Thursday, May 24, 2007
Captain Underpants or The Tale of Despereaux
The Hobbit or Eragon
Flotsam or A Million Dots
Which of these would, or should, belong in school libraries being taught by teachers (read-aloud activities) and librarians? The resounding answer, hard to hear by many, is both. Elaine reminded us that “kids will read more when they find something fun!” Once hooked on reading, the sky is the limit. This was further illustrated with handouts from QuizList Interactive detailed the 2007 Top Ten Books Checked Out at both the elementary and secondary level.
Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Boss of Lunch
Secondary # 1:
Elementary #2 (12 way tie that included):
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, A Year Down Yonder, and Matilda
A Child Called “It”
The session would not have been complete without a short discussion regarding Newbery winner, The Higher Power of Lucky. Some students were reading it because their parents had heard the controversy and some were reading it because, controversy aside, they were enjoying the book. I left with a renewed understanding of the importance an eclectic and well-rounded collection with books for everyone, classics, popular culture, poetry, and graphic novels that supports library mission and vision, adheres to collection development policy as well as information literacy, and has something children want to read.
Tags: ALAO, CMCIG, CMCIG Workshop, Elaine Fultz, Centerville City Schools, Young adult literature, Juvenile literature
The museums mission statement:
"The Mission of William Holmes McGuffey Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit materials relating to the life of William Holmes McGuffey, the McGuffey eclectic Reader series, the history of Miami University, and 19th century domestic life and architecture of southwest Ohio." (William Holmes McGuffey Museum, Flyer, 3/2004)
There are many historical treasures in the McGuffey museum including portraits of Harriet and William Holmes McGuffey, a Miami University chapel stained glass window from the 1860s, and McGuffey's intriguing octagon table (it works similar to a lazy Susan, allowing McGuffey to move the table instead of moving himself). More information about the McGuffey Museum is available on their website.
Tags: ALAO, CMCIG, CMCIG Workshop, Miami University, William Holmes McGuffey Museum
"Discover the King Collection of over 10,000 children's books and magazines printed from the seventeenth century thorugh the early 1900s, providing insight into the activities of children for about 300 years.""The Walter Havighurst Special Collections houses one of the most extensive collections of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers. These works mirror the changes in the educational process in 19th Century America. These resources are suported by an additional 5,00 schoolbooks published in numerous subject areas from the late 1790s up to the early 1900s." (The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Flyer, 5/1/07)
After listening to this presentation, it is no wonder one of the most popular stops for education and English literature students is the special collections. As Janet said, they have "lots of cool old stuff!"
For more information on King Libraries Special Collections, visit their website.
Tags: ALAO, CMCIG, CMCIG workshop, Janet Stuckey, Walter Havighurst Special Collections,King Library Miami University
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The CMCIG workshop, Dynamic CMC's: Tools to Improve Service, was held Friday, May 18, 2007, at Miami University's King Library. The first session presenter was Sara Bushong, Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center at Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library. Sara's presentation, "Weeding and Cooperative Collection Development," included discussions on weeding that have been present on the EBSS list serv in the last month, detailed the weeding project currently in progress at BGSU, and provided information regarding OhioLINK and cooperative collection development.
Issues Facing CMC's include collection development and the ever present questions of "Is it old?" or "Is it historical?" CMC directors must determine how long to keep textbooks, activity books, and materials kits and juggle these issues with our individual collection development missions and policies. Sara detailed several points made on the EBSS list regarding different weeding system in place. One of the most prevalent methods, the CREW guidelines revised and updated by Belinda Boon, utilizes a six point guideline following the acronym MUSTIE (Misleading, Ugly, Superseded, Trivial, Irrelevant, Elsewhere attainable).
BGSU's collection analysis and weeding project was introduced to workshop attendees, as well as the criteria form used for the CRC collection. The form identified three key factors; circulation trends (last two circulation dates), depository trends (number of copies), and ownership by OhioLINK (public and academic) libraries. Further considerations for withdrawal from the CRC collection or consignment to the BGSU depository with final decisions regarding withdrawal of titles were made by the CRC staff. :
- If (title) is already in depository: Withdraw
- If OhioLINK has lots of circulating copies (+5): Withdraw
- If OhioLINK has few copies (3 - 5 depending on title): BGSU Depository
- If there are more than 2 copies in another depository: Withdraw
- If there are only single copies in two other depositories: BGSU Depository
- If copy is in bad condition and not a significant title: Withdraw
The analysis form criteria was applied to children and young adult literature, curriculum textbooks (additional terms), activity books, and reference books. Sara reported that at this time, BGSU has withdrawn almost 4,000 items thus helping to "refine our collecting focus, make decisions for the future, and relieve space needs and physical weight issues."
