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15 Things: An IPL birthday party

I’ll bet you’re wondering how the Internet Public Library (now more accurately known as IPL2) is celebrating its 15th birthday.  15 Things is a bit of a party, but it’s also a bit of a present, for librarians everywhere interested in retooling or retooling their colleagues. The party began in August and will culminate with [...]

Reframing Google’s search options

Don’t think I am ungrateful.  Over the past couple of years, those brilliant Google engineers designed stunning search options, moving Google search way, way beyond an effective, but relatively unflexible vertical search.  And over the past couple of years I’ve been pasting links to all these options into my subject pathfinders so my students can [...]

on gifts and givebacks and access

Each year around this time, our halls are filled with college freshmen returning to their old high school to share their stories and visit with old friends (and old teachers).  Each year around this time, some very nice students stop by the library to say "hello" to their old librarian.  Many share their freshman research [...]

on gifts and givebacks

Each year around this time, our halls are filled with college freshmen returning to their old high school to share their stories and visit with old friends (and old teachers).  Each year around this time, some very nice students stop by the library to say "hello" to their old librarian.  Many share their freshman research [...]

Announcing IPL2

ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII). ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service [...]

And then there was ipl2

In the beginning (probably about 15 years ago) there were (at least) two wonderful web directories in the garden. And librarians rejoiced.  For years we relied on Internet Public Library and Librarians’ Index to the Internet for their careful organization, their annotations, their lovely pathfinders, their authoriative choices, their fabulously useful updates. They kinda walked [...]

If you give a kid a camera . . .

(With apologies to Laura Joffe Numeroff), I’ve been thinking about our the accessibility of affordable equipment, and students’ newly facilitated ability to produce, and the impact of audience, and the kinds of creative efforts that might result. If you give a kid a camera . . . If a kid comes into your library (or [...]

CNN Student News

Just in case you missed it . . Written by CNN journalists and educators, CNN Student News is a commercial-free ten-minute daily news school developed for middle and high school students that was renewed, revamped and relaunched back in November. The companion website pulls together a whole bunch of resources classroom teachers will love: written [...]

Geeks just wanna have fun: or Smackdown, schmackdown

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Google gets real(time)

And here is yet another new Google trick! Earlier this week, Google introduced its real-time search. Searchers will be able to view their social network searches, along with their traditional search results, with the real-time search appearing as a streamed, dynamic scrolling box.  The box may be paused and resumed. The Google Blog explains: Our [...]