Thursday, October 22, 2009

STEM Information Literacy Program 12/4/09

SEAL-South & LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) present our Fall Program:

"Getting to the Root of STEM Education"

Friday, 4 December 2009
CSU Northridge, Oviatt Library & Second Life

“STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational goals are being focused on in universities and librarians need to be prepared. Come for an overview of the related policies and issues affecting libraries.

• 9:30am Check in with continental breakfast
• 10:00am STEM education: why is it important to librarians? Mitchell
Brown, Research Librarian for Chemistry & Earth System
Sciences, UC Irvine
• 10:30am Local, State and National STEM Education Policy, Dr. James
L. Gentilucci, School of Education, Cal Poly SLO
• 11:20am Break
• 11:30am Information Literacy for Science Educators, Karin Griffin,
Education Librarian and Hema Ramachandran, Engineering
Librarian, CSU Long Beach
• 12:00pm Lunch
• 1:00pm Science Education in Action: Learn by Doing Lab, Dr. Ed
Himelblau, Biological Sciences, Cal Poly SLO
• 1:30pm Scientist and Librarian STEM education collaborations,
Melanie Sellar, Education Services & Reference Librarian.
Marymount College

SEAL Member: $20 Non-SEAL Member: $30 Student: $15

Return this form with payment to address below by November 20th. No refunds given for cancellations after November 20th. The registration fee covers lunch but parking is not included. Information on parking is available at:

You can also join us at no cost virtually via Second Life. The virtual registration form is at

Name: __________________________________________________ Institution: _________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Email: __________________________________________________ Work phone: _________________________________

Please mail check payable to CARL and registration form to:
Danielle Skaggs, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8327 ph. 818-677-6808

Verify your real life registration and view a list of registrants at the SEALS website:

Real life questions? Contact Jeanine Scaramozzino, Program Chair, at

Second Life questions? Contact Esther Grassian at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Feedback by 12/18/09: Draft Model School Library Standards (California)

This request for feedback was forwarded from the SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) list. It seems that the new title for Library Media Teachers (LMTs) is "Teacher Librarians." Page 35 of this document describes the qualifications required for this position as "both a classroom teaching credential and a teacher librarian credential." After reviewing the draft, use this feedback form by 12/18/09.

Esther Grassian
UCLA College Library


The Draft Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools (School Library Standards) are now available for field review on the California Department of Education Web page (

In March 2009 the State Board of Education authorized Jack O'Connell, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, to develop the standards based on Education Code Section 18101 which states:
The State Board of Education shall adopt standards, rules and regulations for school library services.

The draft School Library Standards include:
• Model School Library Standards for Students that delineate what students should know and be able to do at each grade level, K-6, or grade span, 7-8 and 9-12, and;
• Model School Library Program Standards that describe the staffing, collections and resources, including technology, expected in an effective school library that will enable students to achieve the School Library Standards for Students.

The field review period will continue through Friday, December 18, 2009. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome. A form is available on the Web page and comments may be submitted via email (, fax (916-319-0172) or mail. The School Library Standards are expected to go to the State Board of Education for approval at its meeting on March 10-11, 2010.

If you have questions about the School Library Standards, please contact either Barbara Jeffus, School Library Consultant, 916-319-0445,, or Susan Martimo, Administrator, 916-319-0446,

Susan Martimo
Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
PH: (916) 319-0446
FAX: (916) 319-0172

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Call for Chapters: Teaching Information Literacy Online

Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson are teaming up to edit a new book, Teaching Information Literacy Online. From the announcement...

"We are soliciting chapter proposals for a book entitled Teaching Information Literacy Online, to be published in 2010 by Neal-Schuman Publishers. This book will include chapters co-authored by librarian and faculty teams about successful information literacy initiatives in online learning environments. We are especially interested in information literacy collaborations in fully online modes through distance and open learning as well as blended or hybrid endeavors. We encourage faculty-librarian author teams from multiple disciplines, at the undergraduate and graduate level, in North America and internationally. Our previous books include: Information Literacy Collaborations That Work (2007), Using Technology to Teach Information Literacy (2008), and Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments: Strategies for Evaluating Teaching and Learning (2009)...

