What is Minecraft?

This is for an assignment for a MOOC: Minecraft for Educators that I am taking on Canvas Network.  I have been asked to identify the different platforms that Minecraft can be played:

Minecraft (Vanilla Edition)
Price: $26.95
Developer: Mojang AB
Runs On: Windows, Mac & Linux PCs
Download at: minecraft.net/download
Input: Keyboard & Mouse
Account Type: Mojang
Skin Changes: Free, user-created
Development: Ongoing
Support: help.mojang.com

Pocket Edition
Price: $6.99
Developer: Mojang AB
Runs On: Many iOS and Android devices
Download at: Apple, Google, Amazon App Stores
Input: Touchscreen
Account Type: Mojang (optional) 
Skin Changes: Not yet available
Development: Ongoing
Support: App Store

Xbox 360 Edition
Price: $19.99
Developer: 4J Studios
Runs On: Xbox 360
Download at: Xbox Live
Input: Controller
Account Type: Xbox Live
Skin Changes: Purchased via Xbox Live
Development: Ongoing
Support: support.xbox.com

Xbox One Edition
Price: $19.99
Developer: 4J Studios
Runs On: Xbox One
Download at: Xbox Live
Input: Controller
Account Type: Xbox Live
Skin Changes: Purchased via Xbox Live
Development: Ongoing
Support: support.xbox.com

PS3 Edition
Price: $19.99
Developer: 4J Studios
Runs On: Playstation 3
Download at: PSN Store
Input: Controller
Account Type: Playstation Network
Skin Changes: Purchased via PSN Store
Development: Ongoing
Support: playstation.com/support

PS4 Edition
Price: $19.99
Developer: 4J Studios
Runs On: Playstation 4
Download at: PSN Store
Input: Controller
Account Type: Playstation Network
Skin Changes: Purchased via PSN Store
Development: Ongoing
Support: playstation.com/support

PS Vita Edition
Price: $19.99
Developer: 4J Studios
Runs On: Playstation Vita
Download at: PSN Store
Input: PS Vita
Account Type: Playstation Network
Skin Changes: Not yet available
Development: Ongoing
Support: playstation.com/support

Pi Edition
Price: Free
Developer: Mojang AB
Runs On: Raspberry Pi computer
Download at: pi.minecraft.net
Input: Keyboard & Mouse
Account Type: None
Skin Changes: Free, user-created
Development: Version 1 released
Support: Not available

MinecraftEDU
Price: $41.00/Server Software – $18/ Single License ($14 each when purchasing 25 or more) 
Developer: TeacherGaming LLC.
Runs On: Windows, Mac & Linux PCs
Download at: Member Login at https://minecraftedu.com
Input: Keyboard & Mouse
Account Type: N/A
Skin Changes: Free, user-created
Development: Ongoing
Support: http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Main_Page

(Information Retrieved from https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/1274139-different-minecraft-editions and https://minecraftedu.com)

Happy mining and crafting!

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Basic Public Library Administration

Basic Public Library Administration: A Continuing Ed Adventure

From September through December last year I took Basic Public Library Administration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s SLIS Continuing Education department and gained some valuable knowledge.

It was a valuable course in that I was taking it with librarians that were already in management or directors of libraries primarily in Wisconsin.  I could learn so much from them and from what they are doing at their libraries.  Being a youth services librarian, I understand the importance of children’s services very much but this class made me think more about the services we provide to teens and adults.

Through this course and its assignments I learned so much more.  Below is a list of what I did:

  • I learned more about the CREW Method for weeding and collection development/management.
  • I had the chance to evaluate one of my programs for sustainability and relevance.
  • I created my first budget presentation to increase staffing and teen programming.

I look forward to taking the Advanced Public Library Administration course in the future.

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Props Mod

Furnishing a Library in Minecraft

Some of you may have seen my first blog on Building a Library in Minecraft.  Now it’s time to discuss furnishing a library in Minecraft.  This can be easily done by adding a few extra mods.

 The MrCrayfish’s Funiture, Props (DecoCraft), Jammy Furniture, and BiblioCraft mods are more than enough to get your library ready for a Minecraft program.  

