4imprint, LLC

Not long ago, school libraries were “the place” to go to find resources for research papers and coursework. Times have changed and library shelves are beginning to collect dust as students overwhelmingly favor search engines and electronic resources over the Dewey Decimal System. A 2010 study of undergraduate students found that students look to library shelves for research only after they have exhausted other options such Google® and Wikipedia™.An affinity for doing a quick Google search over making a trip to the library is appealing to students of all ages, making “information literacy” central to 21st century learning. In order to navigate the maze of information, both online and in print, students must have the ability to find information, evaluate its creditability and currency, and apply the information learned.

A great example of a school embracing 21st century research is Cushing Academy, a private secondary school in Massachusetts. Cushing Academy’s Fisher-Watkins Library recently underwent a digital transformation; now the library is the hub of learning on campus. According to their website, the Cushing library has nearly 200 e-ink eReaders, giving students access to hundreds of thousands of electronic books. Students can also view thousands of electronic books and research databases on their laptops.

We know going digital isn’t feasible for every school, but we did brainstorm some simple ways you can help your students become more information literate to continue to prepare them for 21st century learning:

  • Plan a topic development activity
    84% of undergraduate students surveyed said their biggest obstacle in research is just getting started. Help your students take the first step. For younger grades, consider preparing a list of topics students can choose from. For older students, ask them to brainstorm topics and create a mind map to explore them further.
  • Create research challenge exercises
    Keep students on their toes by creating exercises that challenge their research abilities. Begin by developing lists of questions and then divide your students into groups for a friendly competition. The first group to complete all of the answers wins! Reward the winning team with handy travel mugs, Classic Yo-Yo’s or fun crayons.
  • Establish guidelines for credibility
    77% of undergraduate students said they look at the currency of website content to determine creditability, nearly as many (71%) also consider site design. Take the guesswork out of determining site credibility by creating a list of reputable online resources. In addition, make sure students have the tools they need to determine the credibility of resources that don’t make your list. To find source-related lesson plans, check out FactCheckED.org.
  • Transform your library
    When students do turn to library shelves for information, make sure they know where to look. Think about giving your class a refresher course on the Dewey Decimal System. Keep Post-it® note cubes next to library computers for students to jot down book titles and catalogue numbers and encourage students to use Post-it® flags in books instead of folding corners or writing in margins.For high schools and universities, make sure your library has a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Add a mini coffee bar so students don’t need to leave the library to grab a much needed pick-me-up. Keep it stocked with Java Jackets bearing your school’s logo. Use Banner Displays to designate areas in the library that encourage conversation and collaboration.
  • Begin building your electronic library
    In the August 2010 edition of Educational News we talked about the rise in popularity of e-books. Making an electronic resource library available on e-readers or laptops can provide students with reliable resources anytime, day or night. Build awareness of the electronic resource library by handing out imprinted ear buds —perfect for listening to online audio resources.

Research skills are not only beneficial in the classroom, but provide the tools students will use throughout their lives to make educated, informed decisions.

Head, PH.D., Alison J., and Michael B. Eisenberg. “Project Information Literacy Progress Report: “Truth Be Told”.” Project Information Literacy: A Large-scale Study about Early Adults and Their Research Habits. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, 1 Nov. 2010. Web. 13 Jan. 2011.

