Saturday, December 6, 2008

Worlds Connect @ Your Library

This week, AIS in Israel celebrates the Library Week devoted to communication and interactive technologies.

You are invited to visit Library Tech Exhibition that reflects students' use of Web tools and technology in the Library and class: blogs, podcasts, videos, PowerPoint Presentations.

To broaden our students' view of the world and let them see AIS as the member of the Near East and South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, a webpage Greetings from NESA librarians was created. Links to your library websites, examples of works that your students designed, lesson plans you enjoy the most and want to share, and other ideas will help them appreciate library and technology.

A special 'thank you' is awarded to Kirk Peterson (Udhailiah School Library, Saudi Arabia) for being the first to share his lesson plans. We hope that his example will inspire you too to send us your ideas.

Your students are welcome to participate in our blog Book Reviews and Recommendations. Please spread the word!

We are looking forward to hearing from you and receiving ideas, projects, and book reviews and recommendations and posting them on the Library Week Web page.

Join us in celebration of reading, books, technology, and communication!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Library Technology Week

"Worlds Connect @ Your Library" (Dec. 8-12, 2008)

During the Library Week this year we are planning to display digital projects made by students at school and/or at home. We would like the projects to reflect how technology has changed and expanded our world of communication. Personal/class web pages, games, broadcasting and podcast, video clips, digital photographs, blogs, and other projects will be displayed on computer workstations around the library. Students will have an opportunity to display their work and share their experience with peers,teachers, and parents.

Do you want to join and send us the works your students work at? Do you have any podcasts and video clips about your library, digital photographs you would like to be displayed in WBAIS library? Do you want to let your students see the works our students created and virtually visit our library? Technology allows us to share our works with any school in any area! If you are interested, we can think of the way to make it possible. Library Week is a perfect time to share experience.

Let's connect our students and have fun together!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Advisory Group of Librarians

The conference in Amman (Fall 2008) was special in several ways. It was beneficial to have training sessions with Wendy and Larry and two-day workshop with Doug Johnson. This conference was different from others that we all previously attended because we have started a dialog and shared ideas of how to connect our students.

We would like to have representatives in the NESA Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) to address our professional issues and/or concerns (Guidelines for Advisory Group from NESA PDAC). In order to do this, we need to organize an Advisory Group of NESA Librarians (AGL) that should consist of 6 - 8 members. The Group will work on instructional professional standards in librarianship, communicate with NESA school librarians, help librarians collaborate on educational units and projects and participate in professional discussions. It will also be engaged in organizing professional workshops and bringing professional speakers to NESA conferences and pursue group discounts for library database subscriptions.

Let us know if you are interested in joining the Advisory Group and ready to invest your time and commit to establishing professional support for NESA librarians.

Monday, November 3, 2008



This is our picture taken on the last day of the conference. Do you still remember it? If you couldn't stay for the last day, please post your picture in the blog yourself.

Doug Johnson gave us advice of how to keep up with new blog postings without going to the blog itself every day. Doug, correct me if I am wrong:
We need to go to Google Reader ( and subscribe to blogs we would like to follow by clicking on ADD Subscription and posting either the feed of the site or its URL. Don't delay and become a follower of our !

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sharing and Caring: NESA Librarians, Amman Fall 2008

Do you sometimes feel professionally isolated? Do you have problems and need help finding solutions? Have you had experiences unique to Near East librarians? Are you looking for activities for your students with other schools? Would you like to do more with your limited budget? Are you interested in keeping in touch and working with other NESA librarians?

If you said yes to any of the above, then you might be interested in joining in the NESA Librarian Group

Here are some of the issues for group discussion:

> Consortium of schools to leverage database pricing discounts
> Collaboration with other schools re: student projects
> Discussion of library issues and trends, ex. implementation of new ALA S&Bs, eBooks, etc.
> Collaboration with other schools re: visiting authors, poetry month, library week celebrations
> Planning library presentations and workshops at NESA conference