Friday, December 12, 2008
Right now we have about 18,900 points. Our goal is to earn 50,000 pts by the end of the school year. If we reach this goal I will be in the dunking booth! (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Also we now have 4 millionaires in the Millionaire's Club. I mentioned this in a previous post. This club is for students who read a million words.
We collected enough Box Tops for Education to earn over $300 for library! Each box top is worth $.10 so that's a lot of box tops!
We collected 106 pounds for the Ronald McDonald House charities. We were second place in the Valley. Hopefully we will bring in the most by the end of the year and receive a presentation by Ronald McDonald.
So did that sound busy enough? I am ready for the Christmas break!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We set up 3 centers at the library. One group chose a book and watched an animal movie for 10 min., the second group went online to Encyclopedia Britannica's Learning Zone to learn about animals around the world, and the third groups had a coloring sheet appropriate for each grade level (connect the dots animal, animal riddles, animal fact sheets, etc.) Soon I hope to post a slide show with 280 slides of our celebration.
This year I have had some issues with PowerPoint. On one occasion, I worked all weekend on a PowerPoint presentation. When I got to school I tried to use my USB drive and for some reason the school laptop would not read it (although it works on every other computer I have tried.) I tried to email it through gmail. Alas is was so big it just kept loading and never attached in the email. So I gave up :-( and the students didn't get to see my powerpoint. If I had known about this website 280 slides, perhaps I would not have had this problem. You can go on this site and create your slideshow using tons of themes, links to pictures/ videos, etc. It is similar to PowerPoint, so don't be worried about learning to use a new program. It is pretty easy. Finally you can save your finished product as a PowerPoint Document or save it directly on the 280 Slides website. This eliminated the hassle of trying to email your finished product or using a USB drive. Another option, you can embed it in your website/blog.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Now I just need to think about how to best spend this money.
My morning went awesome. No problems...in fact one class did not show up due to heavy rain. They were trapped in their portable outside. Then at around 1 pm my daughter (who attends school at the same campus) was sent home by the nurse. So I had to leave early. The library closed in the afternoon, since neither I nor my assistant were present. And you know...things didn't fall apart! I couldn't have asked for a better day.
Especially since, my daughter was not really very sick and felt better by that same evening.
Wow...this week has been crazy busy. I found out on Monday that I could be having a special presentation on Tuesday at my campus. I was very lucky to have Jungle Jim come to our school to talk to our students about a variety of animals. Monday zoomed by as I went from grade level to grade level training teachers during their conference periods. At the same time I came up with a schedule of shows for Jungle Jim. Tuesday arrived and it was lots of fun. I am including a picture of me holding a snake from the Jungle Jim Show.
On Wednesday, I took the top readers for the 2nd six week on a trip to see Sue the T-Rex at the University of Texas Pan American. We also got a tour of the campus, saw the planetarium and went for a picnic lunch at the park.
On the same day, back at the campus my wonderful SPECTACULAR assistant took care of our six weeks cafeteria party for all the students who met their Accelerated reader goals. At the cafeteria party we had 9 stations, including: face painting, snack bar, dance off, bingo, musical chairs, etc.
Thank goodness...it all went really smoothly!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. Having them be helpers...works sometimes only.
2. Seating them apart... they yell across the library :-(
3. Seating them outside on the bench for a time out (the door is open so they can be monitored)...they refuse to move and it becomes a battle for me
4. Asked for the teachers help (some teachers will keep difficult students or sit in with them or offer advice)...the teacher basically told me "try having them all day!"
Their disruptive behavior includes: putting others down, talking back, being loud in the library, rough housing, not following library rules, talking while I'm talking, etc.
I'll report back next week to see if their meeting with the counselor today made a difference.
1. Only one students can edit the page at a time. (Maybe this sounds obvious, but I didn't realize.)
2. 30 minute schedules in the library are not really enough time to get much done on a wiki.
3. Kids love the idea of writing online!
4. I need to be very organized.
5. Maybe 5 students per library visit will be able to edit the page...one at a time.
6. It would save time to have a one user name for the session of 5 students, rather than one per child, since logging in and out is time consuming.
7. I want to do this again, but for book reviews.
8. I did a trial run with one class and now other students are interested in using the wiki.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Before becoming a librarian I didn't realize that Texas libraries have standards. This is kind of like the rating a school gets for test performance. Libraries can be unacceptable, acceptable, recognized, and exemplary. Our campus is currently at the following ratings in my opinion:
(Status coming soon.)
