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Smart Searching Begins With N

You MUST Furl this site by NoodleTools librarian Debbie Abilock…"Choose the Best Search for your Information Need."  It's loaded with online search tools for every conceivable want or wish. It's perfect for educators.  Please forgive me if you have this site already; but it's worth a re-mention. -Amy Bowllan Another resource on Information Literacy is here.    

The Saucy Stocking Stuffer

After "making a list and checking it twice," McDaniel College's Associate Librarian, Jane Sharpe has compiled a list of books worthy of being holiday gifts. "Sharpe presented her 28 picks Nov. 17 to a packed audience in McDaniel Lounge. The hour-long session covered fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, a cookbook, biography, picture book and a coffee [...]

The Right Skills Are Needed

New York Times writer Katharine Seelye on Wikipedia…"Still, the question of Wikipedia, as of so much of what you find online, is: Can you trust it? And beyond reliability, there is the question of accountability.  Lawrence Lessig Stanford Law Professor responds, "People will be defamed," he said. "But that's the way free speech is. Think about [...]

Twas The Diversity of the Season

Sorry for stating the obvious, but YES the holiday season is here again. And some libraries, like the Sedona Public Library is offering educational resources for learning about holiday traditions and cultures.   David  Keeber, from The Gateway To Sedona writes, "One excellent resource the Library offers is a gem of a book (actually a two volume title) called [...]

Give Credit No Matter What

If you thought citing sources should wait to be taught in the middle school years, please think again. At the Yahooligans! Teacher Guides site, they have "developed guidelines for citing that are appropriate for the grade level and ability of your students."  Here's their example of what a kindergartner and first grader should be able to gather and document [...]