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Title: Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will Multiply


1
Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will
Multiply
  • Melissa Poremba
  • OALT Conference
  • May 9, 2009

2
The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy
Education
3
What symbol is this?
!
  • Exclamation mark
  • What else?

4
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

5
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

6
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!

7
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

8
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

9
The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy
Education
  • Rationale

10
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

11
What do we normally associate libraries with?
  • Literacy
  • Traditional
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Information Literacy
  • Consider the programs and services offered by
    your library

12
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/

13
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
14
Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills
2000
http//www.conferenceboard.ca/Libraries/EDUC_PUBLI
C/esp2000.sflb
15
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/

16
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!

17
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

18
Why have we not been fully embracing this role?
  • Math phobia?
  • Im guilty, too!

19
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!

20
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

21
The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy
Education
  • Collection Development

22
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

23
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!

24
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)

25
What is their focus?
  • Supplemental practice/reinforcement
  • Enrichment
  • Review/refresh/retraining
  • Recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • General interest

26
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
27
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

28
Standard CD tools
  • Core reference, lists
  • Terminologybeyond mathematics
  • Depends on level

29
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

30
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
31
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)

32
Cant afford a print subscription?
Knowledge Ontario can help!
33
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

34
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

35
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.

36
Beyond print resources
  • There are many different formats to support
    different learning styles
  • Print
  • 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

37
Subscription Databases
38
  • 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
39
Related subjects for mathematics In CPI.Q
Sample book in Gale Virtual Reference Library
40
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

41
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

42
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

43
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

44
Organize the resources
  • Bookmarking
  • Add an additional layer to your list of web
    links through use of folksonomies/tagging
  • Delicious
  • Site Jot

45
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

46
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

47
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)

48
Non-FictionWhere you might not expect it
Mathworks! Series Gareth Stevens Publishing
49
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
50
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
51
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.

52
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
53
Where else?
54
Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will
Multiply
  • Mathematical Fiction

55
Picture books, of course
  • Counting, shapes, time, size, patterns,

56
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

57
For older students and adults
58
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?!
59
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

60
Historical Fiction
The French Mathematician By Tom
Petsinis (Evariste Galois)
The Parrot's Theorem By Denis Guedi (History of
mathematics)
61
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
/
62
The Best Web Site!
  • Mathematical Fiction maintained by Alex Kasman
    of the College of Charleston
  • http//kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/

63
Dont forget the databases
  • Novelist Plus
  • What do I read next?
  • Explain the difference between math and
    mathematic to patrons

64
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

65
The Role of the Library in Supporting Numeracy
Education
  • Literacy Numeracy Success

66
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
67
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

68
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.

69
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!
70
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
71
Try to preview
72
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

73
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
74
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
75
Add a Trip to Your Library and Your Skills Will
Multiply
  • Promotions

76
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.

77
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

78
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

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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

80
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
81
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

82
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!

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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
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Take Your Chances _at_ the Library!
  • Games day learn about probability, statistics,
    game theory, logic puzzles

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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)

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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!

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

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The Power of One
  • Most obvious link is to topic of bullying

One By Kathryn Otoshi
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Youve Heard About New Math Now How About Old
Math!
  • Math in history

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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

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School-wide activities
  • Harmer, Mike. By the Numbers. The Booster,
    April 22, 2009. (Supplement to the Oakville
    Beaver)

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

Literacy Numeracy _at_ Your Library
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  • Information Literacy

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Comment on working with teachers
  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Math Web Resources for Intermediate and Secondary
  • http//www.cla.ca/casl/slic/261mathwebsources.html

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Research strategy parallels
From OSLAs Information Studies
Zimmer, David, et al. Mathematics of Data
Management. Scarborough, ON Nelson, 2002. (page
viii)
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Statistics Canada, E-Stat
Culminating Activities
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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?

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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

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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)
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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

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Just because its fun
  • YA reviews from Booklist

(Coming in the fall)
Rememberthere are those who sincerely enjoy
these books!
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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)

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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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  • For information professionals

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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
  • Google
  • 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

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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

Foreword
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Pop Quiz!
  • Annos Mysterious Multiplying Jar
  • By Misumasa Anno

5! ?
Where can you find resources to support numeracy
education in your library?
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  • Go forth and multiply!
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