Mr. CrayFishProps Mod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MrCrayfish’s has a few items that really give the library what it needs.  It has computers, printers, fire alarms, and some simple tables and chairs.  There are of course many other exciting features that it adds that I am willing to try in order to have the library that cozy community feeling.  PropsMod (DecoCraft) also has some items that will make a holidays themed Minecraft really cool.

 Jammy FurnitureBibliocraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jammy furniture primarily has the sofas and armchairs needed.  For librarians, BiblioCraft is by far the coolest mod out there for crafting a library in Minecraft.  The lamps, tables, and other furniture options will give your library a rustic feel that many libraries have a reputation for.  

The question that comes to mind about furnishing inside of a game is:  “Why even bother?”  Well, a large part of the game is building your own place and making your own stake in the world you are in.  The tweens at our branches are quite obsessed with this game.  If they see that their local library is on board with having programming based on a game they enjoy, maybe they will come to the library more often.  If we can reach them through a game or teach them about the library through a game then I believe we are providing an excellent service.  

 Happy crafting to you all!

 

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One Year Down and Many To Go

It has been a year since I have started a new career in Librarianship and I absolutely love it!  I couldn’t have had a better experience with my first out of graduate school professional librarian position.   I am a Youth Services Librarian but I also have had the unique opportunity to dabble a little in web design and content.  Now I manage the children’s website blog with several other members on board in contributing content.  We are providing posts that focus on promoting our collections but at the same time show the many strengths and skills each individual in the team has to offer.  

Although my primary duties are to serve the youth of the library, I also work at the adult reference desk which includes a lot of helping with printing and using Microsoft Word.  Another big one is helping people do screen cropping with the use of PrintScreen and Paint.  I prefer to use SnipIt though but the public access PC systems do not include it in their build.  The adult reference desk includes readers’ advisory for all ages and encouraging the use of our database resources and ebook/audiobook collections.

For my second year, I have many goals.  Some of them are:

1) To improve my storytimes by thinking outside of the norm and trying some new songs, fingerplays, puppets, etc. I start performing two new storytimes this year.

2) To continue developing work relationships and continue promoting branch-wide programming.  I will have Youth Chess Club at all of the branches but they will all have different co-workers running them.

3) To learn everything I can about my profession but go outside of librarianship for inspiration.  I will be taking two courses starting mid-September.  I follow some educators on Twitter and my RSS feed.  I want see what educators are doing for STEAM focused lessons.

4) To keep my blog, portfolio, and website content up-to-date and fresh.  This one has been hard to keep up with lately but is by far the most important for me.  Having a visual representation of my experience online helped with getting the job I have now.

All of these goals are going to be challenging but I know I can do them.

 

 

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Reviewing HTML & CSS

I am more than ecstatic to see one of my web design endeavors up and running and looking great.  Although I didn’t make many design decisions for the new Kids’ Site, I feel an immense sense of accomplishment.  I am very thankful to the team of stellar web designers who made this happen.  For almost a year, this has been an ongoing project for me and everyone involved.  Now I am off to a new project and this one requires that I renew my HTML and CSS knowledge.

To renew my HTML and CSS knowledge, I have using a really fun book. HTML&CSS: design and build websites by Jon Duckett is not only visually appealing but is very well written.

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p style=”text-align: left;”> HTML&CSSSince I took an Information Architecture course  with University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have interest  in learning HTML5 and CSS3.  In Information  Architecture, I learned how to hand-code a basic  website using validated HTML4 and CSS2 code.  Many  websites have shifted to using HTML5 and CSS3 and my  own site uses it.  I can certainly use a review of HTML  and CSS for my own site and also for my work.

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Building a Library in Minecraft

Building a library in Minecraft has become quite the project.  First of all, since the software we use for the program is for the PC, I have been using the laptop computer from work.  I received a copy of the map from the server that already has one of the branches built and I am adding the branch I work at to it. 

So, what am I using?  Below are the applications and mods that I am currently using:

Applications:

1. Minecraft

2. MCEdit – MCEdit is an interesting application.  It creates a folder and inside the folder you can drop in any saved world.  From there you can use this application to edit the world in certain ways.  The only thing I used it for was to create a hollow foundation for the library.  

MCEdit Fill Function

MCEdit has a fill function so what I did was create a giant hollow rectangle of quartz and now I am using it as the foundation.  Using this application made it quick for me to make a basic building.

