How 1:1 Made Me a Better Librarian

Happy Library Week, friends!  Our school recently hosted a site visit for other staff in our county to come observe our students and staff using their laptops and observe how 1:1 has changed education at our school. I walked around with some staff who asked great questions and were eager to hear what we had …

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Keeping Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (part 2): Helping Teachers Facilitate a Digital Classroom

This post is Part 2 of Making Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (see first post here).  So, why do we as librarians need to know about tools like these? They are going to help us have staying power with our staff and students when all students have their own devices and may …

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Keeping the Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1

This coming school year (2016-2017), my school's region was fortunate to be selected by our county to pilot a 1:1 rollout. This means that all 1300 of my 7th and 8th graders will be provided with a laptop to carry to all classes. With this kind of announcement, several emotions and questions most likely go through a librarian's brain. -Excitement: Hooray! Constant competition for computer labs is over! -Creativity/Wonder: How many possible opportunities does this create? The sky's the limit! -Hesitancy: Will the kids ever look up from them? -Uncertainty: How will this affect my current collaborations with my teachers? -Concern: Will I get need to get involved if something gets broken/goes missing? -Dread: How can I keep the library popular when they don't need our computers anymore? I think every single one of these emotions is fair game for the 1:1 arena. It's a lot of new possibilities, but also a lot of extra work and adjustment, not only for us as librarians, but also for teachers, who are used to the way they have taught for however many years (or even just a few years but are now settled into their rhythm). This is a big deal! This post is going to stick to answering question 6 in this list: How to keep the library popular in this very digital age.

Book Trailers (and why they’re amazing)

I have to be really careful with what I watch on TV, mostly because I have this thing called a photographic memory. Basically, I remember a lot of what I see, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing when I need to remember where I left my keys (and it's great when comparison shopping!) but it's a massive curse when going to the movies, especially when the trailers come on. Some trailers are a bit scarier than I'd like them to be, mostly because those images stick in my head for a really long time (and quite frequently haunt my dreams). Most people love movie trailers because they get a heads up about what they're going to see. Likewise, book trailers are really helpful for students because the content may persuade them to read the book. For a lot of people, reading a book plays like a movie in their mind, and seeing trailers helps them to start those visualizations.