A presentation about library services in the Grossmont Union High School District, given by district teacher-librarians as part of a two-day professional development workshop for district
A presentation about library services in the Grossmont Union High School District, given by district teacher-librarians as part of a two-day professional development workshop for district administrators on June 28, 2011.
Library Services In The Grossmont Union High School District A BRIDGE To The Future
Library Services In The Grossmont Union High School District Library Services in the Grossmont Union High School District
A Bridge To The Future
A Presentation to Grossmont Union High School District Administrators
June 28, 2011
Introduction: Why Do Our Students Need Information Literacy Skills?
Steve Montgomery – Teacher-Librarian at El Cajon Valley High School
How Does The GUHSD Library Program Address Those Needs?
Carolyn Teschler – Teacher-Librarian at Santana High School
A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective on Library Services For Students
Cece Boehme – English Department Chair at West Hills High School
A GUHSD Graduate’s Perspective on the Importance of Information Literacy
Andrea Oliver – Santana H.S. Graduate & Summa Cum Laude Graduate of SDSU
The Future of Library Services
Steve Montgomery – Teacher-Librarian at El Cajon Valley High School
For more information about the wonderful world of library services, please visit the GUHSD Virtual Library Learning Commons and click on:
“About VLLC / Library Program Resources.”
library.guhsd.net AGENDA TODAY’S
Library Services In The Grossmont Union High School District BRIDGE INFORMATION LITERACY O O K S LECTRONICRESOURCES
Information Literacy Not all information is created equal. Not all information is created equally. When you type “martin luther king” into Google, this is the 4th siteon the results list—out of a total of 51,400,000 sites found: Martin Luther King, Jr. : A True Historical Examination http://martinlutherking.org
Research Question: “Who makes the laws in Cuba?”* * According to the #1 result on Google when that question is typed into the Google search field. Bob Saget Answer: Danny Tanner on Full House #1 Result Jessica’s Dad in Dumb and Dumberer Stand-up Comic and Roaster President of Cuba ???
Actual Screen Shot GUHSD Student Report on Jamaica
Library Services In The Grossmont Union High School District Community and Connections:A Spirit of Collaboration How Teacher-Librarians Bridge the Academic/Personal Gap
Secondary Sources The format of those resources—and ways to access them—will change, but the work of selecting, organizing, and teaching students and staff how to use those resources remains ongoing. Structure & Order Anarchy
We don’t want our students to believe everything they read or see.
We want our students to know how to find quality, professional resources/information.
We need to teach students how to have a questioning, discerning eye.
We want our students to be confident, capable researchers for life.
Librarians Bridge Needs and Resources:Organization and Accessibility Teachers know their content and what their academic objectives are; students know there is a lot of information out there and that it can be used to meet teacher expectations. Librarians connect what teachers want to teach and what students need to learn. As a response to the needs of students and teachers, district librarians conceived the dynamic, ever-changing world of the Virtual Library Learning Commons- the VLLC. Added Bonus! FREEMembership For GUHSD Students & Staff! Featuring… One-stop Shopping Convenience of Use Variety of Offerings Lots to Sample Frequent Product Updates Massive Quantities – Quality Products Only
Monte Vista Links Page, continued… Each site librarian customizes his/her site to meet the needs of students and staff at that school. The work of selecting, updating, and organizing these resources is ongoing at each site. Annotated by Site Librarian to Assist Students With Their Searches.
Librarians Bridge the Academic Student and thePersonal Individual The library is a LearningCommonswhere teachers and students gather. O N N E C T I O N S C O N T I N U I T Librarians are a constant in the lives of students all 4 years of high school, so we see students grow both academically and personally. Librarians find resources that help students with life’s challenges: divorce, death, self-esteem, finding a job, relationships, bullying, etc. Sometimes we find the perfect book. Sometimes we find the perfect website. And sometimes, the best resource we can provide is connecting that student with a trained guidance counselor. C O M M U N I T Y Librarians connect students to the larger school community, providing a space of unity—a hub of campus life not fractured by grade, ability, or personal identity.
Librarians Bridge Needs and Resources:Instruction and Guidance Teaching Students How To Use Resources…
Providingdirect instruction in the library, classrooms, and computer labs.
Familiarizing students with the tools of technology that are an essential part of a 21st century education.
Teaching students how to navigate in a sea of information—and misinformation—including how to find HELP when they are stuck.
Teaching staff so they can teach students—forming a resource & information network. The end result is independent, self-directed learners who can navigate their way through information to efficiently and effectively find and use what they need.
A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective On The Value Of A Strong High School Library Program Cece Boehme
English Department Chair at West Hills High School
A Student’s Perspective On The Value Of A Strong High School Library Program Andrea Oliver
Planning For The Future Technology Passive consumers of information will be left behind in the 21st century. Students must learn to be knowledge creators.
Planning For The Future The Increasing Need For Schools to Teach Information Literacy On October 1st, 2009, President Barack Obama signed a Proclamation declaring that October be designated “Information Literacy Awareness Month” in the United States. “Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace.” “Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it.” “…institutions such as libraries and universities…can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.” President Barack Obama
Planning For The Future The Increasing Need For Schools to Teach Information Literacy From President Obama’s Proclamation Declaring Information Literacy Awareness Month “Our Nation’s educators and institutions of learning must be aware of—and adjust to—these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them.” “The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.” “An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.”
Planning For The Future The Increasing Need For Schools to Teach Information Literacy “Information literacy has progressed from the simple definition of using reference resources to find information. Multiple literacies, including digital, visual, textual, and technological, have now joined information literacy as crucial skills for this century.” Standards for 21st-Century Learners WASC has only recently added an “Information Literacy” component to its evaluation of colleges seeking WASC accreditation. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has just recently released iSkills, its first-of-a-kind student assessment that tests Information Literacy competencies. California recently launched its Digital Literacy Initiative, designed to improve the Information Literacy skills of all Californians. Every study conducted has shown that the Information Literacy skills taught in a strong library program with qualified personnel results in higher student achievement and increased standardized test scores.
Planning For The Future Facilities: The Library Learning Commons GUHSD Educational Specifications for Library Learning Commons Facilities were developed in 2009-2010, over several months of meetings between district teacher-librarians, architects, facilities planners, and others. It was a truly collaborative process. Excerpt from GUHSD Ed Specs for Library Learning Commons Facilities: “Each site master plan will include a Library Learning Commons (LLC) designed as a flexible, student-centered facility that provides: easy access to the LLC’s print and electronic collections; state-of-the-art technology for research, coursework, and direct instruction; moveable furniture allowing for multiple seating arrangements; teaching/study areas that can be reconfigured for a variety of uses…” GUHSD Library Council’s Guiding Principles for Future Library Learning Commons Facilities
Student learner as primary focus of all decisions
Flexibility that allows space to be configured in multiple ways (movable furniture, partitions, shelves, equipment, etc.)
Designed and built as part of a holistic, campus-wide vision
Teacher-Librarians as active participantsin all aspects of the design process
Design that factors in ergonomics, multiple learning styles, and the needs of students and staff with disabilities
Thank You...… For more information about the wonderful world of library services, please visit the GUHSD Virtual Library Learning Commons and click on “About VLLC / Library Program Resources.” library.guhsd.net