McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, I'm a professor and
the coordinator of the graduate School Library Media Program. I'm
passionate about reading, quality school library collections, and
students' first ammendment rights to libraries, books, and ideas.
is a list of books, videos, articles, and websites I've written. You'll see some of the outstanding
assignments done by our graduate candidates. At the very
bottom, you'll find good sites for school librarians that we expect
our graduate candidates to know.
School Library First Principles--Defends students' library rights; Please copy and post.
||S.E.W. What? is a blog I made for school librarians to discuss selecting,
evaluating, and weeding. Please join our discussion.
College SLM Graduate Student Work
Scroll to the bottom of <http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm> to find examples of student
assignments such as school curriculum charts, websites, digital
outstanding examples: Shannon Resh's Elementary
Curriculum Chart , Stacey Fisher's Freedom to Read Document, Sarah Wilhem's Students' Right
to Read,and Jennifer Sayre's Selection Criteria.
S.E.W. What in Pennsylvania, Spring 2009: Powerpoint and Quick Notes
S.E.W. What in Virginia, Fall 2008: Powerpoint and Survey Monkey Virginia
S.E.W. What in Texas, Spring 2008: Powerpoint and handout
Collection Development for the School Library Media Program: A Beginner's Guide.
Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2006. ISBN 0-8389-8375-8.
"A valuable resource for new or experienced school librarians...It provides practical
and relevant information about collection development issues such
as: the school users, policies, selection criteria and sources,
ordering, weeding, and evaluation. Also included are suggestions
for creating lesson plans."
Reviews: "This helpful guide isn’t just for beginners...Any school librarian
involved in collection development will appreciate her practical suggestions." Paula Rohrlick (KLIATT Review, November 2006 (Vol. 40, No. 6).
"…an excellent resource for both beginning
and experienced school library media specialists. In 64 pages Kerby
packs an astonishing amount of information about collection development…
Highly Recommended." Susan D. Yutzey (Library Media Connection, March 2007).
||Here's an excel file to use when evaluating your collection. Duplicate excel file.
Reading Fun: Quick & Easy Activities for the School Library Media Center. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow,
1998. ISBN-13: 978-0810833616.
the busy library media specialist with seventy simple, but effective,
activities designed to motivate students to read--and
reproducible bookmarks, worksheets, games, and certificates to
has packed this book full of great projects to use in elementary
Reading Fun will spice up elementary school library programs and
many of the activities can be adapted for use in public libraries
as well. You'll pull this resource out again and again." Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles. (School Library Journal).
NEWBERY AWARD VIDEO. Newark, DE: International Reading Association,
5-8. 17 minutes. Now available free at YouTube and Google. Part 1 and Part 2.
this video highlights popular
books of the 20th century. It includes (a) audio
clips of Newbery speeches of Sharon Creech, Sid Fleischman, Lois
Paterson, and Russell Freedman; (b) video clips of
Lloyd Alexander, Phyllis Reynolds
Spinelli; and (c) personal photos of Sid Fleischman.
We filmed Lloyd Alexander in his home.
Review: ..."suitable as an introduction to The Newbery Award or for reading motivation." Judean A. Unmuth-Shelley, Library Media Specialist, Woodworth
Junior High School, Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin, The Book Report. (May/Jun2001, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p86)
"How One School Librarian Became an Author." Library Media Connection. 10 (May/June 2010):10-14.
"Chart Your School Curriculum." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (January 2002): 26-28.
Newbery Books of Sixth Grade Students, Teachers, and Library
Media Specialists." Reading Research and Instruction. 38 (Winter 1999): 131-141.
"Happy Birthday, Newbery Award." Journal
of Youth Services in Libraries. 10 (Fall 1996): 2-11.
"How Old Is Your School Library Media Center
Collection?" School Library Media Activities Monthly. (December 2001): 22-24.
"Science and Technology Books in Maryland
Elementary School Libraries." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. 29
(March/April 2001): 9-14.
"Weeding Your Collection." School
Library Media Activities Monthly. (February 2002): 22-24.
