Sunday, June 28, 2009

Great ideas for Bookweek 2009

If you're looking for resources for Bookweek 2009 don't miss Sharon McGuinness' Book Safari

August 22-28

Evaluating Websites

Show this to students before they commence their research. Suits stage 3 up.

Evaluating Websites - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

CC Mayer and Bettle Animation | Creative Commons Australia

Library 2.0 Surviving in a digital world

As education changes the school library must change as well. The library can no longer be only a place where students find information.
Now they must also be taught the correct way to evaluate and use it.
Digital Natives also have a different learning style. The library today must face those challenges in a creative and meaningful way.
Here are a few ideas we were successful with this year in my library.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Teaching notes for books.

If you are searching for teaching notes for books from Kinder to year 12 try here
These notes may be reproduced free of charge for use and study within schools.

If you are looking for books to support certain topics, such as Environmental Issues, Death and Bereavement, Planet Earth, try here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

K-12 Links4Learning section coming soon.

Libraries and Librarians Group - August 2005Image by libraryman via Flickr

Colleen Foley has informed us that NSW DET Schools Library are providing a K-12 Links4Learning section in the Web Enquiry/My library.

This will be live for start of Term 3 (hopefully last week of this term). The links will include clickable links for Info skills, Reference and KLA topic links, starting with topics for Stage 5.

There are some great opportunities for teacher librarians. I suggest:
*teacher librarians ask to have one of the laptops asap to enable them to support student and teacher use

*adjust your Web Enquiry front page with messages about library and teacher librarian support; the Links4Learning will be delivered
for you in Web Enquiry; we'll provide the SCIS numbers for you to do the related website SCIS orders easily

*we will publish some practical ideas for supporting digital Information literacy; if you have suggestions please do not hesitate to let us know

*more info in Current in last Scan, also in forthcoming Scan and on our website soon.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Decluttering? Tidying Up? Renovating?

Recycle old card drawers.
I have found these old card drawers great to store all sorts of goodies in.
I would even like to take them to my new library.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

If older kids can't find books that enthuse them- Try this activity-

Enthuse your students to read through:

Book Pass: The Power of Choice!
Reading Activity trialled by Murray Hill Middle School

Teachers & Media Specialists: For more information about the Book Pass: The Power of Choice! activity visit our Wiki for the annotated lesson plan, activity sheet, a reading list, PowerPoint and more!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Darien Statements-Future of Libraries

Where did they come from?

What started out as an event at Darien Library called “In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries” at which participants were instructed to “come prepared to help sketch out the role librarians should play in defining the future of libraries” provoked a conversation that spilled out across the ensuing week..

The Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians
Written and endorsed by John Blyberg, Kathryn Greenhill, and Cindi Trainor

The Purpose of the Library

The purpose of the Library is to preserve the integrity of civilization.

The Library has a moral obligation to adhere to its purpose despite social, economic, environmental, or political influences. The purpose of the Library will never change.

The Library is infinite in its capacity to contain, connect and disseminate knowledge; librarians are human and ephemeral, therefore we must work together to ensure the Library’s permanence.

Individual libraries serve the mission of their parent institution or governing body, but the purpose of the Library overrides that mission when the two come into conflict.

Why we do things will not change, but how we do them will.

A clear understanding of the Library’s purpose, its role, and the role of librarians is essential to the preservation of the Library.

The Role of the Library

The Library:

  • Provides the opportunity for personal enlightenment.
  • Encourages the love of learning.
  • Empowers people to fulfill their civic duty.
  • Facilitates human connections.
  • Preserves and provides materials.
  • Expands capacity for creative expression.
  • Inspires and perpetuates hope.

The Role of Librarians


  • Are stewards of the Library.
  • Connect people with accurate information.
  • Assist people in the creation of their human and information networks.
  • Select, organize and facilitate creation of content.
  • Protect access to content and preserve freedom of information and expression.
  • Anticipate, identify and meet the needs of the Library’s community.

The Preservation of the Library

Our methods need to rapidly change to address the profound impact of information technology on the nature of human connection and the transmission and consumption of knowledge.

If the Library is to fulfill its purpose in the future, librarians must commit to a culture of continuous operational change, accept risk and uncertainty as key properties of the profession, and uphold service to the user as our most valuable directive.

As librarians, we must:

  • Promote openness, kindness, and transparency among libraries and users.
  • Eliminate barriers to cooperation between the Library and any person, institution, or entity within or outside the Library.
  • Choose wisely what to stop doing.
  • Preserve and foster the connections between users and the Library.
  • Harness distributed expertise to serve the needs of the local and global community.
  • Help individuals to learn and to use new tools to create a more robust path to knowledge.
  • Engage in activism on behalf of the Library if its integrity is externally threatened.
  • Endorse procedures only if they guide librarians or users to excellence.
  • Identify and implement the most humane and efficient methods, tools, standards and practices.
  • Adopt technology that keeps data open and free, abandon technology that does not.
  • Be willing and have the expertise to make frequent radical changes.
  • Hire the best people and let them do their job; remove staff who cannot or will not.
  • Trust each other and trust the users.

We have faith that the citizens of our communities will continue to fulfill their civic responsibility by preserving the Library.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

This link could save you ages searching...

School Libraries and Information Literacy links
Internet sites linked on this site support aspects of the professional and collaborative work of teacher-librarians. They include some intranet sites that only NSW Departmental schools can access.

Research Skills

Have you discovered Research Skills, Ergo, State Library of Victoria

"Research seems pretty easy – read a few books, visit a website or two, find some quotes and your assignment is on its way, right? But good research actually takes a bit more work."

This site provides students with a step-by-step guide to show you how to chunk research tasks into manageable parts, and much more.

School Libraries and Information Literacy

On this site it has :
ISP K-6 overview: Planning support: linking syllabus outcomes, information skills and ICT

The table provides access to sample ideas related to Connected Outcomes Groups (COGs) units for each phase of the information process. It supports collaboration with teachers on related units of work.

Worth checking out!