Make Libraries Count!

Welcome to Libraries Count!

This site was created to help academic librarians collect and analyze data on library use and student success. We are librarians interested in library impact on student learning. Our mission is to provide a forum for questions, resources, and tools to be freely shared, tested, and improved upon so that we are better able to demonstrate library impact on student learning and success.

As librarians, we seek data that will demonstrate the value of the library in relation to student success. However, knowing how to collect and analyze that data is an often daunting. As a community we are all facing these same questions. We believe that there is no need to struggle alone. This site was designed to be a safe space for exploration and resource sharing around this topic.

Libraries Count has three primary goals:

  1. To unite the academic librarian community around the question of library impact on student learning, by providing a forum for exploration and discussion about data and data collection methods.
  2. To connect librarians to the Libraries Count data tool and canned reports to help them collect, store, analyze existing data. Through an IMLS grant, the Libraries Count team is developing a standardized data tool to help institutions manipulate patron data to inform decisions about library services and resource allocation.
  3. To document and advise librarians on how to work with their IR departments to incorporate institutional data on student achievement and demographics with library usage and service statistics.

Connecting library service statistics to institutional measures of success such as persistence, retention, completion and grade point average are needed to “Make Libraries Count.”

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Technology

Technology The term technology is one which spans a wide assortment of uses, ideas, method and products. In fact, the blanket term technology is the way in which the use of computerized and computer based applications is vital in the enhancement of other products and even services. One of the most portable forms of technology is used by many people every day. Mobile handsets, cell phones, smart phones and mobile computing devices all use technology for basic and advanced operations. The inclusion of operating system technology and enhanced video graphic technology is what helped transform traditional cell phones used for just voice communications in to the smart phones of today which allow for advanced features such as video chatting, posting in real time to social media sites, included and embedded internet browsing functionality and even text messaging which can include pictures, sounds and even video. In terms of pictures, video and sound; technology advancements have turned grainy pictures once taken on film in to digital versions which can be enhanced through the use of photo editing software or by using a high tech camera with high resolution and technology features which allow users to change the way in which picture, video and sound is recorded. Sound itself benefits from technology, as computer software can be used to add instantaneous background music, remove background noise and even adjust singing voices to sound clearer and more in pitch. The ways in which technology have impacted daily life is wide and vast. From enhanced computer imaging for medical films and treatment to laser robotics for more precise surgical methods; technology touches just about everything. Vehicles use technology for braking and system monitoring and GPS navigation; television uses technology for clear picture quality and cable television which provides on demand services; and schools incorporate basic technology in to classrooms by using computers to help in teaching. Technology continues to improve, which in turn keeps changing the way in which the things we do, use and need in life advance to becoming increasingly high tech. In fact, many people do not always realize how much technology permeates society. Article by Sarah J.

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British Colombia - History and Facts

