Collecting online badges as signs of acquired skills or new learnings is an emerging concept in both formal and informal learning environments. Cloth badges defined scouting and gave scouts a way of displaying their skills (via sashes, kerchiefs, or vests). How can moving that practice online — and creating digital backpacks with digital badges that also demonstrate new skills and abilities — transform learning? How can the microcredentialing aspect of digital badging help to capture skills that are not reflected on formal academic transcripts? How can librarians use badges to empower informal learning in powerful ways that transcend current practice and empower patrons, colleagues, and students? The presenters, a team from the University of Michigan School of Information who badged October’s OELMA conference, will share an overview of digital badging, discuss how badging can move beyond extrinsic motivation and into a meaningful representation of skills, and share tips for effective practice.
I received an e-mail from Sue Subel reminding me that “it’s now official” – I am President of OELMA. Presiding over this wonderful association is an honor and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. As the weeks unfold, I will post to the OELMA Blog various items of interest to the membership. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please e-mail me. ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, raises some thought-provoking ideas in his column entitled “Reenvisioning ALA” in the January/February 2013 American Libraries. “The Association, like libraries, must change and evolve to best serve our communities,” Fiels states. Just like ALA, OELMA must change and evolve. OELMA’s community is YOU as well as students, teachers, administrators, and parents. I hope you will find 2013 to be the year you contribute your ideas and suggestions to your Executive Board. What opportunities exist for OELMA? What do we as the professional association for Ohio’s school librarians aspire to become?
If you’ve not already checked it out, visit ALA’s Transforming Libraries site with its one-stop access to information on resources, publications, webinars, and online discussion groups and communities related to the many aspects of library transformation. The new Libraries Matter portal provides access to information on hundreds of studies that document the impact of public, academic, and school libraries. It’s designed to help local advocates use these studies to make the case for library/librarian support.
Have a great start to 2013!
Save the date, March 9, 2013! OELMA will host midwinter on that day in Columbus. More details about time and place will follow. Midwinter 2013 will focus on the School Library Media Specialist evaluation. The midwinter conference will include a panel discussion of school librarians from around the state that have agreed to pilot the evaluation. I might add that President-elect, Susan Yutzey, worked tirelessly to complete the evaluation tool and had it ready to go at the beginning of December for those who had volunteered to pilot the evaluation rubric. Thanks also go to Kathy Fredrick, Deb Logan, Meghan Harper, Marie Sabol, and Cherie Pandora for their significant contributions. A tentative outline of the day follows (subject to change, of course):
Presentation of the evaluation tool and panel discussion by pilot participants.
Breakout sessions to include:
Setting goals for Your Professional Growth
Creating Student Learning Objectives to Impact Student Learning
How to Evaluate Your Library Program
Building Assessments to Gather Evidence of Student Growth (K-5 and 6-12)
Hope to see you in Columbus on March 9th for this very important midwinter conference regarding the school library media specialist evaluation.
Wishing you all a restful, peaceful and joyous holiday season!
Library Media Specialist
Ohio Educational Library Media Assn. President, 2012
Kenston High School
9500 Bainbridge Road
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
This op-ed piece from the Seattle Times was posted on the AASLforum. It goes nicely with the post about information and the common core!
Think you will find this article interesting and very useful!
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!