Monday, January 4, 2016

Increase Database Usage!

When I was a librarian in a very large high school I would introduce the databases through the research process with most students delving into the information provided.  Fast forward to my new middle school library position and this was not the common practice with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade research.  Through frustration of awesome resources not being used, I made this one of my challenges for this school year.  It was during a Gale presentation at the beginning of the year that birthed the simple idea.  Although the data provided by our databases is phenomenal selecting the correct resource(s) for middle school students appeared challenging. Thus with the help of my Gale representative we collaboratively designed a smore with direct links to resources.   Now when I present a digital resource kit or introduce the research process I include this online flyer and make database suggestions depending on the topic.  Teachers include this flyer as additional resources on their moodle (online) teacher page.  In conclusion, this simple online flyer with direct links has generated usage and enthusiasm in our learning community for awesome resources. 

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