British Columbia – History and Facts

British Columbia – Regions Regional Overview of VANCOUVER ISLAND/COAST REGION This region comprises all of Vancouver Island, numerous smaller islands and a section of the mainland which, with the exception of Powell River, is remote and sparsely inhabited. Apart from a narrow coastal plain extending along the east coast of Vancouver Island, where the population is concentrated, rugged mountains predominate. The region covers 9.8 per cent of the total land area of the province and accounts for 18.6 percent of the population. Administratively it includes eight Regional Districts. The region is second only to the Lower Mainland/Southwest in terms of both population and economic activity. Just over half of the population is concentrated in the Capital Regional District, which is dominated by Victoria, the provincial capital and a major trade, tourism and administration centre. Elsewhere the primary industries provide the main economic support with the forestry sector in the leading role. There are six pulp and paper mills on Vancouver Island and one on the mainland; logging and sawmilling activity is widespread. Farming, fishing and mining (at Campbell River, Port Hardy and Texada Island) are well represented. Tourism and the retirement industry contribute greatly to economic activity, particularly in the southern part of the region. LOWER MAINLAND/SOUTHWEST REGION Six Regional Districts comprise the smallest of the Development Regions with only 4.2 percent of the province’s land area, but it is by far the most populous with 54.2 percent of the British Columbia population. The region consists of the flat lower Fraser Valley, associated uplands and the mountains that border them. It also encompasses part of the adjacent mainland coast connected to Vancouver by the coastal ferry system, as well as the Squamish and Lillooet River valleys which link through Anderson and Seton Lakes to Lillooet. The Lower Mainland region is the leading centre for virtually every activity in the province, from farming and fishing to manufacturing to services. Only the mining sector is poorly represented. Beyond the urban concentration of Greater Vancouver and its expanding suburbs, the resource industries are of greatest importance. As the financial, educational, manufacturing, tourism, transportation and cultural centre of the provincethe region benefits from all developments within its hinterland, which in many respects means all of western Canada. OKANAGAN REGION Five Regional Districts covering the Okanagan, Similkameen and North Thompson valleys, as well as the Trans Canada Highway-C.P. Rail corridor from the Alberta boundary to the Fraser Canyon at Lytton, comprise this region. It contains 10.8 percent of the Provincial land area and 11.9 percent of the population. Manufacturing, tourism and transportation services broaden the regional economy but mining, forestry and agriculture remain the primary industry supports. The Okanagan Valley contains most of the province’s orchards and vineyards while much of the western and northern sections, part of the Interior Plateau, are prime cattle range. Forest industry activity is widespread but the only pulp mill is located at Kamloops. The Highland Valley area, southwest of Kamloops, contains the largest, and the greatest concentration of, copper-molybdenum mines in British Columbia. There are also large coppermolybdenum mines near Peachland and Princeton, and precious metals mines near Hedley and west of Clinton. Mineral exploration activity is extensive and additional mining developments are anticipated. Kamloops and Kelowna are the largest communities with broad local economies based on trade, administration, services and manufacturing. Tourism and the retirement industry provide considerable economic benefit, particularly in the Okanagan and Shuswap areas. KOOTENAY REGION The Kootenay region comprises three Regional Districts bordering the U.S.A. between Alberta and the Okanagan Valley. It represents 6.7 percent of the provincial land area and contains 4.6 percent of the population. The terrain is mountainous; valleys are oriented north-south and contain a number of reservoirs for power generation facilities. The only large flat area is at Creston where diverse agricultural enterprises are concentrated. Cattle ranching is the main agricultural activity around Grand Forks and in the Rocky Mountain Trench. Mining and mineral processing are dominant at Trail (non-ferrous smelter complex), Kimberley (lead-zinc mine) and the Fernie-Elkford area (coal mines). Logging and timber processing activities are widespread; pulp mills are located at Castlegar and Skookumchuk. Cranbrook is the regional centre for trade and services in the East More information at; Mainland Southwest Region river, valley, Fraser, mountains, metres, land, Lillooet, coast, elevation, Squamish, Vancouver, mainland, extend, rise, climate. It has been divided into four Regional Districts: Greater Vancouver; Fraser Valley; Sunshine Coast; and Squamish-Lillooet. The Region consists primarily of the Fraser Valley and associated uplands, and the mountains that border them. It also encompasses a portion of the adjacent mainland coast north-west of Vancouver which is connected to that city by highway and coastal ferry system, as well as the Squamish and Lillooet River valleys which link through Anderson and Seton Lakes to Lillooet. In this part of its course the Fraser River cuts through the Coast Mountains and the valley walls rise steeply to elevations of 1,800 to 2,100 metres on either side. Labour Force Statistics – May 2001 http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca Pdf Main Idea: employment, sector employment, unemployment rates, labour force, goods sector employment, declines, Northeast Region, Lower Mainland/Southwest, participation, Statistics, services sector, Thompson-Okanagan, Vancouver Island/Coast, Cariboo, employment growth. Document Review: Employment in B.C. has recouped the losses seen in January and February, and now stands back at just above the level seen in December, 2000. Women accounted for all of B.C.’s employment gains in May. The services sector saw an employment gain of 24,000 while goods sector employment fell in May. Gains in retail and wholesale trade and health and social services accounted for most of the service sector increase. Unemployment rates in 2000 were generally the lowest in the most populous regions of Lower Mainland/Southwest and Vancouver Island/Coast and were highest in the more rural and northerly regions of B.C.   ECONOMIC HISTORY The Province of British Columbia entered into Confederation with Canada on July 20, 1871. It has had an exciting and fascinating economic history and has before it a dynamic, rewarding economic future. British […]

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Home School Programs – Are they right for you and your child

Home School Programs – Are they right for you and your child?

