Category Archives: Libraries

The Mind’s Treasure Chest

A long, long (ish) time ago I was a student librarian in the School of Education at the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology). It was during the second year of my studies that one of my favourite lecturers (Dr Liz van Aswegen) showed my class a video called The Mind’s Treasure Chest

Released in 1991, THE MIND’S TREASURE CHEST is a feature length educational comedy that teaches students to think for themselves. This film is a marriage between a Hollywood movie and an educational video. It’s about libraries, research, and information. It’s about history and hypothesizing. It’s about thinking for yourself.

Distributed in five countries, it won a multitude of awards, including Best Film for Grades 7 – 12 at the National Educational Film and Video Festival.

For Kennedy buffs, the film features a number of sequences that dramatize the history of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Parts of it are a bit dated, for example I do not think that many (or any) school libraries still use microfiche readers; catalogues are computerised and the internet is now available on broadband rather than a limited dial up service.

You may be able to show it to your students as part of their library induction or get them to spot the ways that school library usage has changed (and indeed, remained the same) but if not it is still an entertaining and educational film for Librarians to watch and reminisce on how things used to be done.

The Minds Treasure Chest

Making use of Limited Display Space

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My School Library, while being a classically beautiful and retro (in appearance) library space while at the same time managing to be fairly modern in offering a relevant, 21st Century service is rather limited in display space, owing to nearly every available wall being covered in bookshelves.

In December of 2015 I decided to turn my storage cupboard (one of the few usable forward-facing flat spaces) into a display board, which you can see on the left alongside my beautiful grandmother clock.

The other flat spaces are between the windows, but use of this space is tricky due to the ban on anything sticky being attached to painted walls. To get round this, I attached poster paper to the window frames on each side to create a semi-permanent display advertising the library clubs that I run on a weekly basis
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Has anyone else had to get round limited display space in inventive ways? If yes I would be interested in hearing how this was accomplished.

YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best

If you are interested in becoming a teen librarian or helping out with working with young people in public libraries then check out YALSA’s competencies, developed through decades of work with young people.

YALSA first developed these competencies in 1981, which were revised in 1998, 2003, and 2010. The competencies can be used as a tool to evaluate and improve service, a foundation for library school curriculum, a framework for staff training and a set of guiding principles for use when speaking out for the importance of services to teens in libraries.

Audiences for the competencies include:

Library educators
School and library administrators
Graduate students
Young adult specialists
School librarians
Library training coordinators
Public library generalists
Human resources directors
Non-library youth advocates and service providers

Download the competencies here:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/yacompetencies2010

Midlands School Library Camp 2015

For the second year running the Midlands will host a School Library Camp.
This year we have decamped (sorry!) to the north of the region and the 2015 event will be held at the University of Derby’s main campus at Keddleston Road.

More details about the location here:
http://bit.ly/1xIw5hB

The event is taking place on Saturday 11th July. Doors open 10:00 and we expect to be finished and wiping up cake crumbs by 3:00pm.

Click here for more information and to grab your free tickets: http://bit.ly/1BMdw0l

At last year’s event we discussed all sorts of stuff from our policies towards noise to using Minecraft. What will you discuss this year?

Pitch your ideas or see what others want to talk about here: http://bit.ly/1IyvsZo

Children and Young People’s Promise: the Public Library offer to Young People

ASCEL (The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians) is today launching a new version of the Children and Young People’s Promise. The Promise outlines the public library offer to children and young people. It highlights the quality of the experience they should have when visiting their library or using digital services. It identifies the role the public library plays in supporting children’s literacy and reading for pleasure; their health and wellbeing; cultural activity and community participation.

The Promise also outlines the children’s library journey detailing the interactions public libraries should have with children as they grow, responding to their changing needs, from providing rhyme times for babies and toddlers, support for school transition to volunteering opportunities for young people.

The Children and Young People’s Promise supports the Universal Offers developed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and their partners.

Sarah Mears, Chair: ASCEL. “Children and public libraries need each other. We want every child to love their library. This Promise means that we’ll do everything we can to ensure that all children using libraries feel inspired, excited and valued”.

Ciara Eastell, President: Society of Chief Librarians “Regular access to a library for children is a vital ingredient of a happy childhood, and sets children up to benefit from all that public libraries offer at every stage of life. We embrace this new Promise and library journey research and look forward to seeing it used in libraries across England.”

www.ascel.org.uk
@ASCELUK

Celebrate Teen Literature Day (National Library Week USA)

In the United States Librarians all across the country are encouraged to participate in Celebrate Teen Literature Day on April 16, 2015 by hosting events in their library or through their web site on that day.

The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.

Find out full details here:

Celebrate Teen Literature Day

National Library Week America April 12-18

It is the American’s turn to celebrate National Library Week.

Today is National Library Workers Day and Thursday will have a focus on Celebrating Teen Literature.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library staff created a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” In homage to Taylor Swift and her outspoken support of public libraries and literacy and in celebration of National Library Week.

Julianne Moore for School Libraries

South African Library Week 2015

Libraries in South Africa are gearing up to celebrate the 2015 SA Library Week from the 14 March 2015 – 21 March 2015.

The theme Connect @ your library resonates with the belief that libraries connect people to each other, to knowledge and information, to print and electronic resources, to technology and professional support.

Libraries must take the lead in being active community partners towards developing an informed and educated nation. This means providing access to information about health & hygiene, economic empowerment, poverty eradication and education in desired spaces that foster lifelong learning and knowledge exchange. This is further enhanced by skilled and proficient library staff who connect their communities to relevant and appropriate information & knowledge resources, emerging technologies, as well as dynamic and innovative programmes & services for personal and community development.

Libraries are fast emerging as technologically enabled environments, which provide individuals the opportunity to connect to:

  • The Internet
  • Databases, online learning & research tools
  • Friends, families & colleagues via social networking sites
  • Employment opportunities
  • Digital libraries, which include institutional repositories
  • Emerging mobile technologies such as tablets, e-Readers, smartphones, etc
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    This theme also highlights the importance of library practitioners connecting with each other, across all sectors, for the sharing of skills, best practices, global trends and national priorities, so that a strong cohort of professionals emerge with a common understanding and vision for the development of an informed nation.

    South African Library Week is organised by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)

    Check out the Blown Away by Books Festival being celebrated by the Libraries of the South Peninsula during SALW 2015: https://www.facebook.com/BlownAwayByBooks

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