21st Century Library and Research Skills
The Teacher Lab is an information literacy and research skills course for K-12 educators (teachers and school librarians). The course is designed to help educators feel more confident finding a variety of texts and media for their classrooms.
The course includes an orientation to the resources of the modern public
library, visiting a special collection in an archive, and a review of
information literacy skills essential for navigating open internet tools like Google and Wikipedia. You'll learn how to apply
core research skills across all disciplines, handle primary sources,
and how to evaluate and cite resources ranging from scholarly articles to tweets. The final assignment challenges you to build a multimedia resource list on any teaching topic you choose.
We launched this course to help educators feel more confident navigating the world of information to build richer, more engaging learning opportunities for students. Trust us. We're information experts. We're the Brooklyn Public Library. And we're here to help.
Brooklyn Public Library is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and
Leader Education (CTLE) in New York State. Course attendees are eligible to earn 12 hours toward the NYS Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE)
100 hours requirement.
Amy Mikel is the Director of Customer Experience at Brooklyn Public Library. Her responsibilities include conceptualizing and
implementing exceptional customer experience strategies --
especially those pertaining to reference, circulation and collections -- across the
Library's 60 branch locations.
Previously, Amy served as the Coordinator for School Outreach. She worked closely with school communities in Brooklyn and throughout NYC, teaching students, teachers, parents and school administrators about the benefits of the library.
PreviewIntroduction to the Module (1:26)
StartLesson: Introduction to the Modern Library (18:09)
StartLesson: Introduction to the Physical Library (6:53)
StartLesson: Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System (7:56)
StartIndependent Work: Visiting Your Local Library
StartFurther Reading & Learning
Start3-2-1 Exit Ticket