I found this session particularly interesting as one week prior to the workshop I fielded inquiries from the library director regarding weeding the AU juvenile collection (space is a continuous issue as is the relevance of our collection). A large collection does not guarantee a comprehesive and useful collection, it is just large. We do own dated non-fiction titles that should be removed and replaced with newer titles having correct information. An important distinction to make, and one that was discussed at length during the workshop, is that weeding processes are not "one size fits all." Every library and/or curriculum materials center librarian has to use the system most benefitting individual mission and collection development statements. I have instigated a quick discussion concerning a potential weeding project (juvenile non-fiction)with one of the college of education professors. It will be beneficial to me having a representative from the college using the juvenile collection share in the decision making process.
For more information on this presentation, contact Sara Bushong, Bowling Green State University.
Monday, May 21, 2007
It was a pretty easy process, especially since unbeknownst to me I already had a Picasa account set up (its Google related, so all of the photos and clip art from this blog are archived). I uploaded the photos, arranged them in the order I wanted, and added captions. Once I was finished with the process it was a simple matter of selecting "embed slideshow" and making final selections of picture size (I chose large), slide show speed (it's two minutes), and if I wanted the captions to be visible (I did). The whole process took less than 15 minutes; it took me longer to decide what photos to include. I copied the code and placed it here:
Lest I be guilty of self plaigarism, I need to pause here and note that this slide show was originally posted on the CMCIG blog for viewing - CMCIG Workshop: Slide Show. I will be posting particulars concerning the workshop in the next few days. As with previous CMCIG workshops, it was a veritable fount of useful information.
Tags: Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group, CMCIG, ALAO, Picasa web albums
If you haven't seen the film, click here.
See also: Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project Helps Launch Breakthrough Initiative For Documentary Filmmakers, February 27, 2007.
Tags: Fair(y) Use, Stanford Law School, Copyright, Fair use
Friday, May 11, 2007
- Georgene Johson, Director of Library Services at Washington State Community College
What a Difference a Generation Makes: How to maximize performance and job satisfaction for Veterans, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Nexters.
- Brian Gray, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics Librarian, Case Western Reserve University
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world that is built by the participants rather than a handful of paid programmers. Organizations have tapped this virtual environment to offer classes, conduct research, collaborate on projects, and offer an alternative to traveling to traditional meetings or conferences.
- Dr. Deanna Romano, Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, Ashland University
WebConferencing enables instructors to deliver that personal touch of sharing the relationship between concepts and practice with voice, video and personalities. This presentation will discuss the use of WebConferencing and the various tools available.
For more information, visit the DLIG Workshop page.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
- Sara Bushong, Bowling Green State University
Weeding and Cooperative Collection Development
- Janet Stuckey, Miami University
Treasures of Children's Literature at Miami University
- Elaine Fultz, Centerville City Schools
Children's and Young Adult Literature
We will also be touring the William Holmes McGuffey Museum and Miami University's Instructional Materials Center (IMC). Breakfast and lunch are included in the price of the workshop.
Monday, May 07, 2007
The quiz in question is called an Internet Typology Quiz and was introduced accordingly:
My quiz results suggest I am most closely related to an "Omnivore." That's all well and good, but since the basic "who are they" umbrella definition of the Omnivore category suggests I am young (uh-huh), ethnically diverse (no), male (no again), and should have a median age of 28 (smiles only), I beg to differ. I do find it interesting that 42% of people in this category are students. Working with students in the IRC on a daily basis I spend a lot of time with their technology questions as well. To be fair, the results came back with a disclaimer that while I closely resemble an Omnivore, "this does not mean that you (I) necessarily fit every group characteristic." While I do have a digital camera and have watched TV online, it did not take into account my intense dislike of cell phones (but I do have and use one).
"Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Do you suffer from withdrawal when you can't check your Blackberry? Do you rush to post your vacation video to your Web site? The questions below allow you to place yourself in one of the categories in the Pew Internet Project's Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users. To identify the typology group to which you belong, please answer the questions below. When you press the 'Calculate MyResults' button, a new page will tell you in which group you fit, along with a description of the general characteristics of that group." (Pew/Internet, 5/7/07)
I guess it could be said in true Omnivore fashion I took the quiz, posted the results here, blogged about it for all asunder, and provided links for anyone else who may be interested.
But I still don't particularly like cell phones.
Tags: Pew Internet, Interent Typology Quiz, Blogthings