Monday, October 26, 2009

Practicum Site Week 5

Sarah F
Practicum Analysis
Week 5
October 19-October 23, 2009

Day 9

The Accelerated History teachers have asked the School Library to select books that compliment their text book and showcase them in a presentation to get the students interested in other books corresponding with the history of the French Revolution. My main task was to find key words in Chapters 8-11, select books with those key words that the library owns, and create a resource list of those books so that the students could check them out after the Head Librarian’s presentation. The second priority for today was to speak with the Childhood Careers instructor and pick up the leaf craft project that the students were working on. I also gave her a pumpkin craft project for the students to cut out for next week’s craft time at the Public Library. One student participated in Story Time, for extra credit on Thursday evening October 22nd. It was a great learning experience for that student. Each week the students are offered extra credit points for participating in the Books and Babies or Story Time program at the Public Library.

Day 10

I started Day 10 observing the circulation and reference desks on Day 1 of the Expos Term Paper assignment. All students in the Expository Writing courses must complete a 10-15 page research paper including 100 note cards and 25 sources. The students were beginning to place holds on library materials for the assignment and the circ desk was very busy. I helped rubber band books together, place books on a cart for the different classes, and help students find books on their topics. The second task that I accomplished was to examine the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Book Reader. The Sony Book Reader is new and will be loaded with titles that the school library can download from their subscriptions. This device will be checked out to faculty members and their families for one week on a trial basis. The plan is to purchase 10-12 of these machines to check out to students for home use by writing a grant to purchase the readers. The Head Librarian is still working out the specifics of this project but is excited to have this new technology available in her library. The Spanish teacher at the high school met with me to discuss her students’ participation in the Head Start program at the Public Library and the Family Reading Night Celebration at the Middle School. Plans are underway for both of these community wide events. I am also in the final planning stages of the Veterans’ Day project at the High School. The banners are being made this week and soldiers are being identified to be included in the project.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

23 Things # 13 & 14

10/25 /09
Sarah F
LIS 635
23 Things – 13 &14
13. Learn about tagging and discover a (a social bookmaking site)
I went to the web site and looked around the site. The tutorials were very helpful but they took a long time to load on my computer. I looked at two book marks including 10 Best Educational Web Sites at Times Online and 10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read. I think that this would be a very useful tool because it allows you to organize and tag your bookmarks. The site would be a great place to go if you were looking for sites on a particular topic. It is another organizational tool that would be helpful to librarians because it is a fast, easy way to catagorize sources that you have personally chosen.

14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts.
I had never heard of Technorati before. It was really cool to search the blog directory and look at all of the different blogs and how they are tagged. I cannot believe how many blogs are out on the internet. I did a search for Learning 2.0 and dachshunds just to see what I would find. I also looked at a blog called The Hero Complex. I think that this would be a useful site because people write blogs about many different topics. This site allows you to lookat all of the sites and choose the ones that are important to you. If you are looking for a specific blog on a topic this would be the place to go. The blogs are tagged so that they are easier to find and search.

Monday, October 19, 2009

23 Things # 10,11,&12

10/19 /09
Sarah F
LIS 635
23 Things – 10,11,&12

10 Play around with an online image generator.
I went to this web site and looked at I thought it was very cool because you can manipulate an image to make it your own unique picture. You can post your own sayings and information on the pictures. I also used to create a cartoon bubble image of my dachshund wearing a tie. This was a lot of fun to experiment with.

11 Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your favorite books.
I do not have an account with Library Thing so it was time that I set one up. I think this is so interesting because you have the flexibility to tag your own books. I put many of my favorite titles into my account. I think this would be a useful tool when working in a library because you can be connected with others who like the same types of books that you do. This tool allows you to create your own library with titles that are individualized to you.

12 Roll your own search tool with Rollyo.
I have never heard of Rollyo before. I created an account and began to search. I made a Searchroll using the subject dachshunds. I also looked in the health Searchroll to find information about Asthma. These search engines are all grouped together and allow users an easy way to group all of their favorite sites in one place.

Practicum Site Week 4

Sarah F
Practicum Analysis
Week 4
October 12-October 16, 2009

Day 7

“Spook up a Good Book” is the theme for this month’s circulation desk display. I spent most of my day planning this display and selecting the books that were going to be used. A spider web made of white yarn hangs in the corner of the display while books surround it. Books in the display include subjects such as: vampires, werewolves, spooky creatures and Halloween. I also attended a web based seminar entitled, “One Click e-Audio Books.” This presentation discussed downloadable audio books that could be purchased by the library for use by their patrons from home or in the library setting. There were four different collections including adult, young adult, academic and Spanish. All four categories had different pricing and collection models.

Day 8

I began to plan for my “Books into Movies” display for the month of October. Most of the morning was spent working on movie posters using Publisher. Movies are being released in the next two months that are based on popular book titles. The purpose of the display is to let students know when the movies are being released and what other titles are available in the catalog that relate to the movie. The remaining part of the morning was spent watching and listening to a history lesson taught in the library using the Smart Board. I had never seen this used before and enjoyed seeing new technology working well. The teacher was able to click on the board and move from question to question. The students were reviewing for a test on Roman history and this technology allows them to review together. Each student is given a remote and can press the correct answer to the question on the board.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Practicum Week 3

Sarah F
Practicum Analysis
Week 3
October 5-October 9 2009

Day 5

The circulation desk at the library is very busy during the morning hours. I was left alone at the desk to supervise the student workers and answer reference questions that were presented first thing in the morning. I checked out two videos for a teacher and observed while two Hispanic students found playaways to listen and read along with to develop their English skills. Inter-library Loan differences between the public library and school library procedures were discussed. A Power Point presentation was being developed by the Head Librarian to discuss books for freshman English students to read and check out. This presentation featured the newest fiction titles at the library. Many different book selections were pulled for display during the presentations on Wednesday.