Please send proposals of 1-2 pages to Tom Mackey at no later than November 20, 2009. Chapter selections will be made and authors notified by December 10, 2009. First drafts of the completed chapters (25-30 pages) will be due on March 1, 2010. Final drafts will be due by May 28, 2010. If you have any questions about proposal ideas or about the book please contact Tom Mackey via email."

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Project TRAILS Assessment Expanded

From the ILI (Information Literacy Instruction) List... Thanks to grant funding, Kent State University Libraries' Project TRAILS will expand its online assessment tool to cover 3d grade and 12th grade in addition to its existing 6th and 9th grade assessments."These tools will allow K-12 school systems to monitor progress in the development of information literacy skills across K-12 and as preparation for transition to college, and eventually, the workforce."

Friday, October 9, 2009

"The School Librarian in the Digital Age"

American Libraries Direct posted a short description of and link to this NEA (National Education Association) article by Cindy Long. The article describes Terri Kirk, librarian at Reidland High School (Kentucky) and her crucial function teaching critical thinking and web site evaluation to high school students.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Second Life Innovation Panel Machinima

At the Second Life Innovation InfoIsland Grand Opening on Saturday, October 3d, a panel presented on "Innovation in Education and Libraries." Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg) has posted a machinima of portions of the panel presentation. Panelists were:

Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg), a school librarians and doctoral student at Texas Womens University Library School

Esther Grassian (Alexandria Knight),adjunct lecturer at UCLA Dept. of Information Studies & Information Literacy Librarian at UCLA College Library. (Slideshow)

Elaine Plybon (Celestia Cazalet, a Chemistry teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist at the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, Texas.

Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa), a senior lecturer at the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.

Keith Mitchell (Larry Klugman), Coordinator for Technology Initiatives for the Center
for Science and Mathematics Education- University of Texas in Austin

Marianne Malmstrom (Knowclue Kidd), a Technology Teacher and machinimatographer.

SCIL Seeking Nominees

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) is seeking nominees for several offices--Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Program Registrar. This ACRL/CARL group, formerly the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction (CCLI), South, offers practical programs such as "SCIL Works." Check their Bylaws for details re these offices. Contact Dominique Turnbow for additional information.

LILAC Conference

From the ILI (Information Literacy Instruction) list, the next LILAC (Librarians Information Literacy Conference) is scheduled for March 29th-31st, 2010, in Limerick, Ireland.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Obama Proclaims Info Lit Awareness Week

Information literacy rises to national consciousness in the U.S. with President Obama's one-page-long October 1st Proclamation (web page-html; scan of print copy--pdf) declaring October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

TLT (Teaching, Learning & Technology) Group Definitions

From a TLT (Teaching, Learning & Technology) Group 9/23/09 listserv message--posted by Steve Gilbert.

"Here's a cluster of useful definitions/explanations of the ideas we've been working with lately. As always, I welcome your comments, observations etc.

Frugal Innovation: Continue to improve teaching and learning with technology when money and time are scarce - especially by taking advantage of abundant free and low-cost online resources.

Faculty Sharing Further: Use informal but intentional activities and new technologies to multiply the effectiveness of faculty development and similar educational efforts.

Nanovation: Self-sustaining peer-to-peer dissemination of small, important steps - on a path to bigger improvements.

Extermission: A planned interlude of 1-5 minutes when participants share something useful during a class, presentation, or workshop.

Brief Hybrids: Rapidly introduce useful information, tools, ideas or resources in 15 minutes or less. Participants watch a brief video (eClip), interact with each other, exchange insights, give feedback, and are given options for going deeper into the subject.

Thanks for your attention,

Note: "Extermission" seems similar to Angelo's & Cross' "Pause Procedure" from their well-known book, Classroom Assessment Techniques: a Handbook for College Teachers.
Esther Grassian

Critical Thinking: "How to Read Historical Documents"

From the ILI (information literacy) listserv, a link to an interesting critical thinking document: "There is a wonder[ful] article/essay/chapter by Mark Kishlansky, "How to read Historical Documents" Available in several different edits, including here: . It will make students want to ask questions about anything they have to read.

Peet Hoagland"