This page describes ways that library media specialists can organize themselves to work together and create resource materials that benefit everyone.



One 4 All All 4 One! Collegial Collaboration


Kathleen (Kate) Lyons and Kathi Vanderbilt (K.V.) presented a concurrent session at GaCOMO about a group of high school media specialists who were developing content for technology workshops for a teacher audience. The idea for the tech workshops came from Jane Roberts and Heather Dunbar at Hillgrove High. K.V. encouraged Kate to develop creative titles and annotations for 10 workshop session with the idea that we would have enough content to offer a 1 PLU credit course. Once the titles and annotations were developed we came up with the idea to encourage (beg) other high school media specialists to help develop the content. What began as 10 workshops became 12 workshops with 13 collaborators. The response to our session at COMO was not surprising... the attendees wanted us to share the content with them. The members of the collaborative present at the session were all in agreement with sharing the content. Below are the presentations that I have been given permission to share.

Here is the list of presentations we developed:

You Are My DESTINY! – Betty Bakun
Learn how to make the most of the CCSD online catalog called Destiny that can be accessed from an icon on the launcher window. Search for books in the library collection using a basic or power search. Other features include resource lists, visual searches, and Web Path Express.

Stream and Clip Like We Did Last Summer – Connie Kone
Video clips can enliven a lesson, after all a picture is worth a thousand words (or maybe a million in today’s economy!). Locate videos by subject or topic in United Streaming. Then create a list for future reference as well as download clips to use in a lesson or insert into a PowerPoint presentation. Clips can also be downloaded and converted to use on an iPod which can be connected to a television or LCD projector for viewing.

Cite Your Sources – Linda Savage
Format! Format! Format! It’s all about creating a reference page in the correct format. There are many aids to help get the right information in the MLA citation format. MLA Citation Guide and Landmark Citation Machine supply everything needed to get the format.

Critique That! – Renee Marsala
This is your chance to become the critic! Delve into literary criticism and study an author. Two extensive resources are at your fingertips: GALE Literature Resource Center and Literary Reference Center.

Around the World in 80 Ways – Kathy Ray
Explore other countries for FREE! Learn about customs and hear the national anthem. Look at maps and try out a new recipe. Even get to know some famous people and watch videos like one about preschool dancing in Fiji. And for those into numbers – check out the graphs and tables of things like populations and literacy.

Believe It or Not! – Tisha Tytar
The Student Research Center and eLibrary have full text newspapers and magazine articles related to an unbelievable number of various topics. Some topics even include radio and television audio files and video clips. If you are a history buff you can see a short news story about Barry Goldwater and his campaign from the 1964 presidential race. Totally awesome!

Broad Strokes – Kathleen Lyons
The first stop on the research path should be the broad information contained in encyclopedias. Grolier, Britannica, and World Book online are great places to refine a research topic. There’s more than meets the eye to these fabulous resources – timelines, videos, flags, atlases, today in history feature, and headline news.

Do You Trek? – Anne Hudson
Are you a star trekker? Nettrekker is a resource for teachers. Find web sites to support a lesson. Search by course such as physics, economics, journalism, algebra 1, health, or visual art. Use the teacher tools link to find information regarding learning styles, technology in the classroom, and assessment. References include links to Barlett’s quotations, online museums, measurement, copyright free clip art, and the U.S. Census Bureau. So start trekkin’! Your fingers were made for trekkin’ and that’s just what you’ll do at nettrekker.com.

How to Ken Burns a Slideshow – Robin Wofford
Tired of PowerPointless? Want "Showy" show and tells? If you are looking for a different way for students to present their class projects, then “How to Ken Burns a slideshow” is for you! Sure... we all know that Windows Movie Maker is a great way to present student produced movies. But did you know that it’s also a clever way to showcase student slideshows with still pictures, text, music and visual effects? “How to Ken Burns a slideshow” will show you everything you need to know to help your students produce stunning “A-quality” presentations!

Feed Me, Feed Me, Feed Me! – Kathi Vanderbilt
So much information… so little time… how can I manage it all? Want to keep up with professional reading, a hobby or special interest? Then RSS Feeds are for you. Learn how to locate and subscribe to journals, magazines, and newspapers for free.