Archive for June, 2012

School Libraries and Diverse Student Needs

Dr Ross Todd discusses school libraries and diverse student needs.

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LeBron James on Reading

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LeBron James, possibly the best basketball player in the world today, averaged about 18 points per game in the NBA Finals last season. This year he is averaging 29 points per game! What’s his secret?

READING. Truly.

In his commentary for ESPN, LeBron James, Open BookMichael Wilbon discusses the media speculation over LeBrons very public reading habits over the last couple of months. Whether he was being sponsored by authors or publishers . . .

However, LeBron says he sought to simply find a calm place before each game from which to operate:

“It just slows my mind down. It gives me another outlet. Throughout the playoffs, all you think about is basketball. All you want to do is play basketball. But at the same time it can become a lot. It can [get] to a point where it’s overloading to the mind, and you think about it too much. It’s hard to get away from it because you’re playing every other day, you talk about it every single day, you prepare every single day. So the reading has given me an opportunity to, just for those couple hours of the day or those 20 minutes, 25 minutes before the game, an opportunity just to read and think about something else and get a sense of what else is going on besides the game of basketball. It’s made me comfortable. I’m not saying it’s the trick. It’s just something that I decided to do at the beginning of the postseason, and it’s worked for me.”

Two days ago LeBron James and his team Maimi Heat won the 2012 NBA Finals.

If LeBron is reading, then reading is cool. What a wonderful message from one of the world’s top sports people.

Source: Michael Wilbon, ESPN

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Hunger Games merch

OK this is a long shot – given that it’s 3:30pm already. But if you are reading this before midnight on June 21st, and if there’s a distinct lack of Hunger Games  jewellery in your life or that of someone near and dear to you, then hie y’sel over to here post haste! Go on, you know you want one!

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Non-Fiction Books – Are They Still Relevant in a High School Library?

Bev Novak recently posted this video Joe’s Non-Netbook illustrating students’ views on using books for research. Simple, clever, funny and enlightening.

Here’s how I see it.

Our youngest students, Year Levels 7 & 8, irregularly use our non-fiction collection. Older students occasionally utilise the books when their assignment stipulates a number of print-based resources. Why is it necessary to set this criteria? In New Zealand we are fortunate to have the EPIC Databases provided free to all schools by the Ministry of Education – 25 databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand newspapers, magazines and journals, biographies, reference material, images, audio and video on a wide range of topics. These databases quell any argument on quality of online information.

Digital resources allow students to expand images, define words, drag and drop, cut and paste, highlight and comment, to explore links to develop wider understanding, to watch videos or listen to sources that support the learning. Not surprising our students prefer digital resources to the inflexibility of print books.

It comes down to engagement doesn’t it – the learning happens from the engagement. In the 21st Century, the majority of our learners are choosing digital resources over print-based resources. As school librarians we need to reflect on the value and relevance of our non-fiction collections in response to our students’ learning needs.

Source: Bev Novak, BevsBookBlog

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A lovely free Garth Nix taster

Are you a fan of Garth Nix?  If you have been waiting with excitement to get your hands on a copy of A Confusion Of Princes there here is a little treat courtesy of Harper.  Click on the image to access the book via the FB page Pitch Dark.

 

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Card Catalogue Coolness

This is cool.  This video was made to draw attention to the enormous card catalogue at Stirling Memorial Library.  It came to me from Bookable. Just imagine how long this took to make!  Have you still got a card catalogue in your library, they have become collectable these days which is cool, making me wish I had kept a rather lovely one I once had in a former life.  Have you got one?  What do you do with it these days?  Gold star to the most creative idea!

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