Friday, December 28, 2007

The Big6™

The Big6™ is a proven approach to information problem solving. It helps you succeed in school and life. Use the Big6 to find, use, apply, and evaluate information for specific needs and tasks. In the school library we have Big6 assignment organizers designed to help you stay focused on your research projects. Come in today to pick one up and check out the resources that can help you with your next research paper or project. The Big6 steps below will assist you with any problem.

Big6 1: Task Definition
1.1 Define the information problem
1.2 Identify the information you need in order to complete the task (to solve the information problem)

Big6 2: Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)
2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)

Big6 3: Location & Access
3.1 Locate sources
3.2 Find information within sources

Big6 4: Use of Information
4.1 Engage in the source (read, listen, view, touch)
4.2 Take out the relevant information from a source

Big6 5: Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information

Big6 6: Evaluation
6.1 Judge your product (how effective were you)
6.2 Judge your information problem-solving process (how efficient were you)

Big6 logo taken from the Big6 website

Monday, December 10, 2007

Craft Days @ Your Library™

*Update! We raised $260 at the Craft Fair this year and all funds went to the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital. Thank you for all your generosity and support.*

Last year was such a blast that we're bringing it back... but this time we are doing it for charity! Stop by the school library on Thursday, December 20th and Friday, December 21st during your free time from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital. All are welcome to attend.

Price List
Learn to knit or crochet - Free
Bead a bracelet - $2
Bead a necklace - $4
Fold origami - $1
Design a holiday card -$1
Or create your own craft from our array of crafty materials! We'll have books displayed on all these subjects to help guide your creativity or inspire a new idea.

Photo taken from Craft Days 2006

Monday, December 3, 2007

Are Books Dead?

This is Kindle. Amazon's new wireless reading device. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos describes it as a "revolutionary electronic-paper display which provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper." It seems simple enough to use with no wires or need to sync to a computer. You simple turn on your Kindle and with wireless connectivity you connect to and shop the Kindle Store, which has more than 90,000 books available, including 100 current New York Times® Best Sellers for $9.99, unless marked otherwise. The Kindle can currently auto-deliver wirelessly top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post and top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes. The Kindle is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback. It weighs only 10.3 ounces. It can hold over 200 titles at any time. It has a long battery life. You can leave the wireless device on and recharge it approximately every other day. You can turn the wireless device off and read for a week or more before recharging. The Kindle fully recharges in 2 hours. The Kindle costs $399.00 with no monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments. Newsweek recently wrote an article regarding the Kindle, entitled The Future of Reading. The cover states "Books Aren't Dead. (They're Just Going Digital.)" What do you think: Are books dead? Is this technology the latest craze? Will it stand the test of time?

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