Booktalk: Bat 6

Hello readers*!

*listeners, to be precise

This is the first of hopefully many more audio booktalks that I’ll be sharing on this blog. I figure it’ll be a good way for me to get practice writing and presenting booktalks, and maybe even get some valuable feedback from you, my readers/listeners! Read More

Fun with Booktalking: The Sequel

Hello readers!

Last week I shared some ideas about how to use booktalking in library programming (conveniently located here, in case you missed it), and this week I thought I’d share the rest of that assignment – a series of booktalks that I wrote, intended to be presented to an elementary school audience. This assignment was my first stab at booktalking, so I would love any feedback & tips about how I can improve my booktalking skills for the future 🙂

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Fun with Booktalking

Hello readers!

Our topic for the day is…booktalking! Specifically, how booktalking can be used in library programming, with children and teens as the booktalkers. In this post I’ll be sharing 3 booktalking-themed activities I developed for an assignment in my Youth Services in Library & Information Centers (I know, again with the ridiculously long course titles *sigh*). Here goes… Read More

Genre* Study – Graphic Novels

*yes, I know graphic novels are not actually a genre, but that’s what the assignment was called

Hello readers! I know it’s been a really, really (insert 2 pages of “really”s, Lemony Snicket-style) long time since my last post (224 days, but who’s counting?), but in my defense I also didn’t have any assignments that I thought people would be particularly interested in reading about during that time. Lots of learning went on, there just wasn’t anything that screamed (figuratively) BLOG ABOUT ME! Until now. This summer I’m taking a class on Youth Services in Libraries and Information Centers, and for our first assignment we had to choose a genre of books to study in-depth and present to our classmates. Comic book nerd that I am, I of course chose to write about graphic novels! As part of the assignment we also had to brainstorm library activities involving our chosen genre for a particular age range (in my case, high schoolers) and present an annotated bibliography of 12 selected titles (which were really hard to choose!). So if you want to read me being very serious about comic books and graphic novels, here goes…
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Reporting from the Shadows: Part III

And we’re back! It’s been quite a while but here at last is the final installment of the Reporting from the Shadows trilogy. For those of you who don’t know, this is my series of blog posts documenting and reflecting on my experience shadowing Michelle Bergquist, the librarian at the Family Resource Center in Golisano Children’s Hospital. If you missed my first two posts or would just like to experience the awesomeness all over again you can find them here and here. (I won’t be offended if you don’t; I’ve made sure that each post is fairly self-contained, so you won’t be lost if you come into this final post blind) Well, here goes! Read More

Cyberbullying Programs & Events for the School Library

This week was another serious week in my Info. Tech. in Educational Organizations class. After tackling issues of intellectual freedom and online safety in the digital age (apologies for the shameless self-promotion, but you should definitely check out my post Freedom or Filtering? for more about that!), we moved on this week to another extremely important issue that as a future school librarian I will definitely have to address – cyberbullying. After learning more about cyberbullying and its effects and viewing examples of school anti-bullying programming we were each tasked with creating a hypothetical event to take place in our hypothetical future school library that would address cyberbullying. The following is what I came up with: Read More

Freedom or Filtering?

In my Info. Tech. in Educational Organizations class this week we grappled with a very important and controversial issue for libraries (and especially school libraries) in the digital age – intellectual freedom vs. online safety. In other words, the question of how to balance the anti-censorship principles of free & equal access that are so integral to librarianship (so integral, in fact, that they are part of the ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship) with the the imperative to protect patrons (specifically children) from “obscene, pornographic, or harmful” content on the Internet. Read More

Why knitting a Doctor Who scarf is totally librarianship in action

20151103_204823Today was a very exciting day in my library sciences intro course – we had a Maker Fair! Throughout the semester my fellow students and myself have been working on individual “maker activities,” creative projects based on the idea that librarianship is all about making, not just organizing books or passively consuming & distributing information. The theme for the project, appropriately, was “librarians do that?” The Maker Fair was the culmination of this project, a chance for us to share with the class. Not that this was news to me, but the Maker Fair really emphasized that my fellow LIS students are a fantastically creative and interesting group – the projects ranged from crafts like knitting, cross-stitching, and handmade greeting cards to culinary creations (and yes, we did get to taste them) like sweet potato soup and home-brewed beer, to an absolutely brilliant rhyming book about librarians. Read More

Fun with QR Codes!

This week’s topic (one of them, anyway) in my Information Technologies in Educational Organizations course is QR, or “quick response,” codes. QR codes, for those of you who may not know, are those square barcode images you can find everywhere from billboards to Heinz ketchup bottles. Read More