Monday, July 20, 2009

Blog Created For Librarians

"This is a blog to support the Facebook Group First Librarian Job Club. Membership in the group is approved by the administrator and is limited to current library school students, librarian job seekers and library HR personnel. If you don't meet those requirements, you can't join the Facebook group, but you can subscribe to the blog feed."

1001 Interview Questions

New ACRL Publication: Library Instruction Cookbook

Contact: Kathryn DeissACRL Content Strategist(312)
ReleaseJuly 15, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title,The Library Instruction Cookbook,” edited by Ryan Sittler and Doug Cook. “The Library Instruction Cookbook” is a practical collection of “learning recipes,” each including plans for conducting a specific type of learning session and indicating how the recipe teaches research skills from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
The book includes interactive recipes from academic librarians from around the world, meeting such learning goals as library orientation, teaching basic library skills, teaching citations and plagiarism, evaluating various types of resources, teaching specialized research skills, teaching discipline related research and teaching with technology. The 97 lesson plans included in “The Library Instruction Cookbook” contain detailed preparation instructions for pedagogically sound, active learning exercises and are adaptable to a variety of instructional situations.
“The Library Instruction Cookbook” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store ( and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at


Monday, July 13, 2009

Books Every Librarian Must Have

When Marion Copied by Brook Berg
48 pages

This picture book introduces the consequences of plagiarism through the story of Marion. She copies a paper from the internet. This is a great way to introduce the copyright laws.

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris
9781561453917 $16.95
32 pages
"Melvin really enjoys the Livingston Public Library, mainly because of the wonderful attention given him by its three librarians: Marge, Betty and Leeola. These three fantastic librarians taught Melvin to research." This is a great book to introduce information/reference services.

Using Books and Online Resources for Action Research /Social Studies /Arkansas History

I attended this workshop today. Great websites were provided to build bridges to the past. This project is provided by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. (digital collection and educational resources-including Arkansas History lesson plans, etc.) I believe that you may also register for free books for 9th-12th grade-the more free and reduced students you have =more free books. "The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture-this site contains entries and related media on all aspects of Arkansas's history and cultural heritage. This site is a work in progress, and entries and media will be added through the year 2010."

These sites are new to me. I hope that you will find these sites beneficial for you and your teachers.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (184 pages)

As a media specialist, it is important that you are ready to help any student in need find a book as well as with helping them research. Giving booktalks will definitely help spark the interest in some students. Students need to see media specialists, teachers, and administrators be readers as well!

Could you just imagine sitting in the cafeteria eating lunch when you notice a photograph of a young girl on a milk carton. You take a closer look and it is a picture of you. Janie Johnson, the main character, in The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney stares at the empty milk carton. “That is me! I remember that dress, white with tiny dark polka dots, and the braids. That is my picture.” Confusion starts to set in Janie’s mind. She speaks, “How can it be?” Janie can barely breathe. “Inside, her mind spun. It was like having a color wheel for a brain. When it slowed down, things were separate, like primary colors: I have a mother and father…I have a childhood…I was not kidnapped…kidnapping means bad people… I don’t know any bad people…therefore I am making this up. But when her mind speeded up, the colors blended dizzily. That is me on there. I, Janie Johnson: I was kidnapped” (Cooney, p.13-14). She keeps asking herself…How can I be kidnapped? I would remember… “Jennie Spring-taken from a shopping center in New Jersey at age 3.” Janie begins with asking many questions in her mind. She decides it is up to her to find out the truth. She includes her boyfriend, Reeve, to help her uncover the truth. Nothing seems to make sense to Janie. How could her loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, kidnap her? Nothing makes any sense—something is terribly wrong. Janie begins to piece together the puzzle. If they are not Janie’s parents, then who are they? She loves them so much. What will she do? Who is Janie, and what really happened?

