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Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will

Multiply

- Melissa Poremba
- OALT Conference
- May 9, 2009

The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy

Education

What symbol is this?

!

- Exclamation mark
- What else?

What symbol is this?

!

- In mathematics, the factorial of a non-negative

integer n, denoted by n!, is the product of all

positive integers less than or equal to n.

(http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factorial) - In other words
- n! n (n-1) (n-2) (n-3) (3) (2) (1)
- 6! 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1
- 720

My point?

- It is the same symbol, just viewed from different

perspective - You dont have to know the definition, just be

aware that others may see the same thing

differently

Comments

- My background
- Audience
- School/Public/Academic
- Parents
- Library organization
- The challenge of being an LIT
- What I wont be covering
- No math lessons!
- No collection lists
- Why?
- You can do this with what you already have!

Outline

- Background
- Rationale (why should we care)
- Role of the LIT (what can we do)
- Collection Development
- General issues
- Nonfiction
- Where one would expect math content
- Where one might not expect numeracy resources
- Fiction (my passion!)
- Literacy Numeracy Success
- Promotional Ideas
- Information Literacy

My goal

- Increase awareness of the potential of the

library to support numeracy education - As library staff
- You have the skills, tools and resources

necessary to be an advocate for numeracy in your

library - You might simply need to see them through a

new/different lens - As patrons
- Take the ideas presented here and adapt them to

your particular situation - Inspire you to come up with more ways to

integrate numeracy into your librarys

collections and programs - Establish your library as a destination for

numeracy support and resources

The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy

Education

- Rationale

The foundational pillars of our education system

- The three Rs
- Reading
- Riting
- Rithmetic
- To be considered fully literate in todays

data-driven society, must be skilled in all

three - reading,
- writing
- and mathematics

What do we normally associate libraries with?

- Literacy
- Traditional
- Reading
- Writing
- Information Literacy
- Consider the programs and services offered by

your library

Canadian Council on LearningReading the Future

- What is literacy?
- Literacy today means much more than
- the ability to read and write. To succeed
- economically and socially, adults need
- the ability to analyze information,
- understand abstract ideas and acquire
- many other complex life skills.
- Report Resources Fact Sheet
- http//www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Reports/ReadingFut

ure/

Canadian Council on LearningReading the Future

Reading the Future Full Report, page

10 http//www.ccl-

cca.ca/CCL/Reports/ReadingFuture/

http//www.ccl-cca.ca/NR/rdonlyres/7234398B-60DB-4

A4C-A7C5-ED69B0307863/0/LiteracyReadingFutureRepor

tE.PDF

Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills

2000

http//www.conferenceboard.ca/Libraries/EDUC_PUBLI

C/esp2000.sflb

ABC Canada

- The ability of businesses to advance their

operations and Canadas readiness to compete on

the world stage are both jeopardized if adult

workers lack the requisite literacy and numeracy

skills. - Workplace Literacy
- http//www.abc-canada.org/

Numeracy

- The International Adult Literacy Survey defines

numeracy (math literacy) as The knowledge and

skills required to apply arithmetic operations,

either alone or sequentially, using numbers

embedded in printed material, such as balancing a

cheque book, figuring out a tip, completing an

order form or determining the amount of interest

on a loan. Numeracy, in other words, is largely

about our ability to deal with the basic

calculations in our daily lives. - Over 40 of the population has difficulty with

everyday tasks such as reading prescription

instructions or measuring volumes for household

chores. This means that approximately four out of

10 Canadians are at a basic or low numeracy

level. - ABC Canada Workplace Literacy In Brief
- http//www.abccanada.org/en/workplace_literacy/tr

aining_matters/cc2_in_brief - Note about terminology!

Not just for mathies

- Clearly, everyone needs
- Literacy skills
- Information Literacy skills
- Numeracy skills
- Libraries have a strong role to play in

supporting all three - School
- Public
- Academic
- Math, Science, Engineering
- Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Why have we not been fully embracing this role?

