April is School Library Month!

The Digital Library of Georgia and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to provide a new, downloadable poster celebrating School Library Month 2019. The poster is available at http://bit.ly/dlg-gpls-school-library-poster. The photograph featured in the poster, courtesy of Pine Mountain Regional Library System, features a group of African American teenage girls, who formed a local school library supervision group in Manchester, Georgia in 1953.





If you would like to learn more about what school librarians do, here is a brief bit of information from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)’s web site: “School librarians work with both students and teachers to facilitate access to information in a wide variety of formats, instruct students and teachers how to acquire, evaluate, and use information and the technology needed in this process, and introduce children and young adults to literature and other resources to broaden their horizons. As a collaborator, change agent, and leader, the school librarian develops, promotes and implements a program that will help prepare students to be effective users of ideas and information, a lifelong skill.”

School Library Month is AASL’s celebration of school librarians and their programs. The 2019 theme for School Library Month is “Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library” and the 2019 spokesperson is children’s book author and illustrator Dav Pilkey

For more information about school librarians here in Georgia and nationwide, visit the following web sites:

AASL – The American Association of School Librarians
The division of the American Library Association that advocates for school librarians and media specialists.

GLMA – The Georgia Library Media Association
The largest professional association in Georgia advocating for school librarians and media specialists.

Georgia Association of School Librarians
The Georgia Association of School Librarians seeks to bring together information professionals from all patron and student age groups to improve information literacy in Georgia.

A big thank you to all of our school librarians for all of the work they do to manage school libraries and provide resources amidst changing school library environments!


Using Digital Public Library of America for Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning – Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The American Association of School Librarians is hosting a complimentary live webinar on Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 PM EST. The webinar, Using Digital Public Library of American for Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning, will be targeted to school library professionals, and those interested in the topic.

Registration information for the workshop is available at http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/dpla .

In this session, presenters Franky Abbott and Trish Vlastnik will introduce participants to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The presentation will include an overview of the site’s useful features for teachers and students doing research, such as maps, timeline, and online exhibitions. Presenters will also demonstrate sample keyword searches to illustrate how participants can find materials on the site most quickly and easily and incorporate them into lesson plans in ways that support inquiry. Finally, the presenters will share specific education initiatives, such as primary source sets for students, currently in development at DPLA.

Program Learning Objective 1:
Participants will understand the history, mission and goals of the Digital Public Library of America and explore the Digital Public of America website through a guided tour illustrating the wealth and breadth of digital resources present in DPLA repositories.

Program Learning Objective 2:
Participants will learn how to use critical, modern digital library technologies, including basic search techniques, faceted browsing (scanning digital collections by elements such as item type and year of creation), map-based exploration, and the use of digital timelines to discover and assess primary sources in the specific context of DPLA.

Program Learning Objective 3:
Participants will understand how to incorporate DPLA resources into lesson plans and to utilize these digital assets in a manner that supports inquiry-based teaching and learning and develops higher order thinking skills by asking students to analyze an image, text, or other item related to a particular subject.

Trish Vlastnik has served students and teachers in both private and public school libraries over the past sixteen years; first as media secretary, then as media specialist.  She has spent the past ten years in Jonesboro, Georgia working as a media specialist in the Clayton County Public School District at the elementary and secondary levels. In 2014, she assumed her current position as the Media Specialist at the new Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts. Ms. Vlastnik has spoken extensively on the subject of incorporating digital resources in instruction as a means to support inquiry-based teaching and learning.

Franky Abbott manages education initiatives at the Digital Public Library of America. She has broad experience working on a variety of digital projects for public engagement and higher education, standards and assessment development for K-12 education, and as an English teacher in grades 10-12.