Down the library path Bernadette Bennett, Kerry Gittens, and Lynette Barker When you are working with like-minded people sometimes the planets align and between you clarity can be achieved. The Hunter region has always had a strong professional body of Teacher Librarians (TL), gathering in small groups by region, education sector, and at the annual MANTLE conference. In 2006, the Hunter's TLs at the local Diocesan schools formed a group to create a Diocesan Information Skills strategy and accompanying programming guide that would provide consistency across the Diocese. The NSW Department of Education and Training's Information Skills Process (ISP) was used as the basis for creating the guide. As time progressed, changes occurred that started a few of us thinking about the model: There was increasing discussion about Guided Inquiry and Inquiry models, with a focus on Inquiry in the incoming National Curriculum. Connect and Wonder What do I already know? Discover and Learn Where can I find this information? 1. 2.
O. Exercises & Handouts - Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking! Additional Useful Sites Active Learning Strategies, Western Washington University. Links to many useful sites, arranged in categories: Active Lectures, Case-Based Teaching, Motivation and Engaging Learners, and Problem-Based Learning. CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments. 2015. Creative Techniques2011. MERLOT II: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. 2016. The Inquiry Page Based on John Dewey's philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner, we use a spiral path of inquiry: asking questions, investigating solutions, creating new knowledge as we gather information, discussing our discoveries and experiences, and reflecting on our new-found knowledge. Each step in this process naturally leads to the next: inspiring new questions, investigations, and opportunities for authentic "teachable moments."
RDA new cataloguing rules Why new rules, and what has it got to do with me? Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the cataloguing standard being introduced to replace Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR2). National Library of Australia has announced that it will implement RDA in early 2013 (Australian Committee on Cataloguing n.d.). Cataloguing standards Catalogues have been a core part of a library’s activity for centuries, assisting individuals to locate information to suit their needs. AACR2 is the current standard for creating bibliographic descriptions and added entries. Need for change Along came computers, keyword searching and innovative and interactive ways to display search. Putting the user first RDA has been developed with a clear focus on helping users find, identify, select and obtain the information required. Records will become more understandable to the user, through a simplification of the rules in RDA. no more Latin abbreviation like et al. What now? References Renate Beilharz
UNESCO launch Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) have launched their Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy. Their strategy aims to being together the fields of information literacy and media literacy into a combined set of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for living and working in the 21st century. Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information – since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content. Visit UNESCO’s website for more details, including translations of the Five Laws graph in French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese.
Inquiry Learning In some ways trying to answer this question is like trying to answer the question "How long is a piece of string?" However it is a very important question for any school implementing Inquiry Learning as a school-wide approach to consider. Different people will have different ideas, and different 'experts' will all push their own theories and ideas. It would be foolish to think that I would be any different, so the following material comes with an 'Opinion Warning'. The ideas expressed here have been formed over seven years of working with schools as they implement Inquiry Learning. I believe there are a number of aspects that are essential to be considered as you form your own answer to this question. Goals: What is you purpose or goal for implementing Inquiry Learning as a classroom approach? The two most common reasons I hear for implementing Inquiry Learning are "As a means of curriculum integration" and "Developing independent learning skills in students". Curriculum Integration:
Building World Knowledge: Motivating Children to Read and Enjoy Informational Text Click the "References" link above to hide these references. Chall, J., Jacobs, V., & Baldwin, L. (1990). The reading crisis: Why poor children fall behind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Cooperative Children's Book Center (2006). Duke, N., & Bennett-Armistead, V. Kagan, S. (2009). Marinak, B. & Mazzoni, S. (2009). McGinley, W. & Denner, P. (1987). Mohr, K. (2006). National Assessment of Education Progress. Pappas, C. (1993). Pearson, P.D. (2003). Schwartz, S. & Bone, M. (1995) Retelling, Relating, Reflecting: Beyond the 3R's. Snow, C., Burns, S., & Griffin, P. (1998).
Teaching Information Literacy Now Last week, a new study from Stanford University revealed that many students are inept at discerning fact from opinion when reading articles online. The report, combined with the spike in fake and misleading news during the 2016 election, has school librarians, including me, rethinking how we teach evaluation of online sources to our students. How can we educate our students to evaluate the information they find online when so many adults are sharing inaccurate articles on social media? While social media isn’t the only reason for the surge in fake news over the last 10 years, it’s certainly making it harder for information consumers of every age to sort through fact and fiction. As articles about the Stanford study get shared around Facebook, I have two thoughts. One, I have to teach this better. In follow-up lessons, we use the CARS strategy to evaluate other websites in order to rank their usefulness. Rethinking how we teach evaluation Read laterally. Keep it non-political.
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The Librarian of the Future | Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries Who do you think “Librarians of the Future” are? How would they behave and what would they look like? In my imagination they are like a space hero, a Flash Gordon-like figure with almost magical cyber librarian skills nobody ever had heard of. But hold on – many of us practice such skills already. Every time I listen to some of my colleagues from abroad I’m deeply astonished about the diversity of tasks they perform, the services they have invented, and the kind of non genuine library task they manage. Authority for tablet computers, e-book readers, and respective apps (medical as well as productive). The demand for such sophisticated tasks is extremely high and often faculty members regard librarians as skillful experts for many of these tasks, as the computer scientist Daniel Lemire noticed: So I think that librarians should move on to more difficult tasks. It is my sincere hope that librarians will always be open for such honorable expectations and never fail. References Like this: