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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do - Rebecca Tischler

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do - Rebecca Tischler | The Information Professional |

by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 


here are five things that you may have been unaware that librarians do (just a few of their caps), or that libraries offer.

1. Librarians are teachers. 

2. Librarians are tech savvy.

3. Librarians are advertisers.

4. Librarians are event planners.

5. Librarians are researchers.



With just those 5 things, librarians have to learn graphic design, communications, how to interview, public relations, writing, computer literacy and information literacy.

Karen du Toit's insight:

5 of the MANY caps that librarians wear

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Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson

Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson | The Information Professional |

"For school districts that have both school librarians and technology integration specialists, the mutual roles and responsibilities of these positions can be blurred, especially when it comes to teaching and supporting teacher use. Librarians are increasingly using technology to teach IL skills, provide digital resources, and collaborate with classroom teachers on technology-enabled instructional methods. Technology integration specialists are increasingly understanding that just teaching teachers how to use technology and "apps" does not really restructure what happens in school. As these respective roles merge, conflicts may arise.

I am happy to report that in our district, our librarians and tech integrationists truly work as a team. This is one reason* why.

Our strategic road map uses the terms "learning work," "implementation work," and "standard work" to describe the status of initiatives in our district. Learning work deals with pilot projects that will be evaluated for effectiveness. Implementation work is about deploying tested initiatives district-wide. And standard work is what the name suggests - initiatives that have become standard practice and are expected of all teachers in all buildings."

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School librarians and tech specialists roles merging!

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Library receives special distinction for youth programs & Tools for Teachers - Daily Comet

Mary Cosper Leboeuf:

The Terrebonne Parish Library System is one of 16 finalists for the Institute for Museum and Library Service's National Medal, one of the nation's highest honors conferred on libraries for service to...


The programmes that made the award possible:

1. Future Leaders of America's Gulf, or FLAG, is an innovative program for teens that the Library System helped implement. The nonprofit organization is a leadership and environmental group for teenagers who advocate and educate for the future of Louisiana's coast and address issues facing the state.

2. “Tools for Teachers,” a series of workshops developed by the Library System's reference staff to help teachers meet their grade-level expectations for their classrooms. The workshops present to teachers what the Library System has to offer to help in the classroom.

3. LEGO robotics

4. Touch-a-Truck

5. Book sale

6. Adult classes

7. VITA - free tax preparation services

8. Library App

9. Digital Magazines made available to patrons

10. e-readers

11. 24 hour access

Karen du Toit's insight:

This is what everybody should come to expect from their public library!

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A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric

A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric | The Information Professional |
"The choice of which apps to use with your students in the classroom is not an easy one. It ,in fact , calls for a lot of attention from the part of the teacher. You are responsible for your students learning and this responsibility grows riskier when learning becomes digitally based.This is particularly the case when integrating apps into your teaching."
Via Dr. Laura Sheneman
Karen du Toit's insight:

Valuable for librarians when asked or consulted about the use of apps in learning/teaching!

Cristian Cerda's comment, December 8, 2012 8:32 PM
Interesting application, but the content has the same trouble that many of the rubric available on the web: It says nothing:
Ove Christensen's comment, December 9, 2012 6:38 AM
Well I think you should see it as a help for reflection on apps and use of apps. No tools are doing the hard work for you but they help you to remember what to cover.
Jim Lerman's comment, December 9, 2012 5:44 PM
@Cristian...I don't see it the same way. The criteria, in my opinion, do provide a useful framework for judging the efficacy of a web app. The value in the criteria is implicit; if one shares the values inherently stated in the criteria (for example, "authentic practice of targeted skills"), then I think the criteria are indeed helpful. If the values and meaning of the criteria do no speak to you, the reader, then I can see where one could feel they do not say anything. As Ove says, "no tools are doing the hard work for you."
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10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians

10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians | The Information Professional |

"Much has been written about the role of Teacher Librarians in our schools.   Sadly though, much of it is lamentations about the decreasing numbers of Teacher Librarians manning our school libraries."


"An expectation that teachers engage in professional learning programs is now well cemented into our schools. Time and space must be set aside within the busy school week for teachers to learn, play, experiment and most of all think how newly acquired skills can be embedded into their day-to-day teaching. The experience, know-how and skill among the many talented Teacher Librarians in our schools can easily be harnessed by school administrations to help develop new approaches to professional learning programs.


These programs could incorporate any or all of the following features:

Focused group learning

Cluster learning

Hands on learning

Open ended learning

Non demanding learning

Meaningful learning

Lifelong learning

Reflective learning

Self-paced learning

Online learning

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The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014

The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014 | The Information Professional |

We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.


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Karen du Toit's insight:

Looks like a great conference for Information Professionals as well.

The "conference strands include Learning Theory, Learning Practice, Learning Science, Learning Spaces, and Technology & Learning."

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Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013

Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013 | The Information Professional |

"A short series of free online sessions this coming Monday. Part of the impetus for this day is also to make sure that there is representation of librarians as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM)--[...]

just declare Monday, October 14th, "Connected Librarians Day!" (Hashtag #cld13)


 October 14
 Opening Panel: "Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership" 
 The Library as Makerspace - Kristin Fontichiaro 
 Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction - Amanda Nichols Hess, e-Learning & Instructional Technology Librarian 
 Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & Tips - Stacy Creel, Assistant Professor  [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age - John Shank 
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A pre-conference event for Connected Librarians on 14 Oct

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Finding the Right Tech Tools Is Easy, If You Know Where to Look -- THE Journal

Finding the Right Tech Tools Is Easy, If You Know Where to Look -- THE Journal | The Information Professional |
By Christopher Piehle

Kathy Schrock guides educators through the process of building a personal learning network and organizing a constant flow of information.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Personal Learning Networks & Tech Tools.


Includes her top 5 apps for teachers:






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More Than A Library | WanderMom

More Than A Library | WanderMom | The Information Professional |

Michelle Duffy:

Author shares her experiences with a library-building project in Lusaka, Zambia.

"The library we funded is so much more than “just” a library it is also a literacy and literacy education program for the teachers, children and parents associated with this school. Room to Read trains the teachers and a parent representative on how to manage the library and how to catalog books and operate a check-out system. The program funds a literacy teacher who integrates library time into the school day for all children. The kids can come to school early or stay late just to read."


Via Doug Mirams
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