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…
"Rachel Kaplan, a 16-year-old from Northbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb, started plotting mysteries almost as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her short stories have won regional awards in Scholastic’s annual art and writingcompetition. Last week, she became an e-author, published on Scribd and in the iBooks store.
"Serena Dinh, an 18-year-old college freshman in Albany, N.Y., started playing violin at age 9. A few months ago, she taught herself a little guitar. But it wasn’t until this month that she wrote her first complete, original song.
"Both teens followed their passions at the library, during Teen Tech Week 2014."
What is plagiarism? When is it okay to borrow materials from media sources? How do you properly cite them in your own work avoid plagiarizing someone else's work? Take this "Is This Plagiarism?" quiz to learn how much you know and learn some interesting facts to help you in the future.
It seems like the word “flipped” is everywhere in education today. There are flipped classrooms of all sorts, from Kindergarten to dentistry. By looking through a “flipped” lens, we can rethink any traditional learning environment, including professional development. Flipped Professional Development
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Definitely something to think about when planning PD for your staff.
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.
Digital Citizenship is a holistic and positive approach to helping children learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Free, standards based lessons that teach key digital citizenship concepts.