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In preparation for next week's Web 2.0 presentation, I tested some of my chosen Web tools on the library computers. There were several incompatibility issues, but I hope to work around these technical problems. My plan is to introduce Animoto, Voki, Tagxedo or Worlde, and more.
I read three SC Book Award titles to a K5 class which was somewhat challenging. At my home school I know most of the students' names which makes correcting them easier. At Pine Street I do not know many students' names so discipline can be challenging. This class was revved up and eager to check out, but some of them followed the stories and they did come up with lots of examples of opposites after hearing Polar Opposites.
A 5th grade teacher approached me about working with her class over the next few weeks. They are studying the 1920s era and she wants each student to produce a PowerPoint related to their topic. During the class library time, I will work with small groups of students to introduce PowerPoint creation.
Lee Anne showed me how to use TitleWave to create reports analyzing the library collection. This is broken down by Dewey call #s and can get as specific as by 10s. Amazing! This is part of my weeding/collection development training and I got some hands-on experience. Weeding operates on the CREW acronym: Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding. Another popular weeding acronym is MUSTIE:
• Misleading or factually inaccurate
• Ugly (worn beyond repair)
• Superseded by new edition or better book
• Trivial (no discernible literary or scientific value)
• Irrelevant (your collection no longer has a use for the item)
• Elsewhere (available though ILL or branch holds)
(Thanks Lee Anne for reminding me to look up these acronyms!)
One rewarding moment was providing reader's advisory for a 5th grade student. She had left her Kindle at home and needed some reading material. She liked The Hunger Games type fiction so I suggested The Giver or Among the Hidden. She chose the latter and I told her to let me know how she liked it. I love it when I can successfully match up a reader and a book.
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