INFO 233 Sec 10

Week 15: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 15

Instagram is more than just seflies and pictures of food. It’s a great social networking site for connecting with friends, family members and even classmates. The site is user friendly and doesn’t require a lot of up keep. Posts require only a photo and a one-sentence caption. You can also connect the site to other personal and professional learning networks to seamlessly share your posts.

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I use Instagram for a few different reasons. The first is connecting with friends and family. I like to share what is going on in my day-to-day and to see what is going on in theirs. Next, I use Instagram to connect with classmates. The other day I posted a photo of an assignment I was proud of and this lead to a conversation with that classmate about what classes we were taking this summer.

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Another reason I like Instagram is for professional development. I can share pictures of my library displays and different work related projects. I can also get ideas from classmates and other library professionals. Instagram is fast and allows me to quickly browse through images and captions. If I want to search for something specific on Instagram, I use their hashtag system. When a user posts on Instagram they can hashtag key words related to the post. For example if I share a photo of a library display, I’ll use the hashtag “#librarydisplay” or if I want images of displays I do a quick search using that hashtag.

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I definitely recommend making an Instagram account, even to just explore photos and content. I find that a lot of users will share blog links with more information related to their photo. You can learn more about the display they made or an event they held in their school library.

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Week 14: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 14

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I have discovered the greatest website! Okay that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a pretty cool website. My students actually told me about it and I have been exploring it for days now. The site is Reddit, but the section of the site I have become a fan of is Reddit/r/books. Reddit has over 36 million user accounts and over 11,000 online communities. Most the communities are active and you can see in a feed how often posts are updated. You can explore the site without an account, however you can’t post on the feeds without one.  I made an account, but decided to lurk and explore instead of posting on the feeds.  Reddit/r/books provides users with book recommendations, fandoms, book clubs, and author talks. Author talks take place in a forum where users can ask questions and converse with real famous authors. There is also an upcoming calendar feed with information about which authors will be hosting an AMA. An AMA is a “Ask Me Anything” feed where members of the Reddit/r/books can talk in real-time with these authors.

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Members of the site can also share articles from around the Internet in a massive RSS style feed. I’ve been able to read about the latest news for books and librarians on Reddit/r/books. For example one user posted an article titled “The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda.” It was an incredible read and I recommend taking some time to read it. Another cool read I came across was about Roald Dahl. The article talks about the author’s life and provides insight beyond his children’s books. Other topics found on the Reddit/r/books feed included summer reading goals, waterproof e-readers, book to movies, and the list go on! I definitely recommend taking some time to explore Reddit/r/books. This online community is a great way to grow both personal and professional learning networks in a fun online setting.

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Week 10: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 10

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With the Vision Project coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ideal school library. I’ve thought a little about what that would look like or how I would redesign my own school library. The article from Frances Bradburn (2013) in the upcoming module talks about the process to redesigning a school library. According to Bradburn (2013) there are five parts to a library redesign, which include “Discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation or prototyping, and evolution” (p. 54). While I plan to explore these parts in my project; for this blog post I wanted to look at real life libraries for inspiration. I started with a simple Google search and came across an article from Asta Thrastardottir (2015) called “18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should visit in their Lifetime.” I really liked the Stuttgart City Library in Germany. I loved the clean lines and reading areas. The other library on the list I liked was the Alexandria Library in Egypt. The library had a bit of a museum feel to it with the artwork incorporated in to the space. I again liked the clean lines and the reading/work areas set up around the library. Both libraries had white walls, which made the books stand out as the primary colors in the space.

I found another article by Cyril Foiret (2013) on “10 of the Most Beautiful School Libraries.” My favorite library on here was the Delft University of Technology Library in the Netherlands. The library is completely made of glass, but what stood out was the layout. I realize now that a common thing I like in all of these libraries is the layout. I really like the student reading/work areas. The library has a coffee shop feel to it. While I appreciate the older libraries and beautiful woodwork, I really like the more modern/eclectic libraries.

After exploring these articles I had an idea to see if there was a library design group on Goodreads that I could join. I discovered that there were groups for new libraries, but the groups were primarily book focused. I also explored LibraryThing to see what types of communities they had. They had similar groups, but the groups were more tailored for librarians and information professionals. I found the groups on LibraryThing to be more helpful for the Vision Project as well. I definitely recommend checking them out!

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Week 9: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 9

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Last week “Library Journal” published an online article called Movers & Shakers 2016: The People Shaping the Future of Libraries. The article talked about 54 people considered to be leaders in the librarian profession. The 54 individuals were broken down in to six groups, which were advocates, change agents, community builders, educators, innovators, and tech leaders. As a librarian in training I find that I am more and more interested in the role of the library in our technological world. This is why I decided to research the individuals under tech leaders. After exploring the nine profiles I found that I loved the profile and article on Erin Berman. Berman is an Innovations Manager at San Jose Public Library. Even cooler is the fact that she graduated with a master in library and information science from the same university I am attending!

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Berman’s motto is “The world is my playground and I intend to jump on all the equipment.” I think this motto clearly defines her outlook on work and life in general. She focuses on implementing events and programs that give people technology skills. While I am a big advocate of reading and literacy, I think that the primary role of the library is to provide patrons with information in different forms. When I read that Berman believed in the same notion, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Some of the technology focused events/programs she has done include STEM, Virtual Privacy Lab, and a recording studio in the teen center. Berman also implemented makerspaces in her library, but made sure to survey patrons in order to figure out their technology needs. If you want to learn more about Berman click here to read about this amazing librarian!

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Week 8: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 8

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Lately I have been exploring virtual makerspaces that I could tie in with the technology curriculum at the school where I work. The school is a K-12 science and technology charter school here in Colorado. Since this week we are learning about technology trends, I thought it would be fun to try out a new online resource. I decided to explore the “Best Websites for Teaching & Learning” link on this week’s module.

1When I first arrived at the American Association of School Librarians website I clicked on the 2015 recommendations and then “Social Networking & Communication.” After exploring the list of options, I went with the site StoryboardThat. I chose this site for two reasons. The first was because I am the Anime and Manga club sponsor where I work, and clubs at this school are a class once a week during block schedule. I thought that it could potentially make for a fun club activity. The second reason was that I wanted to see if I could use it to create a virtual makerspace for students in the library.

I made an account and decided to try making my own storyboard. I really liked that there were so many creative options to choose from. I was able to choose scenes, characters, textables, shapes and different locations for my story. Everything was drag and drop, which made learning to use the site fairly easy. I could even customize my character’s hair, eyes, and skin color. I have to say after making my own storyboard that I love the site! I can picture setting up Chromebooks in the library for a virtual makerspace activity and/or implementing this in the Anime and Manga club.

 

I’m excited to show my students this site and I’m pretty sure they will make way better storyboards than the one I did. Here is my storyboard:

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Week 4: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns

INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan

Learning Journal Assignment Week 4

11247_pkg1One of the options for these weekly PLN journal entries is to write about “Leading voices in the field” (Buchanan & Harlan, n.d.). Nancy Pearl, besides having an obviously cool name, is a leading voice in the field of librarianship. She may also be one of only librarians out there that has her own action figure. This isn’t exactly what makes her a leading voice in the field of librarianship, but it is a fun fact. What makes her a leading voice in the field of librarianship is her drive for reading and literacy. Author Kim Rodriguez (2011) believes it is important for all librarians to dream from day one and Pearl has done just that.

Pearl is notably known for her “City-wide book clubs” started in 1998, were she inspired many individuals to join her book club called “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” (Abe Books). Her goal was to get more people reading and she ultimately succeeded as the program was adopted by other cites. The program was later re-named “One City One Book” (Rodgers, 2002). Pearl’s program since then has grown substantially. There are now instructions for implementing book clubs based off of her initial program. These can be found on the American Library Association website.

Pearl has become so influential in her profession, as a librarian, that companies like Amazon.com now work with her. Individuals can buy her favorite out-of-print book recommendations based off her “Book Lust Rediscoveries series” through Amazon.com. The company works with her to re-print books she believes are important and should be universally read. This is no easy feat, as Pearl has had to inspire and convince others to believe in her programs and causes. Her citywide book clubs started as a way to bring awareness and promote reading. Now Pearl’s belief in the importance of reading and her excitement is shared with large-scale companies, such as Amazon.com.

