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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Portfolio Example has been updated.

Students: Please have all of your assignments completed by Monday. I will check for them on your portfolio. I have updated the portfolio exemplar.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Final Fall Semester Grades!

Here is a link to the Final Fall Semester Rubric. Make sure you have written enough book reviews. Also, I notices the websites are created but there is very little content. Please ask for guidance if you are uncertain about what to share on your site. Also, link lists are outdated and there are some problems navigating from your blog to your website and back. I can see that students have not been posting to their blogs or commenting on other students posts. You can not go back and write a bunch of back posts. Please just post a little something twice a week until Christmas Break. Don't forget your research report. I will check for it on your website. I will also check to make sure you have links to your assignments on your website. Please continue to clean the library and maintain your shelves on a daily bases. If you need clarification, that is what I am here for!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Assignment # 9 Native American History Month Site

Please browse the links on the library main page and evaluate three Native American Website. Share your completed work with me via Google Docs. Here is a link to a website evaluation form

Friday, October 21, 2011

Assignment # 8 Research Report

All Library Practice students are required to do research on a topic of their choice. It should ask and answer a question about a current "issue". Some possible topics: Occupy Wallstreet, LAUSD "Public School Choice", The Housing Market Crash, Local Gangs, Homeless Families, Animal Rights, Factory Farming, Natural Resource Management, Pollution, Health and Nutrition, Teen Suicide, etc. Please work in pairs if possible in order to have support. Please Post your topic on your blog and website.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Assignment # 7 Student Portfolio

Create a website using your regular(gmail) Google Account. The website will be a portfolio of your projects in this class. Please send me a link to your website so that I can post it on the library page. You need to make it public and share it. Please follow the exemplar that I have created. Make sure that you have created pages and sidebar links using the exact same template.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Assignment # 6 Library Floorplan

Please use your my mail google account to create a labeled drawing(map) of the library in 2-D using google docs. The purpose of the map is to help students locate books. Please include the fiction and non fiction sections. Label the main Dewey Sections from 000 to 999. Have fun! Here is an exemplar! Several of you are having problems with long URL's and broken links. Please use Tiny URL to shorten your links to your docs. When you are done, share the link to your floor plan with me. Thanks.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Assignment # 5 Uploading & Sharing Docs using Google

Sign into your mymail lausd account. Click on Documents. Upload the microsoft word certificate you saved on the desktop and "share" the link with me via email. My email address is: Assignments are worth 4 points each!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Assignment # 4 Dewey Decimal System

Watch the Dewey Decimal Rap posted before and explain how Dewey arranged books giving examples. Then play the Dewey Game! When you are finished with the game level 11, take a screen shot of your certificate, paste it into a microsoft word doc(change the page set-up to landscape)then go on to assignment # 5!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Assignment # 3 Personal Bio

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your interest, your dreams, your friends, your experiences here at Monroe HS.

Assignment # 2 Make a Voki Avatar!

Students: Use Voki to create an avatar for Blogger and Shelfari. Don't forget to add your avatar to your accounts as a profile pic. When you have made your avatar, take a screenshot and save it to the desktop. To do a partial screen shot using a mac, press three keys at one: command, shift, 4

Monday, August 22, 2011

Watch the Dewey Decimal Rap!

Assignment # 1 Navigating to and from your blog

In order to navigate to and from your blog, add a "Link List" Gadget and then link other student blogs to yours. You do this by clicking on the design tab in the upper right hand corner of your blog. Choose add a gadget. Title: Student Blogs. Your first link should be to the main Student Librarian Blog. All of the student blogs are linked to the library practice blog. You can copy and paste the links onto your blog home page. Please be sure to update periodically as we have new students signing in throughout the year. Thanks! If you are unsure of how to add a gadget, watch the "How To" video at the Library Portal.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome New Library Practice Students!

As the school year begins I would like to welcome you all back to Monroe. For some of you this will be your last year here. I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying all the activities planned for you. One of your assignments is to keep a daily blog. You should check this blog everyday when you come in. In order to create a blog you will need to have a gmail or google account. I will also assign you an lausd account you will use strictly for email since gmail, hotmail and yahoo mail is blocked. : ( You can always contact me by email: Please see me to set up your lausd email account. I wish you each a happy, healthy & successful 2011-2012 school year.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Superintendent Deasy does a 360 an supports libraries!

