Sunday, June 08, 2014

Professional Development this Summer



Have you ever taken an online course? Experienced learning through a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)?  If not, here are a couple of ways to give it a try this summer:

Starting June 30th and running through July 27th, David Lankes will be re-running his MOOC on The Atlas of New Librarianship. Last summer I was one of over 2300 people who participated in David Lankes’ MOOC and I even used some of his videos in the graduate course which I taught last Fall. Lankes is a Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and an inspiring advocate for librarians and libraries. I really enjoyed the opportunity that the MOOC provided to converse with library professionals from around the world. It was interesting to share ideas and reflections about common issues so I am excited to hear that Prof. Lankes is planning to offer the MOOC again – follow his blog for more details which he promises to post by the end of June.

Another MOOC option, “Copyright for Educators & Librarians,” was just announced by Duke University in Library Journal. That one will be available from July 21st until August 18th. Presenters include: Kevin Smith (Duke University), and Lisa A. Macklin (Emory University), and Anne T. Gilliland (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). More information about suggested readings, course format and what you need (internet connection and time to read, write and discuss) are provided at its Coursera registration page.

The cost for the two MOOCS profiled above is free – and many more professional development MOOC ideas are available from Te@chThought’s monthly Teaching and Learning MOOC Report or on the Coursera site. If you are aware of others to suggest or recommend, please leave a comment or email me. Here’s to happy learning this summer!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Temple Grandin Speaking AT NEW TRIER on May 21st


More very exciting FAN events are planned for Wednesday, May 21st: Dr. Temple Grandin will be making two public appearances in the Chicago area.  Temple Grandin is an autistic activist and best-selling author whose life story was told in an award-winning movie as shown in this very short trailer:



She is a professor at Colorado State University, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior as well as having received numerous honors and interviews for her opinions on animal welfare and as an advocate for those diagnosed with autism.



Beginning at 4:00pm in the Gaffney Auditorium at New Trier High School (385 Winnetka Avenue), Dr. Grandin will speak on “Autism and My Sensory-Based World.” This talk will have an educator focus.



At 7:00pm, she will be speaking at Welsh-Ryan arena (located at 2705 Ashland Avenue, Evanston and with a seating capacity of 8000) on “Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society.”  Joining Dr. Grandin that evening will be her mother, Eustacia Cutler, and Northwestern University’s Dr. Molly Losh who is Principal Investigator for the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory.

 

Co-sponsored by numerous local organizations and schools, these talks are free and open to the public and have no assigned seating.  FAN has promised CPDU forms at both talks. More information will be forthcoming, particularly regarding pre-registration for the evening talk.  NEW (5/5): NSSED just sent this LINK for pre-registration.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Libraries as Learning Spaces


Recently a teacher forwarded an article regarding library spaces called, “What will become of the Library?” that had been published on Slate’s website. That article included a picture of the new library at the University of Chicago and made me think of our visit there last fall.  We were also welcome guests at libraries at DePaul and Loyola University where our host specifically mentioned this video on the Hunt Library at NC State University:


We had watched that video individually and as a group in a department meeting where Pam shared a School Library Journal article and led discussions on space planning. In fact, Knowledge Quest’s most recent issue was devoted to Library Spaces and contains several excellent articles. We have been compiling our own set of pictures and documents and have discussed soliciting input from students and teachers. Here are links to several other related resources:

Finally from Mental Floss, for fun (and inspiration!) see 62 of world’s most beautiful libraries.

Carol Dweck to Speak in Evanston on May 9th


FAN, Family Action Network, has scheduled some wonderful speakers on the North Shore this year, including Carol Dweck, best-selling author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, who will be giving two talks on Friday, May 9th.  Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Beginning at 4:30pm, Professor Dweck will speak on “Growth Mindsets and the Wholehearted Embrace of Process.” This talk will be geared towards educators and according to FAN, Prof. Dweck will discuss how a teacher’s enthusiastic and devoted focus on the learning process cultivates a growth mindset in students.  At 7:00 in the evening, she will be speaking on “Go for It: Risk-taking, Challenge and the Value of a Growth Mindset.” 

Both talks will be held at Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1660 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. Co-sponsored by numerous local organizations and schools, they are free and open to the public and CPDUs will be available at both talks. 

For more information, FAN also suggests: Mindset Works Website -- Co-Founded by Dr. Dweck  which features this short video and others:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lankes, Hope, and Taking Heart



Earlier this month, David Lankes, a professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, wrote a piece he called "The Loss of Hope" which describes in part his response to fighting cancer.  It’s very moving and I found myself returning to it in recent days, particularly as he says:

"You see, that’s the thing about hope – it is not a guarantee or a promise. It is a prayer, and desire, and it lies at the core of making this world a better place. We fight inequity, poverty, corruption because we hope for a better day. We teach because we hope we can impart some idea that will blossom into a better world for all. We raise children in hopes of a better future…"

As we discuss our profession and our role, we often comment on the unique perspective of librarians and the many strengths and talents with which we impact our learning communities.  In fact, our recent Board of Education Presentation highlighted Library Department contributions and connections.  This, in turn, made me think about the video called “Empathy … the Human Connection” from Cleveland Clinic:



In another example, PBS reported on how teachers and researchers in Palo Alto are teaching students to combat the traumas of poverty on the yoga mat. It’s a way of expressing hope through attempting to reach the whole child and improving the educational environment by reducing stress. 

So often, we do not realize what others are experiencing or even begin to sense the lens through which they are looking. As the video says, "If you could stand in someone else's shoes, hear what they hear, see what they see, feel what they feel, would you treat them differently?"  Do take heart. Do continue to hope.

Citation Station



Just wanted to share an image of our “Citation Station,” one of the many ways we are guiding and instructing students as we actively encourage them to find, evaluate and correctly site sources:

We started thinking about March as Woman’s History Month and about the contributions of American artists such as Dorothea Lange. From there, we used her “Migrant Mother” image and identified resources from different places like Gale Virtual Reference Library and Biography in Context, Salem History eBooks, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, books in our collection and relevant web sites. 

We posted each of the sources with a labeled citation as a means for students to compare and contrast their own work.  

Located near to our Junior Theme book carts, this display also provides a readily available way for librarians to quickly provide an example to the students, both for citation format and to illustrate the benefits of exploring a variety of sources.

For more ideas, check out these Pinterest Boards and K-M the Librarian’s blog post, World of Citation, about using world maps which drew attention from Buffy Hamilton and Debbie Abliock. Can’t wait to see the ideas for next year!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes back from the Brink



Available FREE for downloading through January 15, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes back from the Brink is self-described as “ a call to the nation to modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also to make it work better for everyone.” At over 500 pages the download is a large file and print copies should be available in early March, according to the Center for American Progress. 

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2014/01/12/81859/infographic-how-far-weve-come-and-how-far-we-need-to-go/

An executive summary notes that fifty years after declaring the War on Poverty, “the extent of social immobility and economic inequality is much bigger and affects far more women and children then men.“ The summary provides links to sample essays (written by celebrities, sociologists and politicians), to a 23 page poll and an infographic titled “How far we’ve come … how far we need to go.” Students and teachers interested in both economics/poverty and in women’s issues will find much to explore and discuss. 

We are beginning to compile resources for Women's History Month (March), an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. If you have some to suggest, please contact the librarians or post a suggestion below.