Top Ten Blog Posts for Librarians in 2019

Library Resources | January 16, 2020

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The EBSCOpost blog has been a great resource for highlighting library trends and surfacing important industry issues seen in the top ten blog posts for librarians in 2019.

ALA’s recent State of America’s Libraries Report included a variety of library trends showcasing the growing impact of libraries on communities and highlighting efforts to keep pace with smart technology.

Here at EBSCO, we dug into these trends on EBSCOpost, our blog that offers helpful tips and resources for librarians, engaging content and news related to our research, along with issues affecting academic, school and public libraries. Looking back at EBSCOpost’s top ten blog posts of 2019, you may find ideas for 2020.

1. Seeing is Believing: The Benefits of Picture Books for Building Reading Skills: Picture books for young readers are building blocks that promote literacy, vocabulary skills, sentence structure and story analysis. Libraries that include picture books to promote literacy to young readers are boosting beginner-level vocabulary skills, introducing sentence structure and developing story analysis.

2. Top 10 Ways to Celebrate School Library Month: The school library plays an essential role in transforming learning. We curated a list of activities and events to help school librarians celebrate with students during School Library Month.

3. How to Help Students Select Digital Tools and Resources: Students are heading to the internet to conduct academic research and complete school assignments, but they may not be finding the resources they need. We provide tips to help explain why the digital research tools in your library may be more effective.

4. Using the Question Formulation Technique to Guide Primary Source Learning: Ashley Melville, Professional Learning Specialist for Cobb County School District in Marietta, GA, and Andrew P. Minigan, Right Question Institute’s Director of Strategy, Education Program, discuss how students can use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to guide analysis of primary source documents and primary source learning.

5. Top 10 Augmented Reality Tools for the Classroom: Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that overlays interactive digital elements — such as text, images, video clips, sounds, 3D models and animations — into real-world environments. These 10 augmented reality tools can enhance and personalize learning in K-12 classrooms.

EBSCOpost offers helpful tips and resources for librarians, engaging content and news related to our research and product offerings, and issues affecting academic, school and public libraries.

6. Removing Barriers to Access: DRM-free EBSCO eBooks™ Improve Access for Users: Today’s researchers are mobile-based, which brings the need for flexible, accessible e-books without restrictions. EBSCO’s Kara Kroes Li describes the advantages of DRM-free e-books, and why DRM-free content is important to librarians.

7. Why You Need Library Databases for Research: Yavapai College Libraries created a short video promoting the importance of using databases instead of commercial search engines when conducting research. Learn more and watch the video.

8. The STEAMy Relationship Between Art and Science: Traditionally, art and science have been treated as two separate disciplines, but when they are studied together it’s clear to see the impact one has on the other.

9. Not So Fine with Library Fines? A Look at the Overdue Debate: Learn more about the arguments for and against overdue library fines and ways to minimize the impact on patrons.

10. Top Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month: With many schools, libraries and organizations observing the month, and others who may be looking for ways to incorporate programming related to Hispanic heritage, here are some useful resources.

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