Sunday, August 16, 2015

August one-question survey: Library orientation!

This month, 110 Iowa teacher librarians responded to our first one-question survey!  Great job, team!

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.
  • 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:
    • Stations with Socrative stations
    • Using ThingLink to link videos and book trailers
    • Creating "mystery bags" with library-related items
    • maps to label
    • tutorials for using the library catalog
    • a video about book care created by a library technician, "Don't Let the Pigeon Touch the Books!"
If you'd like more inspiration, take a look at these professional articles, suggested by Meredith Sandlin, Janesville's lucky new TL!
You might find these articles and blog posts useful as well:
So let's all resolve to try something new this year! Then share your new resources in the comments!