Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Increasing your library's profile & accessibility to students

Laurie, the Librarian's blog references a presentation about incorporating library links into your teachers Moodle pages for student/teacher access. I am very excited about this idea and want to promote it successfully in my district!

We have a growing group of teachers using Moodle in each of their courses as a tool to enhance learning and instruction. Wouldn't it be great to have a link on each of their course pages to the library system, district/school subscriptions, articles on copyright and citations, etc.! What a great way to get into the classroom and courses without really being there!

Check out these resources:

1. Coysh, Sarah and Jeffery, Betty (2008) Decanting the Library within a Course management System (CMS) (PDF). Delivered at WILU 2008: 37th Workshop on Instruction in Library Use, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). Presentation.
ACRL - "E-Learning Spaces: Librarians in Course Management Systems." Learning Spaces: Librarians in Course Management Systems."

What library links to "you and your library" are available in your school classrooms? What links would you like to be there? What links would students find most useful?

I know that in our district we do not yet have our library system available to students outside of the district. It is in our future plans though. School personnel can access this information.

An RSS feed of Subject Research guides based on course code might be invaluable.

What other thoughts come to mind as you read this? How would you go about making this project happen successfully in your school or district?

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