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Rebranding Removes the Term Library

Rebranding Removes the Term Library | School Librarians | Scoop.it

TAt the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand.


Via Dr. Steve Matthews
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This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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toraki's curator insight, February 27, 2014 1:29 PM

Let' s stop saying "museum", "book", school"... Is this the issue for 21st century?

Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 2014 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:19 AM
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Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries

Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries | School Librarians | Scoop.it

In October 2015, MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt asked Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, to convene and lead an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries. The Task Force was charged with seeking broad input from the MIT community and from domain experts on how the MIT Libraries ought to evolve to best advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and to serve as a leader in the reinvention of research libraries (Appendix 1).
Our Task Force, 30 members strong, included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff (Appendix 2). We ranged from scholars who rarely enter the physical libraries but rely on library access to journal literature daily to faculty whose research and teaching is centered in print materials. We were united in our belief that access to information is essential to research and teaching, and that the role of the Libraries in providing that access must continue to evolve in support of the Institute’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating students, and serving the world.
As MIT embarks on a Campaign for a Better World, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring that the fruits of research and teaching—at MIT and beyond—are radically more available to all those who might benefit from and contribute to them. A world in which anyone might consume and create new ideas, knowledge, and understandings is one that will lead us to solutions to the world’s great challenges.
For the MIT Libraries, the better world we seek is one in which there is abundant, equitable, meaningful access to knowledge and to the products of the full life cycle of research. Enduring global access to knowledge requires sustainable models for ensuring that past and present knowledge is available long into the future. Moreover, access to knowledge must be fluid, interactive, contextualized, participatory, programmable, and comprehensive in order to fully enable citizens and scholars to integrate across disciplines, timescales, geographies, languages, and cultures.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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It's great to see an institution like MIT recognizing the importance of libraries, and contributing to conceptualizing how libraries will be part of the future of knowledge creation.
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Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins | Knowledge Quest

Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins | Knowledge Quest | School Librarians | Scoop.it
10. That you are a teacher who teaches not content but process. You teach children to be information literate, digitally literate, media literate, and visually literate.
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Very good list. I wonder how many school librarians actually have support from admin?
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Survmetrics: Free Online Software to Create Stunning Surveys

Survmetrics: Free Online Software to Create Stunning Surveys | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Survmetrics allows you to create engaging online surveys in minutes, share them and use advanced data visualizations to analyze results in real time.

Via Nik Peachey
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This does look cool and easy to use. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 29, 2016 1:58 AM

I really like this survey creation tool. Has really good social media integraton. Great for gettng students to create research.

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Media and information literacy 

Media and information literacy  | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Media and information literacy is a hot topic in media development today. And for those who don't know exactly what the term means and why it's so vitally important, we've put together this overview for you.
Via Karen Bonanno
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This article shows the important connection between media and information literacy. They're really inseparable but often folks describe about them like they are different things, inhabiting separate domains.
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Clone Zone - an online cloning tool

Clone Zone - an online cloning tool | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Clone Zone is a web cloning tool that lets you edit the content of any website on the internet and share the result on social media. Clone Zone was created by 4Real digital studio.

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If this works, it would be a phenomenal tool to create fake websites for information or digital literacy lessons. Just another way that people might be fooled.
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A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir

A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Research better. Feel better

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This is cool. I do not like, however, that there is no "about" or other information on the company/project whatever it is.

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Karen E. Belter's comment, June 29, 2016 10:56 AM
The Athenir sire is closed.
Chris Carter's curator insight, July 1, 2016 8:43 PM
Visual is always good. Well, usually.
Dennis Swender's curator insight, October 26, 2016 12:40 PM
Site is no longer in operation - but the concept insight lends itself to further entrepreneurship
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12 Rules Of Great Teaching -

12 Rules Of Great Teaching - | School Librarians | Scoop.it

"Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers."


