This is from the ITEM listserve. If you have ideas and suggestions, you can leave them in the comments section below!
We are looking to move away from “bubble sheets” and scanners into something more tech based. The cost of scan sheets is incredible (~$4000/year for us) and we want a new way to do business. Are you using a technology based assessment system that you like? I am trying to identify a system or systems that are: – reasonably priced – could be paper based, but with a way to scan answers (doc cam?) – at the very least, something that can do multiple choice, but short answer, matching, etc. would be a plus. – If it is online, is there a way to prevent students from cheating (like a secure browser) Thanks for your thoughts, advice, or reflections on your experiences.
It’s so important to learn new things in our library careers, or to attend conferences and interact with other library people doing similar work! If you’ve been feeling the need to network or to update some of your professional skills, make sure to keep your eyes on CMLE’s Continuing Education calendar!
The calendar is located on our Continuing Education page, which features a Google calendar that is updated daily with new learning opportunities. We include a variety of events like webinars, online courses, in-person conferences, workshops, and yes, even free opportunities!
From the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC):
“On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Vice President/President-Elect Nina Lindsay and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) co-hosted an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of digital literacy, digital citizenship for children in libraries.
This forum addressed the questions: with library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where, and how? From “fake news,” to new privacy concerns, to government “data rescue” and the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens? Continue reading ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum: Archived Webcast Access→
“Discover new teaching practices and refresh your pedagogy with these short videos aimed to give introductions to new or modernized teaching ideas, strategies, and social studies skills. Released monthly, the videos will range in topics such as introductions to primary source instruction to literacy practices in the social studies. Watch this page, Facebook, or subscribe to the e-Newsletter for new videos.”
Segment 1: What is Concept-Based Learning?
Concept-based learning helps students focus on “life’s big ideas” which are applicable to other situations. Learn why concept-based learning is important and how concepts differ from knowledge and skills.
Beth Yoke, CAE
Young Adult Library Services Association
The White House budget that was released today calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and YALSA need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries teens will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life. Here’s what you can do right now:* Use the sample messages in this document to contact the offices of your members of Congress
* Share your photo or story via this form of how support from IMLS has enabled you and your library to help the teens in your community. YALSA will use this information to advocate against the elimination of IMLS
* Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort
* Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the above as well
Don’t know much about IMLS? Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000. In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for. In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000. Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.
Want to take further action to support teens and libraries? We salute you! Check out the free online resources we have to make speaking up for teens and libraries easy.