I plan to present my findings to my campus principal so we can set goals to improve our rating. My campus is an exemplary campus for test scores, so I am pretty sure my principal will want our library to be exemplary as well.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
You can buy her book online at her website...or simply browse all the links for the Bluebonnet books by clicking on the Library link on her homepage.
On a side note, at the conference I ran into my junior high librarian. She said she recognized me when I volunteered to read for a reader's theater (those are included in the manual too!) It was really neat to have her recognize me. I told her I have always liked to read and she said, "Yeah I remembered that about you!"
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I just love google! While I was checking my gmail account tonight I stumbled upon a link in gmail to librarian t-shirts at Cafe Press. I am including a couple of shirts I found funny. Well, I could only get one to link. Here is the direct link to see more shirts. Be forewarned som are "racy."
What a fun idea! I also found this wiki with some great ideas for technology integration in the education field. I haven't gotten a chance to explore it thoroughly yet.
I also checked out Valenzia's wiki called bookleads. I am so impressed with the setup of the page. I really like Glogster. I have to try that out. Valenzia reviews Glogster and Sproutbuilder here.
I was so excited this week...I got my new name tag that now says "Librarian." I can't help but be super happy about it.
Also, I had the sweetest thing happen yesterday. I went to my mailbox at work and I found a letter inside from a student. It said something along the lines of "Dear Mrs. Marquez, I came to the lidrery yesterday and my password wasn't working. You tried to help me, but coodn't. You said I needed a new passward. Can you please get me a new passward ASAP? I like to test a lot every day. Sincerely, ___________ rm. #, teacher's name"
It was so cute that this second grader wrote to me in form of a formal letter. I replied back in a formal letter and thanked her for her patience with the delay. She came over after school ended yesterday excited to get her reply letter. It was really nice.
I had my first "Parent Time at the Library" on Monday, Oct. 6th from 3:15-4:30. It was a great success. In fact we had more parents than seats and my library has about 50 seats! I had lines waiting for AR testing and lines waiting to check out. I think it went really well. At the end of the day though, we had 3 large book carts of books to shelve! Oh, my it was overwhelming. On the following day, we closed the library and worked on catching up on the shelving. I am so SOOOOOOOOO lucky to have a dedicated volunteer who comes daily for about an hour to help me shelve. Also I have a college student who will be coming all week for half a day each and every day to help us organize the shelves. She has already gone through the entire fiction collection and made sure they are in correct alphabetically order! In addition, and I feel like such a lucky lady, my principal saw the overwhelming amount of books we were shelving and got us some extra help. Everyday for 40 min we will have someone come in the morning to help us shelve.
Did I mentioned I fell in a new librarian sink hole? Well, not literally of course but I was called by a vendor who will remain nameless to see if I would like to preview their new books. It was the first week of school. She said I could look over the boxes and if I liked what I saw I could get together the
I am proud to announce that I finally got all $10,000 of new books out on the shelf yesterday! WoooHooo! It took me so long to process all of them because they needed to be color coded according to how our library is arranged. Each book has a color code indicating their AR reading level. In addition, I really wanted each book to have the quiz id number inside so students could easily find the coordinating AR test. I know that AR sells little labels with this information, but I was not the person who placed this huge order and I plan from this day forward to order everybook with an AR label attached! Who has time to be writing on each and every book?
Monday, October 6, 2008
This year I am working hard to make our reading program, Accelerated Reader, more fun for our students. AR is pushed really hard at our school. Each six weeks the top 20 in each grade level are rewarded with a field trip. In the past, the students went to a pizza restaurant every six weeks. This year, I thought I would mix it up and change around the field trips. Here is my tentative plan:
1st 6 Weeks-Pizza Place
2nd 6 Weeks- Sue the T-Rex (We have a T-Rex skeleton on display at our local university. )
3rd 6 Weeks- Quinta Mazatlan (An urban forest and wildlife preserve)
4th 6 Weeks- Chuck E. Cheese (Brand new in our area)
5th 6Weeks- Mr. Gatti's Pizza- build your own pizza event
I will post more about our library incentives at a later date.
