Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ideas from Jan/Feb 2012 American Libraries

Sister libraries: I love the idea of partnering with another school on projects and collaborating on ideas. However, since most school libraries are staffed by a single (and often not even full-time) person these days, it might not be that practical in terms of site visits and classroom observation.

Privacy issues: Joseph Janes points out that Facebook is increasingly being used to sign in to other services ... what are the implications for your online identity?

Copyright issues: Neal Starkey calls for copyright reform: putting the "fair" back in "fair use." I just barely touched on the issue of intellectual property with my 5th graders last week. In this digital age, it's a much thornier issue now than it used to be. Who "owns" an e-book?

Digital Learning Day: Scheduled for February 1, this event is "designed to celebrate innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging, and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get needed skills to succeed in college, career, and life."

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults: I didn't know this list existed! Although I've listened to many that I think should be included ... Where was "The White Darkness"? Or "Jellicoe Road"? Separate post for the ones I was happy to see on the list.

Creating displays: Alan Jacobson recommends adopting a "Red Box mentality" ... patrons don't tend to get excited about his (and my) thoughts that "displays can be used to highlight the dark corners, the neglected, the otherwise obscure gems, with librarians affording patrons the serendipitous discovery of a new favorite ... "

World Book Night:
"A giveaway of one million books to underserved readers across the United States on April 23."

$ave $teve: Financial literacy is literacy too!

Graphic novels: On the waiting list for "Graphic Novels in Your School Library" by Jesse Karp. Here's an article he wrote back in August about their value. We don't have that many at Halliwell ... I just bought Amulet 2-4, and several kids are already on the waiting lists for those. I need to add more to the collection, but I need to learn more about the ones for upper elementary v. high school.

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