US Study Trip Meeting 9 – Michelle Luhtala, New Canaan High School Library Media Center

US Study Trip Meeting 9 – 2/11/11, 10am

Michelle Luhtala, Library Chair at New Canaan High School Library Media Center (9-12)

Unfortunately Michelle’s school was closed due to recent storms (seriously, both of our schools closed for weather reasons at the same time, how unlikely is that?)  This meant I didn’t get to see her library, but we met for lunch and talked through libraries there instead.

Reasons for meeting

  • Winner of the 2010 National School Library Media Program award
  • Runs an online learning community for librarians at
  • Forward thinking in using technology to teach information literacy


  • Using easybib to generate citations versus teaching principle of creating references
  • Benefits and advantages of Overdrive – Michelle didn’t like being tied in content wise.  They have some nf ebooks, but none downloadable
  • Different types of datatbases and research tools, and how to promote these through Destiny
  • “We want kids thinking like open source software designers.  We want them thinking “how can we make this better for everybody?” “
  • Importance of getting students to use similar skills in different contxts
  • Parent volunteers – she was the only person to have anything positive to say about them

Josie to take away

  • Spend more time looking at, and Michelle’s school library site
  • Think about teaching productivity, free range media,  digital citizenship – do these interface with research skills?
  • Try to produce links – came out looking great
  • Come up with a mini-lesson on using URL to evaluate how useful a website is likely to be

About angellibrarian

Children's/teen librarian working in an international school in Thailand.
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