During a librarian's meeting a while back I got to visit the book mobile by Escue and Associates. It was fun scanning all the books I was interested in. It was even funnier when they sent me my wishlist and I saw that I had chosen about $10,000 worth of books! I already started comparing what I want with what we have and I am narrowing the list down. Also I uploaded our collection to Perma-Bound and it is neat to see the collection analysis they have online. I plan to print that out at school today and analyze it more thoroughly.
I know I want to focus on a couple of areas: 4th-5th grade novels (especially 5th) since there are not that many novels for this group and they are having to use 3rd grade novels to supplement. I also was to increase our number of books about the arts, because that is one of our smallest Dewey sections. The challenge I am having is whittling down the list but still focusing on my target areas and still getting a little something for everyone.
When I get it ready I will post how many books in each category I ended up purchasing.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wow! It has been a busy week! I had my first overwhelming week this past week. I think that is pretty good. I made it until the last week of the six weeks before I felt stressed out. (I know I said week a bunch of times LOL.) Well let me break it down for you as to why I was stressed out.
Last Friday I was out all day at a Library meeting and I was already getting behind at the library.
Monday I arrived all excited about getting the week off on a good start and I found out at 8am that I would be having a professional storyteller visit the school and I needed to organize that. Well, of course I jumped at the opportunity! How neat!
I quickly made some banners to welcome her, rushed from class to class inviting the teachers, got my camera ready and then proceeded to work on Tuesday's stuff. The storyteller arrived. I posted a video in a previous blog. She was wonderful! I had a great time and I know that kids did too! When she was done I continued getting ready for Tuesday. I needed to prepare for a huge library ceremony for the winners of our summer reading contest. I needed to work on decorations and laminate.
I was out all day decorating the auditorium with the other librarians. By 3:30 I went to pick up my daughter for the ceremony (she was the winner for 2nd grade...I'm a proud mama!) We had to rush home eat and shower and return by 5:30. The decorations were all taken down by 9pm.
I got to school all excited about having time to work in the library and I found out I was administering an online test to all 3rd-5th graders! Okay so I organized the testing documentation and then supervised the testing.
More testing...ALL day!
Librarian Meeting...ALL day! I returned to campus at the end of the day and worked until 5:15. Then picked up my daughter from daycare.
I went to school to run end of the six weeks reports and process some of our new books that are still in boxes.
Needless to say I feel a little more caught up, but it looks like another busy week. Did I mention that in addition to all that I made DVDs for the Summer Winners of a slideshow of pictures? They came out super nice. If I could figure out a way to post them on here I would. Well, that's another project to tackle at a later date.
I am feeling more optimistic tonight. Tomorrow I am back on the wagon and going to give it my all! Do I still love it? Yes...is it lots of work? yes! But, I feel I have found my niche!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Students in Pre-K, Kinder, and 3rd grade enjoyed Mrs. Davis' performance on 9/22/08 in the library. I had a great time too. She is a wonderful storyteller. The students were actively involved with the presentation. Her first story was a tale of friendship about a girl named Selida who has a beautiful necklace. Some other girls trick her into throwing her necklace into the ocean. When she realizes her mistake she dives in and swims to the bottom. She sees an old woman covered in sores and hideously ugly. The old woman tells her that she will only help her if Selida licks all the sores on her arms. Selida is very good hearted and wants to help so without thinking twice she licks the old hag's sores. Immediately the old woman turns into a beautiful woman. She gives Selida a necklace full of precious stones and takes her back to land. When the other girls see Selida's new necklace, they become jealous of her and jump in the ocean to find their own! (Mrs. Davis asked me to participate as one of the mean girls and a few other teachers played parts too.)
When they swam down to the bottom, the old hag swallowed them up. The mean girls begged her to let them out. They tickled her stomach until she finally spit them out. The mean girls immediately went to Selida to ask for her forgiveness. After a few weeks, Selida decided they were sincere and decided to forgive them.
The kids and I had a super time!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
To the tune of the Hokey Pokey
You put your shelf marker in
You take the book off the shelf
You take a look at the book
and see what it's about.
You do the bookey lookey
and you see if it's just right.
That's what it's all about.
***I found this song online. I don't know where it originated. You can view a video of another librarian using this song on TeacherTube. (Well of course now I can't find it anywhere on teacher tube!)
