digital-age-learning-environments 3b

One of the best parts about being a school librarian is the work I do in creating subjects guides that compile “digital tools and resources for teacher and student use” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2011). Subject guides are “lists of resources created by librarians to assist students with their research needs. These lists of resources may include topics including but not limited to books, journals, databases, websites, as well as any other topics the librarian feels would assist students with their research” (“Subject Guides”).

I collaborated with my co-technology integration specialist to adopt LibGuides, a very well-respected content management system, to publish and share our school’s subject guides. LibGuides is a “content management system used by many thousands of libraries worldwide. Librarians use it to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides on any topic, subject, course, on any process, on any thing” (“LibGuides”).

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The front page of our school’s LibGuide, where students can navigate to various categories and search the library catalog.
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I created this page for our fourth grade teacher; students use it regularly when doing Westward Expansion inquiry projects.
Students would complete an online survey to share their favorite books, I would use that information to create individual book recommendation lists; those lists would be added to LibraryThing and then a widget for each student would be embedded on this LibGuide page.
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LibGuides pages can include text, images, links, widgets, and videos.
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I created a variety of different LibGuide pages for middle school literature groups; students were fascinated to view articles, photographs, videos and research based on the book they were reading.


International Society for Technology in Education. (2011). ISTE standards: coaches. Retrieved June 29, 2011, from http://www.iste.org/standards/ISTE-standards/standards-for-coaches

LibGuides. (2013). Retrieved May 19, 2016, from http://www.springshare.com/libguides/

Subject guides. (2012, September 17). Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki website: http://www.libsuccess.org/Subject_Guides

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