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Information and tips for librarians and writers. Includes various Webquests and pathfinders on using reference tools.
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Series are always popular with young readers, so it's no surprise that librarians need to always be on top of the newest ones out there as well as the well established older series.
These book trailers will help librarians provide readers' advisory for children and young adults.
Video #1 - Seven (the series) new from Orca in the fall of 2012
Video #2 - Shane Peacock's Young Sherlock Holmes series - 1st book
Video #3 - Chicken, Pig, and Cow series from Ruth Ohi
Video #4 - Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series trailer (by Rick Riordan)
Video #5 - Christopher Paolini's INHERITANCE Book Series
Readers' Advisory is an important part of every librarian's job! Nowadays, with book trailers, it's easy to find out about books, and even easier to give your patrons a taste of what's to come inside them.
The following is a collection of fantasy, science fiction, and horror novels for children and young adults.
Video #1 - High fantasy from Lena Coakley - Witchlanders
Video #2 - Chasing the White Witch by Marina Cohen
Video #3 - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Video #4 - Partials by Dan Wells
Video #5 - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Have you ever wanted to print certificates for all of the participants in one of your library programs? Give certificates to your library volunteers? It's easy when you use a merge feature with MS Publisher or MS Word.
Here are some videos to help you.
Publisher 2010 Tutorial to step-by-step mail merge
Step-by-step mail merge wizard in Word 2007 or 2010
Using mail-merge in Word 2010 - includes video and step-by-step instructions with screen captures: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2010/24
Libraries have existed for thousands of years. But why? What about the library makes it an enduring institution?
This collection of videos may help answer that question.
Video #1 - Library Science and Info Science Throwdown
Video #2 - History of Libraries
Video #3 - Libraries Past - Libraries Future
Video #4 - Why does the world need librarians?
Explore the world with Linda at: http://guide2travel.ca
Librarians are often also archivists. They preserve the present and the past for future generations. This activity requires knowledge and skill.
Let's start exploring archives and preservation with this slideshare:
Video #1 - What You Need to Know About Archiving (what to archive) - Part I
Video #2 - Imaging and Archiving Company
Video #3 - Cloud Archiving and Email
Video #4 - The Living Archive
Video #5 - Keeneland Library: Preserving Racing's History
Video #6 - Conservation at the Library of Virginia
Video #7 - Preserving Your Treasures - Storing Photographs
Video #8 - The Art and Science of Conservation
Video #9 - The Art of Conservation
Explore the world with Linda at: http://guide2travel.ca
For this webquest you're going to use the features of the SILS library OPAC. With SILS, borrowers anywhere in the province of Saskatchewan may use their library card to request any book in the entire province for delivery to their local library.
These are the skills you need to develop for this activity:
Steps in this activity:
- Read and follow instructions.
- Understand the requirements of locating a book in the SILS online database or OPAC.
- Locate specific titles in the OPAC and find required information.
- Take accurate notes to answer specific questions.
The task outlined step-by-step (take careful notes):
- Locate the title requested in SILS.
- Check the location and availability of each requested title.
- Check the subject headings listed for each requested title.
- Go to the SILS Encore catalogue at: http://encore.sasklibraries.ca/iii/encore/home?lang=eng
- Click on the Advanced Search option under the search box.
- Select author and enter the author's surname of the first item required in the first box, then select title and enter a keyword from the title in the second box.
4. Click on Search and find the article record in the OPAC.
5. At the article record locate the required information. Note that availability, location, tags, and other information is written down the left side of the webpage.
6. Write the answer/information required beside the question number on a sheet of paper.
7. Complete all the searches.
8. Do the "check" to see if you've found all the correct answers by following the final instructions below.ITEM LIST
Find each item and related piece of information listed below:
- The book, Run, by Linda Aksomitis. Write down the name of the illness that is tagged (a tag is a subject heading, depending what part of this catalogue you're viewing).
