Tips for Writing a Successful Grant

In continuing the dialogue around grant writing, School Library Journal (SLJ) formed a panel of four librarians to discuss grant writing for a November 2019 webcast. That information was summarized in an SLJ online article. I am highlighting the tidbits here.

Lisa Mulvenna’s advice:

Tip 1. Before you search for grants or donors, decide on the problem you are trying to solve or the gap that needs to be filled. This step is your objective.

Tip 2. Work out your purpose and tentative budget.

Tip 3. Develop your why.

Tip 4. Develop goals and think about sustainability.

Tip 5. Find statistics that support the program or project’s purpose.

Tip 6. Determine its impact on the community.

Tip 7. What’s next after the grant has been used.

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edWeb: The Professional Learning Network (PLN)

LibrariansLogicProfessional Learning Communities (PLCs) are popular in many schools, but I have found that Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) were also useful for me. edWeb.net is my favorite PLN.

They are a professional network that serves the education community by offering free webinars, presented by educators and education-minded individuals, on timely topics. I consider edWeb to be my personal learning community. Continue reading

December 2019 School Library CE Events

December Calendar

Dec 10: Getting the Balance Right: Social Media (Utah State Library)

Dec 10: Brain-based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention (InSync Training)

Dec 10: Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School (edWeb)

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The Positive Force of Failure

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If you haven’t read anything by George Couros, I’d recommend bookmarking his blog and finding 5 minutes to read his posts. He causes me to reflect on my own experiences in a way that encourages growth. Such is the case with his recent blog, “The Feedback of Failure.” Continue reading

November 2019 School Library CE Events

Calendar

Nov 11: Cyber Security: Concerns, Strategies and Solutions for Schools (edWeb.net)

Nov 12: How to Introduce Fun and Playful Stem Robotics in Your Afterschool Program (National Afterschool Association)

Nov 12: Voice Devices and Beyond in the Classroom (edWeb.net)

Nov 12: Dishing Up Some Digital Citizenship (Future Ready Librarians)

Nov 13: Best Children’s Books of 2019 (Utah State Library)

Nov 13: Teaching Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know (edWeb.net)

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Grant Writing, Anyone?

Grant Writing can be a tedious, time-consuming process., and if your grant isn’t funded, you can easily become discouraged. I mentioned that this specialized form of writing is a process. This also includes perseverance.

I attended a grant writing webinar, Grants: What’s Available and How to Get Them, earlier this week and found many take-a-ways. You can still register and watch the recording.

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New Items Added to Digital Horizons (Aug.-Oct. 2019)

The Digital Initiatives team at the North Dakota State Library has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons in the last couple of months. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND Atlases and Plat Books

ND State Documents

ND County & Town Histories

Dysgraphia

What would I have done differently in my teaching career if I had known about dysgraphia? This invisible disability is of particular interest as October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, and sometimes dysgraphia goes hand in hand with dyslexia.

Recently I read about dysgraphia in Edutopia, an online education website that shares “evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower educators to improve K-12 education.” I learned that dysgraphia manifests itself in a student’s handwriting: inconsistent letter formation and problems with word spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. As these students move through school, they have trouble with writing fluency, floating margins and legible writing. I know that I had students that exhibited these traits. These students are oftentimes labeled sloppy, lazy or not detail-oriented.

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Your Library Has What?! A Guide to Libraries of Things

Libraries have circulated books since the 19th Century, and, as AV materials became available, so did the ability to circulate music and movies (in whatever format was currently available). In the past 5 years, however, there has been an uptick in libraries circulating materials considered “non-traditional.” Patrons of libraries with a “Library of Things” may find themselves checking out Halloween costumes, snowshoes, artwork, instruments, or any number of things their heart could desire. Libraries around the globe are doing what they can to help provide their communities with items to make their every-day lives easier.

Many librarians are scared to take on this new collection since it seems so unprecedented, but fear not. We have collected tips and tricks from around the library-sphere (and internet) to help make the plunge a little bit easier. Read on to have your fears put to rest.

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