Audience: Sixth through eighth grade

Book #2 Whatever Happened to Janie?
Book #3 The Voice on the Radio
Book #4 What Janie Found

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Favorite Book: BookTalk: This Side of Paradise by Steven Layne (215 pages)

I thought you might all enjoy a booktalk about my favorite book--This Side of Paradise by Steven Layne... This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time! I usually read this aloud to my students. Great read aloud for 6th-8th grade.

Jack and Troy Barrett, brothers, always are there for each other and have a very close relationship with their grandmother, Gram. She always wants to be close, so she could take care of them. Gram makes many sacrifices for the both of them, and you will soon discover why. They both definitely have a troubled life with their dad. Their dad, Chip Barrett, definitely is strong-willed, angry most of the time, and always strives for perfection. Chip decides to move his family to a new town called Paradise when he begins working for Eden Corporation. Paradise is a village owned by a mysterious man, Mr. Eden. Jack finds romance and soon also uncovers a plan that threatens the existence of his entire family. So many secrets are located within the village of Paradise. What is the price for perfection? And what will his father and many others be willing to do to obtain perfection.
“‘Paradise Operator. How may I service you?’ The cheerful voice made me nauseous.
‘Operator, I’d like the police.’ Gram’s voice was steady.
There was a long pause. ‘I’m sorry, Ma’am. Could you repeat your request?’
Gram was perturbed with that. ‘The police. I want you to get me the police or give me the number, and I’ll call them myself.’
Another long pause. ‘What is your name? I’ll need the name of the individual placing this call, please.’ The voice had lost all traces of the cheerfulness that had been so pervasive earlier.
I rounded the corner and shook my head ‘no’ to Gram. She got the message.
‘That’s not important, Operator. I need the police. Now if you won’t connect me, then I’ll simply hang up and dial another operator who will.’
‘Ma’am,’ the voice returned to its original pleasant tone, ‘we have no police. This is Paradise.’
At that moment, the phone connection was abruptly severed” (
Layne, p. 56).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hurricanes Are Like Libraries!

Shortly after Hurricane Ike made landfall on September 14, 2008 on the Gulf Coast, it left destruction in its path. Hurricane Ike destroyed almost the entire town of Crystal Beach, Texas, just nearly wiping it clean off the map. Only a few beachhouses were left standing but most likely damaged. My parents lost one of those beachhouses that day. It was a sad day for me because many of my childhood summers were spent there.

I am not sure why I was thinking about this today, but I think that libraries today are somehow related to hurricanes. Many changes are occurring in our libraries and could leave destruction in its path if change doesn't occur. Just after hurricanes, so many changes occur but soon after rebuilding always takes place. Libraries must accept that changes sometimes can make things better. The difference before and after is how well we help those in need whether it be after a hurricane or locating information in a library. I hope this makes sense to all of you! Who knows? Just my thoughts...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Want to Save Some Energy?

Did you know that you could save energy as you research? Try using Blackle was created to remind us all that we need to take steps everyday to save energy. Blackle is powered by Google.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." (Roberson et al, 2002;, 2009)

So, the next time you are researching, try using It is definitely easier on the eye! "The creators encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load." (, 2009)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Spotlight---Libraries of the Future

One must first realize that every student is unique! "Teach them how to fish." I like that statement because it is so true. Students must be taught how to research. Research is at the center of our technology world. It is not just books in the library anymore but computers as well. As a media specialist, it is important that we are successful at helping with reference services.
(1) One must definitely have a knowledge of the collection
(2) It is important to be able to discuss and make conversations with each individual
(3) One must be able to select, acquire, and evaluate resources
(4) It so very important to meet the needs of each individual student

*Information collected from Rachel Whittingham, MLIS and Riedling, Ann (2005) Reference skills for the school library media specialist: Tools & tips. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Publishing Inc.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blog for Thought

This is my first blog. Please be patience as I am learning how to do this. At this point I am not sure what people actually blog about. I do know this would be great for media specialists and teachers to use. Technology is all around us, so we must conform to the changes to help our students succeed. As our world becomes more technology savy, blogging can ignite a spark within our students thinking.