Library link dump

School libraries - making a difference

This page has been superseded by the Serious Fun Blog.  Three school librarians, including myself sharing the things we find which might be useful to other school librarians.  Go have a look!

Interesting library readings and links – a personal storage facility, sort of thing.

Fab blog about using Evernote from the Chronicle of Education accessed 5/6/10.  Article titled Take a moment to collect your thoughts.  As I use Evernote sporadically I found this really useful for thinking about how I might use it better.

Web 3.0 by Kate Ray.  Great Prezi about the future, it is on Tame The Web.  Need to go check out Kate Ray’s stuff.  Brilliant for thinking about where I’m going with this whole web thing.  Must practice with Prezi.

The DDC is Killing our Libraries. Article by Christopher Harris, interesting stuff.

“If we have to teach our library classification system to a student, we blew it. If our users have to think about it, we blew it. If we have to spend weeks teaching students how to use DDC we certainly blew it. DDC does not, in any way, prepare students for success in college or in a career. As such, it is something that we cannot teach any longer. Let me repeat that. We cannot – indeed must not – waste our time teaching anything that cannot be shown to have a direct impact on the preparation of students for success in college and careers.”

There is a lot of interesting stuff in here, and in times when you are trying to get the best out of the time you have in the library and the resources you want to offer, and indeed when I’ve been shocked and stunned that students are arriving at high school with no inkling of DDC, like at all!!! Then maybe you start to reflect on whether they do need it.  Or indeed knowledge of contents pages and index pages.  He isn’t saying we don’t need a system, he is saying we need a new system.  And the other day as I shelved a whole bunch of military history stuff that came in from the Year 13 who have been doing lots of war history stuff and I had to shelve the Victoria Cross guys in the 300s and the rest in 940.54 I thought, how crazy it was.  I guess that is his point.  You wouldn’t expect to find all this stuff separated out in a Google or whatever search but in a library you would.  Will continue to ponder.

Daniel Pink is hot right now!  I have just read Johnny Bunko about a guy who is stuck in a boring job and doesn’t know how to get out of the rut.  Told in Manga style it is brilliant.  About working to your strengths and looking at your talents when planning your career.  There are 6 rules of career planning including number 1, there is no plan.  I have his other book A Whole New Mind but haven’t read it yet, but tonight I have watched his 10 minute video, available on the blog link above but here is the direct link to it.  This and the TED talk (which I haven’ seen yet) are connected to his new book called Drive.

The CISSL report: School libraries, now more than ever: A position paper of The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries

Oh my! This presentation by David King is so entirely excellent.  Wish I had sound for it but the images alone, and the ideas, are stupendous.  It is from Slideshare and was posted on Freak Out, Geek Out, or Seek Out: Trends, Transformations, & Change in Libraries David Lee King Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

This morning (4 July ’10) on National Radio Chris Laidlaw interviewed a number of people on the subject of Loving our Libraries.  It made excellent listening and although I missed the very beginning of it, it is recommended reading.  Here is the link Here is the blurb from the webpage:  New Zealand once held the record for the most libraries per capita in the world, and the public library continues to be one of the most popular facilities provided by local authorities around the country. Ideas explores the changing face of libraries in New Zealand with Green MP Gareth Hughes who is campaigning against the introduction of user-pays in libraries; former chief librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library Jim Traue, and Wellington City Library collections manager John Stears.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose

Read.  Opening the Book, Finding a good read by Rachel Van Riel and Olive Fowler – one day I am going to buy this book.  I love the first line:  Reading is a creative act.  That is so true.  She had brilliant ideas about marketing and promotion of libraries and having heard Rachel Van Riel talk a couple of years ago, much of what she said still rings true to me and I am still implementing in our library.  You have to sell your services like a bookshop.  Market like bookshops do.  Learn from what they do and apply it to your library.  She is blimmin good.

Boys and Literacy, Practical strategies for Librarians, Teacher and Parents by Elizabeth Knowles and Martha Smith, published by Libraries Unlimited.  Interesting stuff within.  Haven’t had time to read enough yet though and it is due back at the library today.  Will get it out again.

3-D Displays for Libraries, Schools and Media Centers by Earlene Green Evans and Muriel Miller Branch – this is too dated now to be useful to me, published in 2000 I thought I might pick up some ideas for my diaplays but meh.  No.

Watched talk about 25 things about Google that you did not know it could do. A talk at ISTE by Howie DiBlasi Talk goes for an hour.  I’m about 15 mins in at the moment.  Word doc to go with it. 6 July 2010.

Presentation by Kent Fitch at National Library of Australia Innovative Ideas Forum NLA-IIF-Resistance-is-futile – NLA Innovative Ideas Forum 2010 Resistance is futile: how libraries must serve society by embracing cloud culture, the end of the information age, and inevitable technological and social trends.  Watch the Prezi hereListen to the presentation here. You want the Kent Fitch one.  I think this is currently my presentation of the year so far.  I watched and listened to this a couple of months ago but it is one that I need to revisit.  Lots of Ahhh Haaaa moments. And thanks to Miriam for the link to this.

