Feed, Tag, Research: Remixing for School Library 2.5
Presented by a Who’s Who Panel in Library 2.5:
Joyce Valenza. Cathy Nelson, Carolyn Foote, Anita Beaman, Diane Cordell, and Kim Cofino
So you think your world has changed? Drop in and see how this international line-up of school librarians have embraced the tools and rethought what it means to be a librarian and have a library.
Librarians are the school CIO
- We need to lead from the center.
- We need to partner in the information landscape.
- We need to communicate with our learners in remote ways.
- We need to lend digital flash drives, digital cameras.
- The library should be a place to go for anything you need in terms of knowledge.
- We need widgets and gadgets and an amazon-like business model that allows us to subscribe when we need it.
- Students don't know what the databases they need.
- We need to make them available to them as they need them and be able to set up RSS feeds to receive the data.
- Think about information in a bigger way
- News is not just in English and Western.
- Collection includes the knowledge that our students give us.
- How do we gather that together and make it available for others?
- How do we organize the students' work and insure equity?
- How do we ensure equitable information access and delivery? See Intellectual Freedom for Youth by Annette Lamb
- Engage Ethics- making sure that everyone in your school is aware and that they also contribute not just use it.
Changing Your Perspective
- Using the tools for professional development
- Using the tools for Parent workshops
- Think about working with an administrator differently.
- Principals may not be aware what the library is there for.
- Maybe the library needs to look at how they market themselves.
- What do you want from our school librarian?
- Are we sure what the mission is for the campus mission?
- How can we help them?
- How can you be transformative and be a change agent?
- The key is advocating for students first not advocating for the library or the program
How to be Popular with Your Principal
- Share, share, share
- Figure out how your principal learns best? Just like you would with the students.
- Podcast, summarize and highlight
- Email a link, read a book, send a youtube video
- Be there- be at meetings, be a resource
- Be a partner, not a judge. If you are judging you are not working as a parter
- Share your campus success stories.
Think of Yourself as a Corporate Librarian
- Read principal blogs, journals, etc.
- Think of your librarian as innovation central- be the person for innovative creative thinking.
- Focus on the big picture - on the whole campus, not just the library.
- All the new web2.0 tools are just a new way of interacting with others
- Create a shared vision.
- Do ongoing workshops.
- Embrace technology yourself.
- Think about ways you can start leaderless organizations to empower others to do the same.
- Change the way you see yourself!
How to Reach Out and Get Others Involved
- There are too many choices- need to help others change in small ways
- Need to expand the SPACE that people are operating in and the mindset they are bringing to the situation
- Engage other teachers as co-learners
- eliminate the stress others feel- make them comfortable learners
- Step 1- interview them- What are you doing now? What do you think might need revamping or change?
- The tools need to support the content
- Reassure people that everyone is an expert
- Don't come at them with a lot of vocabulary that they do not understand
- Use word that the learne can identify with
- Narrow the choices and help them select
- One size does not fit all
- If the old tools work better than you don't need to do something
- You are a help point- be there physically to help them out
- Age doesn't matter- encourage lifelong learning
- Have fun- play with things, don't be afraid to fail
- Celebrate success
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