Day 6

Harry Potter is a popular book series among the students at the High School. There are at least two copies of each book available for check-out. I was assigned the duty of developing a Harry Potter display for the Library. A student made a Harry Potter broom for his Halloween Costume last year and donated it to the Library. There is only one display case available so this display is being put together above a short book shelf. I hung a black robe, the broom, glasses, a wizard hat, a poster, and wand from the ceiling. All seven of the books are displayed below the ceiling props on book stands. This was a fun display to set up and it allowed me to become familiar with the ceiling clips and the display procedures at the High School.
Today I met with a history teacher to discuss plans about the Veterans’ Day celebration that will be happening at the school. We decided that the Library’s Role will be to design a display case and create banners to be sent to RTHS graduates who are overseas at this time. I will also help with other projects as needed.
The final project today was computer maintenance; there is a computer lab in the library that must be updated regularly.

23 Things 8&9

Sarah F
LIS 635
23 Things – 8 and 9

8. Learn about RSS feeds and setup your own Bloglines newsreader account.
This exercise taught me how to set up my account and what RSS Feeds were all about. It sounds really cool because you can go to one place to get all of your news and information. I read through the tutorial on the web page and found that to be very helpful if you have not previously subscribed to this. It has screen shots and allows you to clearly see each step of the process. I went to my e-mail account and validated my address. Once I was logged into my account I began to select some web sites to add to my list. This tool could be very useful to a librarian because it is one place to go to acquire all of the news headlines, sports, facts, and library news.

9.Locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds.

I subscribed to some library and news feeds. This was interesting to me because there are so many interesting sites available. These allow professionals to stay aware of current news stories and know what stories are developing in their profession.

Library Sites: Library Stuff,, Librarians’ Internet Index, Shifted Librarian

News Sites:, Fox, National Geographic News

Sunday, October 4, 2009

23 Things 5,6,&7

10/4 /09
Sarah F
LIS 635
Blog Entry 3
23 Things

5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
Flickr was a very interesting and informative site. The tour tab helped me to understand what features Flickr offered. There are pictures available to view from many different collections. A search was preformed using the term “dachshund”. There were many different pictures to look at and choose from. There are places to set up and view your account and share your pictures with others. You can also view your own pictures, organize and tag them for yourself. This was the first time that I have ever been on the Flickr website and it was an enlightening learning experience.

6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.
Mashups and 3rd party sites were not a terms that I was familiar with before I looked at the information on the Learning 2.0 site. The Librarian Trading Card site was really interesting because it showed the transfer of different images used to create cool trading cards. The Visual Mashups site showed many different paintings that were very vivid and colorful. This is a cool concept because it allows individuals to be creative and develop something new. I also looked at the examples given including Mappr, Flickr Color Pickr, and Montagr. It is amazing that we now have the capability to create something so unique and personal using outside data.

7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and create a faster more organized environment. We have a computer program at the library that allows patrons to make computer reservations when all of the internet computers are full. We make the reservations from one PC and print out receipts for those patrons so that they know what time the reservation is and what computer they have been assigned to. Usually everything works smoothly but Saturday we were very busy so I had to make a reservation from a different computer. The computer would not print a receipt and after the reservation was made the computer totally locked up and had to be completely shut down and re-booted. It is very confusing because there are three computers at the desk and they all have the program and capability to print and make reservations but only the middle one truly works efficiently and records the reservations. Technology can be very efficient but it can also be very inefficient at times.

Practicum Week 2

Sarah F
Practicum Analysis
Week 2
September 28- October 2, 2009

Day 3

Database instruction was the main objective on day 3. The Head Librarian taught the first session of freshman English students while I observed and took notes. The students seemed to be very receptive to the lesson and listened attentively while she instructed them. The second group of students was an advanced freshman English class. I began my instruction with a brief overview of the library catalog, and then proceeded into a discussion on various available databases including Novelist Plus. One of the main points of the lesson was demonstrating to the students that information they find on the internet is not always true. This was presented to the students by showing them fake web sites and comparing the information with reliable database articles. The final class that I taught was a basic freshman English class of 25-30 students. The class itinerary was the same as the advanced class but the students had a difficult time deciphering the fake web sites and finding their way around the databases. The experience provided me with an understanding of the library catalog, databases offered, and the students’ understanding of the library’s computer resources.

Day 4

Day 4 began by meeting with a teacher who teaches the Child Care Careers class at the high school. Her students are learning to choose and read books to preschoolers and grade school aged children. On Tuesday I will be going to her classroom to present a program and demonstration to teach the students how to plan a Books and Babies or Story Time session. An October birthday display was assembled and books were chosen to correspond with the poster hanging near the display area. Other assorted events happened including a fire drill, looking through new books that were purchased recently and meeting with an administrator to discuss what I was learning and teaching the students. The final event for day 4 was meeting with a Social Studies instructor to begin planning for the Veterans’ Day Project at the school. This year the theme for Veterans’ Day will be families. Books will be placed in the library display case to reflect this topic and other plans are being implemented.