2 quick questions for librarians and/or technologists

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Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 5, 2014, 8:59:09 AM2/5/14
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From: Mary Ann Bell [mailto:drmary...@gmail.com]

1. Is access to Web 2.0 still an issue at your school in the sense that you
are not allowed the access you wish?
2. As a librarian, what is one thing you wish the techies at your school
knew about your job?
OR
As a techie, what is one thing you wish the librarians you work with knew
about your job?

I'm presenting at TCEA Thursday (Texas Computer Educators Association) and
it's been a while since I asked these questions.
Nothing like the last minute!
Cheers, mabell

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Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 9:36:33 AM2/6/14
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From: Eric Willard [mailto:ericro...@comcast.net]


As a consultant who has worked with various Texas school districts, as well
as many others around the country, I have found that the culture in many
smaller TX school communities conflicts with existing policies regarding
student use (and somewhat for teacher use) of technology access. This is
neither "good" or "bad", but merely an issue that will take some time to
address.

Eric Willard, Retired School CTO
Eric.W...@Elert.com

Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 9:36:47 AM2/6/14
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From: Jean Bruce [mailto:bru...@ensworth.com]


As a teacher-librarian I wish the techies knew our jobs intersect with
accessing databases and not just Google, running the automated circulation
system, helping students with simple computer tasks that might not be
library related and assisting faculty with integrating technology into the
classroom. We can both learn from each other, as there is plenty to go
around.

*Jean M. Bruce, MLS*
Head Librarian, Ensworth School
AP Coordinator
Treasurer, Assoc. of Independent School Librarians

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Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 9:59:11 AM2/6/14
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From: Jeff Hogan [mailto:jho...@valenciacollege.edu]


While this doesn't actually respond directly to your query -- I recently
attended the Florida Council for Instructional Technology Leaders membership
meeting and George Perreault who represents Orange County Schools in Florida
said he's working hard to eliminate the title of "librarian" in favor of
"media specialist". Which also comprises digital media.

The "media specialist" is also a librarian; but, far more.



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Jeff Hogan
Functional IS Support Specialist
Allied Health and Nursing
Valencia College
1800 S. Kirkman Road
Mailcode 4-14
Orlando, FL 32811
407-582-5564
Office HSB-200D
jho...@valenciacollege.edu

Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 11:57:41 AM2/6/14
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From: Chris Moore [mailto:chris...@yahoo.com]


I am the computer design teacher and I think the librarian and I complement
each other. I totally appreciate what she has to offer. We are constantly
learning from each other.

Here is a unit I put together that librarians love about information
literacy: http://www.kidsnetsoft.com/webquest/html/index.html : I have a lot
more awesome resources if you are interested. I love sharing my resources.

The computer teachers and librarians should collaborate all the time. They
can be a powerful entity in the building.


 
Chris Clementi
Middle School Computer Teacher
Google Certified Teacher
http://www.kidsnetsoft.com/html/home2.html
twitter: kidsnetsoft

Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 12:16:43 PM2/6/14
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From: Beth Swantz [mailto:bsw...@mphawks.org]

I am a Teacher Librarian who is no longer working in a library.
Instead our district has added 2 positions called Learning Design Coaches -
one works with the elementary and I work with the MS and HS.
We also have a K-12 traditional Teacher Librarian on staff. I work with the
HS and MS staff and help to integrate technology into their curriculum. I
work closely with the librarian to provide support for teachers. She does
more of the researchcentered work and I help with more of the techno work.
Although our jobs criss-cross frequently.
This is the 2nd year for this model and we continue to hone the jobs.

We have found, at the secondary level, that teachers don't really know what
to ask their teacher librarians' to do. Instead, they only think about the
'book' end of things. With the addition of this new position teachers are
more free to discuss and request a wide range of help.

I am not saying this is the best model - I would like to still be the
teacher librarian for the MS and HS - but by tearing the job title apart we
now have a team of 3. We meet monthly or more to bounce ideas off one
another and build our skills. We also pass along email requests that seem to
fit with our varied skill sets. The teacher librarian still does the task
of collection management - I help with book fairs at the MS.But we share the
classroom support.

I think the evolution of librarian has been an interesting process. In our
district our past elementary librarian was also the most techie teacher in
our district. She worked to create tech projects for all elementary students
and tried to coordinate with the classroom teachers. That worked with varied
success. But, because she was the go-to person for tech issues and ideas our
elementary teachers already saw the library as a techie centered place. That
didn't happen with the secondary librarian. She maintained a very
traditional connection with classes.

Just and FYI - We are a 1500 student district in rural Iowa.


Beth Swantz

Learning Design Coach, Mid-Prairie CSD, Wellman
Technology Coordinator, Keota CSD, Keota

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The best way to predict your future is to create it.

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Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 3:26:02 PM2/6/14
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From: Okoye, Amaoge [mailto:AMAOGE...@pps.k12.va.us]

Hello-

I guess I'm considered a "Techie"...I am a technology coach. I wish the
librarians understood that I am a teacher - licensed and all...We each have
our role, while there is some crossover - since we are both teachers. My
job consists of more than handing out cords and laptops, and like them,
there is a limit to the amount of break-fix that I can do. If they don't
know what else I'm doing, they should ask around and not just assume my
position is redundant.

Ruth

A. Ruth Okoye
Technology Resource Teacher
Portsmouth Public Schools
 
The constant dance of a coach is not to solve the users' frustrations, but
to help the users solve the frustrations themselves. - Clark Aldrich

Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 3:47:12 PM2/6/14
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From: Jeff Hogan [mailto:jho...@valenciacollege.edu]

A. Roth Okoye said:

"My job consists of more than handing out cords and laptops, and like them,
there is a limit to the amount of break-fix that I can do. If they don't
know what else I'm doing, they should ask around and not just assume my
position is redundant. "


Firstly, your school is fortunate that it sees the value in an instructional
technology teacher over an information technologist. That being said -- I
laughed somewhat as I remember the day that I was asked to take a look at
the coke machine and see why it wasn't working.




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Jeff Hogan
Functional IS Support Specialist
Allied Health and Nursing
Valencia College
1800 S. Kirkman Road
Mailcode 4-14
Orlando, FL 32811
407-582-5564
Office HSB-200D
jho...@valenciacollege.edu



Edtech Editor Hogan

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Feb 6, 2014, 4:30:28 PM2/6/14
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From: Dorcas Hand [mailto:dh...@aoshouston.org]


I sat on the board of the American Association of School Librarians a couple
of years ago when we voted to eliminate the tern School library media
specialist despite the fact that active, forward0looking librarians deal
with media every day in myriad ways. Librarians have adapted multiple times
over the centuries to facilitate storage, cataloging, and location of
resources in many formats from papyrus and scrolls to current digital
options. I know librarians across the country in K-12 schools, universities
and public libraries who support patrons with traditional print materials
and with digital access questions. Libraries are in fact, still, the great
equalizer for families without financial means to offer students the latest
technology at home. In many, many ways the term teacher-librarian best
describes our role as we lead patrons to locate the best resources for their
purposes today. Our job description does and should overlap and complement
both Instructional/Educational Technology positions and IT hardware
departments. In this exciting period of information excess, it is wonderful
to have many ways to teach and support academic resource access and
evaluation in any format.

My soapbox for the day - this thread touched on all of these points in
various pieces.
Dorcas Hand
AOS Houston
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