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The Government Shutdown and Libraries

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Source: http://j.mp/19leWtz Because the US Congress failed to pass an appropriations bill on September 30, government offices and services that are deemed nonessential have shut down. Ars Technica has a chart of which federal websites are available and which aren’t, while Quartz.com explains the seeming arbitrariness of the website shutdowns. Here’s a snapshot of how the library community is affected until the budget situation is resolved


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:09 AM
How the library community is affected in the US
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Assessing Information Literacy Skills with TRAILS and ResearchReady | EasyBib Blog

Assessing Information Literacy Skills with TRAILS and ResearchReady | EasyBib Blog | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it

Traditionally, educators have assessed their students’ information literacy skills through reading their papers and grading their research projects. But as more educators are seeing the benefits of formative assessmentand there is less time to assign research projects, many educators are turning to other means of evaluating the research skills students need to succeed.

Many educators have found that TRAILS is a great way to assess student understanding of important research skills. TRAILS is a freely available assessment platform created by Kent State University Libraries. These assessments are aligned with both Common Core State Standards and American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The assessment content covers research skills for students in grades 3, 6, 9 and 12.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:27 AM

Does anything like this exist for the UK students?

EasyBibEducation's comment, September 24, 2013 9:55 AM
Hi Elizabeth. We worked with schools in the UK! My name is Jenny Kessman and I'm a marketing associate here at EasyBib. Feel free to email me at Jennifer@imagineeasy.com if you want to find out more information :)
Anita Vance's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:59 AM

My experience withTRAILS was outstanding.  The results of the assessments helped to drive curriculum development to target areas of student response.  The assessment improved our team approach to research skill development and solidified awareness of key components for ethical and productive strategies.

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What is a Learning Commons, Anyway? | Alberta School Library Council’s Blog | ASLC

What is a Learning Commons, Anyway? | Alberta School Library Council’s Blog | ASLC | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, August 2, 2013 12:52 AM

"As we work to build twenty-first learning skills...collaboration, creation and communication we need to look at how we can support this by creating an environment that meets that need.  The Learning Commons concept takes libraries that one step further to support digital students and learning."

Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, August 3, 2013 4:13 AM

Learning commons is  a good concept to widen school libraries and library practices towards collaborative learning.

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Follett, Hachette Book Group Partner to Distribute Children’s Ebooks | eSchool News

Follett, Hachette Book Group Partner to Distribute Children’s Ebooks | eSchool News | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Agreement Expands Follett’s Leading Position in Ebook Content, Technology for Schools MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 8, 2013 – Follett today announced a partnership

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8 tips and tricks to get the most of Project Gutenberg

8 tips and tricks to get the most of Project Gutenberg | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
If you want to know how to explore Project Gutenberg more effectively and get books faster - here is a bunch of tips & tricks for your convenience.

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Suzanne Smith's curator insight, August 13, 2013 6:35 AM

Download PG books, search more efficiently for vintage images...this article helps you get the most out of an amazing resource.

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Embedded Librarian 101: How to Get Started

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As librarians, we can’t wait for students to ask us questions. We know that! That’s why we’ve had “virtual” reference services since the early 2000′s. But it’s simply not enough to have an online presence. The key is being online where the students are. For most universities, this means the learning management system.


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Why Kids Must Be Taught Digital Manners Infographic

Why Kids Must Be Taught Digital Manners Infographic | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it

Teaching students the importance of having and using manners is nothing new to teachers. However, what has changed is the type of etiquette kids needs today—namely, the digital kind. True, please, thank you and excuse me are still significant, but in addition to these basics, students growing up in this ever-connected, social media crazed world require much more. Concepts such as online privacy, sharing and creating a positive digital footprint through the demonstration of responsible online behaviors are just as vital.


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Tim Hopper's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:52 AM

Why schools need to lead in the use of digital technologies, not be dragged  reluctantly into the 21st century.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:17 PM

Thanks to Jaime Forshey for sharing this infographic addressing digital manners.  It is a great example of connecting infographics to digital citizenship. 

