10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library

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“This article from Katie Lepi at Edudemic features 10 ways to give your school library a digital adrenaline shot—some really useful stuff on offer here.”


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School had ended. Yet, there was a mini EdCamp nestled deep in the library in Warwick, Rhode Island. In that EdCamp sat a group of inspired, tech-loving educators trying to get one more chance to discuss tech. The Mini EdCamp was the brainchild of Alicia Sullivan, a Rhode Island State Induction Coach who wanted educators to engage in tech talk without having to wait for EdCampRI, which isn’t until October 26th.

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And so we gathered, showing off our stuff, asking questions, and making friends.  I watched what others were doing and I talked about a couple of things I’ve been up to, like Learnist and blogging in the classroom. I put out a request for crowdsourcing and collaborating on some boards. I met one school librarian. We discussed the role of technology in the school library.

Librarians are a critical part of the school team, but sometimes they get placed off to the side. We’re busy planning curricula, integrating Common Cores, and doing our own thing. We don’t always make library professionals a part of the conversation. Librarians don’t simply check out books these days–they are professional researchers, curation experts, and guides. Since Learnist deals with research and curation across subject areas, it is only natural that professionals in library science would gravitate toward Learnist.

This week’s boards are dedicated to the researchers and librarians who support the work in the classroom, showing how Learnist can help them in that mission.

Teaching Digital Devices

Libraries are much more digital these days. This board gives tips, tricks, and guides for teaching patrons to use the library’s digital devices for a variety of purposes, helping people to get a fuller, richer experience from a visit to the library.

Library Research for Undergraduates

Many undergraduates do not use the library. I was one of them. The library became a place for naps, staring off into space, and waiting for books to jump off the shelf and identify themselves to me. This board is about library research at a time when young scholars need it most–right when they get into college.

21st Century Libraries

Libraries of the 21st century are mobile, versatile, and open up the world. When I was in school, we had to sit in libraries and take notes from books with notecards. Those days are gone. We can now access library subscriptions from anywhere, borrow things virtually, and pretty much access the universe either from the library or from the library portal from our own home.

Classroom Library

This is a board about maintaining and cataloging a classroom library. As someone who has books for student use, I can attest to the fact that they are often borrowed and never returned. These organizational ideas and apps will be helpful to me in keeping my classroom materials organized.

Library Lover’s Month

February was library month, but libraries stay with us all year. This board is dedicated to the true library lover.

Technology for Library Customers with Autism

Many patrons with autism benefit from special services and materials that libraries possess. This board discuses apps, computers, and other services available to patrons with autism.

There’s a Library App for That!

This article shows several useful library and research oriented apps. Learning number four features Learnist!

The Future of Libraries

This board was made for Library Worker’s Day but it wants you to picture a world without libraries. Libraries are free and public. They continually do more with less. There is a future in the physical library. They have been enriching our civilization for a very long time, and will continue to do so into the future.

Library of Congress Tackles the Web

Every book in print in this nation is in the Library of Congress. The LOC is busy digitizing, archiving and updating, but still hosts the most comprehensive collection in the world.

School Libraries on the Chopping Block: Essential or Expendable?

School libraries–many are forward-thinking research centers where students learn 21st century Common Core reinforced skills in literacy, numeracy, and research, bolstered by a skilled research professional (also known as the librarian). Other schools hang on to the old Dewey Decimal system with books that are out of date and budgets that don’t support upgrades. The school library is an essential piece of learning, helpful to students in learning valuable skills, providing collaboration space, and in a perfect world, access to the newest and best digital media. Education must support this mission.