What a great idea, Rachel, and thanks for sharing it – with an example, no
less! I’m passing this on to our Director of Education; the whole idea of
having the students do this kind of research is much deeper than the usual
notion of “research.”
Thanks so much!
From: Rachel Haus [mailto:rhaus_...@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:34 AM
Subject: [ha-Safran] Teaching library to high schooler age
Thank you to all who sent in suggestions about how to teach library to the over
13 crowd. A tough bunch, but I came up with something that worked fairly well.
Since this year the class is going in-depth into the Jewish lifecycle, I
decided to make that my jumping-off point. Under the rubrics of birth and
pregnancy, bnai mitzvah, marriage and divorce, and death and mourning, I
created a series of questions people (or they) might ask a librarian that can
or cannot be found on the internet. I had them, one by one, dream up possible
subject headings and then look for them in the online catalog and then find the
sources on the shelf. Sample questions were: "You're having a brit bat and want
a specifically female Jewish quote for the ceremony. Where do you look?" or
"Your 80 year old great grandmother never had a bat mitzvah ceremony and longs
to read torah and hates computers. What sources can you find to teach trope to
The kids found it dorky at first, but then got into the search and soon
understood the variety of a Jewish library and how to search in one.
Congregation of Moses Library
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