Monthly Archives: April 2012

19 posts

Defining Authentic Librarianship – Rick Anderson

Don’t miss: So here’s how I propose to use the idea in this column: to me, authentic librarianship is motivated primarily by concern for those we serve as librarians, rather than by concern for our own agendas or preferences. To be more specific, “authentic” would describe professional practice that is motivated by all of the following: Concern for the success of the library’s patrons in their particular tasks Concern for the long-term intellectual welfare of the library’s patrons Desire to further the goals of the library’s sponsoring institution How can you know whether a librarian is acting in an […]

TTW Mailbox: Pre-service Teacher Preparation

Hi Michael: Please share this informal research inquiry with your readers: What pre-service teacher preparation or supervisor preparation programs at the undergrad or masters level exist that include a component that at least introduces these educators to what school librarians can do for them? A more eloquent way of stating this is, “…[that] include a component that introduces the role of how school librarians support the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners and how school librarians can help students graduate from high school college- and career ready.” [Thanks to Mary Moyer, Cumberland County Library Commission Member, Congressional Contact […]

Meaningful Essential Services Beyond Commercial Content

Don’t miss the new column by Aaron Schmidt: Fortunately, there are examples of libraries creating new and valuable services that may just serve as a template for fresh, more community- responsive services than the current “free bookstore” long-term gamble we’re making. Baltimarket is a collaboration among Enoch Pratt Free Library, the city of Baltimore, and other organizations to bring healthy food to food deserts. People can order groceries online and pick them up at library locations. No ­ebooks required. In January, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ, hired a nurse. She leads programs and is also available to answer questions […]

Office Hours: Learning Everywhere

My new “Office Hours” column is up at Library Journal online: The trend, “Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models,” also describes the move from place-based learning and information access. These ideas for change are synthesized in what Henry Jenkins calls “connected learning.” Jenkins, professor of communication, journalism, and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, offers principles of connected learning that illustrate how far we’ve come and where we might be going: a shared purpose between learners and peers, a production-centered focus on creation and curation of things, and an openly networked atmosphere […]

Heading to Chicagoland – Learning 2.0 Focus Groups this Week

I wanted to share with you a little bit about what I will be doing Monday & Tuesday of this week.  I was awarded the grant by SJSU to begin studying the impact of  Learning 2.0 in US libraries. We’re starting with a pilot project as outlined in the grant proposal: Three public libraries in the Chicago metropolitan area will partner in this study. All three libraries have offered Learning 2.0 programs within the last five years, and all three library directors have agreed to participate in this study. The libraries include Mount Prospect Public Library, a mid-size public library where […]

Tweeting for Public Libraries: A TTW Guest Post by Emily Lloyd

I’ve been thinking a lot about public libraries/organizations and social media lately, especially on the differences between Twitter and Facebook. I wanted to jot down some notes about what I think works and what doesn’t, & figured I’d share them publicly so that folks can do anything from heartily disagreeing with them in the comments to potentially benefiting from them. I’ve had a personal Twitter account and followed libraries with it since fall of 2007, but have only recently started tweeting for a library system (about a month now). I still have a lot to learn, but I’ve also learned […]

Please consider supporting the Young Writers & Leaders Film

The Young Writers and Leaders film is part of a Telling Room program, Sonya Tomlinson, David Meiklejohn, and 15 Portland, Maine area teens (all of whom use my teen library everyday!). Simply stated, the film tells the stories of the teens and their involvement in the Telling Room program and their lives in Portland, ME. Their goal is to take their film and the fifteen teen participants on a trip to Boston and  spend the day in the city visiting a sister writing center, pairing up with Boston-area young writers, and holding a screening of the film in a  film house […]