Marianne Lennox posted this on her blog.  The top ten social media competencies for librarians This is interesting, how many of these do I use, can I explain and do I intend to investigate.  It comes from The Lone Wolf Librarianexcerpts the Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians by Dean Guistini:

I’m going to work through this list over time.  I feel a little smug at times so maybe this exercise will be good for me,

Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians

  1. Understand, explain and teach others about the main principles and trends of web 2.0 (and library 2.0)
  2. List major tools, categories and affordances of social networking sites
  3. Apply social media to solve information problems, and communicate digitally with users Okay, I’m onto this one.  I believe in the power of communication to solve marketing, promote, disseminate and communicate with target and wide audiences.  This I am right into.  So this is your Twittery, FBy, Bloggy, Deliciousy continuium.
  4. Use social networking sites for promotional, reference and instructional services in libraries
  5. Navigate, evaluate and create content on social networking sites
  6. Follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others online
  7. Explain copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites to colleagues and user communities  This I am rubbish at! I am so rubbish at copyright, need to do more in this area.  Security, yes this I can do and tied in with privacy I could speak about that.
  8. Understand the importance of identity and reputation management using social media
  9. Explain related terminology such as collaboration 2.0, remix and open source
  10. Renew social media competencies, advocate for institutional strategies and policies and build evidence base in social media

9/8.2010 Getting old now but this is such a good article.  Things that keep us up at night. By Joyce Kasman Valenza and Doug Johnson — School Library Journal, 10/01/2009

“The future of the school library as a relevant and viable institution is largely dependent on us and how quickly we respond to change.”

Transliteracy anybody?  This from Ross Todd on Twitter tonight.  9/8/2010 “A great article “Transliteracy: take a walk on the wild side””  Have saved it for later reading.  This subject is very hot right now.

Sonya Hartnett – Australian author of lots of magnificence gives the 2010 Edmond Barry Lecture.  Listen to her talk on the importance of place.  I recently read Of A Boy by her and was so impressed.

Gradually working my way through the Horizon Report.  Lots of interesting things to process here for school librarians in New Zealand.  Probably it should be compulsorary reading for us all.  Here is the link to the Critical Challenges.  This is pretty much were I see my work to be using one of my least favourite phrases ‘going forward’.  It’s a big job but some librarians out there gotta do it!

Young People Give Google, Other Top Brand Search Results Too Much Credibility, Study Finds – no surprise there, but if you want proof, and an idea of what we are dealing with then this makes interesting reading.  And join that together with this one  Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google seems like we are singing from a similar song sheet to me.  See the post on the main page

Library Grits is a blog I follow religiously. Diane McKenzie runs a fab library in Hong Kong and I am well impressed with the work she does.  This post though contains some well worth it PD from a session she went to with Ulla de Stricklands  you can listen to the podcast in sync with the slideshow.

Secondary Artifacts blog.  This is a brilliant slideshare about boring presentations – or how not to do them.  I think I may have just created one myself.  Hmmm but I am certainly going to use his tips next time. I’ve embedded it below in the end cos it wouldn’t download.

Oh yes, an interesting time to be a librarian, this is a prezi from the Daring Librarian about advocacy entitled Shine a Light On Your Professional Future.  Interesting use of Prezi and as I am a bit of a fan of the article by Joyce Valenza and Doug Johnson that it is based, I enjoyed the refresher.  5/9/10

And now bring on the competitive marketing folks.  Here Amazon take on the iPad.   Having tried out a KOBO the other day I am now seriously interested in these things.  My friend Peter has an iPad making him the coolest fellow I know by far (sorry other male friends) but he isn’t into letting mere mortals run their hands over it yet.  I’ll be ready when it is my turn for a go on it believe me.  I’ve read so many reviews of these things and I think lustful thoughts about them all the time.  With the price of them going down, the KOBO is now on special at $249 and now I see the Kindle on special they are getting closer to being a gadget I want with passion.  Or do I?  My trusty iPod is loaded with videos – hard to watch on it’s tiny screen but perfect for audiobooks when I am painting and gardening.  Sigh….  What to do?  I will wait.  That is what I will do.  I am waiting.  Didn’t say I was waiting patiently did I.

Please watch Cory Doctorow on Copyright, eReaders, Apps and so much more on the Meanland blog.  It is interesting, arresting, controversial and relevant.  Love the bit about Bono!  Cory is the man!

If I could I would do one of these  Partnership for the 21st Century Webinars, it is the timing thing.  They are on when I am sleeping, and I need my sleep.  However the presenter bear further investigating for sure.  Will do more of that later.  These are a bit like window shopping.  You see lots of things you want to buy/do but you can’t – a little frustrating but you find out new stuff and can add things to your wish list.

