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The Library Voice

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We Need Librarians More Than Ever – John Spencer – Medium It was about five years ago when a boy walked up to me and asked, “Hey Mr. Spencer, can you talk to the district and see if they’ll open up the library over the summer?” “I don’t think they can,” I answered.

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics Infographics are a great source of information and make reading information from the computer screen much easier, but just showing students an infographic and telling them to study it isn’t the most effective way to exploit the medium. Creating your own infographic tasks can be time consuming though, so in this posting I’m presenting a number of generic ideas that should work with a number of types of infographic. You can use these ideas with students to help focus their comprehension of the information and give them clear goals for engaging with the information in the graphics. I’ve used a selection of these tasks for the infographic based collection of lesson plans I’ve published for

Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World About the Book | Why Free? | Download | Participate | Other Formats | Videos | Reviews | Tell Us How You Use It Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what are they about? In Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World, David Lankes, winner of the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, walks you through what to expect out of your library.

Brain Teaser Worksheets - Printable Brain Teasers These printable brain teasers will help build vocabulary, creative thinking and logic skills. They're great for kids who need an extra brain-charged challenge. Click on the the core icon How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, with guest Jackie Whiting, Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, presented in the webinar, “Personalizing Instruction Through the Library,” hosted by and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources. Michelle and Jackie discussed how the library can personalize instruction through assessing, reading, learning, and making. Assessment of students can be done to discover any areas that may require more instruction. The New Canaan High School Library uses a database to keep track of the work done with students, enabling them to keep tabs on any students in need of extra help. They also have a “text the library” service, which allows students to anonymously text questions to the library.

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students. While this research (and this book) are not specifically focused on school libraries, we are the ideal place in our schools to encompass all six types of learning spaces in one location.

13 Point Checklist 2009 Last August, I put out a draft/revision in progress version of this document. I appreciate the feedback I received. Here is the final? Monster Corner Bookmarks (and Owls!) With Father’s Day coming up, we thought these fun monster bookmarks would go down well.. the best thing is – you can make any design you want.. it doesn’t have to be a Monster Corner Bookmark, but you could make an Alien, an Owl a penguin and bear… and lots lots more.. the the imagination be your limits! We are actually going to make this simple Origami Bookmark in Pip Squeak’s reception class (4-5yrs olds) in a couple of weeks time. It will be interesting to see how they rise to the challenge of basic paper folding techniques.

Why personalized learning should start in school libraries With personalization a growing initiative in schools, the library may not be the first thing educators think of as a resource. However, according to Michelle Luhtala, library department chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Jackie Whiting, librarian at New Canaan High School, the library is often the best place to look for personalizing instruction through assessing, reading and making. How Libraries are Personalized Learning Hotspots 1. By the Brooks: Anita Brooks Kirkland Flip Your Library Orientation Super Conference 2016Anita Brooks Kirkland & Carlo Fusco Basic library skills are perfect subjects for short, engaging online videos, available at the point of learning, be that in the library, the classroom or at home. Having a bank of these videos has the added benefit of freeing up face-to-face time for deeper collaborative learning experiences. Let’s learn how to flip your library orientation! Why Flip?

Chronicles of a Library Crony On the trip home, I re-lived some of the #AASL13 conference highlights, but am relieved to be back in the north Georgia mountains! I always love the pace of AASL, the exhibit hall frenzy, the tours and dinners, the author Meet-and-Greets, the book signings, the smorgasbord of sessions, meeting great new friends, but so much activity is packed into such a short time. It is impossible to do it all, even though AASL provides eCOLLAB to help us all catch up on what we missed. I attended a great Library Media Connection Advisory Board meeting with Marlene Woo-Lun, Gail Dickinson, Nancy Everhart, Doug Johnson, Vi Harada, Judi Repman, Terry Young, Carl Harvey, Matthew Winner, Shelly Glantz, Sabrina Carnesi, and Audrey Church. We toasted Gail Dickinson’s achievements, and those of Carl Harvey and Nancy Everhart, as well. The board considered the direction of the magazine, print and electronic, and brainstormed future topics and possible new columns and features.

Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries Jump to navigation CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries revised in 2012 to include a section on e-books! CREW: Addendum on e-books addendum to CREW 2008 edition Teaching Resources:Weeding with the CREW Method