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Encyclopedia of Life launches

Time to update your science pathfinders.  The Encyclopedia of Life launched earlier this week.  The goal:  to create an online database of the 1.8 million species known to man.  This ambitious, non-profit 2.0 project now boasts 30,000 pages. Project funders include the MacArthur and Sloan Foundations. EOL hopes to combine scientifc oversight with popular knowledge […]

A slightly grinchy post for preservice folks

My latest arena of professional guilt:  Around once a week now, I get email from a library school student asking me to answer five to ten questions about what it’s like to be a practicing librarian.  (I see these as posts on the lists too, so I know I am not the only one.) I […]

Women of the Web–Tuesday is "Library Night"

Doug Johnson and I will be guests on next Tuesday night’s Women of Web 2.0 chat.  Please join us at 9 PM EST at EdTechTalk.  The event will include a live audio chat, as well as a chat room for comments and questions.  There is so much to discover, so many new friends to meet, […]

Proactive, Not responsive

I was chatting with my husband at dinner about my recent blog post on ubiquity and brand. Stop thinking inward and worrying about bylaws. Don’t wait to be asked to help.  Go to the grades, the departments and say here is how our program can help.

Meme: Passion Quilt

Steve Dembo tagged me the other day with this meme challenge: Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link […]

Impact of ubiquity, the importance of brand, and Doug’s warning

In Doug Johnson’s blog post today, he suggests that the enemy is us. Doug’s recent interaction with two learning and technology coordinators from the International School in Bangkok led him to ask: If we take an honest look at what we as librarians have done since technology has come into our buildings, as painful as […]

iGoogle: A hijack warning

I am feeling very guilty.  This morning my iGoogle homepage appeared to be hijacked.  It automatically redirected me to, a site that seems to be related to Network Solutions.  I felt awful after raving about iGoogle and its lovely new themes earlier this week. After searching frantically for a solution, using Yahoo! and good […]

Help us find a principal!

Perhaps this is just a bit outside the usual scope of my blog.  Please forgive me.  Our wonderful high school is conducting a search for a wonderful new principal and I hope you folks will help me spread the word.  High School Principal. Springfield Township High School. Enrollment 850; grades 8-12. Experienced high school administrator […]

The Moms Did It!

If you’ve been following the wonderful story of Lisa, Susan, and Denette, you’ll be happy to know that the Washington State moms are half way there.  Senate Bill 6380 passed by a resounding and unanimous vote of 49 to 0!  It now moves to the State House. We’re not there yet but we’ve learned that: […]

Teen Attitudes on Illegal Downloading: A Microsoft study

Today Microsoft released a survey of 501 teens, grade 7 through 10. The study concluded: teens are less likely to illegally download content from the Internet when they know the laws for downloading and sharing content online. About half of those teens, however, said they were not familiar with these laws, and only 11 percent […]