Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


The next level of search skills - Webinar

Sensemaking: The next level of search skills
(Webarchive playback)
Abstract:  "Sensemaking is what you do when you collect, organize and
restructure information to come to some deeper understanding.  In essence, it's the process we follow when we research complex historical topics... or when we're buying a refrigerator.  I'll talk about ways that people do sensemaking, some best practices and how you can improve your sensemaking behavior."
(asks for email address to view)

J.K. Rowling's Announcement

Harry Potter goes digital!

Youtube clip:
The site:

Teaching Math - K-4 - a video library

A video library for K-4 math teachers;
52 video programs (from 15 to 30 minutes in length) and guide
(Now on DVD or view on the site: select the VOD icon - you may have to select it twice! It may take a minute or two to load.)

"See how the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards are used in elementary classrooms across America. Elementary teachers tap the excitement and energy of children from kindergarten through grade 4 as they solve problems, learn to make connections between concepts, and communicate and reason mathematically. Teaching Math K-4 documents effective teaching and learning in many schools: small, large, rural, suburban, and inner-city."

The Arts in Every Classroom - K-5 - online video series

The Arts in Every Classroom: A Workshop for Elementary Teachers
(Available on DVD or streaming from the site)

Video Page: (Scroll down -click on VOD icon)
Support materials:

"The programs in this video library show classroom teachers and arts specialists using the arts in a variety of successful ways. The 14 video programs — filmed in elementary schools around the country — along with a print guide and companion Web site, serve as a professional development resource for K-5 teachers seeking new ideas for integrating the arts into the classroom."

Bandtalk Newsletter online

Bandtalk Journal (The Summer edition)
 is available on the BCMEA website:

"Please feel free to pass on the journal to anyone who might be interested.  There are a number of great articles submitted by our members that I'm sure you will enjoy!!!"



Watch short clips on features in Google Docs

Wnat to know more about Google Docs?

These short clips, put together by the folks at Google give an overview to the many features available to Google Doc users.


Jazz up your Powerpoint presentations

28 FREE PowerPoint Animation Templates!

Get 28 GREAT animated PowerPoint templates for free, courtesy of Brainshark, m62 Visual Communications, and Microsoft!  Use and adapt them how you like and get animated today.
View a short movie of each of the slides in action; to download, select the "attachments" tab in the movie window and choose the animation you want.



AASL Lesson Plan Database planned

AASL project - Lesson Plan Database

Imagine a place where teacher-librarians can go to find proven lesson plans.

The site is relatively new, but will grow as TLs submit their own tested successful lessons.

"Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more. In addition, registered users can bookmark lesson plans in a portfolio for future use, rate and comment on lesson plans in the community, print to PDF and socially share lesson plans on the web, and create and publish their own lesson plans in the database."


Bloom's pyramid - with Web 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 tools arranged according to Bloom

Here's a clever way to view many of the Web 2.0 tools that are available to students and teachers.


BBC Archive

17 curated collections - BBC archives

"Browse collections (Art and Artists,Books and Writers,Politics and Government,War and Conflict, and so forth), look up specific programs, and click through a list of subjects and individuals." Contains many primary source documents and sound recordings. (While audio links work, some video links are not accessible outside of the UK.)

"Earth Science" streaming video

"Earth Science" streaming video for high school libraries. 

The EARTH REVEALED series from Annenburg is useful for teaching particular concepts in the Earth Science curriculum. Available as streaming video to play individual programs on demand.

With video on demand (VoD), you can watch any of the videos at any time. You can also skip around within a video when watching a VoD. To access video on demand, search or browse for a series that is of interest to you, and look for the VoD icon——next to the individual program titles. Click on the VoD icon to view the video. (You may need to select the icon twice. The video will play in a resizable pop-up window. Quality is better if you order a DVD, but for many topics the streamed version is fine.)


Magazines on EBSCO or CPIQ - for middle school / high school

A subscriber to LM-NET recently posted a list of magazines popular with Middle/Junior high school students in her school. Here are the ones we can access via EBSCO or CPIQ
(Most of them are available in PDF full text.)

Entertainment Weekly (HTML full text only)
Good Housekeeping CPI. Q provides PDF full text; EBSCO offers HTML full text only.
People  (HTML full text only)
Seventeen (HTML full text only)
Sports Illustrated (HTML full text only)
Sports Illustrated for Kids (HTML full text only)
Time (HTML full text only)

National Aboriginal History Month - June

National Aboriginal History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contribution, and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

June has long been a month of celebration and remembrance in Canada, with National Aboriginal Day on the 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th, and Multiculturalism Day on the 27th. It is a fitting tribute to the heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada that this month in particular was chosen.

Aboriginal History Month is an opportunity not only to recognize the historic contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Aboriginal communities and their promise for the future.

LOC - Early American Animation - 1900-21

Origins of American Animation
by Library of Congress
(View in iTunes)
Art or Animation teachers may appreciate this collection of 27 clips from the early days of animation.
"The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of animated films, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer Kids. As well as showing the development of animation, these films also reveal the social attitudes of early twentieth-century America."

Iowa Digital Library holdings

Historical Documents available online
The Iowa Digital Library features more than 450,000 digital objects created from the holdings of The University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, and more. Digital collections are coordinated by Digital Library Services.

Every 60 seconds on the internet...

Infographic from Shanghai Web Designers
Here's an interesting graphic that gives an "at-a-glance" snapshot of what happens online every 60 seconds. Could be great for an IT teacher or Web-awareness instructor.

StatsCan - survey lessons plans

Planning a survey: step-by-step guide in "Statistics: Power from Data!"
(Also available in French)
Conducting surveys with students? Using survey data in Math class?
"See Planning a survey in our newly updated resource Statistics: Power from Data! This section shows you how to establish the objectives, target population and data requirements of your survey and to plan each of the subsequent steps. To help you browse through the rest of this resource, we reorganized the Table of contents, listing the sections in the same order as the steps of a survey: sampling, collecting data, processing data, organizing data, creating graphs and calculating measures of central tendency and of spread. Each of these sections includes exercises and related lesson plans."