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Blogs on Books

It's about time!  The New York Times has released a list of the most blogged about-books for 2005. You should check it out. Here are the top five: 1) FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner  2) HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (BOOK 6) By J. K. [...]

Students Respond To Wikipedia

The New York Times Learning Network has a wonderful lesson plan for students…Learning To Think Like Fact Checkers. Teachers can use this to teach students about what went wrong with the Wikipedia story. Here are some of the questions they ask students to research, based on the article, Snared in the Web of Wikipedia by Katharine Seelye d. What [...]

A Great Season To Be Free

Here's another gem of a tool, which comes via The Adventures in Library Land blog…"EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management." -Amy Bowllan

The Palms Have It

Using a drawing and graphics application called TealPaint, students can animate their versions of Aesop's tales to transform a fable into a digital flipbook. Another program, Inspiration, lets students create clickable "mindmaps" to diagram ideas before they start writing, while Quizzler gives children instant feedback on multiple choice tests.http://store.quizzlerpro.com/products.html School Districts Go Hi Tech to [...]

See How Your City Ranks

How literate is your city?  Jack Miller from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater authored a study of the most literate cities. The goal was to measure statistical data on the public's passion for reading.  "The information [from 2004]was compiled from U.S. Census data, newspaper circulation rates, magazine publishing, educational attainment levels, library resources and booksellers" of the 79 researched cities; which is [...]

Words Linked Together CAN Speak Volumes

If you're looking for that perfect holiday quote to include inside your holiday greeting card, visit the Quotations About Librarians site. Here are three of my favorites. (via The Laughinglibrarian)"Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related [...]

The Real LIfe Savers

Susan  Kreimer from the Dallas Morning News writes in her article, Physicians Find Librarians Vital, "An explosion in health care informatics has ratcheted up the call for librarians on the cutting edge of technology and medical advances."  The job description…."Informationists go on rounds with the health care team, assess information needs for clinical care, and provide evidence-based [...]

Narnia Fever

With Narnia on everyone's "Things To Do List" this weekend, I thought this educators guide with lesson plans would be useful for cross discipline instruction. There's also an article today out of the UK (and if you look quickly you'll think the date is wrong 9/12/2005, silly me) Anyway, Arts Correspondent Nigel Reynolds from The News.Telegraph writes, "CS Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The [...]

Cast Your EduVote

If you haven't done so already, VOTE! The Edublog awards shortlist is available for voting here. The following is a list of the "best library/librarian blog." Caveat Lector , Infomancy ,  Joyce Valenza’s NeverEnding Search , Librarian.net, Open Stacks and The Shifted Librarian Best of luck to all of these influential bloggers.  Tomorrow I'll be casting my votes. -Amy Bowllan

The Kid Beat

Where kids are getting online.http://www.veer.com/ideas/move/ Kids know more than us.http://www.veer.com/