False hope???? Deasy claims that TL's positions will be restored! Patt Morrison Show Public Radio KPCC

I would like to think that the social networking efforts, letter writing and advocacy campaigns of librarians all over the country had something to do with his public support. Now let's see whether or not his actions back his words!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Assignment # 32 Open Letter to the School Board

Dear Mr. Deasy and School Board Members;

It is imperative that the board votes to centrally fund lausd school libraries immediately! This is not a political issue yet it has become one. My school site is top heavy with administrators yet you claim their is no $$$$$ for a teacher librarian. I know otherwise. It is merely a question of priorities. Since you are all educated people you must understand the importance of cultivating a culture of reading at a school site. This is particularly essential at those sites with a demographic of students living in poverty, with a high % of language learners and with no access to book stores in their communities. There is ample evidence to suggest that the single contributing factor to raising test scores on standardized tests is providing students with access to interesting and varied reading material. I have added more media links to the list Melinda Buterbaugh, our spokesperson has sent you. I have personally informed Tom Torlakson, one of the creaters of the model School Library Standards of the lack of support for school libraries here at LAUSD. He will be receiving copies of hearing transcripts along with Governor Brown and the State Board of Education. I am hoping they will all agree that the lack of central funding for libraries is unacceptable. Many of my students and parents will be filing Williams Complaints. We are also expecting mandated inclusion of school libraries and digital literacy standards into the curriculum framework. By joining us (LASLA) in supporting school libraries you can look like champions rather than villains. Do the right thing and restore funding immediately!

An open letter addressed to you: from the American Library Association.

Hector Tobar's has written this article in the May 13 LA Times:,0,3002882.column This article has received over 16,000 hits on Facebook alone and 334 online comments, 853 Tweets, and 3195 "Shares" on the LA Times web site.

And this from School Library Journal:

"Which Way LA?" on KCRW with Warren Olney (click on the "Librarian" tab above the "Play" button):

From Patt_Morrison at Kpcc : "LAUSD librarians, fighting for their jobs, get a grilling"

National Education Association article by John Rosales

This compelling story will break your heart:
Ms Murphy's Blog: The library is not a fruit

Nora Murphy writes an eloquent op-ed piece for the L.A. Times

Beverly Goldberg authored this post in American Libraries Online,

This TL Connie Williams maintains a blog of related media news:

audio blog: Circulate This: Stories from the School Library

People who really know about education know that a strong school library is key to student achievement. I hope that you will rescind the RIFs of teacher librarians and do your duty to the school children of this district by restoring funding of all library staff positions

“There is no evidence that more standards and tests will raise achievement. There is plenty of evidence that investing in libraries and librarians will raise achievement."

- Stephen Krashen, Prof Emeritus, USC, and the author of The Power of Reading

Ms. Annette Scherr
Teacher Librarian
Monroe High School
(818) 830-4291

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Assignment # 30 Library Floorplan

Please use the free online drawing tool "Gliffy"
to create a labeled drawing(map) of the library in 2-D so that a student looking for a book could find it by using the Online Catalog and the Library Map. Please include the fiction and non fiction sections. Label the main Dewey Sections from 000 to 999. Have fun! Here is an exemplar! After I drew this in Gliffy I discovered that Google Docs also has an online drawing program that you might like better. Try them both and let me know what you think! P.S. Several of you are having problems with long URL's and broken links. Please use Tiny URL to shorten your links to your docs. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Post your Booktrailer on you blog!

Please post your photopeach booktrailer on your blog. Click on "Edit Html" and embed it in the blog as Ana Reyes did. Here is a link to Indeliza's Book Trailer.
"Into The Wild" Please write comments on each others book trailers! Thanks. Ms. Scherr

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Assignent # 29 National Book Week

It's National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Turn to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence into your blog. Don't mention the book. Post these rules as part of your blog.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Assignment # 28 Library Practice Moodle

Please sign in to the Library Practice Moodle
with your my mail account information(userid and password).DO NOT USE @MYMAIL.LAUSD.NET IN YOUR USERID! After logging in please find Monroe HS. It is all the way at the bottom of the list. Click on it and you will find one course: Library Practice. Click on the image of a key and enter this enrollment key: 47435276 Go to profile. Search fo me and send me a message. I will reply! Thanks. Ms. Scherr

Friday, February 18, 2011

Assignment # 27 Library Practice Wiki

Students: Please join the library practice wiki so you can ask about the assignments. Use your my mail account to register. There is a page created for each assignment. Please answer the discussion question! Here is a link to the wiki! There is also a link on the main Blog Page.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Assignment # 26 Voicethread

Please open a voicethread account and post a booktalk on it. I have created an exemplar using a mic and imovie. You can also use a flip video. A booktalk is different than a trailer.


