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Portfolio of Judith Furnari

This is my portfolio that covers my time at Syracuse University and other aspects of my career working in libraries. My goal is to be the best Librarian that I can possibly be!

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"Making It Real" Scholarship

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I began my Career as a Syracuse University Library & School Media Student With the Help of New York State's "Making It Real" Scholarship Program:

The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) had approved the New York State Library's proposal for a statewide recruitment project titled Making It REAL! Recruitment, Education, And Learning: Creating a New Generation of Librarians to Serve All New Yorkers. A grant of $995,630 will fund the recruitment activities of the project partners, including the New York State Library, 12 Library systems, 6 graduate schools of library and information science, and the New York Library Association, over a three-year period.
All scholarship funds have been awarded as of January 2006.

A Sample Assignment From Syracuse University

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Judith FurnariIST 612Assignment 6#MulticulturalismMulti-cultural literature in programming is essential to the continued growth of community within a school and within the larger community. We are living in a world that is more diverse and more internationally centered than ever before. It is vital that we give our children the tools to deal and live successfully within our global culture.Eight Examples of Multicultural Literature For Elementary School Age Children1)Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays by Judith Gross, Bari Weissman (Illustrator)Grosset & Dunlap; Reissue edition (August 18, 2005)This booknot necessary gives elementary school ages children the basic essentials that explain many Jewish holiday and cultural practices and why certain traditions are followed and what they mean.2) Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Ella Grier, John Ward (Illustrator)Sterling (October 1, 2005)This is a book thatnot necessary explains what all of the meanings and symbols behind Kwanzaa are and this books also contains music, and yes, recipes! There are also easy craft projects explained that can be done in a school or a public library setting.3) Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World (Paperback) by Selby Beeler, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)Houghton Mifflin (September 24, 2001)This book contains traditions of how children all over the world in various cultures celebrate the loss of their baby teeth. The book is colorful and provides many fun examples to share with children. If you come from Chile or Costa Rica, your parents will have the tooth made into a charm. If you're Venezuelan, you put the tooth under your pillow and hope that a mouse brings you money!not necessary4) Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaolaPutnam Juvenile; Reprint edition (January 14, 2002)Jamie O’Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland! When his poor wife Eileen goes away for a week Jamie has his buddies over and creates a mess! Jamie figures out away to not clean by using the Pooka of Irish legend. Yet, there are some things about the Pooka that Jamie never bothered to learn! shorten the telling here5) Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia (Country ABCs) by Ann BergePicture Window Books (February 2004)This booknot necessary is great way to intertwine the learning of the English alphabet with many cultural symbols of Russian culture!A great book to read while displaying Russian items (like the matroshka doll) to children. It is very colorful and well illustrated.not necessary6)Islam (DK Eyewitness Books) (Hardcover) by DK PublishingDK CHILDREN (April 11, 2005)This book containsnot necessary many brilliant photographs that discuss Islam and the symbols of Islam in a colorful and instructive way. This book shows illustrated examples of the past and the present of Islam.7)Made in China by Deborah NashFrances Lincoln; New edition 2006A paper butterfly is lost and longing for home. A dragon offers her a ride home on his back — if she can solve the riddle “What was made in China 2000 years ago and is still used today?” To find the answer, she flits far and wide, to Beijing’s Forbidden City, to the Great Wall, and finally to the walled city of Xi’an. The book talks about all kinds of aspects of Chinese life!is this really an annotation????8) Lily's Garden of India by Jeremy Smith, Rob Hefferan (Illustrator)Gingham Dog Press (August 2003)This is a lovely story thatnotnecessary introduces many of India's customs. Wandering in her mother's garden, which is filled with specimens from different countries, Lily is amazed to find herself listening to the magical voices of the plants and trees, telling her stories of their home in India.How To Use These Books In a Public Library SettingThese eight books offer such a great opportunity to get the local community involved with your public library and to get children to experience first hand many multicultural learning experiences. In the case when reading the book about China I would invite local people wh[...]

My Essential School Media Courses Taken At Syracuse University

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IST613 - Library Planning, Marketing and Assessment - Summer 2006 (M001)Section Instructor: Swati BhattacharyyaIST616 - Information Resources: Organization & Access - Summer 2006 (M001)Section Instructor: Jian QinProjects-Main - Base: Student Introduction to Learning Management System (LMS)Section Instructor: Michael Fudge Jr , Peggy M BrownIST611 - IDE 613 Information Technologies in Educational Organizations - Fall 2006 (M001)Section Instructor: Katie Elizabeth Parker , Jing LeiIST612 - Youth Services and Libraries and Information Centers - Fall 2006 (M001)Section Instructor: Barbara WallIST637 - Digital Information Retrieval Services - Spring 2007 (M001)Section Instructor: Angela Usha Ramnarine-RieksIST668 - Literacy Through School Libraries - Spring 2007 (M001)Section Instructor: Cathy BuyerIST663 - Integrating Motivation and Information Literacy - Fall 2007 (M001)Section Instructor: Ruth Small , Marilyn ArnoneIST661 - Info. Mgmt. In Schools - Fall 2007 (M001)Section Instructor: Patricia OwenIST972 - School Media Practicum - Fall 2008 (M001 & M002)Section Instructor: Renee Franklin The Four Main Standards Learned In These Courses:USE OF INFORMATION and IDEASEfficient and Ethical Information-Seeking BehaviorLiteracy and ReadingAccess to InformationStimulating Learning EnvironmentTEACHING and LEARNINGKnowledge of Learners and LearningEffective and Knowledgeable TeacherInformation Literacy CurriculumCOLLABORATION and LEADERSHIPConnection with the Library CommunityInstructional PartnerEducational Leader PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIONManaging Information Resources: Selecting, Organizing, UsingManaging Program Resources: Human, Financial, PhysicalComprehensive and Collaborative Strategic Planning and Assessment [...]