Via Beth Dichter
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Speaking as someone new to teaching, there's an awful lot to consider. In a nutshell, be knowledgeable about your subject, be flexible, be up on technology, learning styles, and put students first.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:15 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:52 AM

If you were to put together 12 rules that make a teacher a great teacher what would they include? Sit back and think about that, and then look at this post by Terry Heick, where he shares the rules he has come up with as well as the reasons for the rule. A few are listed above, and three more are below.

* Start small.

* In learning, curiosity is everything.

* Help students ask great questions.

Click through to the post to read through all his rules and find a bonus of three additional rules that you may want to add. You will also find links for resources for three of the rules.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 3, 2016 8:17 PM
Thanks Beth Dichter
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Newsletter Curation: Top 6 Tools and Tips To Curate Your Own Weekly Newsletter

Newsletter Curation: Top 6 Tools and Tips To Curate Your Own Weekly Newsletter | School Librarians | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Might make a good project for students; create your own newsletter.

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Pali's curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:34 AM

Sending out newsletters is a marketing technique that has been leveraged by business to market themselves. 


Publishing a curated newsletter is less taxing in terms of time spent vs if the editor of the newsletter was to create a blog. The subscribers benefit since they get to know the latest without wasting time on browsing websites.  

Pali's curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:35 AM

Newsletter marketing is a ploy that is being successfully used by many industry tools and these tools can help you setup your newsletter. 

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:21 PM

 

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For the Learner's Sake, Make Your Courses More Challenging

For the Learner's Sake, Make Your Courses More Challenging | School Librarians | Scoop.it

"Remember the school days? They were not only about making new friends, sharing lunches, having crushes, and dreaming of making it to the basketball team. There were some trying times too. For some, the Algebra class was a nightmare while for others, History lessons brought out the tears. Yet, the demons are not inside the formulae, dates, or maps. How a subject is taught has a lot to do with how well we learn it."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Creating cognitive disequilibrium in your students by pointing out gaps in their knowledge through focused questioning sounds like a good strategy to me! The article suggests this will spur them to learn more, that is get to a state of equilibrium.

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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2015 3:03 PM

One of the best insights for eLearning designers: Promote desequilibrium- disruption is actually goo for the brain:)

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Advocacy BEYOND the School Library Studies | Dr Ken Haycock

With this in mind, Haycock has been researching different ways to advocate. If we are going to use the studies, we need to stress that the important component is not the library facility or collection. We need to impress that a certified and committed LIBRARIAN is what is invaluable. He went on to share some other ways to approach advocacy.


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Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don't understand. That's where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in! My school dis...

Via Beth Dichter
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Some good ideas here.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:53 PM

This visual that shares a number of ways to do assessments would be a great tool to add to your toolkit. The post provides links to additional resources for assessments. Click here to download the version in the graphic above: (PDF): Formative Assessments.

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, October 31, 2014 1:28 AM

We often think of assessment in a formal, summative sense; however, the art of formative evaluation is critical to master in order to assess how well students are grasping concepts.  Jumping past basic recall and simple predictions, formative assessments are great tools for establishing where  personal connections have been made in a child's learning process. While we are reaching for the application and synthesis of knowledge, we need to break free from multiple choice bubbles and encourage students to travel deeper into their learning. 

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Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class

Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Anyone distracted in class doesn’t just lose out on the content of the discussion but creates a sense of permission that opting out is OK, and, worse, a haze of second-hand distraction for peers.

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Very interesting that a technology advocate and expert would ban electronics from his classes. What are the implications for 1-to-1 programs?

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OCLC Classify -- an Experimental Classification Service

OCLC Classify -- an Experimental Classification Service | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Classify is an OCLC Research prototype that helps you classify books, magazines, movies, and music using the Dewey Decimal Classification system or the Library of Congress Classification system.

Via Debbie Northway
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Not being much of a cataloguer, I use this a lot.