- The book, Racing Home, by Adele Dueck. Write down the additional format (besides print book) that this title is available in.
- The book, A Prairie Alphabet, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet. Write down the surname of the added author listed for this book.
- The book, Waiting for the Sun, by Alison Lohans. Write down the name of the main character who is waiting for the sun as given in the book summary.
- The book, Igloo, by Yasmine A. Cordoba. Write down the subject heading that deals with places to live.
- The book, Dust, by Arthur Slade. Write down the name of the geographic location given in the subject headings as being in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
- The book, Alexandria of Africa, by Eric Walters. Write down the name of the first library the book is listed at in the Locations.
- The book, Dinosaur Hideout, by Judith Silverthorne. Write down the location listed between Langenburg and Ituna.
You should have eight answers written in order on your sheet of paper.Checking Your Answers
To check your answers, do the following.
- Circle the first letter of every answer you've written down from one through eight.
- Recopy each letter out in order to form a single word with eight letters.
- If the word spells out the name of a food prepared from lean dried strips of meat pounded into paste, mixed with fat and berries, and pressed into small cakes then you've found all the right answers.
- If the letters you have don't spell out the required word, check which letters are incorrect and go back to the question that you got wrong and try again.
A library keeps a catalog of its books in the OPAC or Online Public Access Catalogue. It also keeps information about its borrowers, so it can circulate or sign out books to the people who use it. There are many different OPACs. Here's a collection of video tutorials from several libraries, so you can compare features and ways they're used.
Video #1 - Find a Book in the Library Catalog
Video #2 - University of Toronto Library
Video #3 - Brooklyn Public Library Catalog Tutorial
Video #4 - Overdrive E-Books from the Orillia Public Library
There's a rich tradition of Canadian poetry. Robert W. Service, often called the Bard of the Yukon is one of our finest. This is the homepage dedicated to his work: http://www.robertwservice.com/
Video #1 - Johnny Cash reading the Cremation of Sam McGee
Video #2 - The Man That Don't Fit in (written by Robert Service) delivered by Boucrate
Video #3 - 1936 performance of The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Video #4 - The Joy of Being Poor
Video #5 - Jim Reeves reciting Spell of the Yukon
Literary analysis helps you discover more about the books you're reading. Let's look at some videos that help explain the process.
Video #1 - Literary Analysis - Introduction
Video #2 - Literary Analysis - Elements of Narrative
Video #3 - Literary Analysis - Step 2 How to find a theme - view on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qME64SkxM&feature=related
Video #4 - Finding Themes in a Story
Video #5 - Types of Conflict
Video #6 - Theme and Plot Structure
Video #7 - Gingerbread Man school assignment plot analysis
Scarcity is defined as a lack of resources that we want. There may not be many used 1950s record players around--but then, how many of them do people really want? If nobody wants them, they're not scarce. If everybody wants them they are scarce. It's all a matter of choice. Today, most people choose to use modern technology to listen to music, so record players from the '50s are only useful as museum or vintage pieces and have a very limited market.
Writers often rely on the principle of scarcity and choice when they create utopias or dystopias in fiction. Not sure what this means? Check out: http://www.itiscannizzaro.net/Ianni/booksweb/sito1984/papers/utopiadystopia.htm
Here's a Ted Talks video from Pete Alcorn on the world in 2200: http://www.ted.com/talks/pete_alcorn_s_vision_of_a_better_world.html
Does his scarcity predictions for the world resemble a utopia or a dystopia?
What about the latest blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games, which is based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Is it a utopia or dystopia?
Watch this Hunger Games trailer:
How does scarcity affect your life? Your world?
Librarians are always looking for new ways to gather resources that will make them more accessible to their users. We've always made bibliographies and pathfinders, but today, there are new ways! Let's explore Pinterest and see how we can use it to gather, organize and annotate web content, while we're creating a visual, interactive resource.