- Math phobia?
- Im guilty, too!

Please

- Whether in your capacity as a library

professional, parent, teacher, or anyone with

influence on children, Im begging you, please,

please stop saying that you - Dont like math
- Cant do math
- See no need for math
- Dont understand the new math
- Etc., etc., etc.
- We would never dream of saying that about reading!

Remember

- We dont teach reading and writing in the

library, we facilitate them - We dont have to teach math either in order to

facilitate numeracy skills development

The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy

Education

- Collection Development

Ontario Curriculum Materials

- Ministry Documents
- Elementary http//www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curricul

um/elementary/math.html - Secondary http//www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculu

m/secondary/math.html - Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat
- http//www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/publ

ications.html - Documents in other languages

Text books

- Mathematics instruction, even at the

post-secondary level is text book driven. - Trillium List
- http//www.curriculum.org/occ/trillium/index.shtm

l - Implications
- Kids and their parents think it is the only

resource in which mathematics is presented - We are going to change that!

Consider the needs of your patrons

- Preschoolers
- Elementary school-aged
- Secondary school-aged
- Parents/caregivers
- Teachers/Homeschoolers
- Adult learners (GED)
- Mathies at heart! (popular interest)
- E.S.L. support (children and adults)

What is their focus?

- Supplemental practice/reinforcement
- Enrichment
- Review/refresh/retraining
- Recreation
- Pedagogy
- General interest

Non-FictionWhere you would expect it

- 510 Mathematics511 General principles of

mathematics512 Algebra513 Arithmetic514

Topology515 Analysis516 Geometry517

Unassigned518 Numerical analysis519

Probabilities applied mathematics

A Mobius strip, an object with only one

surface and one edge such shapes are an object

of study in topology. http//en.wikipedia.org/wik

i/Topology

From OCLC Third Summary the Thousand

Sections http//www.oclc.org/dewey/resources/summa

ries/default.htmthou

Content approaches

- Mathematical subjects counting, shapes

patterning, fractions calculus, algebra - Biography/History (examples)
- Drill/Practice
- Word problems
- Explanations/self-teaching
- Review (test preparation)
- Pedagogical Approach
- Anxiety
- Practical/Everyday
- Recreational
- Logic
- Popular works

Standard CD tools

- Core reference, lists
- Terminologybeyond mathematics
- Depends on level

Reviews

- Use professional library reviewing journals and

databases for reviews of books, software, DVDs,

CDs, etc. - Academic OneFile Booklist, Resource Links
- Canadian Reference Centre Library Journal,

School Library Journal

Collection Development

- Use standard selection tools for articles and

lists - Article Bestsellers in Mathematics

http//www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6614309.ht

ml?ridreg_visitor_idsourcetitleqmathematics - Amazon Mathematics, Teaching Methods and

Materials

Through the Eyes of a Child An Introduction to

Childrens Literature By Donna E. Norton

Using the Mathematics Literature By Kristine

Fowler

Mathematics-focused sources

- Ontario Association for Mathematics Education

(OAME) http//www.oame.on.ca/main/index1.php?lang

encodehome - Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

(CEMC) http//cemc.math.uwaterloo.ca/books.html - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

(NCTM) http//www.nctm.org/publications/default.as

px?id218 - Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

http//www.maa.org/reviews/reviews_index.html - Board Numeracy consultants
- Math teachers (conferences)

Cant afford a print subscription?

Knowledge Ontario can help!

