We asked you how you engage in library orientation activities with your students and staff, and here's what you said:
So what can we learn from this? Well, clearly presentations and tours are popular standbys, but it also looks like more interactive lessons are on the rise as well.
Several Iowa TLs shared resources, and so take some time to gather new ideas from your colleagues!
- Meredith Sandlin, the new TL in Janesville just completed her Action Research Project entitled "Improving Library Orientation," and she has been generous enough to share her research.
- Take a look at the highlights of her report--compiled to share with Iowa TLs!
- View her full project here.
- Katy Kauffman at Southview Middle School in Ankeny shared her QR Code Quest
- Several survey respondents listed children's books they use as part of library orientation:
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Grabenstein
- The Librarian Dragon Lady by Deedy
- Don't Let the Pigeon Check Out Books by Willems
- We're Going on a Book Hunt by Miller
- What Marion Taught Willis and What Happened to Marion's Book by Berg
- Wild About Books by Sierra and Brown
- Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything by Buzzeo
- TLs also described some of their tools and strategies for library orientation:
If you'd like more inspiration, take a look at these professional articles, suggested by Meredith Sandlin, Janesville's lucky new TL!
- Hersey, H., & Belcher, S. (2014). Flip your library. Learning & Leading with Technology, 41(4), 22-25.
- Kirkland, A. B. (2015). Flip your library orientation! School Libraries in Canada, 33(1), 33-36. (Available on Scribd, or view Kirkland's blog post on the topic)
- Mulch, B. E. (2014). Library orientation transformation: From paper map to augmented reality. Knowledge Quest, 42(4), 50-53.
- Strom, P. M. (2015, April). Plan library orientations now. Voice of Youth Advocates, 38(1), 28+.
- Check out Joyce Valenza's 2013 post on her SLJ blog, Neverending Search. She has combed Pintrest and other social media sites to find some gems, including our own Kathy Kaldenberg's zombie-inspired presentation! Use Valenza's search strategies to find Pintrest and Twitter gems from the past two years as well.
So let's all resolve to try something new this year! Then share your new resources in the comments!