Hi everybody! Please email a link to your site so I can put it on the library webpage under "Student Sites" In addition, create a link to your blog on your website and vice versa. Also, remember to post to your blog at least 2 times a week. It could be anything related to your life.
Don't forget to post to Shelfari your book reviews also! You should put a link to your shelfari on your website also.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Assignment # 25 Make an imovie Book Trailer

Make a Book Trailer for your favorite book this semester. You need to have a storyline text, (don't give away the ending), music and photos. Also, you need to give credit for photos and music. Please view the exemplar.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Assignment #24 Personal Portfolio

Create a personal portfolio website that you will be able to use to apply for an internship, a job or an educational institution. Highlight your skills & abilities, career goals, special interest and academic strength. Include letters of recommendation, a resume and links. An exemplar is available at If you want to learn more about what careers you should consider, go to the lausd digital library. The Idealist is a great place to look for possible careers.

Exemplar link

At the LAUSD Digital Library
Career Cruising This will take you to the Digital Library and you can select Career Cruising.
Facts on File Career Center (There is an assessment available here also)

On the Web:
California Career Zone
Occupations Outlook Handbook

Monday, January 24, 2011

Assignment # 23 OPAC Search

In this lesson, you will learn more about how to use the library's electronic catalog. It is a database that contains entries for every book in the library. Every book is assigned a copy id that can be scanned with a bar code. You can search for a book by author, subject, or genre. Download the document entitled "OPAC Search".

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Assignment # 22 Monroe Reads

Please read each member of the discussion groups "Who R U?" and write thoughtful replies or questions you have about each member.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Assignment # 21 Monroe Reads Shelfari Group.

Make sure you join Monroe Reads! Please reply to the Topic "Who Are You?". All of these (18,19,20,21) assignments go into your weekly grade so you must be done with them by Friday January 14th or you will receive a "0". Next week you will receive your new stack(book shelf) assignment.

Assignment # 20 Shelfari Link

Students: Please put a link to your shelfari account on your blog. I need to be able to go from your blog immediately to your shelfari account. Thanks. Ms. Scherr

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Boots Slideshow!

Yesterday I promised pictures! Above is a slide show of Sparky and his new boots. The first picture is of Shawnee (brown and white paint mare)keeping Sparky company because it is too painful for him to stand up. Something interesting about horses: they are prey animals, not predators like us. When a member of a predator pack is injured the others kill or abandon them. When a member of a horse herd is injured the horses surround and protect. So, if you were wounded and lying on the ground, a horse would not bite or kick you but protect you. The second picture shows Sparky's life saving Orthotic gel boots by Soft-Ride. They allow him to stand with painful feet and heal the damaged ligaments by restoring circulation. The feet as well as the heart are organs that pump blood in hoofed mammals. I also included a photo of Sparky's Mustang "Freeze Brand" courtesy of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Basically, it is a bunch of arrows pointing to the numbers of a clock. = is 0 and // is 1. It is easier to burn arrows than numbers. Also, you will see a picture of Belinda driving my favorite work horse, a Kubota 7100 B hist tractor. Lastly, you will see Marie on "Shorty", another rescued mustang posing before a flooded Hansen Dam river feed. It is too flooded to cross and there is lots of dangerous Quicksand.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Assignment # 19 Books U Read Over Break

Please write a review on Shelfari of a book u read over break.

Assignment # 18 Happy New Year to You All.

Hey Student Librarians. Welcome Back. Please write about something interesting you did over the break. Here's what happened to me: On New Years Day I went to pick up my 92 year old mother and her caregiver to take her to see her 90 year old sister in San Diego. When I went to leave, the car wouldn't start. It turned out to be U guessed it a dead battery. On that same New Year's Day my horse Sparky(of Sparky's Retreat Mustang Rescue) had a laminitic episode. I have been playing nurse to him for the past 10 days. Laminitis in inflammation of the ligaments that hold the coffin bone in the hoof. It is extremely painfully and can be a death sentence to a horse that relies on his feet to stand most of his life. I purchased special orthopedic boots. I give him a messy paste mix of pain pills twice a day through a syringe in his mouth. You'll notice it all over my clothes from time to time. I will post a picture of him tomorrow! ; ( Hope your break was happier than mine!