It is my strong belief that libraries are not limited by the walls around them. Libraries should have a strong online presence that makes the library and librarian more accessible to students and staff. This should include access to the online card catalog, digital titles and databases that support curriculum. It should also provide students with a home base when looking for the best links to programs, activities, learning and resources. The librarian should also be accessible to students and staff through email and social media. To view an example of an elementary example of this concept check out my current library's website.
The library should have a website, but does it need a Facebook page? Edmodo groups? A Twitter feed? An QWERTY Town subscription? The answer in my opinion, is yes! The newest and best library curricula (including my own, for more information about curricula I have written, please contact me) include objectives about Internet Safety, managing your digital footprint, netiquette, online communication, and social networks. I have strong engaging lessons about these concepts, but I believe that students also need the chance to practice these skills through websites like QWERTY Town and Edmodo at the elementary level and that they should be modeled for older students through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. This also allows students with a way to "Ask a Librarian" for those times when they need a little help and guidance. Author Neil Gaiman said it best: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
Technology is one of my greatest strengths as a teacher and it is a vital component of any library. Below is a list of some of the many programs, concepts, tools, and gadgets that I am currently using in my library and computer lab. This list is ever changing and I am always eager to learn something new and fast to pick up on new technology. However, I strongly believe that technology should be used as a tool for learning, not used simply for the sake of technology. I also believe that differentiation and learning styles impact technology use and should be carefully considered before use with students.
Aurasma (Augmented Reality)
Book Flix and Tumble Books
Common Sense Education (I am a certified Common Sense Educator in Digital Literacy)
Flipping the classroom: show-me app, reflector, and many screen capture programs
Reading Online, Comprehension