American Red Cross Month
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month
Deaf History Month
Employee Spirit Month
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month
Honor Society Awareness Month
Humorists Are Artists Month
International Expect Success Month
International Ideas Month
International Listing Awareness Month
International Mirth Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Music In Our Schools Month
National Athletic Training Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
National Clean Up Your IRS Act Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
National Eye Donor Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Multiple Sclerosis educations & Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National On-Hold Month
National Social Work Month
National Talk to Your Teen About Sex Month
National Umbrella Month
National Women’s History Month
Optimism Month
Play the Recorder Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Read Across America
Save Your Vision Month
Small Press Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Supply Management Month
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
Youth Art Month
Holy Humor Month
National Alternative Fuel Autos Month (3/15-4/15)
National Cheerleading Week: 1-7
National Ghostwriters Week: 1-7
National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week: 1-7
Universal Human Beings Week: 1-7
Iditarod Race: 5-20
American Council on Education: 5-8
Celebrate Your Name Week: 6-12
National Consumer Protection Week: 6-12
National Pancake Week: 6-12
National Words Matter Week: 6-12
Save Your Vision Week: 6-12
Read an E-Book Week: 6-12
Return The Borrowed Books Week: 6-12
Teen Tech Week: 2-8
Women in Construction Week: 7-11
Newspaper in Education Week: 7-11
National Procrastination Week: 7-13
National Sleep Awareness Week: 7-13
National School Breakfast Week: 7-11
Telecommuter Appreciation Week: 7-13
Universal Women’s Week: 8-14
Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sing: 11-17
World Rattlesnake Round-up: 11-13
Campfire USA Birthday Week: 17-23
Wildlife Week: 13-20
International Brain Awareness Week: 14-19
National Inhalant and Poisons Awareness Week: 15-21
National Money Week: 17-19
American Crossword Puzzle Weekend: 18-20
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 18-20
American Chocolate Week: 20-26
Consider Christianity Week: 20-26
National Agriculture Week: 20-26
National Animal Poison Prevention Week: 20-26
National Poison Prevention Week: 20-26
Act Happy Week: 21-27
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week: 21-27
Week of Solidarity with People’s Struggling Against Racism & Discrimination: 21-27
World Folk Tales & Fables Week: 21-27
Wellderly Week: 21-27
YoYo and Skill Toys Week: 23-27
National Cherry Blossom Festival: 26-4/10
National Cleaning Week: 27-4/2
Root Canal Awareness Week: 27-4/2
National Protocol Officer’s Week: 28-4/5
MIAEYC Early Childhood Week: 31-4/2
1: Beer Day
1: Be Positive – Do Something Day
1: Peace Corps Birthday
1: Pig Day
1: Plan a Solo Vacation Day
1: Refired, Not retired Day
2: Namesake
2-4: Sherlock Homes Day
3: Fun Facts About Names Day
3: NEA’s Read Across America Day
3: I Want You to Be Happy Day
3: National Anthem Day
3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day
4: Benjamin Harrison Day
4: Courageous Follower Day
4: International Scrapbooking Industry Day
4: March Forth-Do Something Day
4: National Grammar Day
4: Old Inauguration Day
4: Peace Corps Day
4: Unique Names Day
5: Learn What Your Name Means Day
5 & 8: Saint Piran’s Day
6: Nametag Day
7: Middle Name Pride Day
7: Shabbat Across America/Canada Day
7: World Day of Prayer
8: Day for Women’s Rights & International Peace
8-9: Eggsibit
8: Genealogy Day
8: Girls Write Now Day
8: International Working Women’s Day
9: Check Your Batteries Day
9: Daylight Savings Time Begins
9: Get Over It Day
9: Panic Day
10: Mario Day
10: Napping Day
10: Salvation Army Day
11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
11: Dream 2008 Day
11: Organize Your Home Office Day
12: Girl Scout Day
13: Good Samaritan Involvement Day
13: National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
13: World Kidney Day
14: International Ask A Question Day
14: MOTH-ER Day
14: Pi Day (as in math)
15:Brutus Day
15: Ides of March
15: International Day of the Seal
15: Maple Syrup Day
15: National Quilting Day
15: True Confessions Day
16: Curlew Day
16: St. Urho’s Day
17: Campfire Girls Day
17: Freedom of Information Day
17: St. Patrick’s Day
17: Well-Elderly or Wellderly Day
18: Awkward Moments Day
18: Forgive Mom and Dad Day
18: National Biodiesel Day
19: Act Happy Day
19: National Chocolate Carmel Day
19: Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day
20: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
20: Companies that Care Day
20: Great American Meat Out Day
20: Proposal Day
21: National Agriculture Day
21: Good Friday
21: Memory Day
21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21: Purim
21: World Down Syndrome Day
22: As Young As You Feel Day
22: International Goof-off Day
22: World Day for Water
23: Easter
23: National Puppy Day
23: Near Miss Day
23: O.K. Day
23: World Meteorological Day
24: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
24: United Nations: World Tuberculosis Day
25: American Diabetes Association Alert Day
25: National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy
25: Pecan Day
26: Legal Assistants Day
26: Make Up Your Own Holiday
27: Education and Sharing Day
27: Kite Flying Day
27: Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
29: Knights of Columbus Founders Day
29: National Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
29: Texas Loves the Children Day
30: Doctors Day
30: Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
30: Pencil Day
31: Bunsen Burner Day
31: National “She’s Funny the Way” Day
Submit your review

Create your own review

Average rating:  
 0 reviews

Hot Products

Shop 4imprint's Hottest Products!

Shop Now

Sale Products

Shop 4imprint's Sale Products!

Shop Now

New Products

Shop 4imprint's Newest Products!

Shop Now

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *