INFO 233

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 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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INFO 233/Assignment #1: Personal Disposition Statement

 

Dominique Burns

Assignment #1: Personal Disposition Statement

INFO 233-10, Harlan & Buchanan

Spring 2016

In one of my undergraduate classes I had the opportunity to take the Indigo assessment. I have always known that I wanted a career that would give me the opportunity to help others. I just wasn’t completely sure what that career was. The Indigo assessment provided me with a list of possible career choices, which included librarian, teacher, counselor, and social worker. It was librarian that intrigued me the most, but to be honest I wasn’t so sure what that meant as a career. That’s when I stumbled upon a blog titled “The Unquiet Librarian” by Buffy J. Hamilton. Hamilton (2012) wrote about school libraries in today’s world and one of her posts struck a cord with me. Hamilton (2012) wrote:

I still believe in the possibilities of libraries and school librarians–but those will never come to fruition if we acquiesce and abandon the effort to elevate the library as a site of participatory culture and a cornerstone of every child’s learning experience in schools, as a partner who can support our teachers by being embedded as part of the team to give every child positive, constructive, and meaningful learning experiences. (https://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com)

Hamilton’s passion for her job was evident and it’s what helped guide me to a career in school librarianship. Numerous things drew me to school librarianship, such as my love for reading, working with others, and the sense of community. What ultimately drew me to school librarianship was that I would be able to work with kids and hopefully make a difference in their lives through education and outreach programs.

As a librarian in training, I hope the profession will allow me to be a “Passionate advocate, a technologist, a teacher, a futurist, a tinkerer” and a reliable resource for my students (Harlan, n.d., p.2). In the lecture, The Many Hats of the Teacher Librarian, Professor Buchanan (n.d.) talks about leadership and the numerous roles you take on as a librarian (slide 6). I hope in the future this profession will give me the chance to take on leadership roles in the school community. As well, give me the opportunity to “wear different hats” as I work with teachers, administrators, and students. I want to run a library that meets the diverse information seeking needs of an entire school community. While this is what I hope the profession will be, I also have concerns. I worry that schools might not be able to see the value in libraries as technology progresses. I fear that schools will look at libraries as book warehouses and not as a place to explore or create (Harlan, n.d., p. 2). I worry that others might be mentally stuck with an outdated understanding of libraries.

In order to bring my dreams for this profession in to full fruition, I need to practice 12 dispositions. The 12 dispositions according to Dr. Harlan (n.d.) are:

  1. Awareness and implementation of a variety of instructional strategies.
  2. Commitment to Information Literacy
  3. Using assessment to improve student learning
  4. Supporting literacy and reading
  5. Supporting diversity
  6. Commitment to intellectual freedom
  7. Communication
  8. Participation in advocacy
  9. Seek opportunity for collaboration
  10. Practice and model resiliency
  11. Develop leadership
  12. Embrace professional ethics (p. 13)

I think of the 12 dispositions, six of them will be my strengths as a school librarian. The six dispositions are a commitment to information literacy, supporting literacy and reading, supporting diversity, commitment to intellectual freedom, developing leadership, and embracing professional ethics.

The first disposition I listed is a commitment to information literacy. I am passionate about helping students find information through numerous ways. The second disposition I choose was supporting literacy and reading, because of my love of reading. The third disposition I picked was supporting diversity, because I believe it is important to meet the interests and information needs of the entire school. The fourth disposition I picked is commitment to intellectual freedom, because I believe this is an important building block to any school library. The fifth disposition I picked was developing leadership, because it is important to foster a learning environment that gives leadership opportunities. The last disposition I picked was embracing professional ethics, because I believe that no matter the profession, one should operate with a strong understanding of right and wrong in their chosen area of work.

While I feel that the above six dispositions could be strengths of mine, I also think there are six dispositions that I will need to improve on in order to be an effective teaching librarian. They are awareness and implementation of a variety of instructional strategies, using assessment to improve student learning, communication, participation in advocacy, seeking opportunity for collaboration, and to practice and model resiliency. I chose these six dispositions because I need to develop them in order to create a habit of mind (Harlan, n.d., p.12).

These dispositions will position me to provide leadership with in my profession and my school because they will make me a stronger librarian. They will make me a well-rounded librarian who supports literacy and reading on a broader spectrum of learning (Harlan, n.d., slide 8). While all of the dispositions are important, the primary focus for me as a librarian will be to make sure that the school library is a learning commons that meets the diverse needs of a diverse student population. Diversity is the largest disposition in my mind, because it affects all of the other 11 dispositions. Diversity requires librarians to be aware, committed, and to support a diverse range of literacy and intellectual freedoms. To act as an advocate and to practice communicating, collaborating, and resiliency for a diverse school population. Lastly, this disposition develops leadership and a professionally ethical librarian. This is why supporting diversity will be one of my primary focuses as I continue on in my journey to school librarianship.

References

Buchanan, S. (n.d.). The many hats of the teacher librarian [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from

https://voicethread.com/new/share/6439365/

Hamilton, J. (2012, April 2). Do I really have to leave the role of school librarian to do the work of a school librarian? [Blog]. Retrieved from

https://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/

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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