Trish Baker, INFOhio ICoach, Media Services Coordinator for the Licking Area Computer Association and recipient of the 2012 Spence White Service Award, presented a session on Go! INFOhio: Ask! Act! Achieve! If you wonder how school library media specialists fit into the Common Core, Ms. Baker briefly explored the English Language Arts Standards and the Literacy Standards that call for an increase in the amount of research including short and frequent projects, citing sources, gathering relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, and drawing evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Using this as her stepping stone, Ms. Baker walked us through the steps of each category. With the student in mind, ASK, helps them get started with the right questions. In ACT, students get help in finding and organizing information and in ACHIEVE, students get help in creating and presenting the results of their research. Ms. Baker took us live to demonstrate some of the tools that are available to students such as the Research Project Calculator, the videos, and interactive PDFs. Laura Piazza, school library media specialist at Upper Arlington High School, demonstrated how she introduced Go! to her 9th grade students and the data she collected about what Go! tools students felt were the most helpful to them in each category. Great session! Great discussion! Thanks Laura and Rebecca for bringing us Trish Baker and this informative session.
AASL commended the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the College Board, and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares findings on a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about their students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies. AASL president Susan Ballard called the report a “must read” noting “the report points out both explicit and implied rationale related to the importance of the need for qualified school librarians to be at the forefront of collaborative instructional design, delivery, and assessment related to the development of effective student researchers.” Go here to see the full report http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Student-Research
Congratulations to the following who have been elected as OELMA’s new board members:
• Susan Yutzey as President
• Jennifer Flaherty as Vice President
• Sheila Campbell as Secretary
• Christina Dorr as Central Region Director 2014
• Annette Lang as East Region Director 2014
• Angela Maxwell as Northeast Region Director 2014
• Debbie Reynolds as Northwest Region Director 2014
• Trent Roberts as South Region Director 2014
• David Hogan as West Region Director 2014
Returning Board Members include:
• Sue Subel as Immediate Past President
• Rebecca Tabor Pollock as Central Region Director 2013
• Angela Wojtecki as East Region Director 2013
• Victoria Karakasis as Northeast Region Director 2013
• Connie Carnicom as Northwest Region Director 2013
• Rebecca Vasilakis as South Region Director 2013
• Emily Rozmus as West Region Director 2013
and finally a huge thank you to members that are leaving the board:
What can we learn from this article from Seth Godin’s blog? Even though he refers to public libraries this does have implications for us. Will Tweet this blog post, too. Comments always welcomed!
This comment is one to ponder: “…librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario”!
This Saturday, December 1st, the OELMA Board will meet. Just wanted to update the membership about some of the items we will be discussing:
• Proposal for a Frank Baker Literacy Workshop to be held in the summer.
• Update on the School Librarian Evaluation rubric.
• Update on the SLMS Evaluation pilot.
• OEA Affiliation
• Final figures from conference 2012, update on early planning of conference 2013
• Update OELMA strategic plan, what we have accomplished, future plans
Just thought it would be helpful for our members to know that we are working for you and the good of our organization. We take this seriously!!!!
Happy Holidays to all!
Finally, I am getting the infographics that were created in Kathy Schrock’s pre-conference posted. The information for the infographics was taken from the survey of Ohio’s elementary school libraries, their budgets and staffing. Each takes a different but very important perspective. Surely these “pictures” ARE worth a thousand words!
Central Region Directors, Laura Piazza and Rebecca Tabor Pollock, served another slam dunk tonight at the second Central Region Workshop session with Carol Brown Dodson of the Ohio Resource Center. Those present tonight learned about the shifts in focus and instruction and how school librarians can support our learning communities in the move to the new Common Core Standards. The online resources available through ORC to support K-12 educators are unbelievably rich. The lesson plans will make you an instant hit with your classroom teachers. Visit http://www.ohiorc.org/ and tour the website and all its resources. Be sure and join us for our next Central Region Workshop session on December 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trish Baker, INFOhio ICoach, will walk us through INFOhio’s newest research tool – Ask! Act! Achieve!
What are all those white square stickers for? “It’s not a sticker…it’s a badge,” says Kristin Fontichiaro. Fontichiaro and her Michigan Makers team from U of Michigan School of Information will be at the 2012 OELMA Conference. OELMA members will be among the first beta testers. At selected events, you can fill out an exit slip and trade it with your presenter for a badge that represents your new learning. Collecting digital badges will help you build a portfolio representing what you know. Watch the video and learn more about badging at the OELMA Conference – http://oelmabadges.wordpress.com. The backpack link is not live yet.
The 2012 OELMA Conference is just two weeks away. Consider serving as a host for an author or speaker. Debbie Reynolds, Local Arrangements, created a handy Host Guide. Here are some of her tips: 1) You are their troubleshooter – when their technology goes wrong contact Kalahari tech support; 2) You are their assistant – help distribute handouts, evaluations, etc.; 3) You are their opening act – ask the presenter if they would like you to introduce them; 4) You are their care giver – work out with the presenter when you need to give them the “high sign” for 10 or 5 minute warning; 5) Most of all you are their gracious host and greet everyone who enters with a smile and a welcome. As Debbie says this responsibility can be very enjoyable and educational especially if you’re able to have some one-on-one time. So when your Conference Chair, Susan Yutzey, sends out the request for session hosts later this week, don’t be shy!