Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Infographics assignment

It's time to venture into infographics with high school students.  I'm currently brainstorming about what kind of assignment this would work best with.  Maybe IB Language Culture???  We'll see...

This is the site I am considering:

Are Librarians Still Important? article from Scholastic

One of the best articles I have seen this month!  It is worth a read.

Are Librarians Still Important?

TeacherLibrarian - my fav professional journal

I have to laugh when people think I have time to read at work!  HA!  Of course, I skim new materials as they come in....but I don't actually take the time to read a book or magazine/journal cover to cover at work.

So, I still subscribe to a paper *gasp* journal, so that I can stuff it in my purse or bag and take it with me wherever I go.  I've whittled down the number of professional journals I subscribe to, to 1.  I wish I could read more, but there are just not enough minutes in the day for me to be able to accomplish this goal.

TeacherLibrarian is what I read.  Click here to see it.  The articles are written by degreed and certified librarians in the US and Canada.  Some articles are written by well known PhD's in the field.  It's all relevant to what I do every day and I think it's important for me to keep current in the field.

I was just thinking about this because I have made the decision to get rid of the textbooks I used in my Library Science classes.  They are getting a bit outdated and I don't really refer to them anymore.  They were a good foundation, but in order to keep up, I have to read the new stuff.  But, MAN, were those textbooks expensive.  I should have sold them when they were current and worth something.

Information Literacy Issues

I think this is a good infographic for parents and teachers to understand the role of a school librarian.  While website evaluation is introduced to the 9th graders, it takes the full 4 years to really understand it.  I think the nature of the IB Curriculum is to question and analyze all sources in all classes.  I'm glad that the IBO values the importance of school libraries being the hub of the school and the center of the curriculum.  Schools that get rid of librarians are getting rid of the expert in information literacy skills.  It's a big job to teach students how to evaluate sources of information and it takes more than 1 class period to develop this skill.

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers

I have to say that I didn't know UNESCO published anything for school librarians.  I just skimmed through the document and there are many relevant activities in there.  There is not much time left in classes for me to get into the different types of Media.  I also would not really consider my Master's degree to have encompassed elements from a Communications and/or Journalism degree.  Library Science is not media studies.  But "access to knowledge"...that is all me :)

I'm definitely going to make some time to read this document.  It's on the list.

UNESCO Media and Info Lit Curriculum for Teachers

Extra busy today :)

Our IA Seniors are working on finishing up their Group 4 projects.  They have taken over the Tech Center and Library.  It's been a very productive week for them :)  Good Luck!

Amazing libraries...

I found a blog posting through one of my listservs that has pictures of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.  I think I agree and I would LOVE to work in one of these.

The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Looking for inspiration :)

When we have Professional Development days, we try to start with a short "inspiration."  People usually volunteer to lead.  I always try to have a backup when no one volunteers....just in case.  So, I found this video.  Clearly, I am a little late as it has over 5 million viewers, but it is still worthwhile to watch and save for a future PD.

It IS inspiring to watch.