In addition I talked about how to decide if a book is just right. I will be out all day tomorrow at a librarian meeting. I think I might be coming in for half a day on Saturday to work on getting the shelves in order. I noticed since the first week back that the books were not in order correctly. All sections, but especially the nonfiction. I really never get a chance during the day to work on this so I plan to go with my kiddos to the school Saturday and see what I can get done.
This week was also a great week for me. I had two students tell me today that they thought working in a library would be a fun job. I said "I am really enjoying it."
I have really been feeling blessed with my new job. I absolutely LOVE working in the library. It is so busy I find that I never really catch up. I have a wonderful parent volunteer who helps me shelf for an hour each day. Also my library assistant is a life saver! She helps me with classes when the teachers need me for technology issues since I am also the classroom instructional technologist (CIT) on campus.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- Overview of library rules/ procedure
- Signed library contracts
- 1st-5th checked out books
- PK-K watched a video
I went to the district office and got to take a picture for our librarian calendar. You heard me right! We have a "Wild About Reading" theme calendar this school year. I got to pose with a book on my lap and my hand in the air like I am petting a wolf (which will be Photoshopped in later.) The background is a winter woods scene. I am thinking I will probably be the December or January picture. I am excited to see the finished product and I plan to post it here as soon as it is ready.
Being a librarian is keeping me on my toes. It has been a fun challenge to balance all the tasks I am in charge of. This week I had my first teacher training. I met with staff members after school on Wednesday and I walked them through updating their web pages. I had a large turn out. In fact, I didn't have enough copies or chairs to accommodate everyone who arrived. I will hold another session this Wednesday to reach the remainder of the staff members.
On a personal note, my daughter was really sick and I have had to be out of the library. It is not any fun to miss work so soon in the school year. The good news is I had already prepared about 4 weeks worth of lesson plans. The bad news is that the books are piling up that need to be reshelved. My baby is sleeping here beside me as I balance my college homework, this blog and a personal life. Mostly I am just very happy that her fever has broken. She has had a fever off and on since Wednesday. Did I mentioned I am already sick too?
I know it will be a good year, when all I can think is I am so lucky to have this job! I just love it so far. It is definitely a big change from being in an 8th grade classroom. Oh...also my daughter Haille won the Summer Reading contest for her grade level (2nd grade)! I am super proud of her and I just had to brag for a minute!!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
For those of you within a school network you can also view this video at:
I enjoyed watching this video about the laws of how to copyright correctly. I am already thinking about how I can use this with my students in the library and teacher trainings. In a way I wish I could use this at the middle school level with students. I think it goes pretty faster for elementary kids. Overall, I thought the producer/ creator did a great job. I also kind of wish it came with a transcript since some of it is hard to follow. Check it out and tell me what you think!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Today I had a chance to make my first screencast! I know some of the staff at my campus need tutorials on our email system. So when I was asked today about how to attach a file to an email I thought: "this is the perfect time for a screencast." I decided to download a program from Wink. It was sort of user-friendly. I watched the included tutorial first and that was helpful. My finished product came out well. I didn't have a microphone so I included textboxes with notes. My main problem however is now that I am all done I am unable to embed it or link it in my school webpage.
After I arrived home tonight, I thought: I should have emailed the file to myself to see if I could do the link at home. Alas...I thought of it too late. It really consumed a good amount of time. Tomorrow I will have to try some more. In the meantime I made a print version of the tutorial until I can figure out how to upload it to the webpage.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
After viewing this tutorial I was able to make a poster advertising our summer reading program. I am super excited to print it out and hang it up at school tomorrow! The best part is that is was so easy to do. What is a little funny to me is, I was looking at a poster the previous librarian made which used four sheets of paper taped together. I was thinking...how did she do that? Oh well...and then today I discovered this. PERFECT!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Our library coordinator recently mentioned to me that she was once told that librarians are always just sitting around at the computer (with the implication that they either 1. didn't do anything; or 2. were probably "playing" around on the Internet.) She said she replied by saying something along these lines: "Look at this beautiful library. All those books don't get there by osmosis."
I suppose that is what I mistakenly thought about the circulation system. I guess I always thought that the names were already "in" there so how hard could it be to start the year. Now I know. In my case, our school district is changing student ID numbers this years so that means a patron by patron update of ID #, grade level, and teacher. Not only once mind you but twice...since I have to do this for both Athena (our circulation system) and Accelerated Reader. On Friday I decided I had to leave by 5:15 p.m. since it was the weekend and my family needs me. As of right now I am not finished entering in student data into either program. Regardless, I will be opening the doors to students on Wednesday. Students will not be checking out books until 9/1/08.