"What Practicing School Librarians Say
About Collection Development." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (May 2002): 26-27.
on Teaching." Educational Leadership. Vol. 58 (May 2001): 18.
Tips for a Terrific School Year." Library Talk. 13 (September/October 2000): 23.
Student Attitudes Toward Reading." School Library Journal. (December 1986):43.
of the Books." School Library Journal. (January 1988): 48.
- " Building
Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (November 1996): 31-33.
- " Building
Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (December 1996): 32-34.
"Building Collections." School
Library Media Activities Monthly. (January 1997): 37-40.
- " Building
Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (February 1997): 33-36.
Burrowers." Ventures: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 4.5 (1995): 26-30.
Books." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (March 1996): 18-19.
an Inservice on Language Arts Web Sites." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (November 1996): 34-37.
of Making the Newbery Award Video." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. (January/February 2000): 51-52.
Home in the Kelp." Nature: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 2.5 (1995): 30-35.
Faces of the Desert." Nature: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 4.1 (1995): 2-7.
Books." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (April 1996): 18-19.
Sources." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (April 2002): 22-24.
Bernard S., ed. The Who’s Who of Nobel Prize Winners. Phoenix, Arizona: Oryx Press, 1986. (Contributed selected essays)
Online: Tips and Pitfalls." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. (September/October 2005)
Sites for School Librarians and for Graduate Candidates in the
McDaniel SLM Program
Recommended Sources Used in CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
- 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers (http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson035.shtml)
- AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsitestop25.cfm)
- Academic Search Complete. Go to McDaniel College website and
choose Hoover Library, find articles, Academic Search
Complete, and select
Book Reviews. Insert your library card and password. Then
type in the title, click search, and you’ll see a list of
- ALA/ALSC Notable Lists (www.ala.org)
Each January, Newbery, Caldecott, Pura Belpré, Notable
Book Lists and other awards are announced.
- ALA/ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids
- ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom “Censorship in the
- Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee Annual
List of the Year’s Best (http://www.bnkst.edu/bookcom/)
- Bloom’s Taxomony (http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/time_savers/bloom/)
- Booklist (http://www.booklistonline.com/) Each
January, Booklist Editors Choice is released.
Use online, pay
subscription, or access digitally via Hoover Library.
Make certain you
have a student ID
and that have walked over to the college library
to activate it. Go to Hoover Library page and click
on Find Articles,
or go to this
link: http://hoover.mcdaniel.edu/journal/ Click
on Education Journals. Your computer may ask you
for your login and
This is what
you will see: ProQuest Education Journals (ID 7262)
- Book Links Magazine
- Boston Globe Horn Book Awards for Excellence
in Children’s Literature (http://www.hbook.com/bghb/current.asp)
- Chicago Manual of Style, (latest edition).
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Children’s Book Council
- Children's Literature Brochures by UNC http://sils.unc.edu/library/collection/brochures
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center (Wisconsin)
Bibliographies and Booklists (http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/bibBio.asp)
- Curriculum Charts (http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm)
(Bottom of the page)
- Digital Booktalk by University
of Central Florida (http://digitalbooktalk.com/)
- Digital Pencil by Sarah Chauncey <http://www.digitalpencil.org/dphome.aspx>
- Glogster (http://www.glogster.com)
See Shawn Lees Carr’s glogster
- Horn Book Guide (http://www.hbook.com/guide/)
Issued twice yearly. I have
paper copies if you want
to borrow some,
or access them digitally
via Hoover Library/Find Articles/Education
Horn Book Magazine (http://www.hbook.com/magazine/)
Every December, Horn Book
Fanfare List is released.
all magazines digitally
via Hoover Library.
- H.W. Wilson Children’s
Core Collection (http://www.corecollections.net/)
Outstanding free site that
want on children’s and
adult literature in one
- International Children’s
Digital Library (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/)
- Jane Mitchell http://www.janemitchell.ie/
- Jim Trelease Website
on Reading. (http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/)
- Just One More Book
- KidsClick! Web Search
for Kids by Librarians
link: “What does
a Librarian's Eyes?”
