LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TEACHER RESOURCES
What is your role? How do you engage students and help teachers?
The role of the 21st century librarian is to "guide learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information and to appreciate literature..." (AASL standards)
I support the students chosen pathways by providing online and print resources.
I engage students through booktalks, booktrailers, monthly library programming events/activities, and providing students with a quiet area to read in various formats, work on homework/projects, do puzzles/ board games/chess, and checkers.
I help teachers by providing curriculum connections to resources through print and online sources. I teach lessons on netiquette, information access, website, and source credibility...just to name a few.
We are actively moving around furniture, books and equipment to designate space in the library to allow for more small collaborative worksspace called makerspaces which will allow the library to be a more of a learning commons.
Other than books, what resources are available in the library?
In addition to print books, the SHS library also provides 21st century technology access through our e-book and downloadable audio book collections. The pathway for these materials can be accessed using our library automated system through http://destiny.
springisd.org. In keeping with the 21st century standards, the SHS Library also provides district funded databases, campus funded databases, and librarian recommended on-line resources.
Soon the SHS library homepage will change to allow for an interactive flipped library on the web through LibGuides. The new webaddress: shslib.springisd.org
Smartboards, document cameras, overhead projectors, and digital cameras can be checked out from the library. In addition to checking out the portable technology equipment, each piece of technology is available to be used in the library for collaborative lessons for students and teachers to use.
How do I schedule my students to come to the library?
Teachers can email, call, or come by the library to set up a library appointment. Prior to the set time, I will collaborate with the teacher to find out the classroom goals and needs for using the library--Collaboration form has been shared with staff in Google Drive. I typically will have a "informal survey assessment" with the teacher to help me better assist in curriculum design.
I enjoy collaborating on lessons with teachers and the most successful library lessons I provide are with teachers whom allow me to build a lesson with them collaboratively.
What teacher is most effectively using the library? How are they using the library?
Many of the AP study classes are using the library effectively; bringing their classes in regularly throughout the paper/project assignments. This allows for mini-lessons along with mini-due dates of a long research paper/project--a checkpoint for students during the research process.
Some of the project-based classes I have seen this year are: (more classes are in the works)
Dual Credit English
English I, III
In addition to the above classes, the Adaptive Behavior and Community-Based classes are also regaulars in the library.
Are there any special policies or procedures concerning the library that I need to be aware of?
Yes, scheduling must be done in advance. Like all teachers, I plan my daily lessons and activities according to what is on the daily schedule.
Regular check-out books are checked out to students for 3 weeks with the option to renew for additional 3 weeks.
Smartboards, document cameras, overhead projectors, and digital cameras can be checked out from the library only by the teacher. Students may not check them out for teachers. Replacement bulbs for the overheads can be found at the library. You may send a student on a pass with the burned bulb to get the replacement.