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SLJ Booth At NECC

After much searching, I was able to find the SLJ Booth at the NECC and shared some great conversations (and an interview) with Mid-Atlantic District Manager/Sales Rep Diane Carey-Pape and visitors. -Amy Bowllan

Conferences Feedback Wanted

If you attended the ALA Conference or the NECC and would like to share some interesting tidbits you learned, please share them with all of us. Oftentimes, we attendees leave these seminars, workshops, and summits so excited, re-energized and driven by one objective…to spread the good news; only to find later, that our notes taken were strewn about in that never-ending "things to do list".  So before that [...]

2005 NECC Conference Update

I had the pleasure of (literally) bumping into Dr. Don Knezek, CEO International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) at the NECC today. Tomorrow, he asks for those in attendance to join him in an informal interactive chat about ISTE's latest initiatives straight from the CEO himself. more…Here's an audio chat with Don, on his Technology Policy initiative from the North Central [...]

Who Knows More?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the ALA conference since it’s so close to the NECC. But thanks to the library bloggers, I’m able to keep tabs on some news coming out of Chicago. I also interviewed Leslie B. Preddy, Library Media Specialist from Perry Meridian Middle School who will provide some ALA feedback for [...]

Bloggers @ ALA

Visit Librarian.net  for a list of ALA conference bloggers    -Amy Bowllan

Pay Up or Else

(via) Library to use collection agency for overdue materials The word "collection" is taking on new meaning at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County in Ohio. They are taking some drastic measures to recover overdue library books by having collection agencies do the work for them. According to the Price Hill Press, "Beginning [...]

Bookmark Summer Reading

Let’s Help Make Reading Fun this summer…for the older students too! Summer has officially started. And now, students and parents are given the daunting task of tackling those awesome summer enrichment reading lists . For older students, perhaps those in grades 7-12, reading is not always fun, and their book lists have been kicked up [...]

Summer Wee(p)ding Begins

Summer officially begins tomorrow, and for some, so will the weeding of the library collection. But why is weeding such a sore point for some but for others it’s a rejuvenation? Norm Parry wrote, (in an article, Small Public Libraries Can Serve Big) "Here you must follow the example of the farmer. If you don't weed [...]

Recognizing An Award And Culture

I am pleased to report that School Library Journal has received a 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for illustration from the Association of Educational Publishers. The award honors the work of illustrator Dave Cutler, which appeared in our Jan. 2004 feature article "The Myopic American," by Stephen Roxburgh.   The article focuses around the issue of multiculturalism. Roxburgh writes, [...]

Meet Christopher Harris From Infomancy

A.B. I noticed from reading your blog that you recently attended a conference with David Warlick. What types of visions does he suggest people in education (particularly librarians) should adopt?C.H. "The theme of the conference at which he spoke was "Redefining the World @Your Library." I come to the library world from a background of [...]