The basic page view of libguides is the option of a top and bottom row of one column, sandwiching a number of rows of either 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns. But the constraint is that then all the boxes in subsequent rows need to be in the chosen number of columns. And sometimes – particularly for front pages / landing pages you’d like a … Continue reading Libguides – not so easy (2)
Well, the response to my last post was quite surprising. So I’ll continue with a few posts on very easy things to change the look and feel of your guide. First off though, please do consider joining the Springshare lounge – help is literally there for the asking, and no question is too basic. You join a group based on your usage. Secondly in response … Continue reading Libguides: a couple of easy things (1)
aka I think I’d better think it out again … Over the summer I completely rethought our school library libguides, and I’ve received quite a few positive comments and questions as to how I made the guides. Unfortunately there is not quick and easy answer, as the process resembles more closely this TED talk on building a toaster from scratch than a few lessons on … Continue reading How I built a libguide
It’s a funny time of year in education, November and December. I never knew this before. It’s the time when educators need to decide if they’re staying or going in their current school or position, and if not, what the next move will be. I’m new to this game, and as I librarian I get to see all classes, all teachers and many parents. Observation … Continue reading The 10% problem
I subscribe to way too many Facebook groups. I need to stop it actually, they’ve become like women’s magazines. But worse. You keep seeing the same things come up over and over again, but instead of ignoring them you can actually have a say, which is giving yourself the delusion of helpfulness, but actually the smartest person in the room of Facebook groups is not … Continue reading Educational advice – from Facebook?
Last night my daughter asked me about citations for her Geography project. Now let it be made clear, my children, while lovely human beings, are in the “potted plant” phase of adolescence. So this was pretty rare. It’s also rare for them to acknowledge my knowledge or specialisation either. But despite her multi-big-$$ education in a big name school (not where I’m at), and the … Continue reading The second shift
Last week I attended a “#Call to Action: Fake News, Misinformation and Post-Truth” held by the SMU libraries in Singapore. Library network groups are full of requests for student appropriate examples of fake news. Most librarians have a stock list starting from the spaghetti harvest (1957) / tree octopus (1988). And we’ve unfortunately become over excited that #fakenews will be the saviour of librarianship. Because … Continue reading #fakenews – symptom or disease?
Librarians are big on advocacy. Big on helping their peers when they’re not being heard in their communities or schools to build their “advocacy toolkit”. Most librarian courses include at least one module in one course on advocacy. Some academic librarians have built their careers on advocacy. But I’d like to cry foul. This has been going on for long enough. Looking at advocacy it … Continue reading Advocacy is not enough we need power
This year I’ve managed to encourage many of my Grade 3-6 teachers to take part in the Global Read Aloud. I’ll save my comments on the good and bad of that for another post. This year for the first time, we’re also taking part in the postcard exchange. Basically you put your school / class name and address onto a spreadsheet and promise to send … Continue reading Whole new generation – Postcards
Continuing in my series of “no excuses” rants, I’m moving onto a biggie. Facebook. Except my rant isn’t so much against FB – everyone has done a better and more eloquent version of it in one form or another from one viewpoint or another. It’s more a rant against us librarians as consumers of FB (and yes this will be posted on FB – no … Continue reading No excuses: Facebook