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Model Schools Agenda Tues. Oct. 16, 2007 Meet at Oriskany Elementary, 8610 State Route 69 PO Box 539 Oriskany, NY 13424 (315) 768-2149 Hostess: Hilda Moses 9:00-10:00 Tour of library and discussion- Thank you Hilda for hosting! Introduction of Sue Martin as new Model Schools coordinator for our group, replacing Sharon Goskoski. Hilda gave a tour of her elementary library which has two areas, half is set up with tables and computers, the other half with a story area and the shelving of materials. Six computers for student use line one wall with a screen above them. A ceiling mounted computer projector is connected to a document camera (Toshiba TLPC001) and the computer on Hilda’s desk. She can toggle between the two easily when teaching. “You can "toggle" back and forth from anything that is on the computer screen (including internet, Mandarin, word documents etc) and an object, book or just a paper that you are writing on---under the document camera! The set-up is my favorite technology thing. I use it many times each day.”---Hilda Moses An additional two OPAC stations are spread around the library. A TV is ceiling mounted in the corner. The reading area is surrounded by shelving, keeping the students from being distracted. Books are attractively displayed everywhere on the tops of shelving units and windowsills (like Barnes and Noble), standing up with the covers facing out. Others are grouped in crates with the spines facing out (I.e. Seuss collection). Three small portable A-frame/easel dry erase boards were recently purchased and one was displaying a particular title with information written on the board regarding it. Three stuffed animals sit in rocking chairs for PreK, K, and first grade students to hold during story time and are extremely popular. Objects above the nonfiction section clue students in as to where to locate items, and are good markers for directing students to particular areas in the collection. The library is open all day long while classes are going on so that students can exchange books, use a computer, etc.. The library operates on a six day rotation A-F and includes collaboration with Pre-K classes. This allows approximately 20 minutes of instruction, and 15 minutes of book check out time. There are about 400 students in the school. The library assistant, Michele Tosti, handles all circulation issues and serves as A-V coordinator, which enables Hilda to provide a full twenty minutes of instructional time with all classes. Over the summer the building worked on their CAP documents (Curriculum Alignment Plans). Hilda’s curriculum covers everything she teaches, by month, from September to June. She was given the curriculum of each teacher and grade level, so that she can align/integrate what she is teaching with the topics/subjects that the teachers are working on that month. She has found this to be extremely beneficial and the kids are correlating the topics they are studying with the research or information skills they learn through her. The collection includes a “Family Life” area (originally started through PTA) with books and videos on child development, concerns, issues, etc.. Hilda also has art kits (really bags) that include directions and all the materials necessary to complete projects. She is in the process of working with the math teachers to develop math kits. Other kits include puppets, hats, and masks to support the dramatics standards. She also has magic kits, which are popular with the students. Other items to note about the library are the shelving display out front of various titles. The theme in October is “Fly Away With Books”. Hilda has a map on each side of her display. One map is of the world the other of the U.S.. Each map has a news article or picture from the news with a pin and string pointing to where the news is happening. The world map is labeled “News from the city of… Country of…. Continent of….” The U.S. map is labeled “News form the city of… State of…” She is using these tools to help improve student knowledge of the world, their geography, and map skills. Hilda also has a small glass display case in the library where students can display their own collections of items. Students sign up at the beginning of the year and fill the case themselves with their items. There is a comments folder nearby where students and staff are encouraged to write positive comments about the display. This is used for character building and draws a lot of interest from the students. The document camera was discussed and used during the meeting. It is cheaper than an Elmo although it has a smaller viewing area. Some mentioned how cumbersome an Elmo projector can be. 10:00-11:45 Part II of Charlotte Awards presented by Judy Ehrensbeck (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Town of Webb Schools and NYSRA Charlotte Award committee. Judy passed out bookmarks and the book ballot, brought all books on the ballot for us to review, and provided giveaways. The Charlotte Award is voted on bi- annually and information is located on the New York State Reading website at http://www.nysreading.org. Judy book talked several titles on the ballot including: A Splendid Friend, the