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1 SWIFT (Student Web Instruction for Teachers) A Hennepin County Library Initiative American Library Association Annual Conference June, 2005

2 WELCOME Cyndi Webster SWIFT Project Manager Youth Services Librarian Amy McNally Former Project Manager Youth Services Librarian

3 What is SWIFT? A partnership between Hennepin County Library and area secondary schools Improves online research skills among students and teachers Teaches students and teachers to use Hennepin County Library's online resources, such as TeenLinks, to access databases, selected websites, and the library catalog Promotes information literacy by teaching students and teachers how to effectively locate and evaluate internet sources on a specific topic

4 How Does SWIFT Work? SWIFT includes classroom visits and staff development workshops Classroom workshops designed to work within a class period (45 min.) Staff development workshops more in-depth (1-1 ½ hr.) Both types of workshops include hands-on component

5 Example of Presentation Content Outline: 1. Introductions to trainers and to Hennepin County Library home page (up to 5 minutes) 2. Using the Library Catalog (up to 10 minutes) 3. Ask a Librarian (up to 5 minutes) 4. Online Library Card Application and My Account (up to 5 minutes) 5. TeenLinks: Homework Help (5-10 minutes) 6. TeenLinks: Read On (up to 5 minutes) 7.Hands-on Experience (10-20 minutes)

6 Hennepin County Library: TeenLinks

7 The Seed of an Idea Following classroom visits, teachers said that they needed online instruction as much as the students Pew Internet & American Life report: Students report that teachers need more in-service training on how to integrate Internet into their curricula. (The Digital Disconnect: The widening gap between Internet-savvy students and their schools. August 14, 2002)

8 Ineffective Old Model Responding on-demand to individual requests from schools. Visiting a full day of classes with the teacher relatively uninvolved Focus on book-talking, not homework and research Very staff intensive General library overview is a tough to sell to students

9 New Model Managing the relationship by defining the service Involving teachers in planning and co- teaching the content Focusing on in-service workshops Stressing efficiency. The library really can make their school lives easier!

10 Establishing and Nurturing Relationships Build on existing connections Encourage public library to use media specialists as primary school contacts Help public libraries understand the particular need of schools in general, and of individual schools Understand what public libraries can do to contribute to student learning

11 Collaboration School libraries and public libraries have different, complementary roles Public libraries should not replace school library media services, but enhance those services Connecting with teachers is a very efficient way to reach students Media specialists are the key to a successful collaboration between schools and the public library

12 Conditions for Success A shared vision and common goals Process of formal planning Ongoing evaluation processes Commitment from those involved Channels of communication Adequate funding Adequate staffing »School and Public Library Relationships Shirley A. Fitzgibbons, Associate Professor Emerita

13 Getting it Rolling A champion takes on the cause Grant is written to/approved by the library foundation School partners are secured Position is posted Work plan is created

14 Library Foundation: Funding and Support David Lane made grant request for… Part-time project manager (.4 FTE) Part of PLT (Public Learning and Training) 9 month pilot program Budget of $20,395

15 Pilot Program Modeled after PLT Underlying philosophy: Work with the living Must be manageable and useful to librarians Goal is to balance needs of schools with needs of library

16 SWIFT Advisory Group established to help create the content of the websites, both public and staff 3 librarians with different backgrounds and interests gave input drawing from their diverse experiences Websites one of the main sources of communication with public and staff

17 Getting Librarians Buy In Differing levels of staff participation Encouraged to do presentations with colleagues Sub funds to cover both preparation and time of presentation Project manager available to assist Guidelines and objectives established

18 Communication Between Schools and Libraries Learning about teachers needs Adjusting the librarys message accordingly Having a person to contact and avoid the run around Focused mailings, avoiding information overload

19 Research and Statistics Colorado – – Missouri – School Libraries role better understood –NCLB –Information Power – mationpower.htm

20 Critical Success Factors Focus on the classroom assignment Teachers Curriculum Unit Teacher HCL Online Resources School Media Resources HCL Librarian Units! Units! Units! -Glenn Skoy, Media Coordinator, Minnetonka High School

21 Web Pages Go Live – Staff page Various handouts and resources for library staff

22 Web Page for Public

23 Pilot Program Stats From February 2003 to February 2004… 1512 students, 241 teachers, and 125 media specialists received training

24 Pilot Program Feedback More focused evaluation during last two months of pilot program 54 teachers returned evaluations 8326 students taught by these teachers (average: 154 students per teacher)

25 Pilot Program Feedback 50/54 responded that they were likely to use the information they learned for class assignments 96% rated the usefulness of content as excellent 96% rated the instructors presentation as excellent 98% rated the instructors knowledge of material as excellent

26 Moving Beyond the Grant Taking it to the top: selling program to Library Administration Sharing program with library community and with state government Securing Staffing

27 System Wide Involvement Commitment at the top levels Position folded into a full-time Youth Services Position (.5 YS,.5 SWIFT) Other groups and committees started looking toward SWIFT for support in questions about working with schools Continued presentation to library staff about program

28 Keeping It Fresh Input from staff and schools Presentations to other groups –Child care providers –Parent groups –Access cable –County Commissioners –On statewide committee –School festivals Updates and expansion of web pages

29 You Can Do It Too! Regardless of size of your system Dedicated staff Find funding source Administration support Start small if need be and expand Statistics say it all

30 Contact Information Cyndi Webster SWIFT (Student Web Instruction for Teachers) Project Manager for Hennepin County Libraries 565 Prairie Center Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Voice Mail: (952)847-5386

31 Additional Resources: Our Favorite Websites ALSC School/Public Library Cooperative Activities ALSC Electronic Discussion Lists -ALSCPUBSCH AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development Professional Development: School Public Library Cooperation

32 More Web Sites Fools Gold: Computers in Childhood computers_reports_fools_gold_download.htm Northeast Massachusetts Library System School and Public Library Relationships, by Shirley A. Fitzgibbons. Available online on AASL web Partners in Learning Bibliography New York Public Librarys CLASP (Connecting Libraries And Schools Project): Multnomah Countys School Corps:

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