Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on …
access papers from this major event. 2014 themes were:
Innovative approaches to IL (sponsored by York St John University)Putting theory into practice (sponsored by Aberystwyth University)Transitions – IL from cradle to tombOutreach and collaboration (sponsored by Information School, University of Sheffield)IL on a shoestringHealth literacy (sponsored by the CILIP Health Libraries Group)
Over the last decade the educational landscape has witnessed some landsliding changes thanks to the massive uptake of digital technology and broadband access. Even those core notions related to the role of the teacher and student in the learning/ teaching equation ,which have been intact for years and years, have been revolutionized.
"If you read the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take you 57,000 years to reach the end. You could bind the pages in a 10,000-foot-tall book weighing 1.2 billion pounds. Printing it would require half a million liters of ink, which is the volume of fuel it would take to power a 747 jet leaving New York and heading east to Tokyo. It would use enough paper to cover half of Long Island, or twice the number of trees in Central Park. If the Ancient Babylonians had started printing the Internet in 1800 BC, they’d be done right about now!"
The Wikipedia Adventure: An interactive tutorial for new editors Wikipedia is not a game, but learning it should still be fun Problem: Wikipedia is a very difficult environment for new users. In addition to a new interface, the community has its own policies and customs; and that is on top of the already challenging task of approaching the world of information with critical thinking and neutrality.
If Wikipedia is to become a good research tool then the only way to use it is to understand it. Have a go at the easy to use game which helps understand how it all works. I think students will really enjoy this.
According to an article written for the Voice of San Diego, many of the libraries in public schools across the city are not staffed. The reason for this lack of staff comes from, suprise, lack of funding, but also from union rules that state librarians, library assistants and techs cannot be replaced by a volunteer or staff that would replace the job of the above positions in any meaningful way. This causes the great support structure a school librarian can give to a classroom, helping not only in research for the students but for information for teachers.
School libraries take '21st Century' awards Brookings Register BROOKINGS – School libraries in South Dakota got their first shot this year at being recognized as among the best by the State Library's new 21st Century School Library Award.
Written by Helen Kula, Librarian at the Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Organizer of Startup Weekend Education – Library Edition
In less than two weeks, SWEDU will see the first-ever library-focused version of Startup Weekend take place in Toronto, Canada. Startup Weekend Toronto EDU: Library Edition will bring together developers, designers and entrepreneurs together with library & information professionals to solve library-specific problems. Organized by a team of librarians, we’re determined Continue Reading
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...
(This week's guest blogger is Catherine Stuart, librarian at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.) It happened again last week. Someone at a party asked me what I do for a living and when I told him I was a school librarian, ...
A great blog post about the importance of school librarians. SMT's need to read this and begin to understand the important role that a school librarian can play in their school. We are not those people that issue books and keep control at lunchtime. They are important but they are not librarians.