Library Report

First Quarter 2013

The year is off to an excellent start. The BYOT program is rolling out smoothly and as a result, students are learning new technology skills on a daily basis. We are moving forward with our work on transitioning to a learning commons model, working with the School Council to create surveys and focus groups.

Teaching and Learning

Students

Approx. 14,000 student visits


We welcomed the GOAL program to daily teaching and learning in the library by converting two storage spaces into individual classrooms. Creating learning opportunities for all of our students is the ultimate goal of our transition to a learning commons. We are proud of taking a big step towards fulfilling that promise.

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Research and Technology Course

Half the freshman class completed Research and Technology this quarter, meeting the following standards and learning new skills. Mrs. Hanson taught 50 Res-Tech classes.


American Association of School Librarian Standards
  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.


Skills Learned

  • Curation of personal learning environments (Symbaloo)
  • Blogging/making a digital portfolio (Blogger)
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Parenthetical Citation, citation, notecards, bibliography creation (Noodletools)
  • Plagiarism topics studied through the cases of Jayson Blair, Kaavya Viswanathan, and Jonah Lehrer
  • Presentation Tools (Prezi, S'more)
  • Image search (Creative Commons, Flickr)
  • Ethical use of media
  • Google search engine alternatives and search tips
  • Developed personal statement of academic integrity
  • Student work Example 1
  • Student work Example 2
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Collaboration

2 English classes


2 Art classes

  • Skill: Curation Tool: Tumblr, Pinterest


9 Classes in library w/o librarian

  • History, English

Statistics

The Collection

New Magazines

Arts

American Theatre

ArtForum

Dance

Film Comment

Pottery Making Illustrated


Literary Magazines

American Reader

The Believer

Granta

Paris Review

N + 1

Tin House Magazine

Virginia Quarterly Review

Zoetrope: All-Story


Current Events

Christian Science Monitor

Commentary

Economist

Foreign Affairs

Harper’s

Middle East Report

National Review

New Yorker

The Week

Time

Utne Reader


Entertainment

Entertainment Weekly

Essence

People

Sports Illustrated

Seventeen


Travel/Cultures/International

African Vibes

National Geographic

Steppe


Creativity

Artful Blogging

Make

Simply Handmade


Education

Concord Review

Education Digest


Science/Tech

Science News

New Scientist

Orion

MIT Technology Review

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Professional Development

Library Assistants Pat Koval and Marylou Rees are learning how to

  • upload to MediaCast
  • use Pinterest


Librarian Alida Hanson
  • was part of the NEASC visiting committee to Sandwich High School in October
  • attended an EDCO meeting about gaming (blog post below)
  • continued her work editing the Forum of the Massachusetts School Librarians Association
  • developed and taught Weston summer 2013 workshops: Using Open Source Textbooks (syllabus below), Research Standards, and four BYOT classes