Practicum Experiences

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Library Elementary Practicum 1Charles E. Riley ElementaryOswego NY BrunellMy project here was to relabel all of the shelving at KPS Elementary School in Oswego, NY. Many items had been moved and the written labels on each shelf needed to be finished.I also gave 5th & 6th grade students a "virtual" White House interactive tour using the Smart Board in the library. Elementary Practicum 2Pulaski Junior/Senior High SchoolPulaski, NY Librarian-Renee Powlin project here was to give book talks with grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. The authors we discussed were Jack Gantos, Anne Frank (Anne's diary is pictured above), Gary Paulson, Betsy Byers. Author & Subject Links: University ProjectsSyracuse UniversitySchool of Information StudiesSchool Media ProgramBattle of the BooksFairley Elementary SchoolHannibal NYLibrarian (who assisted me) Molly ClarkPROJECT DESCRIPTION & COMPETENCIES ADDRESSEDThe Project that I completed began a detailed interview with Molly concerning her school’s participation in the “Battle of the Books”. Her team won 1st place at the Oswego County level in the spring of 2007. My interview with include what actions and techniques she used with her students at this level to achieve this goal. From my interview I would liked to have written a strategy handbook that includes tips and worksheets that would help any student succeed with the “Battle of the Books”. I wound up coaching my own team the Oswego County Battle of the Books which became my big project! On Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 my team of 4th grade students from Fairley Elementary in Hannibal, NY competed against others at their level. Last year Hannibal came in last place. This year they came in 4th and did much, much better. Let’s see what next brings! Molly gave me so many helpful tips, clues to questions, and just about everything else I needed. Through my help with Molly who oversaw my work at Fairley Elementary in Hannibal coaching our final team of four, we were able to do well! It took hours and hours of asking the team questions and practicing the routine to have the students ready. We did it! Our Fairley Fab Four Team held their own! Our team practiced on average 4 hours a week for two months (February, March, and early into April). We often did more. The students had to study and read on their own quite a bit.America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 4-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.How Does A Student Participate?A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. Students may count "books" they have read before. However, they can not count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their "Local Battle."Where Do The Students Get The Books?School libraries may order copies of each book on the list. The book stores will also have them available. Teachers and librarians may order copies of each book on the list from wholesale distributor, Beyda for Books (800) 422.3932.When Do The Students Read The Books?The school battles will not be held until March or April of that year. Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during the school year. Reading through the summer is completely optional, but available to students.What Is The "Battle?"A typical "Battle" is a full day tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the [...]

Oswego Library Media

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My job was to prepare, plan, and perform all activities involving children and young adults at the Oswego Public Library.(image)

Professional Publications

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My First Media Experience!

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Media Articles

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My Resume

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Judith Furnari
245 East 8th Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Home (315) 342-1380


High School Bishop Cunningham High School
Oswego, NY Class of 1991

College SUNY Oswego
BA Political Science/Russian Summa Cum Laude 1996
( I am a Member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor
Society & Phi Sigma Iota National Foreign Language Society)
Golden Key Honor Society 2008

SUNY Oswego MA History 1998

Syracuse University MLS in School Media (2005 to 2008)
2005 New York State IMLS Scholarship recipient

Fairley Elementary School
Hannibal NY (2007-2008)

I was the Librarian for grades pre-K through 4th grade. I taught lessons
and was responisble for all aspects of running the library.

Oswego Public Library (2002 – 2007)

I am responsible for the planning and implementation of all youth
events and programs. I am also responsible for selecting materials
for the juvenile library.

SUNY Oswego College Bookstore (2001-2002)

I worked in several areas of this store, including art supplies,
Clothing, text books, and computer sales.

Trinity Catholic School Oswego, NY (2000-2002)

I was in charge of the school library that served grades
Pre-K through 8th grade. I was responsible for all library
services and lessons.

Oswego County Americorp Program (1998-2000)
I served a two year term in both Riley Elementary School in
Oswego, NY as a Tutor in reading and math and at the Oswego
Public Library as Children’s Room Coordinator.