Goal

- Come up with a list of trusted sources,

publishers, series, authors - Use same criteria as for rest of collection

authority, reliability, currency, balance - There are difficulties
- Inconsistencies, especially in series
- Cannot see content
- Level of technical rigor required
- Try mathematic as a subject search in your

catalogue (OPL 140) - Think of the other possible related subject terms

Issues

- Math Wars be aware!
- Discovery
- Rote/Drill Kill
- Strive for balance (examples)
- Local preferences/needs
- Canadian content it is important
- Focus on European males
- Watch for contrived storiesjust because they

say math

Weeding

- A frequently neglected area
- Sunlink Weed of the Month
- http//www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/archive/math.html
- Math publishing has changed significantly in the

scant years since the first edition was released

2002. Back then, Id draw the graphs and

illustrations on paper and hope that a graphic

artist could understand what I was trying to

communicate. Now, however, I can electronically

create the illustrations myself, ensuring that

they are accurate and reliable. - Kelley, Michael, W. The Complete Idiots

Guide to Calculus. 2nd ed. New York Alpha

Books, 2006.

Beyond print resources

- There are many different formats to support

different learning styles - Multi-media CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs
- Subscription databases
- eBooks
- Audiobooks
- Internet
- Ensure patrons aware of all options as well as

advantages/disadvantages of each - VARIETY

Subscription Databases

- Articles on math anxiety
- 81 Academic OneFile
- 138 Canadian Reference Centre
- 280 eLibrary Elementary

A sample of the range of topics covered

and journals indexed on the subject

of mathematics in CPI.Q

Related subjects for mathematics In CPI.Q

Sample book in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Internet sites

- Portals No point re-inventing the wheel
- Canadian Mathematical Society Mathematics for

Students and Teachers - http//www.math.ca/Education/
- Discovery Education
- http//school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/

math/web-resources.html - KidsClick!
- http//www.kidsclick.org/midmath.html
- BJ Pinchbecks Homework Helper
- http//www.bjpinchbeck.com/math.html
- Math Central
- http//mathcentral.uregina.ca/index.php
- Kathy Schrock
- http//school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/

math.html

Complementary collections

- See what local school/public/academic libraries

have - Halton District School Board
- http//chatt.hdsb.ca/StudentInternetResources/SM
- http//www.hdsb.ca/library/pages/elementaryinterne

ttools.asp - Burlington Public Library
- http//www.bpl.on.ca/kids/homework.htm
- Toronto Public Library
- http//kidsspace.torontopubliclibrary.ca/genCatego

ry15799.html - http//ramp.torontopubliclibrary.ca/secondary/scho

olstuff/homeworkhelp/helpwithmath/three-content.js

p - Toronto District School Board
- http//www.tdsb.on.ca/libraries/Links.asp?schoolNo

9catId35 - Mutual promotion

Academic Libraries

- Subject Guides
- University of Waterloo http//www.lib.uwaterloo.

ca/discipline/math/ - York University http//www.library.yorku.ca/ccm/

rg/jd/math - Ryerson University http//www.ryerson.ca/library

/subjects/math/print.html - Collection Development Policies
- York University http//www.library.yorku.ca/ccm/

Home/About/CollPolicies/mathematicsandstatistics.h

tm

For visual learners

- Free online resources
- http//school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/

math/math_homework_help.html (N.B. This

collection of online videos can be accessed

through the Discovering Collection database by

clicking on the Streaming Video icon.) - http//www.mathtv.com/
- http//www.teachertube.com/
- http//www.youtube.com/user/videomathtutor
- Obviously need to warn patrons about exercising

caution when using web resources

Organize the resources

- Bookmarking
- Add an additional layer to your list of web

links through use of folksonomies/tagging - Delicious
- Site Jot

BiblioCommons at OPL!

- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/lists/show/68263908_m

elissapowl - It has anticipated needs in library service that

I didn't even know I had and now will not be able

to live without tagging ratings comments

reviews summaries adding videos linking to

relevant sites creating, accessing and sharing

lists and opinions with others of similar

tastes...not to mention nuances in searching and

refinements in results that are simply not

possible with other OPACs. - http//www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6579748.ht

ml

Non-fictionWhere you would expect it

- 510 Mathematics
- 372 Elementary education
- 373 Secondary education
- 640 Home family management
- 793 Indoor games amusements795 Games of chance

