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Virtual Presence for the School Library


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Presentation for Clear Creek ISD Librarians

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Virtual Presence for the School Library

  1. 1. Virtual Presence of the School Library Dr. Holly Weimar and Dr. Karin Perry Sam Houston State University
  2. 2. The PowerPoint, examples, and tools we’ll talk about today will be available to you at the end of this presentation. DON’T cramp your hand taking notes.
  3. 3. How many of you have heard of David Loertscher's Virtual Learning Commons?
  4. 4. So, how is a Virtual Learning Commons different from a traditional library website?
  5. 5. In order to make the shift from library website to Virtual Learning Commons, a sense of community needs to be fostered and developed among all stakeholders. With the advent of new technologies that allow for the real-time participation and collaboration of users in an online community, the opportunity presents itself for the VLC to become the 'infrastructure' of the school (Loertscher & Koechlin, 2012), to transform itself from informational website to participative community.
  6. 6. Teachers’ Participation, Creation, & Learning IT:Access Administration Professional Participating Platform Library Teachers: Professional Learning Environment Teachers: Assignments
  7. 7. Students’ Participation, Creation, & Learning IT:Access AdministrationProfessional Participating Platform Library Teachers: Professional Learning Environment Teachers: Assignments Learners: Showcase Learners: Collaboration
  8. 8. Stakeholders’ Participation, Creation, & Learning IT:Access AdministrationProfessional Participating Platform Library Teachers: Professional Learning Environment Teachers: Assignments Learners: Showcase Learners: Collaboration Clubs: Book, etc. PTA / PTO Volunteers Reading: Sharing and Support Create, Build, and Share Tutorials Digital Citizenship, Team Membership, Choice, Engagement
  9. 9. • Dr. Weimar and Dr. Perry created a survey using SurveyMonkey. • We posted the survey link to the SHSU Library Student Listserv, TLC, LM_Net, Facebook, and Twitter. • We received 200 responses. How did we come up with the examples for this presentation?
  10. 10. What would your ideal virtual presence look like? What should it contain? What should teachers/students/parents have access to? Is your library website easily accessed from the school’s website? If not, who do you speak to to fix that? Can your website accommodate multiple pages? If not, how will you provide the access needed? Turn and Talk
  11. 11. Why should you provide a Virtual Learning Commons for your teachers/students/parents? • We need to encourage collaboration to prepare students for the future. • We need to make learning accessible in order to provide for “on-the-fly learning” and transform students into self-starters.
  12. 12. The Five Main Portals of the Virtual Learning Commons
  13. 13. The Information Center The Literacy Center The Knowledge Building Center The Experimental Learning Center School Culture
  14. 14. The Information Center • The landing page. • Links users to useful tools. • Features a “hook” in the center of the page to draw users to the entire site. (photo slideshow, club info, screencast tutorials, links to blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites) • Calendar of events or for teachers to reserve space/equipment.
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  16. 16. Virtual tours don’t have to be that fancy. Here is another example of what you can do. Mcf7iBI8hY&index=1&list=PL67E5355A0F B59304
  17. 17. Your Turn  Discuss with a neighbor  How will you beef up the Information Center on your library website?  Social Networking accounts?  Calendar signups for teachers for equipment use or collaboration?  Virtual Tours of the library?
  18. 18. The Literacy Center • The place for all things reading, writing, speaking, and listening • Digital and In-person Book Club information • Writing Club information • Book trailers • Book reviews (from both students and teachers) • App recommendations • YouTube Channel (from both students and teachers) • Website recommentations
  19. 19. Your Turn  Discuss with a neighbor:  What are you going to do to create The Literacy Center for your library’s website?  Book Review Blog  Book Club (Virtual or In-person)  Resources to help kids find book recommendations and writing help  Book trailers and podcasts
  20. 20. The Knowledge Building Center • Personal Learning Networks – hobbies, personal interests, organizations (causes people are passionate about), informational learning • Resources for units of study • The learning experiences featured here can be done in a variety of learning environments including Moodle projects, projects done in content management systems, technological learning spaces, or face to face projects with the organization done in digital space. • Examples of successful projects
  21. 21. What is missing from these examples? The Collaborative Learning Experiences. It is difficult to find examples of a true Knowledge Building Center. In addition to Project Resources, you need to provide: Calendars Student work space Information about assessment A place for them to communicate An area for reflection How can this be accomplished? TURN AND TALK
  22. 22. The Experimental Learning Center • Educational technology information. Tips, tutorials, guides, resources • The home of the student technology group that tests out and teaches a wide variety of Web 2.0 tools to adults and students around the school • Current school-wide focus issues: calendars, progress reports, plans, action research projects • Project progress plans
  23. 23. Irving Middle School Annual Report Norman High School Annual Reports Flyer Library October/November Monthly Report
  24. 24. High School School Tech Team
  25. 25. Your Turn  What will you add to the Experimental Learning Center part of your website?  Technology Tutorials, Tips, and Resources  School-wide issues  Progress reports
  26. 26. School Culture • A living school yearbook; the place that draws in students, teachers, administrators and even parents. It is the exhibition space of individuals and groups connected to the school • Events, assemblies, interviews, celebrations, contests, candid camera shots, sports, concerts
  27. 27. Your Turn  How will you highlight School Culture?  Photo galleries (of what??)  Newsletters  Club highlights  Contests  Sporting events  Assemblies  Drama productions  How will you collect all this information? What system will you put in place?
  28. 28. Example:
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  30. 30. Google Sites (FREE) Webs ( Weebly ( Blogger ( LibGuides Platforms to use for Virtual Presence
  31. 31. What is something you’ll be able to accomplish this year? If you’ve already started, what are you going to add? Turn and Talk
  32. 32. To download or view the PowerPoint, please visit n To access all the links used in today’s presentation (and even more resources) go to
  33. 33.  American Association of School Librarians. (2007). Standards for the 21st-Century learner. Retrieved from  Kajder, S. (2010). Adolescents and digital literacies: Learning alongside our students. National Council of Teachers of English.  Loertscher, D. V., & Koechlin, C. (2012, October). The Virtual Learning Commons and school improvement. Teacher Librarian (39)6. pp. 20-24.  Loertscher, D. V., Koechlin, C., & Rosenfeld, E. (2012). The Virtual Learning Commons: Building a participatory school learning community. Learning Commons Press. References: