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Sharing Research in our Field January 14, 2014

Posted by Heather Moorefield-Lang in Check this out!.
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The AASL Research and Statistics Committee continues to share new articles and research in the field of school librarianship. We hope that you have enjoyed past posts so far. If there is an article that you would like to see included please list the title in the comments and we will discuss it in upcoming posts.

Ballew, L.M. (2014). The value of school librarian support in the digital world. Knowledge Quest, 42(3), 64-68.

In this article Ballew discusses how the focus of school librarians in the digital age of information gathering and messaging has not greatly changed. The tools, methods, sites and devices however have altered how users access library services. School libraries continue to remain a place to make incredibly valuable discoveries. Librarians in schools play an important and crucial role in delivering information to the diverse populations they support and now it requires gaining more information in a faster amount of time. Ballew also ties in Common Core Standards, libraries, school librarians, and further discusses those expectations as well.

Shannon, D.M. (2012). Perceptions of school library programs and school librarians: Perspectives of supportive school administrators. Teacher Librarian, 39(3), 17-22

Donna Shannon writes on the importance of the principal to the success of a school’s library media program. Unfortunately often there is a lack of understanding or appreciation on the administrator’s part. In her study Shannon focuses on sources of school principal’s understanding and knowledge of librarians, what pre-service administrators should learn about librarianship, how they lend support to libraries in their schools and districts, what school media specialists can do to gain support from their administrators. Methodologies, findings, discussions, and conclusion are also included.

Berns, G. S., Blaine, K., Prietula, M.J., & Pye, B.E. (2013). Short- and long-term effects of a novel on connectivity in the brain. Brain Connectivity, 3(6). 590-600. Retrieved from http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/brain.2013.0166

Deviating a bit from the library science norm this month, I stumbled upon a really neat article on Brain Connectivity and novel reading. A popular review of this article is also available at Wired Magazine online through this link (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/reading-a-novel-alters-brain-connectivity-so-what/). Berns and his co-authors looked to determine whether the reading of a novel causes measurable changes in the resting-state connectivity of the brain and how long these changes persist. Participants would have resting days where a novel was not read where brain connectivity was measured and consecutive novel reading days where again brain connectivity was judged. Long term changes in brain connectivity were apparent days after reading was complete.

Heather Moorefield-Lang: AASL Research and Statistics Committee Member

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