I am really enjoying my campus so far. My library aide is wonderful. I couldn't have hoped for a better person to work with. Also all the staff members I have met have been wonderful to work with. The principal provided lunch for us on Thursday and Friday which was a really nice change from my previous campus. Lunch was delicious. I realize this is maybe a little off topic, but I had never tried Jason's Deli's chicken salad. It is a very tasty combination of white meat chicken, pineapple and almond. It also came with a cranberry, macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin cookie that was irresistible.
I was pleased to decorate the library this week. I removed all the old posters and put up some new (non-faded) kid friendly decorations. I also added a Dr. Seuss welcome sign to the front entrance. The library is ready for the students on Monday! Hooray!
I recently read on LM_NET a list-serv for librarians about an idea for handling interruptions during library lessons. A fellow librarian suggested using quiet tickets. She said she first explained that when you drive too fast a police office gives you a ticket. In her library she does the same thing with quiet tickets. She makes laminated "Shhh!" cards and gives them to the student who is interrupting. This first time is a warning. The second time...another warning. They get the chances before getting a note to their teacher/ parents. I plan to implement this in my library. Hopefully I will be able to make my "Shhh!" cards this weekend for use in the library next week. I will definitely post an update with how it all turns out.
Let's see...what else...my mind is racing to say the least. I am overloaded with new ideas, new people, new programs, just everything new. Oh I know...let me leave you with this quote I heard on Friday:
Experience is what you get, when you don't get what you want. --Dan Standford
I just had a chance to check out MyHeritage an online geneaology tool. It is very easy to use and has a popup guide to help you along the way. In a matter of minutes I was able to enter in my parents and grandparents as well as my husband and our kids. I liked the optional email feature which allows people who you are including in the family tree to view it and add information to it. There is also a search feature which allows you to see if there are any matches for the names you have included in your family tree. When you are ready, you can easily print out your family tree. This is a fun tool for geneaology buffs.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Bright Summer Readers 2008 from Amy_DZ on Comiqs
I am really excited about using this website to promote my library. It is easy to use and has a picture library through Flickr using copyright free photos, or you can upload your own. If you haven't tried it out yet, I highly recommend it.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Lulu is a publishing tool for aspiring authors. What I found especially cool about this site is that it has a section for teachers/ students.
Here's the dish (directly from their site):
"If you're in grades K-8, Aspiring Authors will help you create your very own book. Have your teacher register your class on Lulu and start writing your original story. Each student that completes a book will receive their first printed copy for free."
I will be definitely be looking in to this to use with our fourth graders especially since in Texas 4th grade is tested in writing on the TAKS.
This is probably one of the best activities on 23 Things in my opinion. I liked seeing all the best web tools in one place at the Web 2.0 Awards Site. The first I decided to explore was SpanishPod. They have a pretty cool set up to help you learn Spanish through podcast/ mp3, lessons, etc. The free stuff on this site consists of podcasts. For $5 per mo. you can get a little bit more and if you're willing to dish out even more $$ then SpanishPod has lots more to offer. I went ahead and subscribed to the Spanish podcasts for free to see what SpanishPod has to offer. I am trying hard to improve my Spanish but I am on a budget.
I signed up for Google Docs a while back when I set up my igoogle/ calendar. I must add that I have been using igoogle as my homepage and I ABSOLUTELY love it.
Now back to Google Docs. One thing I like is the ability to save my documents online and no longer have to rely on my pen drive. I didn't like that the formatting was not the same when I uploaded it to Google Docs. I also liked the variety of templates available such as this scrapbook. There is also a template for a credit card payoff calculator. Not that I need to use that as an educator but for my personal use that is pretty cool. I liked the business cards template. There is even a teachers/ students section. In addition I like that the templates are organized by type: document, spreadsheet, presentation. I think I will definitely be going her for templates.
