Mapping
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." Knowledge Quest (November/December 2000) 29:2.
Johnson, Peggy. 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 Plans

AASL's Lesson Plan Database
AASL's 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
HippoCampus 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.
Learning4Life 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

Digital Literacy 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 portal 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.

Read more:
Evaluation of Web Sites

Facilities Planning
  • Baule, S. M. (2007). Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers, Linworth Publishing.
  • Bolan, K. (2009). Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover. 2nd ed. ALA Editions.
  • Design Share: 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.
  • Johnson D. (2009) Some Design Considerations.
  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Information Literacy

Internet Safety
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. Knowledge Quest 37, no. 3 (January/February), 56-61.
Magid, Larry. 2009, July 9. Should Schools End Internet Safety Nights?
Online Predators: The Media Show
Smokescreen: A Game About Life Online
Internet Safety Guide For Kids A Complete Guide

Job Vacancies:
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
State Legislation:
Minnesota State Legislature
Minnesota State Senate - find your senator

Minnesota Library Association
Federal Legislation:
ALAWON - ALA Washington Office Electronic Newsline; find out the latest on legislation being discussed in Congress.
CIPA - 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
YALSA Academy: Online Instructional Videos for YA Librarians
YALSA Academy is a free online educational 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.

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
Minnesota Reflections 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

Professional Organizations

American Library Association

American Association of School Librarians (ALA)

Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)

Young Adult Library Services Association (ALA)

Minnesota Library Association

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

Teacher Organizations

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//
Minnesota 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:

From other folks:
School Library Websites: Examples of Effective Practice

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." Sociological Inquiry. 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. American Psychologist, 63 (2): 111-128.
Additional Resource Suggestions

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Internet Safety

Internet Safety Guide For Kids

Parker Hansen
Phone Systems for Schools Great resource for learning more about how VoIP phone systems can help communications for teachers, administrators, and IT staff.