Whether it's in our physical spaces or the depth of our instruction, the library should be a spot where kids use its resources to make new stuff. As Joyce Valenza says, "the library should be more like a kitchen than a grocery store." It's not a place for kids to simply fill their carts and leave. It's a place where they should be using the resources in the library to concoct whatever they can imagine.
All of which leads me back to the purpose of this post, which is to share 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.
>A great list of resources for all levels of librarians.
"Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 185 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there! Please feel free to add your suggestions!"
"Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.
"[...]20 of the absolute best hashtags for librarians to check out:
With this smaller device, the reach of the Apple iOS and resources through it expands to more of our patrons (those preferring the smaller device size and smoother integration into their lives) and into more of their spaces. So be prepared for more iOS mobile engagement with your content and services. For librarians’ use: the Mini may be better suited for mobile library staff: easier use with Square and mobile payments, more portable for roving reference, for checking out tablets to users."
Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012:
- Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users - Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles - Reconfigured or eliminated reference desks - Consolidated desks and services - Librarian and support staff work together on the one main desk - Librarian can handle more complicated questions - Increased training for support staff to handle basic reference questions - The reference interview is as pertinent as ever - Roving reference is more important—getting out to where people are - Expansion of self-service options (self-checkout, online group study room reservations, self-service holds, and touch screen frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on your website/ library catalog - Reconfiguring online reference resources for smartphones and other mobile devices - Librarians are exploring new roles in reaching out to meet information needs - Reference through the stacks and other indirect means - Reduction/elimination of print reference collections - Greater marketing and promotion of online resources and services - Librarians will spend less time staffing desks and more time outside of library walls - Online reference: email, chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS (short messaging services) reaches users who may not visit the library - Online reference requires continual marketing to be successful - Collaborating with other organizations will do as much to keep libraries alive as any project or program - Embedded librarianship: becoming an integral part. Getting close to users by getting out into the community; being actively present with the user at the point of need. - The big shift: we’re not doing things “for” the community, but we’re being a part “of” the community - Libraries are shifting from the physical to the virtual facilities and media; from an individual to a community focus; from being a collection library to being a creation library; from being an archive to being a portal