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Sunday, 26 June 2016

SLA16: Notes from the book blogging panel

Good morning All,

I promised I would post links to things I mentioned in the panel discussions yesterday at SLA2016.

National Literacy Trust Research

Clark, C. (2016). Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015. London: National Literacy Trust. [pdf]. Available at: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/research/nlt_research/7163_childrens_and_young_peoples_reading_in_2015
I recommend reading the whole report but see pages 12-20 for the references to technology, social media and blogging.

Clark, C., & Teravainen, A. (2015). Teachers and Literacy: Their perceptions, understanding,
confidence and awareness. London: National Literacy Trust. [pdf]. Available at: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/research/nlt_research/6904_teachers_and_literacy_their_perceptions_understanding_confidence_and_awareness
This report provides a useful insight into teachers and literacy. Read this for an overview but I also recommend reading:

UKLA Funded Research

Cremin, T., Mottram, M., Collins, F. M., Powell, S., & Safford, K. (2014).  Building communities of engaged readers : Reading for pleasure. Oxon: Routledge. http://oro.open.ac.uk/40475/
It discusses a reading for pleasure pedagogy, the gaps in teacher's children's literature knowledge and the need for a professional dialogue between teachers and librarians.


Impact studies

The seminal study by Keith Curry Lance can be found here:
Lance, K. C. Welborn, L., Hamilton-Pennell, Christine. (1993). The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement. Castle Rock, Colorado: Hi Willow Research and Publishing. [pdf]. Available at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED353989.pdf

Research that has built on Lance can be found at the Library Research Service: https://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/

Scholastic have also collated lots of research in a document: School Libraries Work 2016: http://www.scholastic.com/SLW2016/ You'll need to register to download it but its a useful advocacy tool.

ALA School Library Research
The journal - School Library Research - of the American Association of School Librarians is open access and has lots of interesting articles.

Blogging - the basics

Blog platforms: Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr.

Social media: Twitter you can find me @the_bookette Lucy Powrie @lucythereader Lucy Richardson @bookbellreads
Tweetdeck to manage those online Twitter chats
I forgot to mention that there's #uklibchat - the next one is 6.30 on Tuesday 5th July and the topic is librarianship across borders
Lucy's next #ukyachat is Wednesday 6th July at 8pm - topic National Novel Writing Month

Something else I meant to mention but forgot was Canva.com which I use to design the graphics at the top of the  blog posts. In fact I use Canva to design lots of my work including all the slides for my lessons. It takes a while to get the hang of it but the results are great.

Information Literacy

Not something that came up in the blogging session but over lunch was how to measure impact of IL sessions. I talked about using TRAILS (developed by Kent State University Libraries) a free to use assessment tool which can be found here: http://www.trails-9.org/index.php

If there's anything else I mentioned which I haven't included in the posts, leave a comment and I'll do my best to update this for you.

P.S. A couple of people mentioned how much they'd like to read my dissertation (thank you). I promise I will write it up as research and post a link to wherever it is published here.

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