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Information and tips for librarians and writers. Includes various Webquests and pathfinders on using reference tools.
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1. Book Series for Young Readers Book Trailers

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

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2. Book Trailers for SF, Fantasy, & Horror Children's & YA

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

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3. Creating Mail Merged Documents

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

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4. Libraries Past & Future

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

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5. Archives & Preservation

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

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6. Webquest Using OPACs

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:

  1. Read and follow instructions.
  2. Understand the requirements of locating a book in the SILS online database or OPAC.
  3. Locate specific titles in the OPAC and find required information.
  4. Take accurate notes to answer specific questions.
Steps in this activity:
  1. Locate the title requested in SILS.
  2. Check the location and availability of each requested title. 
  3. Check the subject headings listed for each requested title.
The task outlined step-by-step (take careful notes):

  1.  Go to the SILS Encore catalogue at: http://encore.sasklibraries.ca/iii/encore/home?lang=eng
  2. Click on the Advanced Search option under the search box.
  3. 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.

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.
  1. Circle the first letter of every answer you've written down from one through eight. 
  2. Recopy each letter out in order to form a single word with eight letters. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.

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7. Exploring Library OPACs

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

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8. The Poetry of Robert W. Service

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

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9. Literary Analysis

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

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10. Scarcity & Choice - Utopia or Dystopia

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?

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11. Ways for Librarians to Use Pinterest

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?

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12. Self-Assessment and Resume Writing Videos

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

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13. Psychology

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

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14. Unit 5 - Visual Arts, Performing Arts & Education

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

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15. Philosophy, Religion, Language, Literature & Communication

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?

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16. Unit 3 - Anthropology, History & Geography

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

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17. Planning and Conducting Meetings

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)

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18. Unit 2 - Economics, Business, Political Science & Law

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

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19. Integrating Content

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

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20. Power

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

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21. Using ToonDoo

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)

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22. Personality & Communication

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

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23. Conflict in the workplace

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)

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24. Social Learning

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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25. Understanding the Social Sciences and Humanities

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)

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