Mods:

3. MinecraftEDU – This mod came with Minecraft and is particularly powerful in multiplayer mode but utterly useless in singleplayer mode.  Because I lost all of the nice features of this mod when deciding to build in singleplayer, I had to find some other mods.

4. Build Faster -This one has some wands that really make building faster.  Below is a review/guide for this mod:

5. Too Many Items – This one allows me to get any of the items in the game quickly and I can also set the time of day to make it daylight.  I really prefer to build during daylight.  Below is a review/guide for this mod:

Here is an aerial view of what I have finished so far:

The Library

 

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Summer Reading Program 2014

I have been utterly consumed with this year’s summer reading program that I have neglected to write a single blog up until now. It’s been over two months but I am back now.Paws To Read

Cat's Meow

This year’s summer reading program theme is “Paws to Read” and is my first summer reading program as professional librarian. There are two very exciting parts about the program this year for me so far.  Many of the homegrown programs are available at all three of our branches.  The program I prepared for was “Cat Day.”  It turned out to be a great success and I was happy to offer it to the three branches.  

The other very exciting part of the whole summer reading program is that we offer our big performers off-site at various performing art centers in town. The library was able to allow for nearly five hundred in attendance.

Other thDinosauran summer reading program, I have been preparing quite a bit for the Fall programs that are coming up.  The one I am focusing on is the one in September.  I will be having a Paleontology workshop for 4th-6th graders. 

 

In addition to program preparation, I have been busy with these other little projects:

  • My colleague and I have been preparing the winter children’s programing schedule for the local city magazine. 
  • I made a stand out of Legos for the iPad so that we can experiment with stop motion animation.
  • I have also been working on building the library in Minecraft in preparation for a Minecraft program coming soon.

 

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Minecraft

It’s time for me to start preMinecraft Blockparing for the possibility of a Minecraft program at my branch. One of the other branches in the system I work for has started a six-week minecraft program for teens.  So far they have had full registration with all of the licenses used up. They are using a MinecraftEDU server. MinecraftEDU is a modified version of Minecraft that is being used a lot lately for educational purposes.  Right now I am learning how to use the mod and basic server functions.

I am hoping to try my first after-hours program since I became a librarian in September last year. I experienced and helped with an after-hours teen program last summer it was fun but there was a lot of preparation involved. Several staff members and volunteers attended. No one was allowed to enter after the event started. No one was allowed to leave until the end of the event. Parents and guardians had to agree that they would pick their children up and were allowed into the library to get their kids. I spent a lot of the time keeping the doors secure and make no one entered

With the preparation above in mind and more, I am looking forward to a successful after-hours Minecraft program.

Minecraft Miner

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Professional Development

Right now I am looking into continuing education options so that I can keep learning about my profession. I have only been a librarian for about seven months and I absolutely love it. Right now I am working as a youth services librarian and will continue to do so for at least few years.

I am really interested in management. I have had two experiences with management in the past but not with libraries. My first experience was when I was an undergraduate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern State University. I worked for the distance learning department and facilitated video conference courses. For about two years, I managed a team of video conference course facilitators.NSU Center for Teaching and Learning
My second management experience was as the head teacher of an English language academy. I managed a group of English language teachers. Both of my management positions allowed me to do staff training, interviewing, scheduling, hiring/firing, and several other duties.

Hosaka English Academy

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p>I have just started a career in Librarianship and I want to climb to management as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish this, I hope to start by taking continuing ed courses with my graduate school. These courses lead towards receiving a Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification. This certification will keep me busy until I can enroll in the CPLA Certified Public Library Administration Program.  

I am really looking forward to continue learning.

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Youth Playing Chess

Youth Chess Club – Round 3

 

ChessChess is becoming more and more successful as it progresses. I had my third session and had some new people and four more than the last month. Some parents expressed interest in not only having it once a week but also at the other two branches. Having it at the other branches means that more boards will be needed. Right now I am looking at some chess board sets that I think will work really nicely.

Chess

One of my work colleagues donated a four player chess game to the library for my club. I brought it out for this club and it was a big hit. There were still two player games but near the end of the session there was a four player game. They enjoyed the chaos so much that they tried to play another one near the end of the session.

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