Video #1 - Pinterest - An Intro
Video #2 - How to Use Pinterest - A Tutorial
Video #3 - Add a Custom Facebook Pinterest Tab
Video #4 - How to Use Pinterest for Marketing
Video #5 - Why Visual Marketing?
It's important to know your skills, whether you're preparing for a job evaluation or writing a resume to apply for a workplace transfer or new job. These videos will help you with both skill analysis and resume writing.
Video # 1 - Knowing Yourself - 3 Self-assessments
Video # 2 - Preparing for the Performance Review (for employers)
Video # 3 - Importance of a self-assessment, Part I
Video # 4 - Importance of a self-assessment, Part II
Video # 5 - Writing a Functional Resume
Video # 6 - Resume Do's and Don'ts
Let's take a look at psychology today. The discipline may a lot broader than you think!
Video #1 - What is Psychology?
Video #2 - Psychology The Human Experience
Video #3 - Behavioral Psychology
Video #4 - Understanding Memory
Video #5 - Doubling Your Brain Power
Let's continuing exploring the humanities and social sciences with a look at the visual and performing arts, along with education. The following videos cover these areas.
Video #1 - JMU College of Visual & Performing Arts
Video #2 - Changing Education Paradigms
Video #3 - Learning Theories
Today we're going to take a look at the areas of philosophy, religion, language, literature and communication. The following videos will help you understand the wide range of materials that will be in your library collections under these topics.
Video #1 - What is Philosophy?
Video #2 - Major in a Minute - Philosophy
Video #3 - Major in a Minute - Religious Studies
Video #4 - Top 10 Religions of the World (by number of members)
Video #5 - Why Study Languages?
Video #6 - What is Literature? Part I
Video #7 - What is Literature? Part II
Video #8 - Why Study Communication?
Research librarians are often called upon to help people answer many different types of questions from many different areas. Today, let's look at the areas of anthropology, history and geography.
Video #1 - Major in Anthropology
Video #2 - What is anthropology and why should we teach it? (images/text only)
Video #3 - Why Study History? with Billy Joel
Video #4 - History of the World in 7 Minutes
Video #5 - Why Should I Be Interested in Geography from the U of R
Video #6 - Why Geography Matters by Google Earth
No matter where you work, chances are you'll have to attend meetings. Staff meetings. Planning meetings. Committee meetings. Even if you work alone, you may have a Board to report to or clients to meet with. Planning and conducting good meetings takes some skills. These videos will help you develop them.
Video #1 - 8 Steps to Make Your Meetings More Productive
Video #2 - How to Faciliate a Meeting 101 - covers workshops
Video #3 - How to Conduct a Meeting - Role of the Chair
Video #4 - Taking the Minutes
Video #5 - Robert's Rules of Order - How Robert's Rules Can Be a Team Building Tool
Video #6 - Robert's Rules of Order - How to Debate
Video #7 - Robert's Rules of Order - Mastering the 3 Most Important Motions
Video #8 - Robert's Rules of Order - Crash Course 2009 Parliamentary Terms (low volume)
Let's continue our exploration of subjects areas in the social sciences and humanities. Here are some videos to make these next areas a little easier to understand.
Video #1 - Economics in one lesson
Video #2 - Major in Economics - a video from Grant MacEwan College
Video #3 - How to Write a Business Plan | How to Start a Business
Video #4 - Major in Political Science (a video from Grant MacEwan College)
Video #5 - Introduction to Law School
Microsoft Office tools are very powerful! They can be even more powerful when you learn how to integrate the content between Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
These videos will help you learn how.
Video #1 - Calculate Data Using Excel and Present Data in PowerPoint
Video #2 - How to Merge Multiple Excel Workbooks to a Master Budget
Video #3 - How to Share Excel Data with Word Documents
This material was gathered by Linda Aksomitis
Instructor for Introduction to Internet Writing Markets
and Credenda Virtual College
An organization can be many different things. A family unit is a basic organization. Saskatchewan's provincial library system is a large, complicated organization. In order to understand what happens in an organization, you must understand who wields the power in it.
