Beyond merely helping students find answers to questions, information literacy instruction ought to ignite within students a spirit of inquiry: a discerning curiosity that will spur them to dig deeper when conducting research. In Inquiry and Research: A Relational Approach in the Classroom, published by ALA Editions, Michelle Reale outlines such an approach. Showing how to deprioritize tools-based research in favor of encouraging critical thinking, in this book she demonstrates why inquiry is the first step toward deep learning.
ALA Editions, Jan. 18
This July is Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, an innovative, first-of-its-kind program through which ALA’s review journal for public libraries will forge key partnerships between libraries and publishers while providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages. The program kicks off at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 20–25, with a panel featuring star authors and illustrators and a meet-and-greet in the Booklist booth on the exhibit floor.
Booklist, Jan. 18
ACRL has published Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction, edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby, a collection of lesson plans, activities, and techniques that utilize strategies and pedagogies to help keep students engaged. The book begins with a section of research-based, broad-level considerations of student motivation, and continues with activities and lesson plans that highlight specific motivational strategies.
ACRL, Jan. 18
If you want to know the most scenic train rides in Switzerland, the best fjords in Norway, or the most underrated seaport in Italy, Rick Steves is your guide. Steves will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the ALA 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on January 27 to talk about the third edition of his book, Travel as a Political Act (Hachette Book Group, 2018). American Libraries talked with Steves about being a cultural chameleon, his favorite libraries, and the one surprising place he still hasn’t visited. (To hear some of Rick Steves’s off-the-beaten-path recommendations, listen to our Dewey Decibel podcast episode, “Insider’s Guide to Seattle.”)
American Libraries Trend, Jan. 18
Richard Byrne writes: “I couldn’t create this post on tools for creating timelines without mentioning Timeline JS. Timeline JS has been my go-to recommendation for years. With it, students can create timelines that include pictures, videos, maps, audio files, text, and hyperlinks. Because the creation work is done inside of Google Sheets, Timeline JS can be used as a collaborative timeline creation tool. Watch my video to see how it works. If Timeline JS seems a bit too complicated for your students, Flippity.net offers another way to create a multimedia timeline through a Google Spreadsheet.”
Free Technology for Teachers, Jan. 18
American author Joyce Carol Oates has won the $10,000 Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest literary honor for foreign writers. Oates will receive the prize on May 12 during the opening ceremony of the Jerusalem International Book Forum and the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim. Judges cited Oates for throwing light “on the tension between the hidden anxieties and desires that permeate the human psyche.”
The Bookseller (UK), Jan. 18
Terry Hong writes: “In just over a week, Seattle’s population will temporarily expand with tens of thousands of librarians. Talk about a convergence of brains, guts, dedication, faith—and unconditional love of knowledge! Because that’s what it takes to be a librarian in today’s rapidly changing, globally interlinked, ever-more technological, brave new world. Today we celebrate all that librarians do with these 12 engrossing titles in which librarians get to be the major players in their own adventures.”
The Booklist Reader, Jan. 17
Erin DeCoeur and Rob Cauthen write: “To celebrate the arrival of the touring production of Hamilton, and as part of Wake County (N.C.) Public Libraries ‘Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience’ programs exploring the history of immigration in the US, we staged Hamilton Tea Parties, or HamilTeas, throughout November. The events included light refreshments, songs from the award-winning musical, and trivia games. Participants learned about the show’s production as well as the real-life Alexander Hamilton and his rise from a Caribbean immigrant to ‘the $10 Founding Father.’”
Programming Librarian, Jan. 10
On Thursday, January 25, it begins: ALA’s 2019 Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Seattle. In Episode 34 of the Dewey Decibel podcast, we get tips on where to eat, what to see, and what to do during Midwinter. First, American Libraries Managing Editor Terra Dankowski talks with travel guru Rick Steves about his favorite off-the-beaten path sights in the Seattle area. Then Dankowski speaks with Tori Mann, chef at Seattle restaurant Lola, about her favorite spots to eat in the city. Finally, Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart talks with Emily Cabaniss, librarian and music assistant at the Seattle Opera, about music happenings in Seattle.
AL: The Scoop, Jan. 18
Mary Voors writes: “On Monday morning,January 28,the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. We will all find out the winners of some of the most prestigious book awards in the world, including the Newbery Award, the Caldecott Award, the Printz Award, the Batchelder Award, and more. As excitement builds, librarians in schools and libraries around the country offer Mock YMA elections to help stimulate and share the reading enthusiasm and excitement. ALSC collects the results from these mock elections and compiles them on its Mock Elections page.”
ALSC Blog, Jan. 13
Jennifer Knight writes: “The Gum Wall recently came up in a discussion about Midwinter and got me thinking about Seattle must-do’s. Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, I lived in Seattle for over a decade where I worked at a tourist destination and spent a big part of my work day helping people from around the world navigate the city. If you need a break from the fluorescent glow of the Exhibits Hall and the low light of the conference meeting rooms, here are a few ideas.”
ALSC Blog, Jan. 17
S. C. Stuart writes: “Wikipedia, which turns 18 this week, is now viewed 6,000 times every second and more than 200,000 editors contribute every month. But it’s been criticized for a lack of diversity in its subject matter and those deemed worthy of inclusion. So students at University of Southern California recently gathered in the library for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for Diversity and Inclusion, where they learned how to edit and get involved. We spoke with one of the event’s organizers, Elizabeth Galoozis, associate university librarian and head of information literacy at USC.”
PC Magazine, Jan. 16