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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does. | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

In Brief: The outputs librarians are measuring are not directly associated with specific practices that lead to improved lives for the people we serve. If we cannot make that connection, we have no way of knowing how well we are doing our jobs. This article suggests four measurable outcomes that libraries and librarians could use to make sure their activities are improving their constituents’ well-being, and also use in comparing their effectiveness with each other, allowing less effective libraries to learn from libraries that are achieving greater levels of success.


Via Trudy Raymakers, Karen du Toit, Joyce Valenza
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Alyson Tyler's comment, May 8, 2014 8:33 AM
Thanks for sharing, a great read.
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: Favourite apps | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! http://t.co/vSUG6TXdZe By @jenniferlagarde

 

"...here some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity.   If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection.   And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget."

 

Apps:

- Felt Board

- Draw Quest

- Art Set

- Sock Puppets

- Comic Life

- Art Studio

 

"As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity.  Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share.  Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn.  We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important:  kids.  All of whom are eager and ready to get started!"


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 29, 2013 8:36 AM

Apps to spark creativity!

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Around the Web: 18 recent reports relevant to libraries and librarianship

Around the Web: 18 recent reports relevant to libraries and librarianship | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

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