Friday, February 1, 2013

Let's Teach Our Students About Copyright: 15 Sites Which Can Assist You

An important area for all teacher-librarians to cover is copyright law. Students (and teachers) are really not aware of what they can and can't do legally. I teach my students about plagiarism and copyright because they will be held accountable if they do not follow the law. This list has been added to the Teacher-Librarian page.
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education- assists teachers in fair use doctrine; from the Center for Social Media

Copyright Advisory Network- "a way for librarians to learn about copyright and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists"


Copyright Basics- from Copyright Kids!


Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers- PDF document


Creative Commons- various sharing methods explained


Cyberbee- cute interactive for grades 4-9


Fair Use Evaluator-
"understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code."


Fair Use Wiki- the fair use clause explained


Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright- from the Library of Congress; interactive for kids in grades 4-8

Teaching Copyright
- Five 60-minute lessons


TeachersFirst Copyright and Fair Use Resources


United States Copyright Office- search records, register works



What is Copyright?- wiki managed by by teacher Mary Beth Hertz


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weeding Books From Your Collection? Here Are 15 Resources

I'm currently in the process of inventory and weeding. Why both, you might ask? Well, as I go along scanning my books, I very often come across a book which looks like it has been here since our school was built. (1963) With old titles, such as "Disco King", a red light often often goes off and I check the card to see the last time the book was taken out. When you are dealing with a limited budget as I am, you sometimes have to keep that very, very old copy of "Gulliver's Travels" or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" because it is a classic book. This list can also be found on the Teacher-Librarians page of this blog.

10 Ways to Give Weeded Books a Second Life



Be Proactive: Weed- School Library Monthly post

CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries- a 93-page document from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Less is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections- book by Donna J. Baumbach and Linda L. Miller





Weeding Library Collections- this wiki includes great ideas on what to do with weeded books, including  book sales, donation and more.

Weeding Library Collections: A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation-
ALA library fact sheet

Weeding and Maintenance of Reference Collections- book by Linda S. Katz

Weeding: A Practical Manual for Librarians- 7-page document from the Jefferson County Public Schools

Weeding the School Library- brochure from the California Department of Education



Weeding Your Library- simple page on basics from Perma-Bound Books

Weeding Your Library- tips from teacher-librarian Cindy

19 Great Web Curation Tools

There certainly is no shortage of ways to collect content from the web. Apps make it even easier to sync with your computer and smartphone. Every time I find a resource I love (but don't have time to look at it) I clip it to Evernote. This list has been added to the Teacher-Librarian page. What's your favorite curation tool?


Bag the Web- curate web content to make your own topic bags

Bundlr- create and share bundles of content


eduClipper- educational digital clipboard


Evernote- one of my favorites; sync with your smartphone, home computer and work compute




Juxtapost- all of your favorite things, side-by-side


Kuratur- "cool, customized automated content magazines"


Kweeper- collect videos, pictures, sites with one click


Livebinders-"3-ring binder for the web"



Livebinders Tutorial from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo.

Only2Clicks- organize your sites with various tabs, (like folders) and thumbnails


Paper.li- your own online newspaper


Pinterest- online pinboard

RebelMouse- "your social front page"; app available


Scoop.it
- create a topic and Scoop.it will proceed to find you links on the Internet which are related to your topic


Spaaze- collect and organize web sites, videos etc. in one location, a giant cork-board.

Springpad- save information on your computer and it will sync with your mobile device (Android or iPhone)

Storify- tell your stories by curating social media posts

Surfmark- collect, express, collaborate

Themeefy- allows you to create, curate and publish; phone app available



Trapit- c
aptures what you want and “serves it up fresh and spam-free all day long.”

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