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Joyce and Doug’s Library Challenge!

I hope you had the opportunity to listen to Joyce Valenza (Never Ending Search) and Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk blog) chat on the Women of the Web 2.0 from Ed Tech Talk early March. Here is a link to their SHOW #65

Wow- what a great show! Both challenged librarians to look at things a different way. Joyce says “I need to plan my instruction and services that they meet my users when they need me…what does that look like for my 16 year old student who has a job and is playing and instrument in his own band and winds up starting his research at 1 in the morning and NEEDS ME THEN?”

She also talks about being intentional about teaching students how to create their own information portals. She is exploring how to help them create a space in pageflakes, netvibes or IGoogle where they can organize their informational life. In this space, a student could a notebook, to do list or hyperlinks to the school library or their teacher’s websites. They could create new tabs for each subject they are taking- each one helping to organize and pull information to them that will help them excell.

Lots more ideas too. You can download the show or listen online. There is also a transcript of the record 79 librarian chat room visitors which has links and ideas as well! Good luck- let me know what you think! ~guybrarian





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