Non-FictionWhere you might not expect it

- We all use math every day! (NUMB3RS)
- Cross-curricular connections
- Make every class a math class!
- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68551806_math_-_where_you_might_not_expe

ct_it - Create a database (wiki or web page)

Non-FictionWhere you might not expect it

Mathworks! Series Gareth Stevens Publishing

American Mathematical Society

- Math in the Media Reviews
- Contains pointers to reviews of books, plays,

movies and television shows that are related to

mathematics (but are not aimed solely at the

professional mathematician) - http//www.ams.org/ams/reviews.html

Group Theory in the Bedroom and Other

Mathematical Diversions By Brian Hayes

Yes, even there!

- Product DescriptionMathematical craftwork has

become extremely popular, and mathematicians and

crafters alike are fascinated by the relationship

between their crafts. The focus of this book,

written for mathematicians, needleworkers, and

teachers of mathematics, is on the relationship

between mathematics and the fiber arts (including

knitting, crocheting, tatting, and quilting).

Each chapter starts with an overview of the

mathematics and the needlework at a level

understandable to both mathematicians and

needleworkers, followed by more technical

sections discussing the mathematics, how to

introduce the mathematics in the classroom

through needlework, and how to make the

needlework project, including patterns and

instructions.

Making Mathematics with Needlework Ten Papers

and Ten Projects By Sarah-Marie Belcastro,

Carolyn Yackel

Trade books

- There is a movement to use such trade books more

frequently in teaching mathematics - Hunsader, Patricia D. "Mathematics trade books

establishing their - value and assessing their quality." The Reading

Teacher 57.7 (April - 2004) 618(12). CPI.Q (Canadian

Periodicals). Gale. SOLS - Oakville Public Library. 3 May

2009 lthttp//find.galegroup.comgt.

Not sure where to start?

- Textbooks chapter introductions, sidebars
- Authors of popular math books Theoni Pappas,

Ian Stewart, Martin Gardner, Calvin C. Clawson,

Clifford A. Pickover, Keith Devlin

Ziauddin Sardar

Where else?

Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will

Multiply

- Mathematical Fiction

Picture books, of course

- Counting, shapes, time, size, patterns,

For elementary students

The Lions Share A Tale of Halving Cake and

Eating It, Too By Matthew Mcelligott

Jayden's Rescue By Vladimir Tumanov Keep a pencil

handy to solve the puzzles in this fantasy.

- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68544873_mathematically_speaking_-_ficti

on

- Library Booklists Math in Childrens Fiction

http//librarybooklists.org/fiction/children/jmath

.htm

For older students and adults

For older students and adults

Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side By

Beth Fantaskey

- Gr 7 Up--Jessica Packwood is a normal teen

attending Woodrow Wilson High School. Her

mathematical nature has even given her a slightly

geeky reputation, which is about to change with

the arrival of Lucius Vladescu, who seems to be

stalking her. She tells her mother about him and

learns that she is really a Romanian vampire

princess who has been betrothed to Lucius at

birth. She knew she was adopted, but this

revelation comes as a shock. - Rosenblum, Donna. "Fantaskey, Beth. Jessica's

Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.(Young adult

review)(Brief article)(Book review)." School

Library Journal 55.3 (March 2009) 144(1). Academi

c OneFile. Gale. SOLS - Oakville Public

Library. 1 May 2009 lthttp//find.galegroup.com/it

x/start.do?prodIdAONEgt.

Hmmmwhat does this remind you of?!

For older students and adults

- Mysteries for Mathematical Minds
- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68527073_mysteries_for_mathematical_mind

s - Mental Math
- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68547883_mental_math

Historical Fiction

The French Mathematician By Tom

Petsinis (Evariste Galois)

The Parrot's Theorem By Denis Guedi (History of

mathematics)

Classic Flatland

- Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin

A. Abbott

Can also obtain through Project

Gutenberg http//www.gutenberg.org/etext/201

Annotated by Ian Stewart

Animated movie http//www.imdb.com/title/tt0814106

/

The Best Web Site!

- Mathematical Fiction maintained by Alex Kasman

of the College of Charleston - http//kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/

Dont forget the databases

- Novelist Plus
- What do I read next?
- Explain the difference between math and

mathematic to patrons

Create your own database of mathematical

literature

- Wiki or web site (ie.Google Sites) for students

to contribute instances where mathematical

concepts present in reading material - Non-fiction
- Fiction
- Tagging, comments, ratings, related links

The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy

Education

- Literacy Numeracy Success

Literacy and Numeracy Together

- Teachers/parents short on time
- Combine lessons
- Story Problems
- Research supports theory

What If Your ABCs Were Your 123s? Building

Connections Between Literacy and Numeracy By

Leslie Minton

Preschoolers

- Storytime
- Keep doing what you are already doing
- Make storytime meaningful to all types of

learners - Counting, shapes, patterns, time,
- Do not have to focus strictly on numbers
- Try to integrate
- Mother Goose and Fairy Tales

Its that simple!?!

- A hundred years ago, researchers in logic

discovered that virtually all of the concepts

used by working mathematicians could be reduced

to one of two extremely basic operations, namely,

the operation of counting or the operation of

grouping objects into sets. Most people are able

to perform both of these operations before they

enter kindergarten. (p. 57) - Mighton, John. The Myth of Ability Nurturing

Mathematical Talent in Every Child. Toronto

Anansi, 2003.

Marilyn Burns

Math and Literature series Math and Nonficton

series http//www.mathsolutions.com/index.cfm?page

wp18contentid112crid97mcrid108

Chart of childrens literature featured in Math

Solutions Publications series http//www.mathsolut

ions.com/documents/lessons_chart-2.pdf

EVERY SCHOOL BOARD SHOULD OWN THIS SET!

More resources

Connecting Math with Literature Using Children's

Literature as a Springboard for Teaching Math

Concepts Grades 3-6 By Lisa Crooks

Literature-Based Math Activities An Integrated

Approach By Alison Abrohms

Math Links Teaching the NCTM 2000 Standards

Through Children's Literature By Evans, Leija,

Falkner

Some of these are dated but you may still have

the referenced books in your collection

Math Through Children's Literature By Braddon,

Hall, Taylor

Try to preview

Lots of supporting information

- Databases
- Set up Alert/RSS feed
- Binder of articles
- Internet
- The Math Forum _at_ Drexel
- Literature and Mathematics http//mathforum.org/t

2t/faq/faq.lit.html

Academic libraries

- Particularly those with a Faculty of Education
- Print and electronic (i.e. ERIC)

Many teachers taking AQ courses do not realize

they may have access

A few more to consider

Check out books by David J. Whitin, Phyllis

Whitin and Sandra Wilde

How to Use Childrens Literature to Teach

Mathematics By Rosamond Welchman-Tischler

Literature-based activities for integrating

mathematics with other content areas By Robin A.

Ward

Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will

Multiply

- Promotions

Quote from Stephen Hawking

- Yet the basic ideas about the origin and fate of

the universe can be stated without mathematics in

a form that people without a scientific education

can understand. This is what I have attempted to

do in this book.Someone told me that each

equation I included in the book would halve the

sales. I therefore resolved not to have any

equations at all. In the end, however, I did put

in one equation, Einsteins famous equation,

Emc2. (Acknowledgements) - Hawking, S. W. A Brief History of Time From the

Big Bang to Black Holes. Toronto Bantam Books,

1988.

Numeracy _at_ Your LibraryYou can count on us!

- We promote reading and literacy programs so why

not numeracy? - Library staff know about the resources they carry

to support numeracy, the problem is that their

patrons dont! - We need to change that and encourage patrons to

come to the library for mathematics resources

Displays and Book Talks

- The simplest and probably most powerful way to

connect - Fiction
- Nonfiction
- Direct theme
- Media theme
- Numbers in the News
- Staff Picks

You never know who you will inspire!

- When I was quite young, I believe no older than

11, I came across two books that would determine

how I thought about mathematics for the next 20

years, until, at the age of 31, I found the

confidence to return to school and start a degree

in the subject. One book was a collection of

science fiction from the local library. It

contained a story about two children who

construct a Mobius strip that enables them, by a

process I unfortunately cant recall, to travel

in time.Though I havent reread the short story

since I was a child, I would be surprised if it

was well written, and even more surprised if the

mathematics behind it was sound. But the story

awoke a greater sense of wonder than I have felt

reading anything since from it I gained the

conviction that mathematics was a magical subject

that would allow me, once I had mastered it, to

transcend the everyday. (9) - Mighton, John. The Myth of Ability Nurturing

Mathematical Talent in Every Child. Toronto

Anansi, 2003. - Mathematician, author (The Myth of Ability, The

End of Ignorance), playwright (Governor Generals

Literary Award for Drama), actor (Good Will

Hunting), educator (JUMP) http//jumpmath.org/a

bout/mighton

Reading Programs

Math teacher picked it up because thought it was

about pgot him reading!

- DEAR, DIRT, SSR
- My story
- Read-alouds for older students
- Dont forget the Mathematical Fiction site!
- http//kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/

Charlesbridge

100th Day of School

- Books
- Sites
- http//mathcentral.uregina.ca/RR/database/RR.09.95

/danylczuk1.html - http//www.2learn.ca/mapset/enjoy/100days/100days.

asp - http//www.gecdsb.on.ca/dg/100thday.htm

Pi Day (March 14 3.14)

- Books
- Sites
- http//www.piday.org/
- http//www.edhelper.com/pi_day.htm?gclidCLaH6druq

poCFQENDQodoUPuzg - http//www.exploratorium.edu/pi/
- Also Einsteins birthday!

Theres Nothing in the Library!

- Books about zero and/or nothing

Book Lust by Nancy Pearl includes a chapter

entitled Zero This Will Mean Nothing to

You The Hole in the Universe by K. C. Cole The

Book of Nothing Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest

Ideas About the Origins of the Universe by John

D. Barrow Zero The Biography of a Dangerous

Number by Charles Seife The Nothing That Is A

Natural History of Zero by Robert Kaplan

Take Your Chances _at_ the Library!

- Games day learn about probability, statistics,

game theory, logic puzzles

World Math Day

- http//www.worldmathday.com/
- World Math Day Video Challenge (Teacher Tube)
- http//www.teachertube.com/video.php?categorymvc

hid77 - Be the driving, coordinating force just as for

Family Literacy Day (http//www.abc-canada.org/en/

family_literacy/family_literacy_day) - In Australia, the government sponsors a combined

National Literacy and Numeracy Week - http//www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au/
- Real World Math Contest (Teacher Tube Texas

Instruments)

Math is Beautiful

- Tesselations (Escher)
- Origami
- Read about Eric Demaine (Canadian now at MIT)
- http//mathforum.org/library/results.html?stylepo

wertextsearchorigami - Quilting
- Fractals
- Golden Ratio/Divine Proportion
- http//www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibon

acci/fibInArt.html - Dont forget the databases!

Double the Fun

- Dress up as twins
- Books about the number 2 and/or multiplying by 2
- Books with two in the title

The Power of One

- Most obvious link is to topic of bullying

One By Kathryn Otoshi

Youve Heard About New Math Now How About Old

Math!

- Math in history

Only in Canada, eh!

- Some very inspiring stories
- John Charles Fields
- Donald Coxeter
- John Mighton
- Eric Demaine
- Kim Rossmo

Dont forget the databases!

- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68573781_math_in_canada,_eh - http//www.yorku.ca/sinclair/Ontario20researchers

2006.htm

School-wide activities

- Harmer, Mike. By the Numbers. The Booster,

April 22, 2009. (Supplement to the Oakville

Beaver)

Promotions

- Presentation and/or display
- Parents Night
- Family Literacy events
- Summer Reading promos
- Bookmarks
- Pathfinders
- Pamphlets
- Electronic
- Outreach visits

Literacy Numeracy _at_ Your Library

Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will

Multiply

- Information Literacy

Professional resources

- Think literacy
- Mathematics Subject-Specific examples
- Grades 7 9 http//www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students

uccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitMath.pdf - Grades 10 12 http//www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studen

tsuccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitMath10_12.pdf

- OSLAs Information Studies
- http//www.accessola.com/action/positions/info_stu

dies/html/toc.html

Importance of learning to read nonfiction, too.

Numeracy Information Literacy

- Libraries are fundamentally organized on

mathematical principles - When teaching patrons/students to use the

resources of the library, are frequently teaching

numeracy skills implicitly

Remember

- Some of these activities may leave the shelves in

a shambles, but they are well worth it if

patrons/students gain exposure to the collection

and find something that they would like to borrow

Dewey Decimal System

- Base 10 number system 10 then 10 then 10
- Arrange books in numerical order place value,

greater than, less than - Every time you train a page or explain to a

student how to locate a book using call numbers,

you are teaching math! - Evaluate expressions involving decimals and

search for items with corresponding Dewey numbers - Take several books and perform operations with

their Dewey numbers - Organize scavenger hunt matching math question

answers to call numbers - Dewey Decimal Sudoku in School Library Media

Activities Monthly - http//www.schoollibrarymedia.com/articles/Montgom

ery2007v23n10.html

Physical Books

- How many numbers can you find on/in a book?

(ISBN, price, pages, chapters, reading level,

date, Dewey number, edition, etc.) - What did we gain by switching to ISBN-13?
- Reference collection is excellent place to study

concept of relative size as biggest books

usually located there. What does biggest book

mean? - Use duplicate copies and Big Books (read aloud

size) to demonstrate similar and congruent

Search Engine/Database Math

- Explore links between search limiters/expanders

and mathematical operations - See Search Engine Math article

http//searchenginewatch.com/2156021 - Google Better Searches Better Results tip sheet
- www.google.com/librariancenter/downloads/Tips_Tri

cks_85x11.pdf - Boolean operators and Venn diagrams for designing

searches

From http//cs-people.bu.edu/behoppe/videos/venn

20diagram.bmp

Patterning

- Collection can be categorized based on many

attributes (hardcover/soft-cover,

fiction/nonfiction, reference/circulating, etc.) - Arrange selection of books into various patterns

based on attributes - Overlap with Venn diagrams

Physical Collection

- Ratio problems proportion of collection in

various genres, formats, etc. compare with

number of shelves in various genres - Rate problems if purchase books at rate x and

weed at rate y . . . - Estimation number of items in collection what

information would you need? - Problem solving what information would you need

to calculate the approximate value of the books

in the collection? - Have students graph findings of proportions

Sample application

- Activity Book Drive
- Sort books fiction, non-fiction, picture books
- Tally books in each category
- Use Excel to make chart and graph
- Submit to newsletter

OPAC

- Learn to use OPAC features by answering questions

such as - How many books do we have by Robert Munsch?
- How many items that come up under a keyword

search for bears are fiction? - What is the oldest book we have on the subject of

mathematics? - How could I find out the average age of a portion

of the collection? - Explain that all electronic resources are founded

upon the binary number system - What other subject headings might be used

Databases

- Mathematics articles in the databases
- 30 journals in Academic OneFile on subject of

mathematics including Teaching Children

Mathematics, Mathematics Education Research

Journal and Journal of Mathematics Teacher

Education - Dont forget CBCA and Canadian Reference Centre
- Popular
- Pedagogical
- Technical
- A fantastic way to attract the attention of

teachers! - Alerts, RSS feeds
- Send to staff meetings/put in mailboxes

Comment on working with teachers

- Elementary
- Secondary
- Math Web Resources for Intermediate and Secondary
- http//www.cla.ca/casl/slic/261mathwebsources.html