Pearl is also an active public speaker and in a simple YouTube search you can find and listen to her talk. I find Pearl to be very inspirational and would recommend that all librarians in training take some time to listen to her speak. Here is a short video from Pearl talking about what drew her to librarianship.

 

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References

Rodriquez, K. (2011). Be the change, live the dream—from day one. In G.K. Dickinson & J. Repman (Eds.), School Library Management. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Rogers, M. (2002, April 1). Libraries offer chapter and verse on citywide book clubs. Library Journal. Retrieved from

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2002/04/ljarchives/libraries-offer-chapter-and-verse-on-citywide-book-clubs/#_

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Week 3: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns

INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan

Learning Journal Assignment Week 3

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IMG_3335This week I had an opportunity to attend a professional development workshop on “Instructional Practices” at the school I work at. We talked about two books, Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk (1995) and The 8 Keys of Excellence by Bobbi DePorter (2010). I am familiar with Teaching with Love and Logic and read it many moons ago. It is one of my favorite resources and I recommend it to anyone who works in a school. I was familiar with The 8 Keys of Excellence prior to the workshop, but haven’t read the book. DePorter’s (2010) book is about character education and implementing it in to the classroom. I’m definitely excited to read her book and learn more on the subject. Our administrators provided us with a copy of DePorter’s (2010) book to take home and cut outs of the eight keys.  I really loved getting to spend time with my co-workers and I was also hoping to walk away with some collaboration opportunities.

In INFO 233 one of our assignments was to read four articles from our textbook, School Library Management. Then summarize and share a personal reflection about each article. I found that many of the articles I read and that my classmates read included a common theme. This theme was the importance of collaboration. One of my classmates wrote about the article “School Library Media Collaborations: Benefits and Barriers” by Dawn Frazier (2010). This wasn’t one of my four articles, but it grabbed my attention since it is something I want to work more on. I ended up reading it and I think that every librarian in training should read it too. Frazier (2010) writes “A school librarian’s curricular role has expanded from resource provider to educational partner with the goal of creating 21st century learners” (p. 77). With this in mind I set about finding ways to partner with other co-workers for the benefit of the students. After attending my professional development workshop I walked away with two new collaborations.

The first one is helping the middle school honors teacher with honor society applications. I’m going to be reading and reviewing the applications as a sponsor. The second opportunity is collaborating with the GLT (Gifted Learning Teacher) to make a new template for writing book reviews. We are going to make a template that requires students to provide higher levels of critical thought when writing book reviews. A benefit of helping with this is that I will get to come in to her classroom to work with her students. She also asked if I would display the reviews in the library, which of course I said yes to!

References

Frazier, D. (2010). School library media collaborations: Benefits and barriers. In G.K. Dickinson & J. Repman (Eds.), School Library Management. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

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Week 2: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns

INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan

Learning Journal Assignment Week 2

I keep thinking back to the reading the “5 Do’s and Don’ts for Expanding Your PLN as a Teacher” from Global Digital Citizen. I feel like I am perfectly hitting point four on the Don’t List. Point number four being, “Don’t miss out on professional development opportunities.” According to the Global Digital Citizen, “A professional learning network involves making connections and building personal relationships with other educators around the world for the purposes of sharing ideas, resources, and voicing educational concerns.” In some form I am doing this, through online communities like WordPress, Goodreads and LinkedIn. However, I think I am not fully taking advantage of professional development opportunities in my digital or physical learning environments (Buchanan, 2015). Being active in professional development opportunities is a large part to growing, cultivating, and sustaining a professional learning network (The Tenacious Teacher-Librarian Blog, 2015). My school offers free professional development classes as a way for employees to learn and collaborate with one another. My job is a professional learning network in its own and it’s important that I recognize this. Which is why I have decided to sign up for one of those professional development workshops. It’s a way to not only grow my professional learning network, but also grow as a librarian in training.

