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Pathfinders Workshop

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									Pathfinders Workshop




       Charlotte Burkholder
            Librarian
    Loudoun Valley High School
    VEMA Potomac Conference
          April 5 2003
      Workshop Objectives
   Importance of Pathfinders

   How to create a Pathfinder

   Pathfinders format

   Creating Pathfinders with input from teachers

   Implementing Pathfinders with students

   Sources for Pathfinders

   Summarize the benefits of Pathfinders
          Pathfinders Objectives
   To provide accurate and high quality information

   To focus students and teachers on appropriate
    materials

   To indicate various methods of research (Dewey,
    IPAC, Online Databases and web sites)

   More organized classes

   Improved use of time

   Collaboration between teachers and librarians
        Creating a Pathfinder
 Consult   with the teacher.
 Request a copy of the assignment given to the
 students.
 Research    the topic.
 Use   a standard format.
 Customize    your Pathfinder to each assignment.
 Send each teacher a copy several days before
 the class comes in.
 Have   copies available for students.
Pathfinder Sample Format                                            Suitable Graphic
Pathfinder Title
Date     Librarian/Teacher                                          (use same graphic on cart)
                                          Dewey Decimal Numbers
 •   Dewey Decimal Numbers are added for the topic to make it easier for students to find information.
 •   Numbers also reinforce the fact that Dewey Numbers indicate a logical arrangement of information.
 •   Always remind your students that the same numbers work at the Public Libraries.

                                               Library Catalog
 Indicate the best method for searching for each topic.
 •   Remember that you can access the Public Library Catalog from our terminals.
 •   Remind students to bring their Public Library Card to reserve books.
 •   Give examples of terms.
 •   Importance of correct spelling for Horizon.

                                                Online Databases
 List the best choices for researching the topic.
 •    Give examples of searches.
 •    Have the URLs and passwords available.

                                            Web sites/Search tips
 •   Choose current, quality web sites.
 •   List at least three for variety.
 •   Indicate Search engines most useful for this topic.
 •   Check each site yourself.
 •   Remind students to use quotes for phrases.
 •   Lii.org and the Internet Public Library are good sources.
 •   Loudoun Valley Library Web page
        Working with Faculty
   Know your teachers and the subjects they teach.

   Know your school’s curriculum.

   Send pertinent information directly to teachers.

   Suggest ideas for research.

   Use newsletters and notes.

   Request feedback.
    Working with Students
   Give each student a copy of the
    Pathfinder.

   Go over the Pathfinder with each class.

   Follow up with students as they work.

   Put extra copies on any cart used for an
    assignment.

   Request feedback from students.

   Keep copies at the Circulation Desk.
                   Sources for Pathfinders
Pathfinders Web Sites

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/pf/

The Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library High School Pathfinders (includes links to elementary
and middle school pathfinders as well)
http://www.lkwdpl.org/lhs/lhspath.htm

Manchester High School Library - Creating Pathfinders
http://chesterfield.k12.va.us/Schools/Manchester_HS/Library/paths.htm

Walter Johnson High School Library Pathfinders
http://www3.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/wjhs/mediactr/resproj2.html

West Springfield High School (Fairfax County Schools)
http://www.wshs.fcps.k12.va.us/library/Pathfinders.htm

Literature Web Quests by Eduscapes (other levels are also available)

http://www.eduscapes.com/ladders/themes/webquests.htm#4

Edsitement (the lesson plans page includes web sites)
http://edsitement.neh.gov/

Peter Milbury’s Directory of School Libraries worldwide
http://www.school-libraries.net/
             Additional Ideas
• Post Pathfinders in a prominent area.
   •Color code them, identify them by grade or team level.
• Fax Pathfinders to local Public Libraries.
• Display them on your web page.
• Update Pathfinders as necessary.
• Highlight Pathfinders in newsletters and memos.
• Use the information elsewhere.
   •brochures, news articles, newsletters, web page.
      Pathfinders Summary
   Allow the librarian to control the direction of
    research

   Focus attention on quality materials

   Enables the librarian to showcase resources

   Collaboration with faculty and students

   Reinforce your position as a teaching source
    and a curriculum resource

								
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