Brainstorming page for Erikka, Judy, Josh, Pamala


Once we get going, we can delete or archive this page after we make new pages

Here's the project description: Put your name next to the section you might like to work on


On your group wiki create a page which includes:


1. Website names and links to them.


Plymouth Regional High School (NH)

Northfield Mount Hernon Library


I liked this one, too when I first looked at it, and I think it has some good features, but there are some other features that could be improved. I liked the idea that it could contratsed to a public school site. JK


http://springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com/ <--- ACK! I understand Joyce has done a LOT and been recognized as a 21st Century Librarian but I REALLY REALLY dislike her website. Maybe it's good to have hers in here too as I'd like to see why y'all think it is GOOD vs me thinking it is BAD. :-) ~Erikka

I totally agree, and was pleasantly surprised when I read Walbert's critique of the former site. Now she seems enamored of Glogster! Do you suppose she's aware of his article? JK


Oh, I really like it. I think it is very user friendly, welcoming, and inciting. The catalog doesn't work now but beyond that there are SO SO many varying resources. The left hand frame is organized but includes the same stuff as the center picture version - appealing to different types of users. I am just about to do the blog on it. Pam

2. A summary of best practices -- it should be long enough to be a thoughtful synthesis,

but no more than the equivalent of 4-5 pages. To guide your thinking, organize your

summary based on Susan Ballard’s L4L Job Description categories:

We could have a page in the wiki for each of these ideas-at least to begin with:


■ Leader - Pamala will do this one (and another if need be)

■ Instructional Partner

■ Information Specialist

■ Teacher - Erikka will do this one. (no longer combining)

■ Program Administrator-Judy will do this one-see sample page on menu

Questions to consider:

■ Does the website seem to reflect the librarian’s voice?

■ Does the website feel current and fresh?

■ What makes it age appropriate?

■ How does it promote reading/literacy?

■ Examples of collaboration?

■ What kind of interactivity exists?

3. Create a School Library Website Evaluation Rubric based on the websites you examine.

The rubric should have four levels:


■ Exceeds

■ Meets

■ Approaches

■ Does not meet

Anyone want to tackle this one? I've got a really good research rubric I use that with tweaking I think could work for this purpose, too. Once I upload it, people are free to edit and change at will. Let's brainstorm the main criteria I can plug in. Here's what I see so far:



NAVIGATION - can users DO what they came to your website to DO?

ACCESSIBILITY - can your users GET to your website and ACCESS all the parts they need? (do to dial up/modem/high speed issues for downloading, loading,etc...)


DESIGN - does the site APPEAL to its audience? is it clear who its audience is?


PURPOSE - what is the purpose of the site? is it clear? do all parts of the site support this purpose? are there multiple purposes and do those somehow go together?


RELEVANCY (COOL FACTOR) - when was it last updated? are references current? are jokes/slang/images relevant to the audience/purpose of today?


CREDIBILITY - who wrote this site? who maintains it? why do we trust that person? if we're maintaining our own websites, we better tell the school/students/parents we are certified Librarians and we approve this website.

Your group decides what categories/features to include, but use our reading,

Jurkowski’s “Schools of Thought” to inform your rubric. Keep in mind this article was written in

2005, and you’ll probably need to update. Keep your rubric to 15 or so categories.