- MASL Black-Eyed
- New York Public
via your school
- OCLC Dewey
- One More
- Skype An Author Network by Sarah Chauncey <http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/>
Recomended Sources Used in SCHOOL LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION
- American Association of School Administrators Know what your principal knows. Check this site for assessment, class size, school reform, and more.
- American Library Association. I expect you to maintain professional memberships in ALA, AASL, and other divisions of your interest--to subscribe to their respective listservs--and also maintain memberships in your state association such as MASL or PSLA.
- American Association of School Librarians.
- Bertland, Linda. Resources for School Librarians.
- Cecil County (Maryland) Public Schools Library Policy & Procedures Handbook (http://media.ccps.org/LM Manual/Library_manual.html) Find out how to access YOUR district's library manual.
- Cecil County Library Scope and Sequence Chart.
- Classroom Management & Discipline: Strategies for Classroom Management, Teacher Talk, and The Master Teacher .
- The Educator's Reference Desk (replaces LM_Net)
- Elementary Library Routines Wiki http://elementarylibraryroutines.wikispaces.com/
- Finch Falcons Wiki Spaces. See this wow site made by a Texas school librarian.
- Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones, Teacher-Librarian, Murray Hill Middle School, Howard County, Md. Portfolio: http://staff.howard.k12.md.us/~gwynethj/gajportfolio; Daring Librarian Blog: http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com; School Library Blog: http://mhms-media.blogspot.com/; Steam-Powered WIKI: http://mhmsmedia.wikispaces.com.
- Harvey, Carl A. "What Should An Administrator Expect a School Librarian to Be." Library Media Connection, October 2009, p. 45.
- International Society for Technology in Education (http://www.iste.org/) (http://sigms.iste.wikispaces.net/advocacy)
- Internet Library for Librarians.
- Jamie McKenzie's FNO: From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal: Educational Technology for Engaged Learning Educational Technology for Literacy.
- Johnson, Doug. A 13 Point Library Media Program Checklist for School Principals.
- Joyce Valenza's Never Ending Search (http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/neverendingsearch)
Joyce Valenza's Springfield Township High School.
Joyce Valenza's TeacherLibrarianNing (http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/)
- The Leadership Challenge (http://www.leadershipchallenge.com/WileyCDA/)
- LM_NET A discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide to ask
for input, share ideas and information, link programs that are
geographically remote, make contacts, etc. There are 3 "subscription options." I suggest LM_NET Select which is a "low-volume" option, that comes out about 3 times a week with highlights. It includes Hits
(always interesting), Informational Resources, and Miscellaneous
(sometimes includes LM job announcements.)
- Maryland Association of School Librarians.
- Maryland Kids Page – Office of the Secretary of State
- MCPS. Professional Growth System Final Evaluation Report. Example of a Professional Development Plan at the district level.
- MSDE School Library Media Webpage. This website has the State Curriculum, the MD Library Standards, the school library evaluation standards, and more.
- MSDE. Facts about Maryland’s School Library Media Programs 2008-09.
- New York City's School Library K-12 Information Fluency Continuum. Grade-by-grade benchmark skills with aligned assessments and grade-by-grade alignment of these benchmark skills with the standards categories of the Common Core.
- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (http://www.psla.org/)
- The School Library Link (http://www.theschoollibrarylink.com/)
- A Simple Book Repair Manual. Highlights methods for torn pages, spine repair, hinges, etc.
- Stafford, Tish. "Teaching Students to Form Effective Questions." Knowledge Quest, Sep/Oct2009, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p48-55, 8p, 2 charts, 2 diagrams, 2 illustrations; (AN 45433529)
- Tish Stafford's Mining Cognition.
Database: Academic Search Complete.
- Teacher Leadership Literature Review, May 17, 2010.
- Webtools4U2Use (http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/Webtools4U2Use)
- Weeby: Web Creation Made Easy (http://www.weebly.com/)
- Weed of the Month by Sunlink. No longer being maintained.