In honor of Veterans' Day, we used our display case to highlight materials about American military history. With a few 'anchor' pieces from the Library Media collections, we gathered up artifacts to represent the different branches of the Armed Forces from World War I to present. The main focus is the Alaska portion of World War II represented by four local newspapers that will be included in a kit to be designed later.
One of the truly enjoyable by-products of assembling this display is the stories it brings forth. Everyone has an ancestor that took part in the war effort. Everyone has some memento from the era that would be appropriate for a display honoring veterans.
Just the artifacts that we gathered from folks in the office was enough to fill the case several times over. One person's uncle, another's father-in-law, another's son - and each one with a story.
After doing a bit of sharing between the Secondary Library Assistants, we got into blog/webpage demos and training. The sharing portion was rather lively: from Teen Read Week descriptions to Shakespeare in graphic novel format to how the new Learning Communities are affecting the libraries. The next hour and a half was presentation from the ITT crew on the history and evolution of this vein of digital media with particular emphasis on the process a teacher would go through to get their web content published and how that all dovetails with District policy. The last hour was spent creating content for digital publishing. Pretty cool stuff.