Your Resource for Information Literacy
Our Professional Development Series has been going strong since this summer! Just in case you are unfamiliar with our PD series, EasyBib features FREE bi-weekly webinars co-hosted by librarians, leading ed-tech influencers and educators, that cover a wide range of topics in the education space.
We want to know what topics would you like to learn more about and what days work best for you. Share your thoughts in the comment box below and take our survey to let us know which day of the week works best for you.
Past webinars include topics such as Internet Safety, Digital Tools to Use in the Library and Classroom, Website Evaluation, Wikipedia as an Authentic Learning Space and more! For video recordings of our past webinars, check out our Professional Development Series Archive.Read More
The Pennsylvania Library Association held their annual PaLA Conference last week. The theme was “PA Libraries: Architects of Change” and the sessions certainly reflected that. In addition to sessions about academic and management, there were some surprises including “Your Library as a Tourist Destination” and “The Bus Stops Here: How One Library’s Use of a School Bus to Transport Refugees Took on a Life of its Own.” Clearly librarians have the power to make a difference.
This was heartily endorsed in the presentation I had the honor of giving on Monday. I spoke about student research habits and statistics based on data from EasyBib users and external studies. We learned that students enter college with some information literacy skills, but usually not enough to launch into academic research without extra instruction. This gap in knowledge often leads to accidental plagiarism, frustration with library resources, and weak research skills. It’s my hope that these statistics, along with the PSLA’s impact studies, will assist librarians in advocating for more funds and time with students.Read More
The start date of the 16th Annual AASL National Conference: Rising to the Challenge is approaching quickly, and we know librarians and educators are just as excited as we are!
This year’s conference name, Rising to the Challenge, really resonated with members of our team. From the many conversations we’ve had with educators across the country, we’ve learned that this is going to be one challenging year for students and educators alike. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards, access to resources to help students are needed more than ever, yet we continue to see budget cuts and job losses in library services throughout the country.Read More
For those of you who weren’t able to attend our webinar presentation on Thursday, October 10th at 4 pm, we at EasyBib surveyed our student users to see what they had to say about Wikipedia, the library, plagiarism, and the technology they need to efficiently do their research.
3,000 students responded to the following questions:
We also asked some of librarian friends to answer the same questions. We had about 300 respondents.Read More
If I could use one word to describe a library, it would be “information.” We asked some of our followers on Facebook and Twitter what words they use to describe the role of a library. The responses we received were diverse and included words like “knowledge,” “enlightenment” and “discovery.” No matter what our users said, the main idea was that libraries are important to education and the creation of new knowledge. But how can you, as a librarian, make sure that your library (or center for knowledge, enlightenment, and discovery) is consistently used by your patrons? The answer: branding.
Today we’re highlighting our Library Branding Series for National Information Literacy Month. This series can help you brand your library and help make students and colleagues aware of resources available to them.
When you sign up for the Library Branding Series, you’ll receive:
We love hearing about how others keep their library relevant in the community. What tips would you recommend? Tweet at us using @EasyBib and #EBLibraryBranding and we’ll feature your answer with our followers!