AskUsNow! Toolkit and Lesson Plan for K-12/Homeschool and College/University Educators and Students

For the 2017-2018 school year, we have 1) updated the AskUsNow! toolkits, and 2) created an AskUsNow! Lesson Plan.  

 

Toolkit

The toolkit helps educators introduce their students to AskUsNow! and prepare students to access and use the service effectively for their research projects at any hour of the day.

The toolkit is six pages and includes information about:

  • How AskUsNow! works?
  • Who are the chat librarians?
  • How students receive research help during chat and email follow-up?
  • How my online privacy is protected?
  • Who to contact at AskUsNow! for more information?

 

The toolkit comes in two formats:

Interested in a Publisher or Word version of the toolkit?  Please contact Paul (pchasen@prattlibrary.org).

Please send these toolkits to educators and colleagues who will 1) introduce and/or instruct students on how to use AskUsNow! and 2) bring awareness to how chat librarians provide research help to students at AskUsNow!.  Please note that some library staff and educators have requested copies of the toolkits well in advance of the 2017-2018 school year.  The more promotional opportunities, the better the statewide marketing of the service.

 

Lesson Plan

New to the school year is an AskUsNow! lesson plan (with sample transcripts) that was initially proposed by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. The lesson plan is in its pilot stage, and has received a great amount of feedback.  The lesson plan is geared towards the secondary level of education, but may be customized for students who are younger and older.

AskUsNow! Lesson Plan

AskUsNow! transcripts that complement the lesson plan

 

Please send the toolkit and lesson plan to educators and colleagues who will 1) introduce and/or instruct students on how to use AskUsNow! and 2) bring awareness to how chat librarians provide research help to students at AskUsNow!.  Please note that some library staff and educators have requested copies of the toolkits well in advance of the 2017-2018 school year.  The more promotional opportunities, the better the statewide marketing of the service.

Thank you to the multiple partner libraries and educators who contributed to developing the toolkits and lesson plan.  We could have not done it without feedback on the text, graphics, and messages that are suited towards students and educators at different levels of learning.