Drapes Takes – fantastic thinker this guy.  This post is particularly relevant to me at the moment.  We have been part of an ICT PD contract and have all been PDd  Also as part of those who try to share knowledge in school, and watching how the PD delivered by some of our staff members is looked at by those who don’t fully engage/buy into the programme. 14 October.

Larry Ferlazzo has such excellent links.  This one is Learn it in five.  Videos to teach Web 2.0 tools in 5 minutes. 19/10

1/11/10  Interesting slideshare presentation here from Lauren Pressley called Finding our students at their point of need.  I think it is mostly aimed at the tertiary sector but there is lots for me in here too.  It comes to me from the fabulous Information Literacy meets library 2.0 which consistently gives great blog.

This is possibly the biggest Ah Ha moment of the year.  Have I said that already this year, probably.  Buffy Hamilton you are a school library goddess and I can only aspire to be 5% as good as you. But this posting right here is the bees knees.  Watch the video below and realise that maybe if you are running some kind of Info Lit programme then maybe the kids are listening.  Yes it is American stats they are showing but I think you could probably say the same for here.  I might just repost this on the main page as well in case it gets lost on here in the backblocks of the link dump.

This just in.

I have a bit of work to do in this area, the spaces need a bit of tweeking and because the library has just had new computers added and we are going to be running the research skills thing next year all year I need to have a think about what goes where to get the best out of the space.  Looking forward to checking this out later, a quick browse has already got me thinking.

Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration. This e-book represents an ongoing exploration as we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success.

13/12/10  The 4 most valueable lessons learned in 2010.  By Librarian by Day

This is a great meme that is doing the rounds, as they do at this end of the year.  But from this woman I am learning to be a better librarian, and maybe even a better professional. Bobbi Newman is one of my faves.  Mostly because she really makes me think, about me, about the library and about issues surrounding the library.

Lesson 1:  Not everyone is going to like you – this is so true.  I guess with the kind of personality I have, relentlessly tirelessly obsessed with things library it can be irritating.  I want to do it right, I don’t want mediocrity and I am striving to do better.  But I know that this can irritate.  I want other people to do things right in the library and I know that makes some people feel uncomfortable when they are challenged on their procedures and it can certainly alienate staff who are used to a meek little person not challenging their practice, but sometimes their practice impacts on my practice and therefore we all need to be singing together.

Lesson 2:  Admit you are human.  Twice this week I have admitted to fault, and it is only Monday!  I have so much stuff I could do better (see above).  I’m thinking that if I am going to be in this job forever – seems possible, then I need to tackle things bite by bite.  Next year:  Research skills – that is my target, a co-ordinated programme for year 9.  That is a big job, but it is a start, and I admit here now that I have a ways to go.  Research required.  It isn’t right the current way, can we get it righter next year.

Lesson 3:  Don’t take things so personally.  I think this is a hard thing to learn.  It is hard to decide that a perceived slight is not personal, it is just the way some people do things.  Probably this is about communication, maybe if people got better at communicating (and by people I mean me) and assumed less, then it would be that some of the things you think are a slight are actually not.

Lesson 4:  Ignore the assholes.  And this is a goodie, because sometimes the people you perceive as assholes are actually not they are just not good at communicating (see Lesson 3).  I guess you make your choices, you spend time with the colleagues and friends you choose to, sometimes the game changes and those that you thought were all on your team suddenly aren’t.  You could confront them, but that is just too hard, I think the best idea is to draw some distance and carry on doing your thing and hope they don’t come after you.  People also change.  I’ve been reminded of this a couple of times during the year.  Relationships with people change.  You just have to decide to move on, ignoring them should they become an asshole.  Not much you can do about it anyway.  I think that in the professional world people become difficult for a number of reasons and when the game changes then they will move on and the relationship can be rebuilt.  Or self interest means they have moved on and left you behind.  Oh well.  As my Mum always says :Plenty of fish in the sea”  but actually plenty of cool professionals to work with who are not Assholes!

20/12/10  A quick scoot around the blogs tonight has taken me to the wonderful Diane McKenzie’s Library Grits blog which I always read when a new post comes through, but this one here is timely.  I am about to do the bibme thing with lots of classes next year and integrate it as part of the research skills thing we are doing for year 9.  This great post is well worth a read if you do ‘research skills’ and you are interested in getting a better buy in from your staff.  Thanks Diane

QR codes.  I’m keen to have a go with these, as android phones become more and more common here – even I can afford one, the boys at school are likely to have them too.  I have the app for reading them on Andy (my android) and have used it quite a few times most successfully.  Next project make one for my blog!   This page has lots of useful stuff on it but the thing I’m most interested in is the one on QR codes.  I found the link from here on the CMIS evaluation blog (which I deeply love even though it is in a time of flux at the moment, lets hope it stays).


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