Monthly Archives: April 2016

Middle School | This American Life

Available now in This American Life archives: Middle School.

This American life, hosted by Ira Glass, has served as a tremendous asset to the America public for nearly 20 years, bringing a voice to the regular Joe Citizen.  The inspiration of this particular podcast came from a teen who duly noted that This American Life had not yet shared the voice of middle schoolers.  Glass accepted the challenge, producing this excellent example of the Middle School Experience.

Source: Middle School | This American Life

Weeding the Worst Library Books – The New Yorker

Check out this article on the dirty work of the library profession – weeding.  “You want your books to reflect the community you serve, but the popularity of a book is by no means the only barometer.”  Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner have written a book – Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management – but it’s their blog Awful Library Books that has seen great fanfare from the public.

One can’t expect common citizens to understand the principles of collection maintenance.  So often what is seen is a purging of books, which to some seems a desecration rather than an act mercy.

Still, it’s standard practice—and often a necessity—to remove books from library collections. Librarians call it “weeding,” and the choice of words is important: a library that “hemorrhages” books loses its lifeblood; a librarian who “weeds” is helping the collection thrive. The key question, for librarians who prefer to avoid scandal, is which books are weeds.

Source: Weeding the Worst Library Books – The New Yorker

What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education? | MindShift | KQED News

By designing systems for the average person, individuals lose out on potential opportunities to excel.

Source: What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education? | MindShift | KQED News

School libraries and librarians can be the front runners for the suggested shift to cater to the edges of students educational needs, rather than the typical average-based educational system.  Librarians can identify the breadth of needs of students alongside the classroom teacher, creating an environment encouraging excellence in achievement rather than meeting minimum requirements.  Of course, this would certainly demand a collaborative relationship between teachers and librarians, aligning more with co-teaching rather than relegating school librarians as simply support as has been the custom.  Is it possible? or is this idea meant for a Utopian-like education system?