My summer break for 2012/2013 has come to an end, and it will be back to work as usual from Monday. I’ve had a lovely break away from school, spending time with family and friends, reading, getting things done around the house. For me, the school holidays over the last few years have also included doing a bunch of stuff for SLANZA, and this break is no different.
Soon we will be launching the next iteration of the SLANZA wiki – a new website that will stand alongside the recently redeveloped main site, so that’s been one of my holiday projects. Here’s a sneak preview of how it’s looking so far (click to embiggen):
The other project that’s taking shape is a new Professional Development programme for SLANZA members, urged on by our survey last year that showed 80% of respondents want PD around the use of online tools in school libraries. It’s a big project, and one that the SLANZA PD team are keen to deliver ASAP. As part of the programme design, we’ve been investigating the use of OpenBadges as a method of recognising and displaying the skills that participants will learn as they progress through the course. Here’s a diagram I’ve made (using Triptico’s ‘hexagonal thinking’ tool Think Link) to show my thoughts about how this PD might connect with ‘what school librarians do’.
I’d love to get your feedback on this, so please leave a comment with any thoughts or suggestions that you think could be incorporated. I tend to get a bit tunnel-vision-y at times, so if there are glaringly obvious omissions please help me fill them in!
Watch The Vlog Brothers perform a live concert at Carnegie Hall. It is great! the music is lovely and the sentiments in the songs resonate! Lovers of the Green Brothers will be in heaven!
Here is a list, from over on the What’s Next: Top Trends blog. If you head over to the post you can see the items in a list. So soon we won’t be needing to vacuum - excellent news. No need for intimacy or retirement. We will be working until we drop! In come memory implants (that’d be handy), pay by fingerprint – seeing as I’ve just become a mobile banking fan this would be awesome, as for pollution absorbing clothes I’m pretty sure my kids had that sorted a few years ago. Anyway jesting aside it is interesting to see what the geek folk think we have heading our way, and indeed what is being relegated to the pasta.
And I don’t mean who’s been naughty or nice, though anyone who works in a school library surely has a mental list of those…
But I digress. It’s that time of year when various book-related peeps put together lists of the best books of the year that’s nearly over.
Open in my browser tabs lately are these “Best of 2012″ beauties. Why don’t you start making your own “to-read” list for the summer now! Or make notes of titles to buy for your school library in 2013.
- GoodReads Choice Awards 2012
- Huffington Post
- RT’s 2012 YA award nominees
- CILILP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards long list
- Publishers Weekly Best Books
- YALSA 2012 best fiction for YA
- Tor 2012 World Fantasy Award winners
- New York Times best illustrated children’s books
- Amazon best books of 2012 (Teens)
- Kirkus Reviews best children’s books of 2012 (Teens list announced Nov 26th)
Get your buying list notebooks or apps out to take notes for when your budget is all filled up again, cos there are some things you’ll want to buy/read on this list folks. This is a list of the new cool stuff hitting the shops in the States this winter. Books for every level are here. Some are out already here, a couple are in my ‘I’m taking this home for the holidays box’ right now. Here is the link to the list. And look at that, here is a link to the downloadable shelf talkers. Oh how I love shelf talkers.
Link from 100 Scope Notes – full of the power of awesome.
The other day I came across this blog written by two Australian librarians, about their QPLA scholarship-funded research into Readers Advisory: “Embedding readers advisory in professional practice as a key collaborative strategy in Queensland public libraries”.
The blog has loads of links to all sorts of useful RA sites, and also a survey the researchers have opened up for Australian and NZ librarians, particularly public librarians. As I looked through the survey, it seemed to me that along with containing loads of excellent ideas for services and programmes your school library might offer, it also had some good ideas for collecting and sharing various data about the impact of what you do.
Do take a few minutes to help the researchers with their survey, and have a think about the possibilities it suggests. These are a few of the ideas that particularly struck me, I’m sure you’ll find more to get you thinking.
A few ideas for actions/tasks:
- Living room or genre layout for non-fiction
- Readers Advisory posts on social media
- Recommended Reads or genre booklet
- Shelf-talkers (book reviews on display)
- Staff picks displays (staff recommendations).
- Staff recommended packs (bundle of 2 or more books for fast issue)
- Anecdotal evidence of community connections with reading
- Collection issues of specific collections (e.g. Hot Reads, Fastbacks, new books)
- Collection performance (borrowing rate of each resource)
- Number of reading related interactions on Facebook or other social media
- Number of reservations placed
- Number of reviews added online to the library catalogue