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With the rapid growth of cyber courses, many librarians are supporting students on a different playing field and most likely supporting their staff in a new role of cyber teacher. How can we best support these students and staff? Here are some possibilities that I have come up with:
Online Portals: here is
mine for our cyber teachers and students
Online Tutorials - libraries can start their own
to post tutorials designed to guide students with various skills we would normally teach face to face. For instance, I created a
which shows students
how to access and best interact with articles from scholarly journals
. Students can access the tutorial at any time of day and may never even meet me in order to utilize my services as their librarian. There is a new
ShowMe App that can be used to create tutorials such as the popular Khan videos
Skype Hours - set hours students and staff can contact you via Skype in order to meet with you virtually to allow the students and staff virtual librarian support.
Help teachers digitize and organize their resources.
ask to be a teaching assistant on the teachers LMS (learning management system. Ours is Blackboard and I post tutorials, videos, and blog posts designed to help the students understand how to access our resources to support their learning.
Housing a Cyber Center in the Library:
The 2012-2013 school year has begun in full force and it appears promising! We have a new cyber center housed in the library. The change required shuffling of sections and even relocating bookshelves and we are not completely through with the physical transition. While it created cause to troubleshoot, it has been an asset to the school and the library media center. This excites me the most because of the increase in students who take cyber courses. With this increase and anticipated expansion of the program, a Librarian has got to make sure she (or he) still reaches her population! Cyber students enrolled through our high school still need to be aware of the resources and support we provide. If these students were in a different area within the building, I would not be able to reach them.
So, we have an opportunity this year to reach some of these students and also reach the teacher that is assigned to support them. She and I can team up to provide support to the students who, taking cyber at the high school age, are developmentally in need of continued academic guidance.
I am looking forward to watching this program grow and serve the various needs of students. If any school is considering building a cyber center, I highly suggest that it is located in the library and that the librarian has an active role in communicating services and resources!
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