Great Fuzzy Friendzy, Grandfather Buffalo, Backbeard and the Birthday Suit, getting to Know Ruben Platnick, The World’s Greatest Elephant, H is for Honor, Yellowstar, the naked Mole rat Letters, I Grew Up on a Farm, Just for You to Know, Amazing Grace, Notes From the Midnight Driver, and Standing Against the Wind. Judy and Kirsten (Town of Webb) conduct two HS book clubs during the lunch hour, one exclusively covers the Charlotte nominees. They use the books on the primary and intermediate ballot with the other grades either in the classroom or as read alouds. The vote this year is due April 15,2008. You can find bookmarks and ballots at the website. Silvia Sallustio has purchased sets of the young adult books, 30 each, that can be reserved on Web/Max for those in the Oneida/Herkimer BOCES area. 11:45-12:15 News and discussion Leatherstocking is Thurs. Nov. 15th April Bliss is new School Library Systems director at Jefferson Lewis BOCES. Cathy Woodruff mentioned that everyone should take a look at the SKILLS (Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries) Act located at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslissues/SKILLS_Act.cfm. This act will guarantee “students across America will be served by state-certified school library media specialists and will have the library resources they need to succeed”. The website urges librarians to contact their Senator and Representative for support of this act. Discussion of curriculum and curriculum mapping, continued at lunch 12:00-1:00 Lunch and discussion at the Boulevard diner 1:00-3:00 Discussion I. Group Goals (brainstormed): 1) Pamphlet/publication that tells what the group is, its purpose, and some of its activities. Use this for recruitment and marketing of the group. Post this to the website as well as handing out during Leathherstocking next year and setting up a booth. 2) Start a blog or wikki for the group for discussion, or for using as a book blog (explore this possibility more at the next meeting when we learn about these topics). 3) Regional grant and time to work on it. Start thinking about what technology would benefit all library media centers and their programs. 4) Submitting lesson plans/learning experiences for peer review. 5) Web site updates 6) Post school curriculums and curriculum maps on our website We choose to complete goal #1 this year with the possibility of #6 and #2 as well. II. Brainstorming for action items for the next meeting Tues. Feb. 5th at MID-YORK Bev Devlin on blogging and/or wikkis Tour of MID-YORK Database instruction/tutorials- time to explore them, as k Bev which database best answers which types of questions. Ask about the possibility of school library cards to facilitate ILL Discuss promotion of summer reading and collaboration between public and school libraries such as the theme, supplying the public library with school reading lists, public librarian visits to the schools (South Lewis does an ice cream party for the kids when the return in the Fall if they participated in the summer reading program) Grants and grant seeking III. Brainstorming for action items for Tues. May 6th meeting at Old Forge, Kirsten Down Tour of library Podcasting Adobe/PDF training Videoconferencing ideas and what is available. Possible speakers Scott Morris or Chris Adams Time to explore the 50 Items You Should Know, provided through Pat Skelly RSS feeds IV. Review of the website with Sue Martin Need to update member links and e-mail addresses Need to add links for Librarian’s Index to the Internet, http://www.lii.org Need to add Syracuse Lesson Plans at http://www.informationliteracy.org. Jessica Jacobs-Broedel from Morrisville Eaton says “You do not have to register to search the lesson plans (only to submit plans) and you can search by keyword and/or grade level. In each lesson plan, you can see the general description, the actual lesson plan (objectives/goals, procedure, etc.), the supporting files needed and the standards (information literacy and state/national).” Would like to add curriculums and curriculum maps Maybe should add job descriptions Found it to be cumbersome to search the lesson plan database. Needs to have added to it wild card search, drop down arrows for subject listing, advanced searching. How were theses lesson plans indexed? Need to have our model schools page linked to School Library Systems pages V. Discussion of MVVC classes on Information Technology Skills (see attached information about classes). Highly recommended by two of our members as extremely beneficial. The first series was on Internet searching and evaluating websites. The next series is on ready reference on the ‘Net, Education on the ‘Net, Children’s Literature on the ‘Net, Local History on the ‘net, The Invisible Web. Session three will be on Web 2.0/Library 2.0, Blogs, and Librarian’s Tools on the ‘Net. Contact Mary McCormick, Oneida/Herkimer SLS for more information at 793- 8505. First class of session two starts Oct. 25th. Next meeting Tuesday February 5th at MID-YORK. If you need any other information from the meeting please contact Amy Austin, Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School, email@example.com.
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