The path you choose for your child’s education from kindergarten through 12th grade will be one of the most important decisions you can make regarding their future.  Nowadays, you are not just looking at public or private schools as options, but you also have to think about the possibility of home-schooling.  There are a great many benefits to having your children homeschooled, but there are some things that you must take into consideration before venturing down this path.  Here we will go into some of the basics regarding a home schooling program, with the hopes of helping you make the most educated decision you can about your child’s future. First, if you are thinking about taking on this challenge to home school your child yourself, make sure that you have enough time and energy to see this lifestyle change through.  If you have not thought the entire process out, the only person that will suffer is your child, and that defeats the whole purpose of home schooling, which is obviously meant to benefit them.  If you do decide to become fully invested in the entire teaching process, there are a number of programs available to you to ensure that you are teaching the right programs at the right time, as well as many help groups, typically other parents in the same situation, that can offer support if need be. Another option, which may be a bit less hands on if you are not fully comfortable in the teacher role, is online courses.  These courses are designed to follow along the typical coursework of each level they coordinate with.  In the event that you don’t feel that you would be the best vessel for teaching, but still want your child to benefit from learning at home, this would be the choice for you. A strong positive to home schooling your child is time.  Time saved, time spent, in all facets of time, you win, because you can make your own schedule that works for you and your family.  If you are of the opinion that home school would be a better option for you, then let’s face it, you agree that there is a lot of wasted time throughout the day.  Wasted time that could instead be time spent learning.   Making a schedule together even is an excellent process to teach them about time well spent. Many people fear that home schooling takes away a child’s opportunity to socialize.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  You can still enroll your child in after-school programs, activity days at the local YMCA, intramural sports teams, dance classes, you name it.  This is also very important in teaching your child that there is a time to do work, and a time to have fun, just as it is in the real world. With all this being said, there are still a number of other things that need to be decided if you feel home schooling is right for you and your family, such as making sure that you are following all state requirements, or even how long you plan to keep them in home schooling.  But, once you have decided that this is the path for you and your child, rest assured that there are a number of resources out there to help guide you down this exciting path!

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A Custom Education for Every Child: The Promise of Online Learning and Education Savings Accounts

A Custom Education for Every Child: The Promise of Online Learning and Education Savings Accounts

Picture a typical public school classroom: Rows of students facing a blackboard, with a teacher lecturing. It’s the same scene in 2011 as it was in 1911 – and, in a world of laptop computers, Samsungs and iPhones, it’s wildly out of date and ineffective. But that is changing. Today, the breadth of digital learning programs extends from full-time online virtual schools to occasional online instruction that supplements a student’s traditional coursework. The benefits include improved academic achievement and a better overall learning experience for students. The growth of online learning solutions changes the discussion of choice in education – the conversation moves from choosing a school to choosing individual services that specifically meet a student’s needs. Combined with Education Savings Accounts, these advances in online learning create the foundation for unparalleled customization in a child’s education, providing experiences that better challenge students and prepare them for the real world. In 2011, Arizona became the first state in the nation to give special-needs students and their families a way to customize and improve their education, and do it all for less than the cost of a typical public school program. Arizona’s new Education Savings Accounts give K-12 special-needs students 90 percent of a student’s formula-based funding amount. Parents can use these funds for a variety of educational services tailored to their child’s needs, including tutoring services, online programs, and private school tuition. Special-education students who attended a public school in the prior year are eligible, and families must agree to not enroll their child in public school. This paper examines how expanding access to online or virtual learning programs through state-funded Education Savings Accounts could enable Arizona families to truly customize their children’s education.   Read A Custom Education For Every Child here

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