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Library and Field Trips 1 N. Bueno (Bueno) The only field trips I have planned have been after school where a parent has to bring them. Kids sign up on a first come first serve basis, they must be accompanied by an adult (so at least 2 tickets per), and I pre-sell the tickets so I know who will be attending. The funding hasn't come from me, but I could use my book fair profits. I could not use district money to go somewhere else, but I have used district money to bring in authors, etc.
by M. Maestas
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Periodical service 3 P. Nelson I just found out that Demo no longer does periodicals. WT Cox bought out thier department.
by T. Beaman (Eilert)
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Grades in the Library? 0 B. Wyatt Good Morning, I am just wondering if any of your districts assign grades to students in the library?  This has never been an expectation in our district, but now the elementary level is being asked to assign grades to all 500 students.  If you do assign grades, what are they based on and do you also collect data from assessment information as well?  Thanks for any insight! B Wyatt
by B. Wyatt
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Challenge of Providing school Library Resources on a Shrinking Budget 0 R. Tettaton (Tettaton) Invitation to Participate in a Survey. I am writing to request your participation in a brief survey. I am working on my Education Specialist Degree in Human Services/Learning Resources. I am currently working on my thesis which is titled “The Challenge of Providing School Library Resources of a Shrinking Budget.” Your responses to this survey will help me determine the ways school librarians are continuing to provide resources for their students, how school librarians advocate for their programs, and how much budget cuts have affected school library programs in Missouri.  If you have already taken this survey, please ignore this invitation.     The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the survey Website (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser).   Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential.  No personally identifiable information will be associated with your responses to any reports of these data. The UCM Institutional Review Board has approved this survey. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the university's Human Subjects Protection Program by email at or by phone at (660) 543-4621.The results of this survey will be published in my thesis. Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at or 660‐621‐2117.   Here is survey link   Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.   Sincerely,   Renee Hand
by R. Tettaton (Tettaton)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Scheduling 1 T. Watkins (Schnorf) I see 475 students each week for library skills and checkout. Each class is 55 minutes. This really doesn't give much time for flexibility especially since I lost my assistant 4 years ago. There are some gaps in my schedule that teachers are aware of. I am open 30 minutes before school also. That's the best I can do. We are basically on a fixed schedule.
by J. Brown (Andrew)
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Elementary Library Schedules 0 V. Stanford We are trying to find a better elementary library schedule for schools that only have a half-time librarian.  We have 5 elementary schools, 450 - 550 students each, with a librarian that is there only 2 1/2 days per week.  We do have part-time assistants, but they are often gone for other duties, too.  For many years, we tried alternating days, 30 minute periods - including checkout time, but this schedule didn't allow for very "productive" lessons.  With more students and an increased emphasis on the use of technology and in quantitative results, this wasn't working as well as before. This year we tried alternating quarters with the librarians seeing K-2 or 3-5th grades for one quarter, 40 minute periods including checkout, with the other group seeing the library assistant for the quarter with 30 minute periods for checkout.  The lessons seemed more productive, but the teachers are complaining that they don't see the librarians often enough, and some quarters ended up being shorter or with more days that the library was being used for other things, meaning less librarian-time, too. We are interested in exploring options.  What other schedules are being used that work for you?  All suggestions will be appreciated.
by V. Stanford
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Twitter Hashtag for MO Educators 0 J. Mahaffey Are you a Twitter user? Missouri Educators are using #moedchat to have live chats every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. CST. They also have created a Google doc listing MO educators on Twitter. You can add your name to the list at
by J. Mahaffey
Friday, February 8, 2013
E-books and downloads 1 B. Wyatt Francis Howell (in St. Charles County) has recently started using FollettShelf. It integrates with our Destiny catalog and students can download items to iPads and Android 3.0 tablets. Other devices require internet access to read the books (smartphones, Kindle Fire). We're still in the learning stages, but I have been pleased with it, so far.Cheryl SkilesJohn Weldon Elementary
by C. Skiles (Hallemeier)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Library software programs 0 C. Foster I have a K-8 parochial school in my district asking for advice.  They are looking to automate for the first time but have very limited funds.  We have Destiny and it's the only program I've worked with extensively. She is asking about PRIMASOFT -SCHOOL LIBRARY ORGANIZER PRO THE PRICE IS 245.00.  It sounds like a software they can load into the existing computer, and  can use a keyboard to type in the barcode. This would save from having to instal a scaner wand and would still allow the info to be on a software that printed barcodes. Does anyone know anything about this program ? Or is there any other economical program I could steer her towards.  thanks
by C. Foster
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
One district's situation 7 P. Antrim I am in an opposite situation that I am the high school librarian and for next year,  in addition to the high school I will also be the librarian at the pre-K to 2nd grade elementary school. I am needing a crash course in early elementary, does anyone have links to helpful web sites?S. Bush
by S. Bush
Friday, May 18, 2012
curriculum development k-8 0 A. Harrison (Shafer) Hi,  I am starting a curriculum development plan for our library and I'm using the Standards for Missouri School Library Media Centers and their Quantity tables.  I'm wondering if anyone has experience as a K-8 school?  I'm not sure if I should use the number from PreK-6  or the number for Middle/Jr. High since that is higher or some combo of the two. Any suggestions? Amanda
by A. Harrison (Shafer)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Furniture Companies? Need Bookcases, Tables, Chairs 0 B. Shay My superintendent would like me to put together a proposal regarding new furniture for the library. This would involve getting information on what it would cost to get all new wooden bookcases, tables for both high school and elementary sections with matching chairs, and comfortable seating for the high school section. Of course he wants us to do this as economically as possible. I am in my second year as an LMS and would love some advice! If anyone can recommend a company they have worked with in the past or know of a company that would be good to get a quote or pricing structure from that would be very helpful. Companies who are not extremely expensive would be very very helpful! Thanks for your comments!