Since this week we learned about 12 dispositions, I wanted to choose a professional development class that would help strengthen some of my dispositions (Harlan, n.d. p. 13). I singed up for a workshop on “Instructional Practices” to work on my awareness and implementation of a variety of instructional strategies disposition (Harlan, n.d., p.13). The workshop is Friday February 12th, 2016. Since I can’t write too much about a class I have yet to take, I’ll make sure to blog about the experience for my week three post. I’m also hoping that I will walk away with collaboration opportunities from the workshop. I don’t think I do it enough and from everything I have read these past weeks in INFO 233, I’ve come to realize that a disposition for collaboration is a great way to grow personally and professionally.

 

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I also want to share a resource I came across this week since I am talking about professional development opportunities. The LibraryScienceList offers a list of free online professional development courses for librarians. I thought this was a great resource
to share, especially if you don’t have professional development workshops or opportunities in your physical learning environments.

 

I’d love to know what online professional development opportunities you like to take part in, so share below!

 

 

References

Harlan, M. (n.d.). Dispositions [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://sjsulis.voicethread.com/share/5806196/

Harlan, M. (n.d.). Document values, roles, and dispositions. (pp. 1-18). Retrieved from              https://sjsu.instructure.com/courses/1185095/files/42169184/download?wrap=1

 

 

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Week 1: Learning Journal Assignment

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Dominique Burns

INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan

Learning Journal Assignment Week 1

In LIBR 266 one of the assignments was to pretend buy books for the San Jose Public Library using Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Following the detailed instructions and requirements I flipped through countless pages of magazines and journals. These publications gave me numerous ideas and book suggestions, however the process took a while and felt very one-dimensional. I don’t want to take away from what I learned with the assignment, because I do now utilize these publications. I access them through the magazine application on my iPad. Nicole A. Cooke (2011) writes, “Librarians owe it to their clients and to themselves as competent professionals, to remain abreast of trends and developments in the field” (p. 2). I agree with Cooke (2011) and I think that because I work with high school students I have become prone to using online platforms more frequently in my job.

The students at the high school I work at have access to information 24/7 and in order to keep up professionally with their information needs I have started to utilize different online platforms. I use these online platforms to provide my students answers and to grow the high school’s library collection. I love the site Goodreads.com when it comes to not only researching books, but also connecting with others. I can get book recommendations based off my own personal reads or my student’s interests. The site gives me immediate access to user made book lists and online book groups. I can add and connect with friends, other librarians, educators, authors, book reviewers, and general users on the site. I constantly get ideas for new programs, books, and even displays from other users. I’ve had more than one occasion where a student comes in to the library and asks for book recommendations. Since these students have access to information quickly, it is easy to lose them if I don’t have an answer. It sounds a little silly, but that is the world that many of our teen library patrons live in. Goodreads.com allows me to type in any book title, author, and/or genre to search for book recommendations. It takes me seconds to pull up information and provide any answers I may not have.

What I like about the site is not just the quickness it provides me with information, but the wide professional learning network it gives me. The site offers users the opportunity to be a lurker, participant, or leader (Buchanan, Developing your PLN, 2015). I can be as active as I want on the site when it comes to “growing, cultivating, and sustaining” my “professional learning network (PLN)” (The Tenacious Teacher-Librarian Blog, 2015). I’m a fan of Goodreads and if you are familiar with the site I’d love to hear more opinions about using it as a resource for librarians. Do you like it? Do you think it works? How do you use the site?

References

 Buchanan, S. (2015). Developing your pln [Online Lecture].

Retrieved from

http://hanakoa.sjsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c7f40fdc-6226-4042-8f20-4a6d59aff11f

Cooke, N.A. (2011, May 31). Professional development 2.0 for librarians: Developing an online personal learning network (pln). World Library and Information Congress,1-13.

Goodreads (n.d.) Retrieved from

http://www.goodreads.com

 The Tenacious Teacher-Librarian [Blog].

Retrieved from

https://thetenacioustl.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/growing-cultivating-and-sustaining-a-professional-learning-network-pln/

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