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Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism — Stephen’s Lighthouse

Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism “With knowledge at their fingertips online, as well as hundreds of essay writing services, college students are often tempted to plagiarize. Teachers need to educate their students on the dangers of plagiarism to their college education, their integrity, and their future careers. Teachers…

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Mundane DL turns into fun PD

Through all the work and pressure of deadlines approaching, I’ve just remembered that I have a blog which I have not posted to for a while.  What to talk about? All I have is the mundane of life at the mo…

  • Working through a module ‘Serving the User’.  I giggle each time when I think of how much R David Lankes hates the term ‘user’, and how we’re required to use it.  I must say I agree with him…I love the term ‘member’ instead (Expect more. Lankes 2012, p61).  With this subject I’ve been challenged to think of how Outreach and Extension Services can be used in my community.  That got me thinking about the huge numbers of computer illiterate labourers that are in this country, where much of everyday life takes place on the net – e-health, e-government, e-banking…  A challenge indeed!  I wonder if, and how, the fancy new National Library (due to open in 2015) will reach out to them.      
  • I’m also working through a module called the Political Economy of Information. Okay, whatever!! Can’t wait to see the end of it.  In South Africa’s scenario I only see regression from 2000, after Pres. Mandela stood down from politics.  South Africa’s ‘secrecy bill’ is a crying shame. This article from 2013 is still just as relevant.
  • In between, I’m practicing classification – for two hours each morning, while my brain is working at its optimal best from the caffeine kick, I tackle the Dewey system with various topics.  Let’s just say, out of every 5 I appear to get one and a half correct! Waaah.  😦  Well, I mean fully correct. (I do get at least the first three numbers correct, thankfully!)  Hopefully that improves by the end of the year before the exam.  I do love it though. It’s a challenge. 

So, with two essays due by the end of February and by the end of March, I’m going to have some reading to do.  That intimidating portfolio is pushed aside for now, except for a day or two, here and there. 

Every now and then I treat myself to a Twitter session.  Tonight, once supper was out of the way and the dishes were washed by my ever-supportive hubby, I sat in the bath and had the pleasure of following Buffy Hamilton’s real-time experience with library lessons.  Sessions which she referred to as ‘Book Tasting’. Oh wow, wow, wow!  I have to admit, that silent reading in the school library has become my pet-hate, but having the privilege of seeing this process (via Twitter, no less!!) has me realising that I know nothing at all!  Well, I do know that the teens I’ve witnessed are bored silly, but that’s because it’s not being done in a way that will make it exciting for them. Thank you Buffy! I am learning. Looking forward to your Blog post.  🙂

Oh, and Woohoo! for Twitter! I get to have some PD at any random hour I choose!  It’s just wonderful. 

And so a very mundane DL evening, was turned into a fun PD experience.

 

1 from hubby for Valentine's day, and the other from my garden.

1 from hubby for Valentine’s day, and the other from my garden.

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What makes amazing?

This week’s post…? Suffice to say that I cannot stop thinking about that Portfolio waiting to be put together, but what’s good is, it’s becoming a little less daunting!
I have this desire to see the school’s library transformed, become amazing – because of what the SWOT report will deliver, because of what my research (gulp) will prove…or because of recommendations made. Ultimately, because of this passion inside me, of knowing that libraries are meant for so much more – uplifting and serving the community in more ways than we can imagine!
Fittingly, I noticed a tweet this morning, where someone had posted a Vimeo presentation by R D Lankes on “The Bad, The Good, and The Great.” (Given, no less, from the chemo therapy room! Talk about amazing!) Viewing the presentation by this remarkable mind, I’m going “Yes, yes, yes!” I hear him say that libraries are of the community…it’s all about community! Community building.

I’m really hoping I can translate this into the school situation, so that I make sense. That’s my mission over the next few months, aside from tackling cataloging, classification, subject organisation, “user” (the term Lankes hates so much!) services, and the political economy of Information (ugh!).
I’m eating, breathing, sleeping, dreaming library services and librarianship right now; loaded with info, yet trying to find the words…

There’s a community right here, worse off for not having access to amazing! 10,000 books in a school library, don’t make amazing. It’s what 1 valid, relevant, item, 1 community contact, 1 link, 1 article can do for 1 person’s need – that makes ‘amazing’! 1 person becomes 2, and 2 become 20, and so on. And soon the community is amazing, because 1 library served, truly served, 1 person.

Lankes says: “Great libraries build communities”.
Dare I say a great library builds an amazing community?

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