You might be a 21st Century Librarian in New Hanover County if...




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You are figuring out how to be present for your
learners and teachers 24/7, at the point of the
information, research, or communication need.
Ubiquity changes everything. With computers in
every classroom and every home, heck with computers
in every pocket, how are you going to share
your wisdom and collaborate?
Ashley media skills classes are assigned a research pamphlet where they are instructed to create a list of resources about a specific topic. Each source is evaluated on the list based on its ability to help a student research a topic. Students then create a think map of there research process and explain how they would use each type of source to help write a paper. Use the links below to see rubric on how to create a research pamphlet. (Link 1 is the front side of the pamphlet and link 2 is the other.)

You understand that learning can (and should) be playful.
We have had loads of success at Sunset Park using puppets for Reader's Theater, we have used the lab to create comic strips of the stories students have been reading instead of traditional book reports, and we have round tables of "tell me what happens" next using Goosebumps and mapping the story on our Smartboard so that we can come back to it each week and share with classroom teachers.

You understand that learning should be authentic
At Sunset Park, all grades work on a research project. We start in the thirs nine week so that students are comfortable with the collection, with using the computers and Internet, know what their interests are and are ready to be challenged by doing a research project. Students have to have the skill set to us ethe tools and evaluate the tools, and we have found by offering multimedia resources as well as print, that they are genuinely engaged in the process and seem to actually leran more than the traditional ways of teaching rsearch.

You understand that learning can be multi-modal,
media-rich, customized to the needs of individual learners.

You know the potential new technologies offer for
interaction–learners as both information consumers
and producers. You understand that in this world
learners have ithe power to create and share knowledge.
At Blair we just finished a unit on advertising that I saw on an ALA website. It is available for free from the Federal Trade Commission. It comes with lesson plans that focus on great critical thinking skills and collaborative learning. You can order bookmarks and a parent newsletter to involve the whole family. Best of all, it culminates with an interactive computer game that students play. We ended the unit by using the class set of netbooks and each student was able to play the game. A great success and the students loved it! The website is

You are concerned that, when it matters,
your students move beyond information satisficing.
They make solid information decisions.

You are concerned that students learn to evaluate,
to triangulate information in all media formats.
We must guide them in an increasingly complex world,
to make information decisions, to evaluate all their
information choices, including books, blogs, wikis,
streamed media, whatever comes next.

You are concerned and excited about what you can
do that Google or Wikipedia cannot. What customized
services and instruction will you offer that will
not be outsourced to Bangalore?

You continually share new understandings of searching,
and evaluation, and analysis and synthesis, and digital
citizenship, and communication, integrating and
modeling our new standards, dispositions
and common beliefs.
At Trask, students are being introduced to the Google search tool, Wonder Wheel when beginning research projects. It helps them find the thing they are looking for, even if they are not sure what it is. The main phrase you are searching for becomes the middle of the sun, and relevant keywords are linked on the sun’s “rays”. It is a great way to organize search results starting with a general subject and narrowing it to more specific subjects.

You understand that exploration and freedom are
key to engaging students in a virtual environment
to promote independent learning.

You know the potential new technologies offer
for interaction–learners as both information
consumers and creative information producers.

You ensure that the library provides an independent
learning environment that connects students
and teachers in a social, digital, community.
At Sunset Park, students and staff share their work, ideas and applications to diversify learning and spark creativity in the classroom, the computer labs and Media Center. By sharing files, and lessons, we have an endless supply of resources to teach and learn just about anything :)