If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, a new American Library Association (ALA) award. ALA is currently accepting nominations through Tuesday, April 15, 2014, for this award. The prize consists of $3,000 along with a $1,000 travel stipend to ALA’s Annual Conference, an odd, symbolic object from Snicket’s private stash, and a certificate. The nominee must be a librarian. http://www.ala.org/tools/lemony-snicket-prize-application
Many students don’t really mind finding information. What they mind is keeping track of their sources. New methods like Google slides allow them to “snip” the information and the URL into the same slide. Later the slides can be moved around as needed – with the citations embedded. Brilliant! Watch this video shared with Tip of the Day by Peg Becksvoort for details: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/02/using-google-slides-to-organize-research.html
The kids will still have to write the paper, but they’ll have the bibliography ready to go.
Copyright is a daunting set of rules – but librarians are up to it. This Copyright Friendly Toolkit is just what the doctor ordered – check it out: https://www.smore.com/f677-a-copyright-friendly-toolkit
Thanks to Sara Kelly Johns for this tip.
Google is asking students to create doodles based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place.” One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Applications can be submitted by parents, guardians, teachers, and after-school programs. Deadline for submissions is March 20. www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html
Try a Book Tasting! Stack books on the tables to be “tasted” in 5 minute chunks, 5-6 titles in the course of a class period . Dorcas Hand has personal experience with it. Twice. The first time, she offered grade 8 older titles, high school titles. It was a big hit. The second time, she offered nonfiction – narrative nonfiction like Marc Aronson, Tanya Stone, Jim Murphy. Readable, interesting, funny, graphic, sports, history, science, a bit of everything – no “lunchables” (a Marc Aronson term). Anything that didn’t scream “report resource.” The last period of the day, I overheard the teacher tell the students that he had been pretty dubious when he realized what titles I had pulled, until he started looking at the books in the same five minute chunks as the kids. “The books are really good,” he declared – “Have fun exploring.” And they did – and the books have been circulating. Even some of the nonfiction.
Submitted by AASL Advocacy Committee
The Oscars are approaching! Do you have any future Steven Spielberg’s, Peter Jackson’s, or Tim Burton’s in your classes? Encourage their creativity with one of these five movie making apps recommended by Edutopia: edut.to/1h2gK1R
Your students are your best advocates! Keep their stories on hand to share with other stakeholders. For example, these stories were recently shared on the AASLForum email list…
From Sara Kelly Johns:
Some students realize after they graduate that they are better prepared for college and life because of what they learned from librarians. I treasure the student who rolled her eyes at me through HS and then came in for a returning-students assembly just before Christmas and told the juniors, seniors and administrators that what Mrs. Johns “made” her do in the library was the difference in her success during her first semester.
For you to get that reaction from a current student is “gold,” an anecdote you can use and an advocate for your library program. YES!
From BJ McCracken:
Recently a student inadvertently highlighted both the need for certified librarians and the gap in understanding of what we do within the school. Topics near and dear to our hearts. She was working on her senior research paper, and she asked me if it was bad that she found me more helpful and easier to understand than her teacher…okay, that was a ‘stop and think carefully about your answer’ moment…I responded that different people have different skills and that English teachers are not trained researchers like librarians, which is why we have librarians on duty in the school. I explained to her that librarians have a specialty degree that allows us to help other teachers and students with research problem areas, with how to phrase searches, and with explaining the process using the terms and techniques that work well for each individual. I also told her we are the faculty members who make sure the materials are there for the projects and are trained in how to use those materials. She walked away with a new understanding…then she began telling her friends that librarians are research specialists and we know how to make things easier. Learning Moment: The fact it took until her senior year is a problem that my partner and I need to address. Her response highlighted the lack of understanding many have of our jobs and of what our purpose is within the school. On the silver lining note, students can also become our best advocates to administrators…I smiled to myself as later I overheard her telling an admin member about how cool it is we have specialists in research and how much easier it is when they explain it. YES!!!