Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooky Library Advertisement in iMovie

I love this time of year and what better way to entice our students to read than with a Spooky Library Advertisement.  I love the ease of iMovie's trailer option.  You can upload your images and change the wording with just a tap.  The music and animation is set for a professional looking video.  There are options that include uploading to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Message, or Mail.  This video will play on our school news show on Halloween.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Using Google Presentations for Book Trailers

During Teen Read Week I decided to invite students to the library and show book trailers for the ALA logo Seek the Unknown @ your library campaign.  As I've done numerous book talk/book trailer gatherings I'm always up for something new.  Since our district is launching Google in Education for all our students and faculty, I decided to embed the mystery, science fiction, and supernatural book trailers into a Google presentation.

I was able to model access to my Google presentation to our students but the big surprise for me was the ease of the process.  As many of you know from past experience the books that you show case will literarily fly off the shelves.    So between classes I quickly used my iPad to my left to check our Destiny catalog and added trailers into the presentation for regular books or eBooks that were in the library and ready to be checked out.

Here's a step-by-step process.

  1. Access your Google account.  If your school is not a Google in Education school you many set-up an account up through gmail.  I suggest you use a different gmail address specifically for school to avoid blending personal and professional information.
  2. Once logged in go to your Google Drive. Drive should appear on the black tool bar but if not choose More and select Drive as an option.
  3. Click on create and choose Presentation. Google Presentations are very similar to PowerPoint so the learning curve is minimal.
  4. Choose a theme and I like to select the template with a title box and large image box under the title.
  5. Select insert video while the curser is in the larger bottom box.
  6. You can browse through YouTube or insert your own URL.  In YouTube, you may view a thumbnail view.  Once you decide on your video just double click to the right of the video and it will automatically embed into your presentation.  It's almost seamless.
  7. You may resize and center the video screen to your liking.
  8. Add the title, author, and include additional information such as copies available in eBook format.
  9. You can easily change the presentation between classes as the books are circulated or for more age appropriate items.

I know in the future I will be sharing the use of Google Presentations with many more projects.  It's web based and can be embedded into a website, shared with viewing or collaboration rights, linked in Facebook or Twitter, and much more.  It's a reliable alternative to our students who rely on PowerPoint. You may convert a PowerPoint presentation into a Google presentation and vice versa but be careful to check any links or formatting before you consider the final product.

Monday, October 7, 2013

#TXLChat - How to Promote Your Library Programming in the Digital Age

Thanks to the awesome #TXLChat crew on Oct. 8th, here is a wealth of ideas from Texas librarians and friends.

Thanks to Michelle Cooper for storifying the chat. 

 Ideas from the Twitter chat:
  1. Have digital and audio eBooks available
  2. Screencast tutorials
  3. Host a virtual librarian reference page where students and faculty may ask question 24/7. Use a Google form to embed on the library's website.
  4. Use tools such as for online flyers.
  5. Use Google forms for programming such as I did with our Summer Reading Incentive program. 
  6. Being available on weekends and after school hours.
  7. Demonstrate home access for digital content.
  8. Have FAQ available on the library website
  9. Create pathfinders for research assignments
  10. Flip the library process
  11. Use social media sites such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. to communicate
  12. Use resources such as remind101 to text library information
  13. Library hash tags
  14. Librarian using and sharing Edmodo
  15. Symbaloo pages
  16. Extend booktalks where students can quickly access the titles to trailers
  17. Add Thinglinks to the library Facebook account
  18. Student bloggers
  19. Librarian must be proficient in a variety of tools and devices
  20. Posting student digital work on the library website
  21. Using library website and Destiny Quest for home access
  22. BYOD days
  23. Librarian should stay ahead and lead by example
  24. Advertise and share data
  25. Use curation tools such as and edcanvas
  26. Use weebly to create virtual pages
  27. Use wikispaces as a platform for housing book clubs
  28. Visuals such as bookmarks with database information
  29. QR codes

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Teen Read Week 2013 - Do you have a plan?

I've been celebrating Teen Read Week since 1998 with all the wonderful logos provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  It's a celebration encouraging readers and library users among our teens.  This year's logo Seek the Unknown @ your library will promote the program through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

Librarians may join the Teen Read Week ning at to plan and share TRW ideas Oct. 13-19, 2013.  It's a great time of year to promote enthusiasm in your library program.  

The ning can provide a platform to show case your program, network with others, or browse for ideas in planning your TRW event.

Ideas for this year's event may be shared at

Information provided by the ning includes:
  • Activity ideas
  • Planning checklist
  • Publicity Toolkit (downloadable tools designed to help promote your program)
  • Book and Media Lists
Activities for TRW may include:
  • Super hero day
  • Have a display of books that have been wrapped with bulletin board paper for students to check-out.  Include mystery, adventure, sic-fi, and fantasy books.
  • Our middle school is going to make a list and vote on Pike's Top Ten List. 
  • Book trailer contests
  • Student book reviews posted 
  • Writing contest
Our TRW plan will include students and faculty recommending books for a list for Pike's Top Ten. Students and faculty may submit book trailers, they may choose to video tape their own book review, they may submit a written book review, or they may just submit a title.  All book trailers and book reviews will be shown on the school news program.  This will occur the week before TRW.  Through a Google form students and faculty will be invited to vote for their favorite titles and the top 10 titles will become Pike's Top Ten. A display of our top ten and QR codes to the trailers and reviews will greet patron at the library entrance.

Please join me and many other librarians in celebrating Teen Read Week.  If you have a great idea - share it! 

Don't forget to include YALSA's Teens' Top Ten voting during TRW.  Voting is open from Aug. 15 through Teen Read Week.  Share the list with your students so they may vote for this totally "teen choice" list.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Data, News, Programming, Promotions

Gathering and sharing the library statistics is very important for the support and promotion of your program. Take a few minutes either every month or as you have time to share your successes with your learning community.
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