Posts Tagged ‘school libraries’

I sense a theme!  Earlier today I skyped into the BCTLA conference in Coquitlam, B.C. to talk about school libraries and participatory culture.  In a few minutes, I will be skyping in again to share some ideas for how school libraries and teacher-librarians can use technology to build a school-wide reading culture.

My entire presentation is a LiveBinder, which is available here: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=225482

Thanks again to the BCTLA for inviting me to participate in this year’s conference.


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I had the great privilege of presenting a session at today’s BCTLA conference in Coquitlam.  Although I was not able to present it live, I delivered the presentation via skype and was grateful for the opportunity to spend some time with great BC teacher-librarians.

I put my slides from today’s talk onto Google Docs for easy access.  You can see them here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dnKJCnVl4b0lKNjanSVCQSx4OS3JZZART8W16rP6vW8/edit

I have also made the handout available through dropbox.  The link is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6uzn9bx6dgufbi/School%20Libraries%20and%20Participatory%20Culture%20Handout%20%28OCT12%29.docx

Finally, I recorded the talk using a screencasting tool and the resulting video (including a few technological hiccups) is available here: https://ecast.srv.ualberta.ca/Podcasts/degroot/BCTLAParticipatoryCultureOct12.mp4

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Last week I was asked to do a short, introductory presentation on Evidence Based Practice for a group of Quebec school library staff.  The presentation slides are available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BDKPuiVE_fAWgxlonh5M-2GmLeKeTGV0vKOJdb7CZgc/edit 

To supplement the presentation, I also created a LiveBinder of resources related to the topic. The LiveBinder can be found here: http://www.livebinders.com/edit/index/379283

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I have the great pleasure of presenting to school library personnel from around the province of Quebec who will be attending the MELS Library Symposium.  I am presenting the same talk on both days–the first day to elementary school people and the second to secondary school people.  All these library staff members work in English schools from across the province and they will be coming to Montreal to connect with others in the library world.

I will be speaking about participatory culture and what libraries can do, both online and offline, to support their students and teachers.  The handout for my session can be found here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B26FVFyG1P7lcnJyWGhMT05Udmk4TlpJSG5LellkUQ

I have uploaded the slides to Google Docs and they can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1EXw6nc_fTGrXF17YDbc3vX-yFPk41LlnUucgejW06uY/edit

What ideas do you have for incorporating the new skills associated with participatory culture into your school library program?  Please share your ideas in the comments!


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ALISE '12 LogoI returned last night from Dallas, Texas, where I attended the annual conference of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE).  Dallas was a fun city to visit and the conference was very good.  It was great to connect (or re-connect) with colleagues and ‘talk shop’ over lunch, dinner, and drinks. I attended sessions on supporting adjunct faculty in LIS education (presented by Dr. Sandy Hirsch from San Jose State University) and a panel about using new technology to support distance education courses.  Dr. Hirsch’s talk was particularly interesting because she provided us with an overview of two new studies on adjunct faculty in LIS programs that spoke to my own experiences as an itinerant professor.  One thing I found interesting was that most adjunct (or sessional) faculty in LIS programs tend to have full time jobs and teach courses ‘on the side’.  Less than 20% of adjunct faculty (according to the study) make their living teaching for one or more programs.  In this session we also talked about issues related to mentorship, teaching online, remuneration of adjunct / sessional faculty, and ways to improve communication.

I was fortunate to be part of a panel presentation through the School Libraries SIG entitled “Four Perspectives on School Librarian Professional Development”.  This session was one of the best conference sessions I have attended in a long time.  Renee Franklin Hill (from Syracuse University) shared findings from a recent study about how teacher-librarians are prepared to support special education teachers and special education programs in their schools. Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Maria Cahill (from Texas Women’s University) presented their research about the kinds of professional development opportunities available to teacher-librarians from conferences.  Then, Dr. Moreillon discussed another study about the importance of teacher-librarians’ role as instructional partners.  Finally, Jennifer Branch and I then presented our research about professional development opportunities for Canadian teacher-librarians, based on the national survey we conducted last year.  We focused particularly on the school and district level PD available, as well as the ways in which teacher-librarians are building and maintaining personal learning networks to support their informal PD needs.  I was really thrilled to be part of this panel and to meet such interesting and dedicated researchers.  I look forward to being able to read more about these research projects and share the findings with my students in future classes.

Now that this conference is done, I am home for a few days to catch up and recuperate and then beginning to look forward to the Ontario Library Association’s SuperConference early next month.

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