RitaZ's curator insight, June 25, 2013 7:20 AM

Most valuable reminders in today's practical world.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians

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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!


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The Writing on the Wall

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Since the BCTLA conference in October, I have had many phone calls and e-mails regarding our "wall words" in the Fraser Heights Learning Commons. At least once a week I am replying to an inquiry about them. Sorry, everyone!

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:18 PM

Words to inspire in the Learning Commons.

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Librarians on the Fly: A Look at Buffy Hamilton's - Librarianship of the People, For the People and By the People

Librarians on the Fly: A Look at Buffy Hamilton's - Librarianship of the People, For the People and By the People | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Thanks you once again Buffy!

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Sue Kowalski's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:53 PM

#buffyinpsires always!

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4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Classroom Posters ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Classroom Posters ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
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SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment | MindShift

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment  | MindShift | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning.

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School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online

School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
WILMINGTON -- When the Wilmington High School library got rid of around 5,000 of its books, leaving just a few shelves full, one teacher suggested to librarian Paula Byrne that it marked the end of civilization.
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What's New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association

What's New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
A little over a year ago, when I started blogging for Forbes about digital publishing, librarians were up in arms over the issue of ebooks*. Several of the largest U.S.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 5, 2013 5:05 AM

I would love these issues to get sorted. School libraries and public libraries need to loan ebooks 

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Doug Johnson Website - dougwri - What Gets Measured Gets Done

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What Gets Measured Gets Done: The Importance of Evaluating Your Library Media Program
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:44 AM

Nice report about looking at your goals and looking back at what you have achieved. I feel very jealous of librarians who have support from senior management. That is one of my goals :) 

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School Libraries and The Digital Backpack | LibGuide for digital citizenship

School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.


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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:44 PM

Lots more valuable resources and tips on the Leading and Learning site plus  a direct link to the Digital Backpack http://www.flipsnack.com/5778E5F569B/fzji6pp1

 

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:06 AM

No mundo digital, é preciosa a diferença que faz a biblioteca escolar atualizada, com profissionais qualificados, e uma cultura de colaboração para a aprendizagem.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:49 AM

Resources for implementing digital citizenship in your school.

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School Librarians As Facilitators of Learning

Keynote speech by David Lankes, with excellent examples of what school librarians do, and why.


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:29 AM

Saved for viewing later.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:04 AM

Very good lecture on the role of teacher librarians as facilitators of learning.

Donna Presz's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:53 AM

Thank you for making this simple. 

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LibGuides: The Next Generation!

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2007 2013 It's been 6 years since LibGuides was first released and oh, my, what a ride it's been! Almost 4,000 live sites, 55,000+ librarians using it, hundreds of millions of page views every mont...

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Love my LibGuides and excited about the upcoming improvements!

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly

How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Too many teachers are still afraid to use Wikipedia in the Classroom. I'm here to right that wrong and show educators how they can use it responsibly.
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As school librarians we can be valuable in navigating this very appropriate topic.

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Wizard Tool for Searching

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This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic!


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 4:43 PM

Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

Christine Bushong's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:11 AM
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Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

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What should an Administrator expect a School Library Media Specialist to be

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What should an Administrator expect a School Library Media Specialist to be?


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Rita Godwin's curator insight, April 20, 2013 7:54 PM

Great infographic that shows the many roles a school librarian has. Great tool to post or share with an administrator.

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15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Jamie Nast/Flickr Helping students learn how to learn: That's what most educators strive for, and that's the goal of inquiry learning.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:28 PM

Keeping it simple, powerful metacognition. For more simple ideas to ensure that students and teachers are getting better and better see The Big Think http://www.lmcsource.com/catalog/thebigthink.html

 

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Open Introductions: #etmooc, Open Education Week, Wikinomics, and Murmuration

Open Introductions: #etmooc, Open Education Week, Wikinomics, and Murmuration | School Library Teachers: Collaborators of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Trainer-teacher-learners worldwide are on the cusp of a magnificent collaborative opportunity: participation in Open Education Week, which runs from Monday – Friday, March 11-15, 2013. Ostensibly f...

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