Watch, Listen, Learn, and Think: Henry Jenkins and Michael Wesch

The TEDxNYED videos are now up on YouTube—this event featured a stellar lineup of innovative minds of relevance to all librarians and educators, but I want to spotlight two of my favorites here:  Henry Jenkins and Michael Wesch.   Wesch, a significant source of inspiration for me in the last year, and Henry Jenkins, of whom I’ve been a fan for nearly two years but whom I am now inhaling after participating in his free webinar last week (which you can watch here by accessing the archives page), are more than worth your time, so check out their talks from March 2010.


What Makes a Library a Library? Teens Share Their Musings

Yesterday, I was moved by Sarah Houghton-Jan’s post in which she asked, “What makes a library a library?”  I am in the process of collecting responses from librarians near and far, but I also felt it was important to throw this question out to my teens and hear their thoughts.  In this first volume of responses, I found it fascinating these eleven students primarily focused on relationships, experiences, atmosphere, and library as place.  I will be collecting additional responses tomorrow and sharing those via video as well.

I’m also working on pulling together the responses from my adults peers near and far; I’m looking forward to seeing how their responses may either mirror and/or differ from the teens’ responses!


Advocacy and Assessment via Flip Video

On Thursday I finally launched my project of using my Flip video camera to be a significant tool in my advocacy and assessment toolboxes.  I would like to upgrade the new second generation Flip Mino HD camera, but for now, my first generation model is an easy to use and effective means for capturing student data for advocacy and assessment purposes.

How can you use the Flip video to advocate and assess in your library?  Here are just a few of the planned uses I have on my agenda:

  • gathering verbal feedback on library services and program design elements that students like or dislike
  • collecting suggestions for improving library services and programs
  • capturing student thinking and reflection
  • documenting students’ thinking processes as they work on collaborative projects in the library
  • celebrations of learning activities in the library
  • celebrations of library events

I invite you to check out my fledgling YouTube Channel for The Unquiet Library that I plan to “grow” in the next few months!  If you have ideas or suggestions for using video as a tool for advocacy and/or assessment, please share your ideas here on the blog!

YouTube – theunquietlibrary’s Channel via kwout

Here are a few of the videos I captured today:

Love at First Sight: The New GALILEO Toolbar

If you haven’t heard about the new GALILEO toolbar, go and get your toolbar.  NOW!  This is one of the most exciting additions to our GALILEO toobox, and I think it is one that will pump up student usage of what GALILEO has to offer. After watching the YouTube video last week and then seeing Courtney McGough’s fabulous presentation at GALILEO Gold, I am ready to have my tech guys roll out this add-on to give our students and teachers an easy entry point to GALILEO.

If you go to the GALILEO presentations page, you will see two PowerPoints.  The first one is for you as a librarian; the second one is for use with your teachers and students.   You can also download an instructional/informational PDF handout by clicking here.

You can download the toolbar for your institution by going to this page: .  You will need to sign in with your institution’s GALILEO password to get the version for your district.

A few things to know:

  • The add-on will work for Firefox or Internet Explorer—just pick the option that works for the browser you use.
  • You cannot install the institution for multiple institutions  in one browser.  For example, if you are a teacher in Cherokee County and a graduate student at UGA, you must choose which toolbar you want for a particular browser.  However, you could run one toobar in one browser (for instance, Cherokee County in Explorer) and the second institution in another (UGA toolbar in Firefox).
  • Changes can be made to the menu (for example, if you wanted to have NoveList or Academic Search Complete added), but your district must agree—all users within your district would see the changes, not your individual school.
  • You can highlight text in something like a Wikipedia article or Amazon page; right click, and you can then search for the highlighted term or author’s name in the GALILEO database of your choice!
  • You can adjust settings for your toolbar by location; see your district network guru for assistance with this task.  You would want to customize it with your network administrator before it is pushed out via an image or login script.
  • Additional help options and information are available at .