Monday, February 22, 2010

LIS 568 Week 7

This week in LIS 568, the topic of Collaboration was discussed and how it plays an important role in a successfull School Library. When I first discussed this topic for one of my other classes (LIS 585), I have to admit I was scared. When you are first starting as a Library Media Specialist, none of the faculty and staff will know you. You are fresh out of the boat and in order to collaborate successfully with a fellow faculty member, they have to see what the library is capable of and most importantly how your teaching will impact their assignment. From talking with current SLMS, I was able to get the notion that your first year will have some difficulties but then as the years go on, it will become natural.

This discussion thread asked "Whether or not we should use blogs, wikis and other online tools in our library?" Before starting this class, I knew what a blog was but never wrote one myself, and I had no clue what a wiki was. I thought a wiki at first believe it or not, was a shorter saying of wikipedia. From Sue's class wiki and her exercise every week for us to write our own blog enhances the practice of using these tools and having the confidence and ability to not only use them in our library but, teach how to use them to students.

This week our collaboration google docs paper is due with our groups. I am very excited to work with the girls that I am assigned to and from reading their discussion threads and seeing the sites they posted on diigo, I know that they will bring a lot to the table. I was unfamiliar with google docs until I did my field experience at West Middle and how the SLMS uses google docs to send tasks and awards to her student library aides. Now, I am using google docs a lot and can't wait to see what this assignment will take us on what constitutes an effective, successful library website.

Thank you for reading the Week 7 post and look for more to come in Week 8.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

LIS 568 Week 6

This week is on internet safety and how the internet because of its accessibility brings caution to online writers and publisher such as ourselves. Having a computer and communication background, my knowledge on copyright and liability is strong. It brings back a memory I had when one of my friends asked me to help out with the Student Activities Commitee's presentation of Thank You For Smoking in promotion of drug free week. Because this was being shown in front of a massive crowd with admission charged for fundraising purposes, we had to call Fox Searchlight and find out how we can get the movie cleared to be shown at the school. Fox searchlight in the long run said no and the movie ended up not being shown.

A lot of comments in the discussion board this week reflected how we would handle a copyright infringement act being played at our school. From an awareness standpoint, our role is crucial! It is our job to be proactive to increase awareness to ALL members of the school (students, faculty, administration, staff etc.). From an enforcing standpoint, I am slightly uncomfortable as one of my classmates put it as "saying freeze to someone and accuse them for copyright infringement." I think that is the job of administration since they are at the top of the hierarchy but as SLMS we are still being leaders while increasing awareness and making the situation known to administration.

I did sign up for my I-Safe account and I look forward to doing all there is to get my certification. Sue mentioned that after we have received our certification, we should put it on our resume immediately due to I-Safe being a strong component of our background to attract employers that will hopefully help us get hired for our dream job.

We also found out our groups for the library website and I look forward to working with the girls I am with and no matter what the result is, I will try to give it my best and gain as much experience that I can in constructing a solid, stable, consistent and most importantly effective website. Thank you for reading and I will see you next week to see what else is in store!

Monday, February 8, 2010

LIS 568 Week 5

This week was all about Searching and Communication and how it affects the school library media center. The important tool the library has that provides both searching and communication is the automation system. To those that aren't familiar with automation systems its the program where you can type a multimodal resource (book, video, database etc.) and it will tell you whether or not the library carries it or not.

We were asked in the discussion thread "What will be your ideal library tool? What will it include? How will it impact? I made a visit to West Seneca West Middle and during my field experience almost the entire West Seneca District and they all use Follett Destiny as their automation system. Follet provides the students with Destiny Quest which is appealing to the eye and very direct with searches and keeps track of all the library statistics such as collection management, library transactions and overdue materials. Follet provides it all without having to spend the extra money for another system to do that.

Also from an administration standpoint, Follet does not provide a feature to manage the library budget. Another system has to be purchased in order to fulfill that function. If there was only one automation system that fullfilled all the requirements of a stable library, then extra money would not be spent saving the school tons of money for other resources such as online databases, computers and other multimodal resources that can be available to students.

Automation system were really intriguing and crucial in running a consistent, well functioned, stable library system. I was waiting for a long time for this to be brought up and had quite some fun exploring the different databases from different districts and exploring Follett Destiny a little bit more as well. Until next week, stay posted and keep reading!

Monday, February 1, 2010

LIS 568 Week 4

This week in class we discussed Information Literacy and Information Communication Technology and how to implement it in the School Library Media Center. Sue demonstrated this lesson by giving us a webquest to follow. Before this lesson I was fairly familiar with webquests but haven't done any further research on them. I downloaded the webquest onto my desktop and reviewed it in powerpoint and the setup I thought was going to be confusing and I'd be lost on the first slide but it actually was easy to follow and an interesting tool. One section in particular titled "task" and the task was given as follows; "You are the new teacher-librarian in the school. It is your job to integrate TL/ICT skills into the curriculum. A teacher has asked you to collaborate and help them include IL/ICT into their next lesson. You are using this webquest to learn what you need to know to successfully integrate IL/ICT into the curriculum."

When I saw this task at first, I panicked and looked back to when I took LIS 585 and how much time we spent on talking about collaboration and how it could make or break your career as a SLMS but the webquest provided excellent advice including attending the right meetings. Sue defines the "right meetings" as curriculum team, technology, and curriculum mapping to name three reason being that they are influenced on what the collaboration is taking place and its an opportunity to know how your collaborating teacher sets lesson plans and an opportunity for her to know how you plan.

Also on the webquest, there are two examples given of certain webquests on subject areas including math and science. One webquest I looked at was on Jurassic Park and I was blown away on how interactive it was providing the students an opportunity to be more "hands on" by solving all these scenarios for practice. I have always believed in the saying "practice makes perfect" and that webquest in particular fulfilled that requirement.

After reading the provided materials on IL/ICT, I can honestly say that both topics can imply the same reason why their essential for a SLMS and that reason is change. Teaching children how to judge and review an appropriate online source for their research paper without hackers coming in and being able to use all of the automation systems, online databases and websites appropriately are important to elevate and expand their learning. Not to mention that the webquests can be fun too.

In conclusion, the webquest has to be interactive and be related to the topic taught. Attending the right meetings and also being proactive are essential ingredients for a solid collaboration. I look forward to exploring more in webquests and visiting Bloom's revised taxonomy website to maybe learn how to create my own webquest. Stay in touch for next week for more to share in LIS 568 Computer Applications in the School Library Media.