Essential Curriculum Resources for California School Librarians

Prepared for the Northern Section Workshop of the California School Library Association held March 2-3, 2003, Seascape Resort, Aptos, California
CSLA Curriculum Toolkit -
To get to this page scroll down to Resources, click on Curriculum, and finally Curriculum Toolkit at the California School Library Association website. This is an extensive list of links to very valuable sites many of which are further annotated below. "Basic Tools for Leadership is designed as a reference to professional organizations and resources that should be familiar to all library media staff as they build and extend curriculum leadership. It is anticipated that library media staff will use this reference list to provide various levels of access to these resources depending on the needs of their clients. For example, library collections at county offices of education will probably include all resources listed; at school sites, staff will select those most appropriate for inclusion in their local library media collections and provide information to clients about where they can access others."
School Libraries (CDE) -
"Information is provided here to help improve school libraries in California." This is a page of essential references to DOE generated initiatives such as the recommended reading lists; library assessment tools such as "Check It Out;" state library laws and regulations, and so forth.
California State Academic Content Standards K-12 -
"Electronic versions of the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education are available here." Content standards are available for English-language arts, mathermatics, history-social science, science, and visual and performing arts. The documents are available in both HTML and PDF versions.
California State Curriculum Frameworks -
"Curriculum frameworks are the blueprints for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education. Frameworks are developed by the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, which also reviews and recommends textbooks and other instructional materials to be adopted by the State Board." Frameworks are available, in PDF format for Reading Language Arts/English Language Development, mathematics, science, history-social science, visual and performing arts, foreign language, health, and physical education.
California Learning Resource Network -
"The purpose of the California Learning Resource Network is to provide a one-stop information source that enables California educators to identify supplemental electronic learning resources that both meet local instructional needs and embody the implementation of California curriculum frameworks and standards. You can use CLRN to: Search the database of electronic learning resource reviews; access CLRN training materials; [and] create standards-based technology-enhanced lesson plans."
Schools of California On-Line Resources for Education (SCORE) is a resource to provide "links to quality Internet resources and teacher-developed lessons supporting Californiaís content standards and curriculum frameworks [and] promoting information literacy." SCORE differs from CLRN in that it is a strictly web-based guide. New lesson plans are no longer being added to the site.
Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development -
"These web-based guides comprise a working bibliography of resources gathered by AASL staff and members to assist us in answering the many requests for information about school libraries that we receive throughout the year. The requests for information come not only from school librarians, but also from principals, parents, charter school  organizers, library paraprofessionals, government officials, and college instructors."
ERIC: School Libraries -
This is ERIC's list of resources for school libraries. Subsections include: AskERIC Responses (answers to specific questions the ERIC folks have received), Internet Sites (links to valuable sites online), Discussion Groups (LM_NET--see below), ERIC Resources (from the ERIC Digest), and Organizations.
LION: Librarians Online Information Network -
This is a very useful site which was developed for Philadephia area school libraries but which has many links to resources of interest to all school library staffs.
NoodleTools -
"NoodleTools is a suite of interactive tools designed to aid students and professionals with their online research. From selecting a search engine and finding some relevant sources, to citing those sources in MLA or APA style, NoodleTools makes online research easier!" This site is partially commercial, having been developed by our very own Debbie Abilock (The San Francisco School, San Francisco) but many of the resources including NoodleLinks (bibliographies written by researchers around the world on hundreds of topics), NoodleQuest (web-based search strategy), Quick Cite (to generate an MLA-style citation for a single source, Choose a Search Engine, and NoodleTeach and Curriculum Mapper, are available free of charge.
"LM_NET is a discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field. It is not for general librarians or educators. We want to keep the activity and discussion focused on school library media. But, LM_NET can be used by library media people for many different things--to ask for input, share ideas and information, link programs that are geographically remote, make contacts, etc.... Conversation on LM_NET should focus on the topics of interest to the school library media community, including the latest on school library media services, operations, and activities. It is a group for practitioners helping practitioners, sharing ideas, solving problems, telling each other about new publications and up-coming conferences, asking for assistance or information, and linking schools through their library media centers."
Curriculum and Technology Planning Links -
This is from Peter Milbury's "labor of love" for school librarians. Many of Peter's links are to websites specific to California resources and issues. Other sections of the website include: General Librarian Resources, Books, Book Reviews and Reading Resources, Learning and Teaching With the Web, Web Gateways to Information, Information Literacy and Library Skills, and Professional Associations and Organizations.
IASL Internet Resources Page -
"Whether your particular interest is automation, children's literature, library management, working co-operatively with   teachers, resource selection, or any other aspect of school librarianship, you will find useful material here. And while you are here, have a look at some of the home pages developed by school librarians for their libraries. These listings of Internet resources for school librarians are necessarily selective; the world of the Internet is so vast that no list of educational or library resources could ever be complete. The aim is to take teacher librarians to the best "starting points" for Internet exploration. The selection criteria include relevance of the resource to the work or professional concerns of school librarians, currency, timeliness, authority, organisation of the resource, and coverage. Many of the resources have been chosen because they lead to further lists of resources, some of them general and some of them related to particular aspects of librarianship, school librarianship, or education. In addition, there are links to some lists of resources that have been created especially for IASL -- for instance, IASL's own collection of documents related to school librarianship around the world."
Information Skills Instruction -
This is a selection of links to various information skills resources. Categories include: Curriculum and Standards, Program Integration and Flexible Scheduling, Instructional Models, Assessment, Information Skills Units, Literature Units, Technology and Internet Units, and Using Primary Sources. From Linda Bertland's School Libraries on the Web site.
Blue Web'n -
"Blue Web'n is an online library of 1700+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area). Each week 5 new sites are added. You can get a list and description of these additions sent to you by signing up below for free weekly updates!" (SBC)
Filamentality -
"Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities. It helps combine the "filaments" of the Web with a learner's "mentality". Support is built-in through Mentality Tips that guide you along the way to creating a Web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't know anything about HTML, Web servers, or all that      www-dot stuff." (SBC)
Trackstar -
"TrackStar helps instructors organize and annotate Web sites (URLs) for use in lessons. The resource list remains visible allowing the user to easily stay on track." (Suggested by Katie)
21st Century Literacies -
"On this site, we focus on four 21st century literacies - information, media, multicultural, and visual. We have found resources, both bibliographic and web-based, to assist you in your quest to learn and/or teach literacy skills. Our team of literacy experts developed lessons to aid in your ability to incorporate 21st century literacy skills into your teaching techniques. The tools presented here are based on a 21st Century Literacies Framework and seek to promote the skills, knowledge and attitudes to help students develop effective lifelong literacy awareness, seeking, management and presentation strategies." (Suggested by Susan Thompson)

Tom's Webpages from the Bessie Chin Library Website

Libraries and Library Studies -
Somewhat like Peter Milbury's page a list of sites I have found useful or enticing for exploration. There are also extensive resources on developing library webpages on this page.
Librarianís Resources -
This page is the one I turn to on a daily basis because it has "bookmarks" to the places I go all the time. It is specific to my automation system and the vendors I use regularly.
Teaching Resources -
This is a page of resources for teachers which don't easily fit on my regular subject pages, i.e. pages I don't necessarily think students would be interested in but teachers would find useful.
And finally: Don't forget to have a link to your own site/district curriculum resources online.

Posted February 26, 2003. Updated March 31, 2003. Contact the Webspinner to report broken links, etc.
©2003 Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher--Bessie Chin Library @ Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939 -- 415.945.3662