Monday, March 01, 2010

Teacher - librarian collaboration

Listened in tonight: Teacher-Librarians Cafe event on a general discussion on Web presence. Guests: Buffy Hamilton, Carolyn Foote, Barb Jansen, Christina Bentheim
Hosted by Gwyneth Jones and Joyce Valenza

One of the main things I took away from the webinar is that we need to empower ourselves to use the web presence we need and not have it dictated to us by the technology department. Using wikis, or google sites or blogs as our MAIN website could potentially happen if we fight for it. Another idea I took away was using Meebo for live chat for office hours --Ask a Librarian.

The Unquiet Library uses Google sites and subscribes to Lib Guides and it works well as pathfinder support. They are totally customizable. Rss feeds, widgets, and all the web 2.0 tools that we love can be embedded. See the research pathfinders page which are a combination of Lib Guides, Netvibes and Pageflakes pages. The library's social media presence is awesome! This is all with 2 librarians.

After hearing Buffy Hamilton at the TL Ning webinar this evening I decided to check out her library site and first came across this wonderful piece she posted with 3 videos linked describing her digital literacy project (Media 21 Capstone project)with English teacher Susan Lester. These firsthand account video reflections on Buffy Hamilton's blog discuss the dynamics of the collaboration. Students viewed them as equals and co-teachers. It happened because of how their personalities meshed.

Her presentation: Transforming Information Literacy for NowGen Students yesterday is now available. Links to the planning process will help you visualize the process.

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