Plan Announced to Develop State-of-the-Art School Libraries in Delaware

February 19th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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COSLAnnualReport2013The Delaware School Libraries Council, with support from the Delaware Department of State and the Department of Education, is embarking on a Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries, a comprehensive planning effort designed to create a vision that will inform solutions for the development of state-of-the-art school libraries.

The year-long planning effort, which will appraise the current status of school library services and will address future trends and needs, will be conducted by the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware and Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants. IPA has an extensive project management and strategic planning background in the public sector. Himmel & Wilson specializes in evaluation and planning services for libraries.

“Delaware has made a great investment in upgrading the services offered to residents in our 35 public libraries across the state,” said Secretary of State, Jeff Bullock. “Creating a Master Plan for Delaware’s school libraries ensures students will have the resources they need to be successful within their schools.”

“This is an opportunity for our school librarians, teachers, administrators, students and families to share their needs and help us coordinate services and resources across our state and between our public school and library systems,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.

This school library planning process builds upon the strategic Statewide Master Plan for Delaware Public Libraries which resulted in significant improvements in public library buildings and sharing of library collections statewide through the Delaware Library Catalog. “A statewide strategic approach to all library services will support Delawareans in achieving potential in their education, careers, and throughout life,” according to Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian and Chair of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

The consultants will review background documents and national research, and will obtain input from school librarians, educators, district administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups. A focus of the researchers is determining the most effective methods to integrate electronic resources, instructional technologies, and information literacy/fluency at the individual school-building level. The project will identify ways to utilize print resources to engage elementary-age children with reading, and methods to equip older students to navigate and apply information resources in the post-secondary realm.

The final plan submitted to the Delaware School Libraries Council will provide recommendations for an integrated framework for school libraries, including library services, collections, funding, staffing, operating costs, maintenance, performance indicators and measures, policies, and state and local governance. The summary of efforts to improve school libraries to date and the recommendations for the Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries can be found in the 2013 Annual Report of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

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In Her Shoes @ Wilmington Public Library

February 16th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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We’re a proud partner of In Her Shoes – a nonprofit dedicated to helping former female inmates find jobs and reducing recidivism.  The News Journal recently highlighted the great work of In Her Shoes, “DSBC grant helps improve lives of female ex-cons.

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Coding Classes @ Delaware Libraries

February 9th, 2015 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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The News Journal recently highlighted coding classes offered in libraries throughout the state,”Code class sets early computing path for Delaware youth.”

Scratch

“At the center of each session is Scratch, a sort of gateway activity into coding, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its approach offers users a simple, block and symbol-based “language” that encourages users to consider logic, order, timing and keyed in specifics to make things happen – from a dancing cat to a full-on game.”

For more information on coding classes check with your local library or the Delaware Libraries events calendar.

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Delaware Libraries featured on IMLS

January 22nd, 2015 by admin
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We Geek the Delaware Dream is a statewide initiative to help citizens realize their dreams for the future and position public libraries as change agents. Visual maps are specific to the community conversations that took place at 6 public libraries.

Recently on the IMLS facebook, Delaware Libraries, Laurel’s Visual Map was featured and also tweeted. Check it out!

Delaware Libraries wants to help citizens realize their dreams & position public libraries as change agents

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Laurel’s Visual Map

See more visual maps at lib.de.us

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ILEAD USA Delaware

December 11th, 2014 by Sarena Fletcher
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Library staff from across the state of Delaware are invited to apply to participate in ILEAD USA Delaware 2015. The Division of Libraries has been promoting this continuing education library immersion program over the past several months, encouraging library staffers whose positions may range from part-time pages to full-time librarians to identify a community need that can be addressed through an innovative use of technology. That is the core of ILEAD – a program that teaches library staff to work with each other using participatory and emerging technologies to solve a community need.

ILEAD, a clever acronym for Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply, and Discover, was initiated by the Illinois State Library (ISL) and will be funded in 2015 by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush grant through the ISL and by the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Last year my colleague and I traveled three times to Springfield, Illinois, to participate in the fourth cohort of ILEAD as Apprentices. Along with ten* other states, we observed 25 Illinois library staffers as they progressed on their team projects, during the time span of March 2014 through October 2014. We watched the teams develop their leadership and team building skills as they learned new technologies to fulfill their project goals and better serve their communities.

By the end of the final session in October, these exceptional staffers were roaring to return to their libraries, armed with their ILEAD experience, claiming “[ILEAD] will challenge you. It will reaffirm your belief in what you’re doing. It’ll make you happy … Just join.” A.Y. from the I GED U team, 2014

Past projects include:

Engaging Ones – developed a geo-location capable software application to connect teens with librarians and library programs near their current location. Resulted in IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant.

Grow Digital – a centralized site for people struggling with digital literacy where they can acquire the digital skills needed to function well in today’s society.

Robot Test Kitchen – reviews of robotic tools for use in a public library setting.

Sharing Useful Professional Electronic Resources – a collection of digital resources organized by school librarians to reflect the Common Core standards for language arts.

The Division of Libraries is bringing this extraordinary program to Delaware in 2015. We are in search of innovative library staff, mentors and instructors.

You can find additional information on ILEAD USA Delaware 2015 at guides.lib.de.us/ILEADDelaware2015

*Colorado, Illinois, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin (Other states participated as Apprentices and will not be replicating the program in 2015)

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