November 24, 2014

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Peer to Peer columnist Barbara Fister reflects on the need to reinvigorate instruction in light of how we now collect resources. This essay is part of an exclusive LJ series, Reinventing Libraries, that looks at how the digital shift is impacting libraries’ mission.

Give Students a Break: Four Strategies to Combat Information Overload

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When it comes to presenting resources to students and teachers, librarians have been as guilty as any regarding information overload. But in this digital age of abundance, our real value is being able to discern quality over quantity.

SLJ Reviews Information Literacy Courseware ResearchReady

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What is ResearchReady? The new information literacy courseware is “just about everything we try and teach condensed into a single convenient, Web-based and tablet-friendly can,” according to SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings.

Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers

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Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne presents some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches.

Joyce Valenza Shares a Secret Search Tool

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“When it comes to search, your favorite search engine and your favorite databases may not necessarily be the right places to launch inquiry,” writes Joyce Valenza. Recently she’s tried an overlooked feature of one of her favorite resources, LibGuides, to access the best resources via the expert hive.

Proposed ‘Digital Literacy Corps’ will not Usurp School Librarians’ Role, Explains FCC

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A nationwide plan described in the New York Times has sparked an angry response among school librarians. But tech trainers in the $200 million program will teach computer skills after hours and in public libraries–not in school or directly to students, according to the FCC and ALA.

Google Launches Site to Teach Better Searching

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Google’s new Search Education hub offers leveled lesson plans for K-12, search activities from AGoogleADay, and an archive of webinars.

Keep Good Searches from Going Bad

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When students make a beeline for Google, these tips can improve their experience.

Librarians Turn Wikipedia Blackout into Teachable Moment

Wikipedia is turning off its lights beginning 8 am tomorrow to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), a move that’s inspired school librarians to turn the blackout into a teaching opportunity.

Webinar Tackles a Conundrum for Kids and Educators Alike: Research Skills

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Librarians shared the best strategies when working with students and research in a recent webinar. The bottom line? The need to push them to think beyond the results—and instead examine how they got there.