Friday Focus

Friday, March 6, 2015 . . . vol. 2, no. 24

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.
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What a great bulletin board. Kristen just put this on the Shared System FaceBook page. I hope she will give us weekly updates till we get to the 2015 Book of the Year! Go like her post on FaceBook, would you, just to prove you really do read Friday Focus?

Naming How We See Students Using Digital Media at Home and at School

The article title caught my eye: Grazing, Looping, and Skimming: Understanding Students’ Digital Habits. The study defines student users as grazers, loopers and skimmers, and l'efficient and puts them into a developmental context. There are concrete suggestions for moving students forward in their research skills, too.

Here's an intriguing quote that I hope will make you want to read the whole article:

"One of the most surprising findings of the student contextual inquiry study was that freshman year of college is not students’ most significant research training experience. Rather, it is during freshman year of high school. Students who went through a 9th grade “research boot camp” (their words) reported feeling ready to conduct research at the college level and often became the resources their peers turned to for help."

So. You're Missing Out on A Good Deal.

There are 17 new titles on the GoodReads Available shelf. Nine of your school libraries have added 58 free books to your collections this way. Try to make checking the Available shelf part of your Friday afternoon or Monday morning routine!

If you forget what this is or how to request a book for your library, please read the instructions in a previous issue of Friday Focus - toward the bottom! The titles added last week that remain next Friday will be removed, so check it out today! You're missing out if you don't!

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