Another option for online productivity tools is OpenOffice. I decided not to download this program at this time. Right now I am not using my personal computer and to me it is sort of a hassle to have to download it to try it out.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I started back to work on Tuesday. I felt like I got quite a bit done. First and foremost I want to thank the previous librarians. Whichever one(s) of you were sooooo organized...it is much appreciated. I discovered that in the storage closet there are clear plastic boxes perfectly labeled with each month's name and decorations were inside. There were handmade curtains and other misc. items. Wow! That is SUPER! Along with the help of my new library aide, who came in to help even though she is not being paid I might add, the library is starting look ready for students.
I got about three weeks worth of lesson plans done. I made a nifty checklist to have my library aide use for each week to help me prepare the lessons. I will attach it here later. Right now it is at school and this site is currently blocked. (Although I have already requested that it be unblocked.)
Yesterday, I found out I am the Campus Instructional Technologist (CIT) for my campus. This I am excited about. I really enjoy technology. I started working on my library webpage and the school home page. Right now I am looking around at other campus websites to get some ideas for how I can improve our school site. Next week I will attend a training session for CITs to help make sure we are familiar with software/ hardware issues.
Let's see....what else? Today is my first meeting with the library department. I will get to meet all the other elementary librarians. I can't wait to get jazzed up about all the new things we are doing this year. Did I mention they are providing lunch? That's perfect because right about now I am broke.
I have to send out a great BIG THANKS to Dee Lopez, my library mentor, for coming on Tuesday to my school and showing me the ins and outs of the Athena program. It was so generous of you. Every new librarian should be as lucky as me to be taken under the wing of a veteran librarian.
It's about 7:20 a.m. and I need to go to drop off my daughter at daycare and then off to the meeting. Wish me luck ;-)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here is what I hope to accomplish:
1) scheduling of classes
2) shelving new books
3) becoming familiar with Athena
4) finding out exactly what my library has to offer
There is much more to do, but I guess I will just have to see where this leads me.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
That is where this tool comes in handy: JohnJohnson's Flickr CC Search Toy. Not only can you search for creative commons images on Flickr. This website will help you embed the picture you want from Flickr along with an attribution. This is definitely going to be added to my bookmarks. The image below is my first attempt at using this new "toy."
Well, I felt a little frustrated by the last post. I want to figure this Wiki thing out and to be quite honest I love technology and I dislike the idea that I can't make something work for me. So this morning I spent some time getting to know PBWiki better. I looked through their tutorials and informational whitepages and came across Mr. Lindsay's wiki. Wow, he did a great job. Since, at times I am not that creative...I needed to see a site like this to help me visualize just what can be done with a wiki in the library. (Although Mr. Lindsay's wiki is for his classroom...not the library.)
So here are some of the things I'd like to have in my library wiki:
- Help desk- for library issues and tech issues
- to do list - for me to list things I am working on
- about the librarian
- about the wiki
- student blogs
- teacher blogs
- lesson plans- so parents can see what their children are learning in the library
- book reviews- students can collaborate here to recommend books to each other
- resources for educators
- cool stuff for kids
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Okay, well I kinda get wikis and I kinda don't. I keep looking around for a really good example to inspire me to use this in my library. Just about everyone has used Wikipedia. An online reference tool that allows users to contribute their expertise to the topics of their choice. It is a really neat collaborative tool. Wikis are that way. A meeting point that allows users to contribute to defined subjects. In the classroom/library, we can set up topics and allow users to contribute. I guess I am uncreative, because I have a hard time picturing what I would have students contribute about.
Then I found this wiki about booktalking. I went ahead and logged in (the password is booktalk) and I posted a review of a realistic fiction book. I think I am starting to get this now. I like the idea of collaborating with other people who share a common interest with me.
I also really liked Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki.
Something new I learned is that Wiki means quick in Hawaiian.
How to be a librarian 2.0:
- plan for your users
- embrace web 2.0 tools
- question the necessity of new technology
- evolve and change as needed
- plan for the future but don't take too long to decide
- use popular web features to promote the library- google, MySpace, Flickr
Friday, August 8, 2008
In addition, Diigo has groups you can join such as this one for k-12 librarians.
Within this group, I browsed the bookmarks and found this helpful article on 100 free library 2.0 webinars and tutorials. How cool is that?
