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The mobile school library


How to take your school library 'out of hours'

How to take your school library 'out of hours'

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  • 2. Ipads, EReaders, and smartphones
  • 3. Diigo
    • Diigo is an online bookmark service. You can access your bookmarks online from any computer, or your Apple or Android phone
    • Diigo is a social tool – you can befriend others and search their bookmarks as well
    • You can make up lists for your students so they don’t have to trawl through Google, but have a ready-made list to which you and staff contribute, which you can embed on the VLE
    • You can have a collective account for sixth form pupils where they save and share bookmarks with each other – independent learning.
    • There are other online bookmark services, like Delicious, but Diigo is the most versatile
    • If you tweet, Diigo will save any URL’s of favourited tweets for you automatically
  • 4. A Diigo page
  • 5. Dropbox and
    • Dropbox is a way of sharing documents quickly and easily
    • Dropbox is an app for phones as well, so documents can be uploaded there too
    • You can have shared Dropboxes with different people for different purposes
    • is another way of sharing documents freely with others
    • You can embed a widget on your website, and people can download documents from there
  • 6. Dropbox and Diigo
  • 7. Evernote Evernote can sync to both your IPad and your IPhone or Android
  • 8. Evernote
    • You can send photos from your Android or Iphone directly to Evernote
    • You can also dictate messages to Evernote using an app
    • This way you can take photos at an art exhibition, say, and voice recordings, and send them straight to Evernote
    • This will be stored in a folder along with your other notes.
    • Notes can be emailed to others through Evernote
  • 9. Evernote on the computer.
  • 10. Uses for Evernote
    • You can use Evernote as a personal webclipper and storage space for all documents
    • Evernote will integrate with Outlook so you can save emails.
    • You can quickly use the Evernote clipper whenever you are on a webpage to save the whole page, or to highlight text and save only that
    • The original link to the webpage is retained so you can go back and check for referencing purposes
  • 11. Kindles
    • Kindles are increasingly being used in UK school libraries
    • This ning is helpful:
    • You can register 6 kindles on one email address
    • You need to deregister the kindles once content is on or turn off One Click ordering
    • Download free samples of books as ‘tasters’ for students
  • 12. Other forms of Ereaders
    • Sony ereaders are also popular, and can be used to borrow books from public libraries, unlike the Kindle, which only connects to Amazon
    • There is an Ibooks app on the Iphone and Ipad, as well as a Kindle app
    • Books can be loaned from your LMS or put on the VLE
  • 13. Free ebook content
    • There are many sources of free ebooks
    • Project Gutenberg for copies of out of copyright books. Includes QR code for free installation of app on your phone
    • You can also create your own Google Scholar page, and download the books to your phone
  • 14. Building an e-library
    • Links can be put on your VLE to extend the library ‘walls’
    • You can subscribe to online journals through JISC or Gale
    • You can subscribe to Essential Articles through Carel Press
    • You can buy ebooks from Rising Stars
  • 15. Dawsonera and Overdrive
    • Dawsonera provide textbooks which 20 people can access at one time
    • Fee for textbook which lasts one year, and credit system for accessing the book
    • No yearly subscription, choose what you want to have each time
    • Overdrive moved into school libraries now
    • They will build you a website and host the books you choose on the site
    • Expensive option, but lots of fiction available there
    • See this example:
  • 16. An app for your LMS
    • Microlibrarian have developed a free app to go with their Hosted Service
    • It gives access to your account, returns and new arrivals. You can reserve books and write reviews, as well as search any barcode to see if the book is in your school library
  • 17. QR codes
    • Take a look at how innovative Librarian Sarah Pavey uses QR codes in her library:
    • She also uses them on displays, linked to a survey, or a video of the author
    • She uses them on shelves, giving lists of books on that shelf
    • She adds them to covers of books on the Carnegie shortlist (and other reading lists) linking to a video of the author talking about that book
    • She adds them to posters to link to a video
    • QR code readers can be freely and easily be downloaded to an Iphone or an Android phone. Some good apps are called QR Reader, Code Scan or BeeTag
  • 18. Further Reading How my students started using Evernote: Buffy Hamilton Ebooks in teaching and learning discussion group: QR codes wiki, with lots of examples of successful use: Video of QR codes being used in a school: QR codes in the library: Scott Hibberson’s blog:
  • 19. Contacts
    • Overdrive in the UK: Jon Comer [email_address]
    • Dawsonera in the UK: Dan Breeze [email_address]