Research strategy parallels

From OSLAs Information Studies

Zimmer, David, et al. Mathematics of Data

Management. Scarborough, ON Nelson, 2002. (page

viii)

Statistics Canada, E-Stat

Culminating Activities

Discussion topics for older students/adults

- Zero
- Is it something or is it nothing?
- Think of terminology utilizing zero
- History of zero it really is fascinating!
- Card Counting
- Is it cheating or the application of statistical

principles to a game of chance? - Whats in a name?
- Books with mathematical words in title
- Great way to practice searching catalogue
- Did you want to read these books or not?

Discussion topics for older students/adults

- Euro-centric approach to mathematics education,

especially history of mathematics - Concept of infinity as presented in The Tortoise

and the Hare - Contemporary discussions about the power of

numbers

Discussion topics for older students/adults

- Reference to Pi in the Bible
- Try Google this topic for an excellent

discussion on the objectivity, reliability,

authority of Web sites

Pi in the Old Testament And he made a molten

sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other

it was round all about, and his height was five

cubits and a line of thirty cubits did compass

it about. (I Kings 7, 23)

Sample activity

- The Math Forum _at_ Drexel Mr. Brandenburg's Math

and Science-Related Books You Can Read - Mr. Brandenburg compiled a list of about 80

math-related books, mostly recent, for his

geometry students to choose from, read, and do a

report on, using recommendations from others and

his own reading as well. Following is the

assignment he gave to his students and also the

list with links to Amazon.com. - http//mathforum.org/t2t/faq/brandenburg.html

Just because its fun

- YA reviews from Booklist

(Coming in the fall)

Rememberthere are those who sincerely enjoy

these books!

Discussion topics for older students/adults

- Mathematicians and mental illness
- http//opl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/68263908_me

lissapowl/68547883_mental_math - Alex Kasmans course great book club idea!
- Depictions of math teachers
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- (2009 Pulitzer Prize winner)

Dodecahedron or A Frame for Frames by Paul Glennon

- Regular dodecahedron a polyhedron (solid with

plane faces) with 12 faces, each of which is a

regular pentagon - Finalist, 2006 Governor Generals Award for

Fiction

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Multiply

- For information professionals

Of interest to library staff

- The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
- Chapter on The Library as Shape (p 129 161)
- Discussion of the geometric patterns of the

Laurentian Librarys tile floor designed by

Michelangelo http//ralph.cs.cf.ac.uk/papers/Geo

metry/Laurentian.pdf - googol 10 100 misspelled as google
- Larry Page Frog and Toad
- Alice in Wonderland
- Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson gt Euclid

and His Modern Rivals gt First Wikipedia logo - Lord Byron gt Ada Lovelace gt Charles Babbage

(difference engine, analytical engine) gt Ada

programming language - http//www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographie

s/Lovelace.html - Bookmaking
- Quarto, octavo

Of interest to library staff

- Hypatia 6 entries for her in Discovering

Collection - Eratosthenes
- Through his energetic directorship, Eratosthenes

helped make the Library of Alexandria the

greatest repository of learning in the

Mediterranean world, and his varied contributions

made him the most versatile scholar and scientist

of the third century B.C. - Chambers, James T. "Eratosthenes of Cyrene (c.

285 B.C.-c. 205 B.C.)." DISCovering World

History. Online ed. Detroit Gale, 2003.

Discovering Collection. Gale. SOLS - Oakville

Public Library. 8 May. 2009 lthttp//find.galegroup

.comgt. - Dewey blog
- Mathematical or not? June 20, 2006
- http//ddc.typepad.com/025431/ddc_mappings_from_lc

sh/ - Catherine Sheldrick Ross
- Former Dean, Faculty of Information Studies,

University of Western Ontario

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