INFO 250 Articles on Teaching
This is my list of articles on teaching. Most of them are for novices, and most of these are about communication between teachers and librarians, but there’s also some about technology that’s useful in the classroom. Most of them are worth reading, though some I gave poor reviews for not being especially valuable or noteworthy, merely supporting the subject or offering background information.
Jacobson, L. (2016). When librarians teach teachers. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2016/07/standards/early-learning/when-librarians-teach-teachers/
This article mentions several early-learning programs which librarians teach to teachers, particularly those associated with teaching children to read so they are ready for school. It will be most useful for K-3 Youth and School librarians or librarians interested in teaching these skills to the early-education teachers.
Krebs, P. (2014). Why you should talk to the librarians. Chroniclevitae.com. Retrieved from https://chroniclevitae.com/news/673-why-you-should-talk-to-the-librarians
This article is more interesting to K-12 and academic librarians, as it reminds teachers to contact librarians before publishing their syllabus and get additional resources that the librarian knows about. Librarians can offer even more help if you give them a heads-up about what your assignments are going to be.
They can pull relevant texts from the stacks and hold them on reserve for your course. They can come to your classroom and talk about which sources are available and how to judge their quality. They can suggest assignments and let you know about resources you may not have seen yet. And they can be a great help if you have to miss a class–they can work with your students in the library that day or in your classroom to keep them on track with whatever assignment you’ve given while you’re away at that conference.
I thought this was a particularly useful quote.
LaGarde, J. (2012). 5 more TED talks that all school librarians should watch. LibraryGirl.net (blog). Retrieved from http://www.librarygirl.net/2012/09/5-more-ted-talks-that-all-school.html
This list of TED Talks videos includes several interesting topics, each of which is worthy of review as individual articles/videos appropriate to our topic on librarianship and teaching in schools.
LaGarde, J. (2011). 6 TED Talks all school librarians should watch (and why!). LibraryGirl.net (blog). Retrieved from http://www.librarygirl.net/2011/05/recently-andy-woodworth-posted-series.html
The original posted list of TED talks about librarianship. These video lectures are meant to inspire viewers and provide ideas and motivation to do things.
Leeder, K. (2011). Collaborating with faculty part 2: What our partnerships look like. InTheLibraryWithTheLeadPipe.org. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2011/collaborating-with-faculty-part-2-what-our-partnerships-look-like/
This article, second in a series, is about how to talk to teachers and collaborate with them using library resources. The first in the series is general. These are specific examples. Key points are faculty training and technology assistance (another kind of training or infrastructure help with websites or hardware).
Deringer, S. (2013). Inspire collaboration: A quick and easy guide for super busy school librarians. Inalj.com. Retrieved from http://inalj.com/?p=40373
Simple advice on collaborating, starting with offering to help and respecting teacher’s time and schedules. This also lists a number of resources on collaboration.
Ivey, R. (2003). Information literacy: How do librarians and academics work in partnership to deliver effective learning programs? Australian Academic and Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048623.2003.10755225
Good ideas despite being somewhat out of date.
Strang, T. (2015). Improving collaboration among faculty and librarians. Cengage Learning (blog). Retrieved from http://blog.cengage.com/improving-collaboration-among-faculty-and-librarians/
This is a list with additional links to websites with further refined advice.
Editor. (2016). The best apps for teaching and learning 2016. ALA.org. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/apps/2016
This list assembled by librarians at American Library Association contains a lot of educational software published in the last year. There’s also utilities to help teachers stay organized, which works between their smartphone, laptop, tablet, and PC.
Editor. (2016). Best websites for teaching & learning 2016. ALA.org. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites/2016
Like the list of Apps, this is a list of useful websites which both teachers and librarians would find useful in education. A big part of a librarian’s job is to find stuff, but also to remember stuff we find so that when someone says “I wish I could do X” you can actually say “Yes, you can at link Y, and it’s free. I’ll show you.”
Firestone, M. (2014). What is collaborative learning: Benefits theory definition. (Video). Study.com. Retrieved from http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-collaborative-learning-benefits-theory-definition.html
This video provides an explanation into collaborative learning and what it really means.
Levine, M. (2016). Collaborative learning in libraries. PublicLibrariesOnline.org. Retrieved from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2016/06/collaborative-learning-in-libraries/
This article describes the co-learning classes in first web design and coding and later in Arduino (Maker) projects taught at the Chattanooga (TN) public library system. This is pretty short and may lack sufficient depth to recommend to others.
Kruse, C. (2016). Creating collaborative learning spaces in a college library. Ideas.Demco.com (blog). Retrieved from http://ideas.demco.com/blog/creating-collaborative-learning-spaces-in-the-college-library/
This blog post provides pictures and descriptions of Maker spaces in a college library and how those were funded. The article is a bit short though the pictures are useful.
House, K. (2014). Multnomah County Library turns to ‘collaborative learning’ to lure teens in, keep them engaged. (Video). OregonLive.com. Retrieved from http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/07/headline_multnomah_county_libr.html
This has a video and an article following it with supporting pictures and a brief quote from the instructor in charge.
Clifford, M. (2016). 20 Collaborative learning tips and strategies for teachers. TeachThought.com. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/20-collaborative-learning-tips-and-strategies/
A list of techniques recommended to help students learn in a small group environment created through “collaborative learning”. These look useful and can be tested in the real world.
Editor. (2016). Empowering parents with technology. Oppl.org. Retrieved from http://oppl.org/about/library-news/empowering-parents-technology
This article is a post at Oak Park Public Library explaining their program to help parents keep better track of what their kids are learning in school. This is an example of an ongoing program which allows collaboration between librarians, teachers, students, and parents rather than merely another theoretical test using spent grant money. It is pretty interesting.
Nelson, K. (2016). 10 game-changing ways to use an interactive classroom projector. WeAreTeachers.com.Retrieved from http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2016/02/01/10-game-changing-ways-to-use-an-interactive-classroom-projector
This is an interesting one, because it uses modern digital projectors to create active learning for students. The example provided would be excellent for history, geography, and probably geology too.
Annoyed_Librarian. (2014). Closer to real censorship. [Blog] Library Journal. Retrieved from
Anthony, C. (2016). Libraries are bridging the digital divide in cities. Library Vision.org.
Retrieved from http://www.libraryvision.org/libraries_are_bridging_the_digital_divide_in_cities
Barefoot, R. (2016). Week 3: Managing the roles of organizational change. SJSU SLIS 282-10
lesson. Retrieved from https://sjsu.instructure.com/courses/1209014/pages/week-3-
Benjamin, K. (2013). 11 book burning stories that will break your heart. Mental Floss. Retrieved
Hernon, P. and Altman, E. (2010). Assessing service quality: Satisfying the expectations of library customers, 2nd ed. [Document]. American Library Association.org. Retrieved from https://www.alastore.ala.org/pdf/9780838910214_excerpt.pdf
Mies, G. (2016). How to make technology training fun for your library staff. TechSoupForLibraries.com. Retrieved from http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/make-library-staff-technology-training-fun
Rabina, D. (2013). The dark side of Dewey. MiniStories.Wordpress.com.Retrieved from https://minystories.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/the-dark-side-of-dewey/
Tennant, R. (2002). MARC must die. Library Journal,127(17), 26.