October 2009

I would be interested to know how many school librarians do a full stock-take each year? While I understand the value of the exercise, I worry about the huge amount of time dedicated to this annual process. Last year I broke with tradition and only did half the fiction, which I am quite sure was representative of the general stock loaned. We do have a security system so I am not sure what extra measures we could implement if we found the figures worrying, which fortunately, they are not. What do you do?

Stephanie Walker

Senior Librarian

Durban Girls’ College

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I found this really cute little tool that allows you to create an olden day radio broadcast!! See what you think and get creative as well. It could make a stunning intro to a lesson as well….

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about "The end of the library as we know it?…", posted with vodpod

maggieSince I created this collaborative blog during the librarian conference in Pretoria earlier this year, I have not had much success in getting our local librarians to blog collaboratively. So the blog is basically updated using automated bookmarks from our Infolinkers newsletter, links from my librarian friends on twitter, as well as bits and pieces that I pick up from local librarians when I go and visit schools. I really would like to see more local librarians “getting a voice” but at the same time, I do not always have time to run face 2 face blogging workshops to give librarians the benifit of learning the nessasary blogging skills. My efforts of trying mentor librarians on an online basis has not paid off as well as we have no base to work from. I also strongly beleive that we will only use technology if..

  • It is easy and effortless to use
  • Do not take up unnessary time
  • Is not too technical

Fortunately, most of us do have e-mail (and if you do not, see my e-mail how-to tutorial here: http://maggiev.edublogs.org/learn-how-to/set-up-an-e-mail-using-gmail/) and I will then forward you the secret e-mail address, so that you can become a regular contributor.

So what can you blog about here??

In South Africa librarians do not have much of a voice and in most cases we do not even have poperly equipped libraries. So we can use this as a way to get our voices heard and to do advocacy and lobby government and the general public for more resources, professional development and support. And all you have to do is send an e-mail!

Book reviews
Some of us have got the odd budget to get some new books into the library so it is always great to learn about new books via reviews. Andrew always shares his jewels (book jewels that is) about boy teen reading, so this is the kind of things that would be helpful to other librarians. You can even let the learners write the book reviews, compile it into one e-mail and send it on! It would auto create a post. Cool and easy!

My library galleries
You can also take a photo(s) of your library/learners/exhibition and send it as an attachment- it will also create a post- all using your ordinary e-mail!!! If you attach more than one photo, it will create a slideshow in the post. Please just make sure that your pictures are optimized. Normally, if you are using Outlook/Outlook express it asks you if you want to optimize- choose the smallest size.

So how do you do it (step by step)

  • Create an e-mail in outlook/ outlook express/ Gmail / Hotmail / wherever…
  • In the TO line you will put the e-mail address I will give you (please ask me for it at maggie) or you can send it straight to me (maggie@maggie.co.za) and I will pass it on.
  • In the Subject line, put the topic of your blog post eg My library at St Ursalas
  • In the body of the e-mail, type your post, blah blah blah….
    eg Our library is small but the learners use it enthusiatically. Blah blah blah…
    Remember to add your name and school to the bottom of your e-mail post
  • If you want to attach a photo just click on the paper clip or attach file and scroll to where the photos are located and pick a few. It will ask you if you want to optimize- choose the smallest size!
  • Hit the send button…..

So, please if you are a South African librarian and want to contribute to this blog, please let me know so that I can get your started.

Maggie Verster
e-mail: maggie@maggie.co.za
Twitter: www.twitter.com/maggiev

I came accross this really handy litttle site that I thought need some highlighting within the context of a school library.

Teachers tapThe Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities.”

It actually offers a whole lot more! On closer inspection you will notice lots of little librarian gems like Internet Resources for Teaching and Learning and their section Libraries, Literature, and Information Literacy houses lots of links to online ebooks,  Author and Illustrator Resources, Book Review Projects , Electronic Books and Online Reading , as well as Face-to-Face and Virtual Author & Illustrator Visits . I also liked the 8Ws of Information and Communication and will be waving, weaving, wiggling, watching, wondering, webbing, wrapping and especially wishing a lot in future!!

It has electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults and deals intensively with information skills and digital ethics. The site lists tools and resources that could be used in the library, for citation and reading. So go and investigate, and bookmark the site in your digital library for future reference and enjoyment.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Infolink Librarians group favorite links are here.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Infolink Librarians group favorite links are here.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Infolink Librarians group favorite links are here.

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