There are five different types of power:
- Legitimate or positional power. This is the type of power you have as head of your family household, or as the librarian in charge in your library.
- Expert power. You hold this type of power in your library, since you're the most qualified to find material that's housed there. Nobody else likely knows as well as you do where to find things!
- Referant power. People in organizations admire and respect others in the organization, giving them referant power. People with referant power are charismatic and inspire the trust of others.
- Coercive power. Your coercive power comes from such things as your ability to remove patrons from your library, or if you work in a school library, to send them to the principal's office for not following library rules.
- Reward power. In organizations, your superiors have the power to give you rewards, such as monetary gain or promotions. Favorite members of the staff may get more privileges, which is a problem.
You've likely watched Mr. Bean in movies and on t.v. Many of his comedy scenes are about power. Let's watch this one and consider who has power.
Customer Service with Mr. Bean
There are many free applications on the Web that you can use for different purposes. Everyone can have fun while learning! The first one we're going to use is ToonDoo.
What does ToonDoo do? It lets you create your own comic book or graphic novel/story.
Let's take a look at some tutorials.
Video #1 - Toon Doo Tutorial (from registration through getting started)
Video #2 - Toon Doo Lesson 1 (on creating characters for a history storybook assignment)
Video #3 - Toon Doo Lesson 2 (putting characters into the storybook)
Video #4 - The Water Cycle With Toon Doo (putting together a six part book)
We all have different personalities. We think differently. We like different things. We have different strengths. We have different weaknesses. If we understand our own personalities it makes it easier for us to get along with others. We also need to understand the personalities of others to create effective groups, whether we're at home, on the playground, or on the job.
These videos give you good background information on personalities and communicating with others.
Video #1 - Discover Your Personality Type - Myers-Briggs
Video #2 - Discovering Personalities
Video #3 - No matter what your personality here's - A Guide to Effective Communication
Video #4 - Communication Styles - Getting You Started with Better Communication
Video #5 - Communication Theory
Every workplace has some conflict. How we handle that conflict predicts whether or not the workplace thrives or withers. When things go bad, workers suffer stress and employers have lower productivity. Everybody loses. However, workplace conflict can stimulate new ideas and growth, thus improving productivity and creating a healthy work environment.
Let's watch these videos for some tips on handling workplace stress.
Video #1 - Conflict Resolution
Video #2 - 10 Signs You Work for a Bully Boss
Video #3 - How to Handle Your Bully Boss
Video #4 - Conflict Development Personality Development Skills
Video #5 - Conflict Communication Solutions
Video #6 - Daniel Goleman and Social Intelligence
Video #7 - Are You Socially Intelligent? presented by Daniel Goleman
Video #8 - Interview with Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligences (video is 56 minutes long)
We learn new things every day. Some of us are registered in formal educational classes. We'll get marks and accreditation based on how well we learned the provided content. However, much of what we learn isn't in a classroom. That's what we're going to look at today--social learning.
Video #1 - Theory Master Theatre - Bandura Social Learning
Video #2 - Social Learning - What is it?
Video #3 - Learning Theories Overview (no narration - music only)
Video #4 - What Defines Your Learning and Training Style?
Video #5 - Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory (biography of this Alberta-born theorist)
Video #6 - What is Organisational Culture? Why Culture Matters to Your Organisation.
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Librarians are called upon to answer questions on many topics from many disciplines. In order to find information efficiently, they must be familiar with each of them.
Let's look at the social sciences and humanities, along with the single discipline, sociology, today.
Video #1 - An Animated Introduction to Social Sciences
Video #2 - What are the humanities?
Video #3 - What is sociology? (8 minutes long with only music/no narration, but still well done)
Video #4 - Journeys Through Sociology series of 13 videos (each half an hour long)