by B. Shay
Friday, October 21, 2011
online testing program 0 S. Ward I had Reading Counts for all the fourth grade students in my school last year to use with my Mark Twain Reading program.  This was fairly costly considering that only about 1/4 of the students actually participated in the program.  Also, although they were welcome to use the program for their own purposes, the teachers didn't use the Reading Counts tests. For this reason I am interested in some type of online program which would allow me to create my own questions for the MT nominees.  Then students could take a test online in some kind of program similar to Reading Counts. Is there anything out there that anyone could recommend?  Free would be great, but I am also willing to pay a reasonable amount for this service. 
by S. Ward
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Save the date for a FREE Back-To-School Workshop 0 N. Baumann (Giesler) Schedule your FREE eThemes/Newsy/This Week in Newsy workshop for a "back to school" kick-off.  Your teachers will appreciate learning about the new eThemes, websites, and lessons.  Learn to integrate eThemes and Newsy into your planning! You will save time and have quick access to numerous high-quality safe resources such as readwritethink endorsed by International Reading Association, Thinkfinity funded by Verizon Foundation, Library of Congress, and American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids. Conveniently organized in alphabetical order, by subject and standard, educators and families can locate current information, play an interactive game, and acquire a lesson plan in two to three clicks of a mouse. Newsy provides video clips of eight areas of current events in an engaging and diverse manner. Imagine discussions you can generate with your students after viewing a Newsy clip on politics by such news sources as The Huffington Post, BBC, Bloomberg, POLITICO and PBS News Hour. This Week in Newsy provides expanded lesson plans for teachers using Newsy video clips. Call or email Nancy Baumann, an experienced and award-winning school librarian and classroom teacher, for a FREE workshop on your campus or building. She can present a workshop tailored to your faculty and work collaboratively with teachers, librarians, and students on projects integrating eThemes, Newsy, and Web 2.0 tools. All projects will be aligned with American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.   Contact Nancy Baumann at or 307-399-0708
by N. Baumann (Giesler)
Friday, May 13, 2011
Spending the few $$ 8 M. Newbold (Connell) I don't know of any list other than the list of vendors printed in the Spring Conference Program. If one doesn't attend Spring Conference, I can't think of any listing we have that members could refer to. This may be something that we need to think about.
by M. Newbold (Connell)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Book sets for new readers 0 K. Rhodes (Keefhaver) Hello, I need help finding book sets for young readers.  I would like to purchase a collection or bundle of books that would be appropriate for K-2 readers.  Examples of books we already have for this age group are Clifford, Margaret Hillert, Real Kids Readers, Biscuit, etc.  We use Scholastic Reading Counts, so it is a must that these books have RC tests.  Also, who do you use as vendors?  I think Follett is too expensive!  Thank you, Grace Rhodes.
by K. Rhodes (Keefhaver)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Missouri Farm Bureau Grant 0 A. Robertson (Young) I wanted to let everyone know about the Missouri Farm Bureau grant. It is for $250. The grant application is very easy to fill out. The only requirement they have is that the topic for the grant be agriculture themed. I applied for this grant and received it this year. Our theme is about cotton and the many uses for cotton. I will be able to purchase new books on cotton as well as make quilts with my students to be donated to the local nursing home.
by A. Robertson (Young)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Media Center Student Aides 0 S. Bush I would like to create a Library/Media course for my high school students.  If anyone has a course description please forward it to me.ThanksSuzanne BushClinton High SchoolMedia Specialist
by S. Bush
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Free Information Literacy Grade Level Assessments Through TRAILS 0 C. Millburg The MASL Office received the following information about a free resource that may be of interest to MASL members.   New for 2010-11: TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) now offers new grade level assessments and updates for grades 3, 6, 9 and 12. As always, these information literacy assessments are freely available at   TRAILS now includes: * Assessments for grades 3 and 12, in addition to those previously available for grades 6 and 9; * Pre-tests and post-tests for grades 3, 6, 9 and 12; * Assessments by information literacy competency categories for grades 3, 6, 9, 12   Reported value of TRAILS for teachers, school librarians and administrators: * Get a class snapshot of students' overall understanding of information literacy * Identify students' weakest areas as it relates to information literacy * Measure the progress of students in grades 3 through 12 through pre- and post-tests   TRAILS is standards-based, using the current standards of AASL Information Power, AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners and Ohio Academic Content Standards. Assessments have been administered to over 326,000 students throughout the United States and internationally. Over 10,000 school librarians are now registered users. TRAILS is a project of Kent State University Libraries and has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U.S. Department of Education, LSTA and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Go to TRAILS at to set up a free account. These are challenging and exciting times!
by C. Millburg
Friday, October 8, 2010
Nonfiction Reading for Middle School 2 J. Mahaffey J. Mahaffey said:Oops! I posted this post under the wrong forum. Please see the same post under the Membership Forum to reply. Thank you!Actually, Julie, this is one of our best strategies in tough times, sharing expertise with each other! Thanks for posting here! Pat AntrimMASL President 2010-2011
by P. Antrim
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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