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Turning inward

Though geared more for an academic audience, this new discussion of ACRL's Framework for information Literacy should at least be familiar to and acknowledged by high school librarians. The frames can form a good basis for rigorous, critical discussion about research and information use for sophisticated secondary school researchers and those wanting to take a metaliterate approach to research and information use.
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How to Write a Syllabus

How to Write a Syllabus | School Librarians | Scoop.it
A well-designed syllabus is an essential tool for effectively managing a course. It gives students a clear understanding of your expectations and a road map for how the course will be conducted. When done right, a syllabus can prevent a lot of misunderstandings as the semester progresses.

Via Nik Peachey
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This is a good reminder of what should be in a syllabus. At best these provide the instructor with protection from accusations from students of "I didn't know," plus they force us to organize the class and layout its objectives for ourselves and our students.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 12, 2016 12:55 AM

Really useful article with a syllabus template you can download to write your own.

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SCIS | The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

SCIS | The importance of school libraries in the Google Age | School Librarians | Scoop.it
We continue to hear about the lack of trained library staff in schools, despite ongoing research indicating that the presences of teacher librarians lead to improved learning outcomes and NAPLAN Reading Literacy results. Kay Oddone highlights the many benefits teacher librarians bring to their schools, and why their role is integral to both student and staff learning.

Via Karen Bonanno
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"...teacher librarians are so much more than the 'keeper of the books."
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives | School Librarians | Scoop.it
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
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Brainpickings on Dweck's theory of motivation and learning.
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Rubrics: An Undervalued Teaching Tool

Rubrics: An Undervalued Teaching Tool | School Librarians | Scoop.it
How often have we heard that students believe grades seem arbitrary or capricious? Rubrics help bring clarity to the process and components of good writing.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Excellent article full of ideas on multiples ways to use rubrics including helping students generate ideas initially, for peer review and self- assessment, and for students to grade themselves as well as the teacher. 

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 16, 2016 12:11 PM

Could not agree more. Especially when it comes to peer-review practice

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Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines | School Librarians | Scoop.it
As search engines get better, we become lazier. We're hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions

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Important article. Are we losing too much, is ti too late?

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:18 AM

Very good reading, many of us has seen this happening.

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Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners | School Librarians | Scoop.it

During librarian Dawn K. Wing's time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.


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Share with ESL teachers!

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Extraordinary teacher offers extraordinary look at her job. We need to support rather than undermine her efforts. | Get Schooled

Extraordinary teacher offers extraordinary look at her job.  We need to support rather than undermine her efforts. | Get Schooled | School Librarians | Scoop.it

An extraordinary teacher writes an extraordinary explanation of her job and her concerns. This is a lengthy piece that every policymaker in the state ought to read.


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Give teachers the time and support to teach well.

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | School Librarians | Scoop.it

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think


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"...if users can Google answers to the questions they’re given, they’re likely terrible questions."

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | School Librarians | Scoop.it

The following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.


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Another useful design tool.

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A Simple Technique You Can (& Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses

A Simple Technique You Can (& Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses | School Librarians | Scoop.it

"It’s easy for an eLearner to “zone out” when faced with complex course content, especially with limited existing knowledge of a topic. The instructional design challenge is how to explain complex content easily. Start by considering some premises fundamental to eLearning design."


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Ryan Rejaei's curator insight, October 20, 2014 8:41 PM

If you are taking the CIS courses or have an online course, i would certainly look into this. Very relatable information and content!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:54 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

Hadley Garcia's curator insight, November 15, 2015 10:41 AM

En el desarrollo de un curso en línea es importante considerar el formato y el diseño del curso. Cómo se presenta sí afecta la experiencia del estudiante y su posible éxito (o no). Nosotros como profesores debemos facilitar la experiencia de aprender en línea.

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial

Welcome to the home page of the IRISS Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial. This tutorial was derived from the Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) Information Literacy pack.

 

This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.


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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 2014 8:04 PM

Simple online tutorial yet quite interactive and engaging.

Leonie Darken's curator insight, August 3, 2016 9:47 PM
Extensive process to take you from start to finish. 
Kelty Resource Centre's curator insight, August 4, 2016 12:50 AM
Extensive but covers the lot!