Thursday, February 4, 2016

Library Grits: The Trusty Sidekick

Library Grits: The Trusty Sidekick: Last week I presented at the IB Asia Pacific Conference to an audience that was quite different to the audience I usually present to. T...

TASL Talks: Legislative and Advocacy for YOU: Why a Master’s Degree for Librarians?

TASL Talks: Legislative and Advocacy for YOU: Why a Master’s Degree for Librarians?: By Dorcas Hand with help from TLC Special thanks to Terri Stamm, SHSU student; Barbara Paciotti, retired, Barbara Bush Middle School, Ca...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Digital Citizenship

I made a Digital Citizenship display on the library bulletin board. Some great resources here:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
http://dlrp.berkman.harvard.edu/

MAME 17 had a really nice presentation on becoming a certified teacher on the Common Sense Media digital citizenship curriculum. It's on my list of things to do...


Friday, January 8, 2016

Proud of these students for fighting for their education

http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/theres-no-thing-library-without-librarian-soooo-saveourlibrary/

Monday, January 4, 2016

In Michigan, there are 60 percent fewer [school] librarians than just ten years ago...

http://www.mcls.org/news/2015/12/23/making-a-difference-for-school-libraries-by-mcls-executive-director-randy-dykhuis/

Article worth reading.  A sad commentary on the state of Michigan school libraries.  I know a lot of my colleagues have lost their positions and many school libraries are closed.  Sixty percent is more than I thought.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Headed to the shredder...

I'm doing some cleaning of my desk area.  Usually it's just work that needs to get done that is not a priority, so it piles up.  However, I am purging some of my things I thought I needed to save.  I've neatly stacked and organized them on the shelves by my desk. So, I am recycling 9 years of Extended Essay documentation!  It took up about half of my giant recycling bin.  I have supervised a LOT of Extended Essays over the years.  I average about 7 a year in direct supervision and then the usual 150 or so as EE Coordinator.  I have old forms, rough drafts, final drafts, checklists, folders and even pages from the old EE guide.  I'm making an effort to be more paperless, so hopefully I won't feel the need to hang on to things that I think I might need in the future (but then really don't).


You can't see it in the picture, but it's 14 inches of stacked paper!!!

Speak Up survey from Library of Michigan

The Library of Michigan is promoting a SpeakUp survey that I just participated in.  "Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. "
This really looks like something that will benefit our school community.  We've done a lot of AdvancED surveys and then just some school created surveys to give some quick feedback.  It might be important to have some good data to work with in terms of educational technology.