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Using LibGuides and other digital tools

IN 2012 reading is a digital dance. The printed page has not disappeared. Rather the "containers" are changing, and that affects the approach to reading. At Concordia International School Shanghai we are finding, using and exploring those avenues.

Concordia librarians strive for new ways to nurture reading in a growing digital world using both books and online tools. Elementary Librarian Johanna Schooley has the "Book Fairy" surprise students in the classroom with new books for their teachers to read. Meanwhile, Director of Libraries Christina Mayers uses the subscription database NoveList reader's advisory tool on a daily basis with students.

Concordia librarians no longer create "traditional reading lists." Instead they use a new digital tool: LibGuides. Concordia is the first international K-12 school in China to join the worldwide LibGuide Community. LibGuides are curated information (from library materials, web resources and subscription databases) for a specific topic that librarians build for students who "live" in the online reading environment.

From Concordia to Harvard University, 2,918 libraries are now members of the LibGuides Community.

One of the high school LibGuides is a SAT portal which has reading links and tips. Other powerful LibGuides include middle school guides on the American Revolution and "The Good Earth" and LibGuides for parents of elementary school students. The expanding LibGuides collection is available any time, anywhere at

In addition to creating LibGuides, Mayers and Schooley collaborate with teachers to guide students in their reading choices. Concordia's elementary school reading instruction follows Columbia University's "reading workshop" model. This model teaches students to choose books that are "just right" for them. "Just right" books are neither too hard nor too easy. Students spend time with literature that is appropriate for them at that moment.

Finally, author visits are integral to student learning and are a blend of virtual and on-campus visits. Already this year Concordia students have skyped both poets and authors and had best-selling authors on campus, making student learning that much richer. The next visitor will be author Mara Hvistendahl on March 19.

(Christina Mayers is director of Libraries of Concordia International School Shanghai.)


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