Librarian Education

Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 as at 15 November 2009 - Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 as at 15 November 2009 - Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

About Jane Hart:

Having previously set up a number of web portals, in 2007 Jane established the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) - now one of the world's most-visited and most popular learning sites on the Web, with over 8,000 unique visitors a day. Here, you'll find, for instance, her Directory of Learning Tools containing over 3,000 entries, the Top 100 Tools for Learning and the Connexions Directory of Learning Professionals Online. She also offer a number of (free) resources and courses about Social Learning.

See: About Jane Hart: for more details
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 :

See presentation of the Top 100 Tools. Yoou can also see the full list with links to pages with more information about each of the tools.
Individual contributions:

Fury as Gardener is Appointed Assistant Librarian

Library hiring can be problematic no matter the location.

In South Africa, concerned residents of Tzaneen in Limpopo have called for an investigation into the municipality’s decision to appoint a gardener as library assistant.

The residents claim the gardener was appointed at the Haenertzburg library though she does not have a matric certificate.

The gardener, whose name is known to Sowetan [ed- why aren't they reporting it?] reportedly attended interviews but did not qualify for the position.

But, the chief librarian of Haenertzburg, Mienie de Villiers, allegedly recommended that she be appointed. More from Sowetan.

Staying in British Columbia

UBC Honors history alumna Ingrid Parent was going to go to library school in the U.S., but instead chose to go the University of British Columbia; now she serves at its chief librarian.

Parent took a seat in her cushy office in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as UBC’s 14th university librarian on July 1. She cites two reasons for returning to UBC: her parents live here, and UBC holds a place in her heart.

“I’ve always been very proud of UBC,” she said. “I thought I could make a great contribution to the library here.” Before she was hired at UBC, Parent worked as the Assistant Deputy Minister at Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Profile from Ubssey.

11 Things New Library School Students Should Know

I'm finishing my second quarter at Drexel and here are somethings that you should know before you start your first quarter in library school.  Not all of these will apply to all people.

  1. Talk with financial aid and ask if there are any corporate or association discounts (Drexel offers 20% off for ALA membership).  These discounts are not always advertised so if you don't ask you will not receive.  Remember that all discounts must be applied to your account before your tuition is paid.  There are no retroactive tuition breaks.
  2. For those who have lost their job or quit, after approximately 12 weeks out of work most financial aid offices can review your status.  It might not get you more aid but you may get a better mix of subsidized v. unsubsidized loans.
  3. Make sure and check your program website weekly as you lead up to the term, they don't always remember to announce everything in an e-mail.
  4. Organization is the key to doing well in library school.  Buy an organizer, get out your chalk board, use whatever helps you to stay focused and on track.  The classes go by fast and if you get behind it's almost impossible to catch up.

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ALA announces approval of Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)

The Executive Board of the American Library Association approved
the establishment of a certification program for library support staff
at its Monday, July 13, meeting in Chicago. The LSSC Program is the
first national, voluntary certification program for library support
staff. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the program will now enter a testing phase in five library
organizations across the United States.

Camilla Alire, ALA president, said, "This innovative certification
program demonstrates the value of all library support staff to our
national association and to our nation's libraries. LSS are critical to
the success of our libraries in meeting the needs of our users."

Candidates must demonstrate achievement of six sets of competencies. Three of the sets, Foundations of Library Service, Technology and Communications and Teamwork are required. Candidates must also demonstrate achievement of three sets chosen from seven additional competency sets. Candidates will either complete approved courses or submit portfolios that demonstrated their achievement.

Here is the document that was approved by the Executive Board.

Arizona Library Students Are Diggin' DigIn

Dewey decimal system, welcome to the digital age.

The University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) received a grant that will allow for students to become tech savvy librarians according to U of A's Daily Wildcat.

The $910,000, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, goes to the SIRLS "Promoting Diversity in the Digital Curation Disciplines" project.

According to the IMLS, "DigIn" (is an online) graduate certificate program to train library professionals to create, collect, and manage digital information."

Those who complete the program will take their knowledge to rural communities, and be able to create new and easier ways for patrons to find information at libraries and other information institutions. It's not simply learning how to work the internet or Microsoft's Word, they will be learning new ways of finding information and using technology to better assist people in getting that information, officials said.

School Librarians to learn Social Media through $1M grant in WI

The University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium has been awarded almost $1 million to help school librarians become better versed in technology and social media such as Twitter.

The United States Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will award $989,495 that will be used to train 50 new school library specialists for Wisconsin’s rural and high-need urban public schools. This was the only grant awarded in Wisconsin. More from Bizjournals/Milwaukee.

I wonder if Laura tweets?

iSchools respond to the ALA educational task force report

The iSchools ( have written a response to the 2009 ALA Library Education Task Force report. Read the iSchools response. -- Read More

Google Introduces Public Data Search Feature

"Google announced a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare public data from sources. In the first launch, the data are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers' salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on.

For example, go to and type in [unemployment rate] or [population] followed by a U.S. state or county; you will see the most recent estimates and then get an interactive chart that lets you add and remove data for different geographical areas. Users can customize the graphs and share them with others."

Read the full article in the latest issue of the Weekly News Diget from Information Today at: Google Introduces Public Data Search Feature

Library hirings slow

UI students hoping to go into the library field are seeing fewer job openings because of the economic crisis keeping retirement-age librarians from leaving their positions, said Jim Elmborg, the director of the UI School of Library and Information Science.

“Before the economy did its recent trick, we had a high placement rate,” he said. “We were graduating students, and they were getting jobs quite nicely.”

But now that’s not the case, Elmborg said. Even so, those seeking the specialization see its merits.

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