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School Libraries and Media Resources


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
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
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

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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

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013
The American Association of School Librarians selected this list of 25 of the best websites. Divided into six categories, all are free and user friendly. Suggestions for how they can be used in the classroom are provided.
Grades: K - 12
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
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

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Other Resources

Internet Public Library
An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by librarians for their accurate, factual information on a topic. Includes links to online newspapers and magazines, special collections and a section for kids and for teens. IPL is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
Grades: K - 12
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
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
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
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
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
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

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