Here we go again. This is the third time I will try to post this. I don't know why...but for some reason the web just doesn't want to hear what I have to say about Del.icio.us. I was introduced to this social bookmarking site a while back. It is pretty neat. You can collect all your bookmarks here. You tag them and then the website keeps track of everyone's tags. What I found most useful is you can search these tags and find for instance what others have bookmarked with the tag "librarian." I found this article titled 17+ Things to Do with your online photos. Also useful is the fact that you can allow others to use your bookmarks by giving them your web address. For example, mine is http://delicious.com/Amy_DZ. Although right now I only have a limited number of bookmarks. I could see this being useful to link to my school library webpage so others could find bookmarks relevant to elementary school librarians. I feel conflicted about whether to transfer all my bookmarks over to Del.icio.us. On the plus side, we can access Del.icio.us within my school district network while others are often blocked. On the negative side, I just set up my iGoogle homepage with my bookmarks organized just the way I like. I may just be lazy but I am truly enjoying my iGoogle homepage and I like being able to access my RSS feeds, bookmarks, email, news, etc. all in one place.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Kinda neat right? I haven't explored all 17 items listed in the blog I mentioned above, but something I like about Picnik is that you don't have to sign in to get an account. You can if you want to, but sometimes it is just overload to register for all these internet sites and I appreciate the choice of whether to register or not. Overall, there were some really neat effects from basic to zany. You just upload any picture you have or you can play with their samples. You can make your picture black and white or sepia, add a border, add text. Lots of fun. I think this would be fun to use on my library website.
I liked what one blogger wrote (though I can't remember who...think brain...think) that blogger friends understand what it is to maintain a blog. You can relate to them in different ways than your nonblogger friends. I have developed some friendships based on blogs and forums that I might not of ever made. This is all possible through commenting. SO I should take my own advice and get busy posting already!
Library Thing is a lot of fun!
Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
I thought I'd start by making something useful for the library. Above is a library day reminder.
Made with free image tools @ TXT2PIC.com
I got this idea from the DIYLibrarian's site. I had not seen this before, but now that I look around a little there are so many people who have participated! Such a cool thing to do.
Here is how you can get involved:
- Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
- Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
- Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.
Here's my second try:
I just couldn't help but make more than one!
I learned in this activity how to search for blogs. Google Blog Search is probably one of the easiest way to do this. Also I registered my blogs on Technorati...yes I said blogs. I also have a great blog called ReadItUp! where I review books for the library. (Check it out if you have a chance.) By the way registering your blog on Technorati is super easy. Except for some reason I kept getting logged out of Technorati, but I think that has to do with my cookies or something.
Technorati also allows you to search for blogs which are categorized, but I didn't see education as a category which was kind of disappointing.
Some cool sites I found were: DIYLibrarian and FreeRangeLibrarian
Sunday, August 3, 2008
"From this time forward, you'll hold the title:
Uber Cool Non-Nerd"
I think this will be fun to use in the library to make posters advertising new books or to have students generate their own wordles about their favorite books.
I just got finished creating a Google Reader account. It is so convenient to be able to collect information from all the blogs I read in one place. Also I think it is super cool to be able to share my favorite posts. Here is a link to my shared items. I think this will help me stay organized since I won't have to search all over the place to read all the things I am interested in. It will be especially useful to me in terms of professional growth (library/ technology related). I think it will be useful at work to help me share useful blog posts with a direct link from our library's webpage.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Some new features for me were:
- Google Notebook- a neat way to collect information and access it from anywhere.
- Google Advanced Search- I tried a search for librarian powerpoint and came up with a presentation about Library 2.0
- Google Scholar- I liked that this allows the user to search scholarly journals
- Google Picasa- This was okay, but I really like Flikr and photobucket
- Google Alerts- This seemed interesting to me but I can't think of something that I search for regularly that I need email updates on. Hmmm...I'll have to think about how this would be useful to me
I think students would really like being featured in motivational posters that are hung around school. Make your own at http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
I just got finished playing around over at http://www.flickr.com/ . It is almost impossible to stop looking at so many interesting pictures. Especially their Interestingness feature, which allows user to explore the most unique and interesting pictures Flickr has to offer. Also there is a link to creative commons pictures like the one pictured to the left here. This will allow me to search for pictures that are not copyrighted which I can use in project, presentations, reports, etc.
Recently I was able to use about twenty pictures to create a book review of the book Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby. I compiled some images from Flickr using PhotoStory and incorporated some narration to create a booktalk on this book. I hope to post it later today. So far 23 Things has been a great learning experience for me. I can't wait to get to the next thing!