Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Volunteers for Children's Lit Advisory Board

Dear colleagues,

Open Learning Exchange.org  is looking for volunteers to serve on a children's literature advisory board to create an online library for their project in Ghana.  We're asking for a one year volunteer commitment with a monthly online meeting with other children's literature experts across the country. Meetings will include the development of a library for teachers to build curriculum.  We need librarians who have an expertise in various genres and informational areas that bring the world to remote classrooms.

OLE (www.ole.org) is developing a worldwide network of 100+local grassroots organizations [OLE Centers] committed to providing universal basic education in their nation by 2015.  OLE is in the process of developing a multilevel digital library network designed to make high quality open learning resources available to all children, even in the most remote parts of the world. The OLE Library Network is designed to work from the global to the personal levels.  We are trying to build a group of experts in children's literature who will meet online periodically.

This is a voluntary position with meetings held virtually to discuss children’s literature that will be used in the curriculum development process in Ghana.  OLE Ghana is focused on improving the quality of elementary-level teaching, especially in those areas of the country with teachers who have a minimum of training as teacher.  It’s an exciting project and we are hoping to form an advisory group with expertise in curriculum connections to children’s literature.  By choosing materials that teachers can use in their classrooms, we hope to develop a free and open source children’s library that can be accessed using OLE’s technology.

By “free” we mean that any person or group of persons may use the curricula and related materials on OLE libraries without paying a fee. Normally the creators of such materials have licensed them under a Creative Commons license making such use free of any charges.There may be occasions where a world-wide license fee, without limit of time ,is paid to the creator of a given set of materials in order for it to be used in that way.

By “open source” we mean that the portions of the content can be extracted from the materials and mixed with other materials to create “new” content. In most such cases, the origin of the source materials must be closely identified with those materials. The license terms may, or may not, include a prohibition for “commercial use” by which is meant that the original material cannot be sold as a part of a new package, for commercial purposes.

The advisory group will be collaborating on methods to acquire books to establish a children’s library in English that can be then translated by local teachers and librarians to use in their classroom curriculum.

This is such an exciting opportunit y– to benefit children in Ghana and enable them to acquire at least a basic education, to provide them with an opportunity to develop an intellectually and economically strong life.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact me at the email address below.  We are hoping to establish a board within the next month or so to utilize funding that is becoming available.  More details about the project or about the Open Learning Exchange and its projects can be found at www.ole.org.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Gerri Fegan, MLIS

President, NESLA

Friday, June 15, 2012

Link to State of America's Libraries from the ALA

I posted a link to this on the Resource Page also. It is a good reference spot to begin if you need to talk to other folks about where libraries as a whole are headed and where they are now.

Monday, June 11, 2012

STEM Scale-Up Applications in review, available for public viewing

Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov.  Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen today announced the posting of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Scale-Up applications for review by a panel of STEM professionals, with public viewing welcome.

Selected Scale-Up applications – those with strong evidence of improving achievement and inspiring interest among pre-K through 12 learners – will then be made available for implementation to local schools, museums, daycares and other educational facilities   via the recently announced six regional network hubs.

The establishment of an Iowa STEM Network centered around six regional network hubs was the first major initiative of the new Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is to create greater student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and a stronger STEM workforce.

“Through a statewide STEM network for scaling up what’s working, some of the best of programming available to learners in Iowa will be made available to STEM learners everywhere in Iowa” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “Access to top quality STEM education will assure that every young Iowan has the chance for strong post-secondary preparation and the choice to pursue a high-demand and good paying job in STEM.” 

“A STEM-ready workforce and STEM-savvy citizenry has been and can, again, be Iowa’s brand on the competitive national and international economic landscape,” said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We are fortunate to have six unrivaled partners in our STEM Hubs, each soon to roll out the best our state has to offer for the benefit of learners across their region. Iowa is in a very strong place in STEM.” 

Scale-Up applications are being evaluated by the panel through mid-June. Recommendations will be made to the Council’s Executive Committee and then on to Governor Branstad later in summer.

The public may view the Scale-Up applications, the advisory panel and the evaluative rubric at   www.IowaSTEM.gov

For more information about the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council go to www.IowaSTEM.gov.
Tim Albrecht
Communications Director, Governor Terry E. Branstad
515-725-3518 – IGOV Communications Department

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Position Open

Franklin Elementary, Marshalltown Community School District has a opening for a full-time Teacher Librarian for SY 2012-2013. Franklin Elementary is a K-4 building with approximately 360 students. Scheduling in the library is semi-fixed with opportunities to collaborate with teachers within the building and with the other 8 teacher librarians in the district. School libraries throughout MCSD utilize Destiny automation system.

Applications will be accepted at https://marshalltown.schoolrecruiter.net/Index.aspx in the next day or so. You are welcome to contact sinhelder@marshalltown.k12.ia.us  for more information or visit MCSD website at http://www.marshalltown.k12.ia.us/index.html.

ILA Welcomes Christopher Harris To Speak At The Annual Conference

ILA Welcomes Christopher Harris To Speak At The Annual Conference

The Iowa Association of School Librarians is proud to announce that national digital content expert and author, Christopher Harris ,will be a presenter and keynote speaker at this year’s Iowa Library Association Conference in Dubuque this October. Harris, a participant in the first American Library Association Emerging Leaders program in 2007, will present a half-day preconference on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The topic will be “Dealing with Digital” and will provide a practical guide for participants who are seeking answers to what it means for schools and libraries that information is going digital.

The director of an educational services agency that supports libraries in 22 small rural districts in western New York, Harris blogs about “E-Content” for American Libraries Magazine and is a regular technology columnist for School Library Journal.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Harris, a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008, will present the opening keynote, challenging us to work together to meet the needs of our communities.

Harris is involved with the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy Committee and a number of ALA eBook and Digital Content task forces and working groups. He will discuss eBooks in one of his concurrent sessions.

Many of you will, no doubt, be interested in attending his concurrent session on gaming in the library based on research for his book, Libraries Got Game: Aligned Learning Through Modern Board Games. He'll discuss the value of games and will recommend the best games for various age levels.

Friday, June 1, 2012

State Library Survey Data from 2011 - 2012 is up

I have posted a lot of stuff about this. I spoke to Kristin Steingreaber at GP AEA. She showed me links to the data summary and survey info on the Ning. Check it out.

Looks like this may still happen next year. Stay tuned, and contact your AEA people..