I am just back from PSLA, our state conference, and want to share my friend, Mary Schwander’s super-practical presentations, Google in the Library. In her interactive sessions, Mary offered step-by-step guidance in Creating a Library Schedule using Google Spreadsheets and on Using Google Forms in the Library. (BTW, back in December 2009, Mary and I spent a wonderful day and a half in DC at the Google Teacher Academy.)
it is important to stress the other Google Apps which can be used for finding information, synthesizing, collaborating, and making real-life connections. Although we didn’t look at them all today, they are represented on our Google in the Library website.
As 21st century librarians it is imperative that we help guide our students and staff through the world of mass digital information and nurture them into transliterate learners and contributors. When I attended the Google Teacher Academy two years ago, I walked away with a world of ideas on how librarians can use various Google Apps for helping to promote our services and how our students can use them in their life-time learning. Whether it be Google Books and Google Scholar for research, Google Docs and Google Sites for collaboration, or the use of Google Spreadsheets and Google Forms to convey and collect information, there are many Google applications which have immense potential in our libraries and in student learning.
Thanks for sharing these helpful links, Mary!
- Creating a Library Schedule
- Google Forms
It was wonderful (and green) that the handouts from this year’s PSLA were so broadly and generously shared. I look forward to digging in this week.