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School Libraries and Media Resources



Associations/Organizations

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
The American Association of School Librarians is a national organization that advocates excellence in the school library media field by promoting collaboration, leadership, and life-long learning. A division of the American Library Association, AASL provides educational opportunities, publications, workshops, and conferences for its members.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/index.cfm
New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL)
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) is a professional association of school library media specialists in New Jersey. The Association advocates library media programs that ensure students and staff will become effective users of information. The NJASL also provides educational opportunities and information through online and print publications, workshops, and conferences.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.njasl.org/
Resources for Librarians: Serving ELL's and their Families
Colorin colorado is "A billingual site for families and educators of English language learners." This portion of their website provides general information to librarians about serving English language learners and their families. It also provides a list of Recommended Books and Publishers, and Recommended Resources for Public Librarians. Included are resources from REFORMA(The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking).
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.colorincolorado.org/librarians/

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

School Librarian Resources
A selected list of resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center for managing and teaching in the school library media center.
Grades: K - 12
http://cms.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/140963.pdf

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning
Selected by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, Best Apps for Teaching & Learning encourage exploration and discovery. They are organized by Books, STEM, Organization & Management, Social Sciences and Content Creation. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-apps
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning identifies high quality internet resources for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association. All websites are free and encourage exploration and discovery. The list is divided by pedagogical categories such as media sharing, digital storytelling, social networking, content resources, etc. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-websites
Common Sense Media
Designed for use by parents and teachers Common Sense Media evaluates movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books and music. Searchable by age, entertainment type, topics, etc. this website provides reviews for over 20,000 products. The education portion includes resources for teaching about digital literacy including short videos. Graphite, part of Common Sense Education, identifies the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Great Websites for Kids
Great Websites for Kids identifies outstanding websites for children from birth to age 14. The websites are evaluated by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Additions are made three times a year and all sites are checked at least twice a year. The list is divided by subject area. All entries identify appropriate audience.
Grades: PreK - 8
http://gws.ala.org/
Research Ready: Website Evaluator
Created by the developers of EasyBib this website evaluator walks students through the process of reviewing a website for purpose, accuracy, authority, relevance, and currency. After entering the website address in the search box, the website is opened with the review criteria on the side. An online PowerPoint provides additional information to help students review the website.
Grades: 3 - 12
http://webeval.researchready.com/#
SimplySTEM
This wiki includes STEM program ideas from children's librarians. Organized by age levels, most pages are divided by "events" and "passive programming."
Grades: PreK - 5
http://simplystem.wikispaces.com
The Living Room Candidate
A project of the Museum of Moving Images this website has television ads for presidential candidates since 1952. The section, For Teachers has sample lesson plans for media literacy. Some lessons incorporate the site's "Ad Maker" to edit or create their own ads.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.livingroomcandidate.org

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Other Resources

Common Sense Media
Designed for use by parents and teachers Common Sense Media evaluates movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books and music. Searchable by age, entertainment type, topics, etc. this website provides reviews for over 20,000 products. The education portion includes resources for teaching about digital literacy including short videos. Graphite, part of Common Sense Education, identifies the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Kay E. Vandergrift's Special Interest Page
Information about children's and young adult literature, authors of youth literature and other special topics related to youth and literature. Created by Kay Vandergrift, Professor Emeritas from Rutger's University.
Grades: K - 12
http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/professional-development/childlit/
Libraries and Autism: We're Connected
The Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library (both in New Jersey) participated in a project to increase awareness of the needs of people with autism, as well as to provide resources for caregivers. This website includes customizable materials, as well as lists of videos, blogs, articles and websites about autism
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.thejointlibrary.org/autism/
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
A branch of the Library of Congress the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides free audio and braille materials to certified users. This website gives information about how to apply for this service, the range of services available and online catalogs of materials available.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.loc.gov/nls
Play Play Learn
Developed by school librarian, Christopher Harris, this website reviews educational board games and describe how they can be used in the classroom. The database is searchable by grade level, subject area, playing time and minimum and maximum players.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://playplaylearn.com/
Project ENABLE: Expanding Non-Discriminatory Access by Librarians Everywhere
Project ENABLE is a collaborative project of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, Center for Digital Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute. It provides continuing education program for school librarians to be better informed about disabilities and to deliver more effective library services to students with disabilities. The website includes online training modules for individuals or groups.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://projectenable.syr.edu/
Springfield Township Virtual Library
This school library home page developed by Pennsylvania librarian, Joyce Valenza, is a model of school library services. It includes links to resources for high school students and teachers, citing guides, digital storytelling tools, samples of student projects, and more.
Grades: 9 - 12
http://springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com/
Standards for the 21st Century Learner
Developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) the Standards for the 21st Century Learner are available as a pdf from this website.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/
learningstandards/standards.cfm

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