Time for a name change?

The blog the Unquiet librarian recently voiced their opinion on whether or school Librarians should change their job title to better encompass what it is they do.

From my personal experience I can tell you that school librarians are being asked to do much more than just checkout books. The modern school library encompasses many different learning resources and aids. Information literacy is being taught to students at the school to encourage them to research the right way and not just Google everything. I agree that rather than change our job titles we can try to promote the new look of school libraries.

I believe the author said it best when she said “We are librarians. Own it. You must believe even when others do not.  For every doubter, hater, or naysayer, there are children and teachers whose lives and classrooms a school librarian has impacted for the good, and there is no longer room for those who do not put community, service, and people first.    Let us not shrink from what that means and what it can mean, but instead, strive to grow the successful models of school librarianship that DO exist and DO make a real difference because they have a librarian whose work, struggles, passion, and collaborative efforts with teachers and students do matter in helping students compose their own narratives of learning.”

You can click on the link below to view the entire article.

http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/

Plagiarism in Schools

 

I recently read an article on plagiarism published by the School Library Journal. The author made reference to how much students rely solely on the internet for information to complete their assignments. Many of them just utilize the copy and paste functions, rather than create their own work. Some very valid points were made including the suggestion that students should be taught how to avoid plagiarism when completing assignments.  

 I believe that will be very challenging! As a student and an information provider who works in a school I know for a fact that many educational institutions do inform their students about plagiarism. They even have special software which can tell you how if the work was plagiarized. Some of individuals still choose to try and pass off some else’s work as their own.

I strongly support the initiative to help prevent plagiarism in all forms, I firmly believe that the success of this venture will depend on the moral fiber of the individual and the vigilance of teachers.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

The link to article mentioned above has been included for your review.  

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/894136-312/plagiarism_that_p_word_.html.csp

Gender Stereotyping in Libraries

Hi all,

My post today looks at the gender imbalance seen in Libraries. We all know that the majority of library personnel are of the female persuasion. Why is that? What is it about libraries that tends to repulse men? Is it because society as a whole perceives Library work as a female profession?

I recently overheard someone say that “if a man is working in the library then he lazy because he could be making better money elsewhere.”  Is this statement accurate? Is money the only deciding factor when deciding what job to take? What do you all think?

Fun Facts about Libraries

Hi everyone i came across this information and thought that it would be fun to share 🙂

  1. Academic Librarians will answer 56.1 million reference questions per year! That’s ten million more than those  attending college football matches.
  2. Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 3x more than they go to the movies
  3. There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S. (16, 604) unfortunately there are more KFC outlets(54)  than Public libraries in Trinidad and Tobago. (22)

Something to think about!!

Works Cited

“Five Fun Facts You May Not Know About Libraries.” Against-the-Grain.com. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. <http://www.against-the-  grain.com/2011/06/five-fun-facts-you-may-not-know-about-libraries/>.

How times have changed!

After 244 years Britannica has decided to stop the print version of its encyclopedia and go completely digital. There was a time when almost every home had a set of encyclopedias. This is sign of how the times have changed, we as library professionals must change with times as well if we are to continue to be a positive force in society.

Please lick on the link to read the article about Britannica.

 http://www.wpix.com/news/local/ktla-encyclopedia-britannica-stops-printing,0,7881022.story