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  • Applying the Principles of Epigenetics for a (R)evolution in School Librarianship
    presented by Buffy J. Hamilton || Teacher Librarian Café || April 19, 2010
  • Darwin’s work teaches that evolutionary genetic changes take place slowly over many years and through natural selection
  • The science of epigenetics disrupts the notion of slow change and the belief that we have little to no control over our genes
  • Cellular changes to the epigenome (the cellular material that sits atop the DNA) can impact genetic material and accelerate significant change to the genome
  • These changes are akin to “flipping a switch” that impact gene expression by turning the genes “on” or “off”
  • The promise of epigenetics: the potential to mitigate or cure ailments and harness the power of beneficial gene expression
  • What can we as librarians glean from the study of epigenetics?
  • We can look for external changes and influences to help our profession not just survive but to flourish in harsh conditions
  • lack of full funding and budget cuts have “silenced” many of our “genes”
  • aclimate that values standardized test scores over inquiry has impacted our genes
  • filtering fears are debilitating to our growth
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  • A shift in who counts as experts and the decision making model has met some hostile environments
  • What “epigenetic” changes and influences can accelerate our ability to adapt to a changing educational landscape?
  • 1
    Make our practice transparent to the world
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  • web-based mindmap
  • flickr
  • youtube
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • blog
  • transparency and data
  • transparency and data
  • share your practice via social media
  • embrace instructional leadership
  • 2
    Create and nurture a participatory culture that invites conversations for learning, multiple forms of literacy, and multiple modes of learning
    cc licensed flickr photo by Suttonhoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suttonhoo22/2512983749/
  • rethinking what “collection” means
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  • ebooks and mobile readers
  • mobile computing
  • gaming
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  • digital equipment
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  • information evaluation and social scholarship via research pathfinders
  • inquiry, engagement, and collective intelligence
  • 1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success.
    1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
    active reflection and metacognition
  • digital citizenship and ethical use of information
  • scaffold alternate ways of representing learning and knowledge
  • research portfolio with Google Sites
  • multigenre elements
  • multigenre elements
  • netvibes and iGoogle: personal learning environments and learning artifacts
  • collaboration, leadership, and social responsibility for shared knowledge construction
  • cloud computing: google docs
  • diigo: group bookmarks
  • evernote
  • 3
    Build your collaborative tribe through listening, sharing, and risk-taking
    cc licensed photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandoncripps/3156373103/sizes/o/
  • planting seedstakes bothfaithand action
  • making space for the unorthodox
  • physical space
  • going against the grain
  • expanding our concept of collection and the containers for it
  • 4
    Energize your mind and spirit by tapping into the wisdom of the crowd by growing your personal learning network
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  • youtube rss
  • slideshare rss
  • delicious rss
  • diigo rss
  • citation 2.0 rss
  • organize and manage with google reader
  • youtube
  • virtual conferences and webinars
  • face to face conferences
  • skype
  • face to face informal gatherings
  • virtual and f2f friendships strengthen us
  • Embrace your role as a fearless advocate for intellectual freedom, equitable access to all forms of information, and multiple literacies
  • make the argument for access to a specific resource or tool by collecting examples of effective instructional practice
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  • develop and present a concrete plan for use of the resource and how you will implement its use
  • remind decision makers that students need guided instruction and opportunities to learn how to use social media thoughtfully and wisely
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  • tie your requests to performance standards
  • we need nurturing influences on our librarian genes to help us thrive and adapt to today’s information landscape
  • repeated exposure to healthy influences builds resilience
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  • harness the power of positive epigenomic changes in our profession and silence the crippling ones
  • librarians do matter
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  • contact information
  • works cited
    Cloud, John. “Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny.” Time. N.p., 6 Jan. 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.