News for the week of November 10, 2014

LMC Lab & Classroom Schedule

Click here to see this week's schedule or view the LMC Reservations Calendar in your shared drive. Visitors this week include:
  • GACME Club
  • Pins & Needles Club
  • Mrs. Springmire's Quilting Class
  • Mrs. Flanagan with Poetry & Prose
  • Math Department
  • District Jazz Festival

If you need computers for your classes, the LMC Lab is open all week.

Please send a note ASAP if your plans have changed.

Richard Byrne, Kenote Speaker for the 2014 ISLMA Conference

Do you visit Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers? It's engaging and useful with something for each of us. http://www.freetech4teachers.com

Byrne's keynote address asked "How do we prepare students for jobs that don't exist yet?" He challenged us to focus on three points:

  • Create wise consumers of information
  • Create responsible users of information
  • Encourage collaboration among students

"Leading Change" was the theme for the Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, which had more than 625 participants as of Friday morning. Librarians and teachers around the state are collaborating on great projects for students, and I'll share them with you in the coming weeks.

Your opportunity to test out "Try-It! Illinois" ends on November 30

The Illinois State Library is offering Try-It! Illinois, the popular free annual statewide electronic database trial program that offers ILLINET member libraries an opportunity to evaluate a variety of electronic resources. Thanks to a collaboration between the State Library and participating electronic resource vendors, accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois is free of charge. To obtain the login and password, visit Try-It! Illinois.

In more than one session at the ISLMA Conference, I heard the same statistics about books and academic journals still being required most often for college-level research. The takeaway from these sessions is that we do our students no favors when we accept any websites as sources without teaching them to evaluate the websites.

Please take a look at the trial and let me know which databases would benefit students in your classes. This is the best way for us to test and compare products.

Fiction Addiction reads for Veterans' Day

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis is a quick read, and copies are available in the LMC. Discussion Nov. 20.
As the novel begins, it's opening night of the spring musical at Eastport High School. Senior Ben Bright is the star of the show who's been keeping a huge secret from family and friends: he's joining the army after graduation.
The book cover images above are from our Follett Destiny Quest Catalog.