Celebrating Lunar New Year in the Library

Many of the students in my school celebrate Lunar New Year or Tet. This year is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Lunar calendar. I found the decorations in my local variety store for just a few dollars each including the Lanterns which came in packs of 2 for $5.

Lunar New Year Lanterns

Lunar New Year Lanterns

I bought the gorgeous red satin fabric at a local fabric store for $5 per metre. The best thing about the satin is that it allows us to make a quick transition from Lunar New Year to Library Lovers Day on February 14.

Red satin Banners with decorations in front

Red satin Banners with decorations in front

 

I have also used a machine called Craft Robo to design circles of rabbits using an image I found at : http://nearnessofdistance.blogspot.com/2011/02/chinese-new-year-rabbit.html

I put the image into Adobe Illustrator and used the craft robo machine to cut them out in red and gold cardboard. I put all the circles on the windows at the front and back of the library.’

Red Rabbit cutout

Red Rabbit cutout

Gold Rabbit Cutout

Gold Rabbit Cutout

Here are some of the other decorations:
3 Tier Lanterns

3 Tier Lanterns

Prosperity Knot decoration on Banner- detail

Prosperity Knot decoration on Banner- detail

Using Adobe Acrobat Security to Protect copyrighted documents

Today I learned how to access the Library at Charles Sturt University as I spotted a reading in my course outline that sounded relevant to my first assignment and that it was an ebook format so I could have it straight away through download.

I started reading and I wanted to highlight information. All the commenting tools were disabled and I noticed a padlock symbol above the normal bookmark symbol. Clicking on it, I discovered the security features you can put on PDF documents. This got me thinking about the e-resources I have in the school collection that I want students to access and use if I can make sure that they don’t make illegal copies. Here is what the security settings look like:

These are the security settings for an ebook from uni. Note commenting is turned off but copying is turned on.

These are the security settings for an ebook from uni. Note commenting is turned off but copying is turned on.

I want to do more research on these settings- I am really interested in being able to get our e-resources out to students.

Using a PDF Portfolio to organise my Uni documents

In order to have all my Teacher Librarianship documents in one place so that I can flick between them, I have made a Acrobat PDF Portfolio.

This is how I am organising my learning materials

This is how I am organising my learning materials

As the course progresses I can keep adding files and folders and I can also record webpages and insert them into the folders using the Acrobat PDF tools.

This is inside one of the folders and you can see the highlighting and commenting I have already started

This is inside one of the folders and you can see the highlighting and commenting I have already started

Becoming a Teacher Librarian

In the last few days, my Teacher Librarian Course has started to come online. I have downloaded my course outlines and I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 to highlight and comment things I need to do or things that I have already done including creating this blog!

The blue star is a collapsed comment and I have used highlighting

The blue star is a collapsed comment and I have used highlighting

What are my thoughts on going back to uni- at the moment I am a bit panicked as I don’t know how I am going to fit all this into my schedule at school. I have so many whole school programs I have to organise as well as teach History to Yr 8 and 10 not to mention training a new school assistant.