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TL Virtual Cafe: On Web presence

Tomorrow is the second of our first-Monday TL Virtual Cafés!   Please plan to attend and take away some brilliant ideas to incorporate into your own virtual practice. Join colleagues across the U.S. (and beyond!) for a free webinar on school library Web presence,  Monday evening, March 1, at 8:00 p.m. EST.  (That’s 5 PM [...]

The Frugal prom

Kids feel the tough times too.  I thought this Springfield idea was worth sharing. This year, our Student Council and their sponsor Kristin Ward decided to host a prom dress recycling event.  They collected prom dresses from closets all over the community.  The Student Council closet is now filled with nearly 100 dresses.  On March [...]

New award for library blogging!

I just received this notice, originating from Peter W Tobey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Salem Press.  Let’s make sure that SCHOOL LIBRARY bloggers are not ignored by this new (and likely prestigious) award: As you are probably aware, blogs about libraries have spread across the web. There are (literally) hundreds of people writing [...]

Media Center Survivor (notes on the game by Kelly Brannock)

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Digital Storytelling for Educators (Thanks, Silvia!)

Storytelling, no matter in what form and created in whatever media is a powerful tool to transmit knowledge, culture, perspectives and points of view. (10) Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators, a free ebook by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (aka @langwitches), was written especially for educators, who want to teach 21st century skills, such as collaborating, communicating, [...]

ESEA Update: Gotta start writin’

We’ve got to start writing.  (Please share this information broadly among all school library stakeholders!) As an update to my post on the FY 2011 Budget situation regarding ESEA funding: Julie Walker posted this on the AASLForum List yesterday: Yesterday (February 18), Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education [...]

Gotta Keep Readin’ (the music video)

Ocoee Middle School’s (FL) inspirational music video–Gotta Keep Readin’–brightened my day yesterday.  I thought it might do the same for you and your students. This video was inspired by the Flash Mob Dance on the Oprah Winfrey Show performed by the Black Eyed Peas and several thousand of Oprah’s fans. A Full list of credits [...]

A Call for New Librarianship

It’s not about the future of libraries. It’s about the future of librarians.  We get to decide what the future looks like. And it is possible that the brightest day (for our communities) is yet to come. Somedays you need a little inspiration.  Dave Lankes’, speech at the HMCPL Staff Development Day in Huntsville, Alabama, [...]

WebList: a pathfinder and presentation option

I’ve been playing around a bit with WebList and it looks like a promising, and super-easy, pathfinder alternative.  Here’s my first creation for Copyright-Friendly Images. I can see this as a very handy option for presentations, as well. Gather a list of URLs around a particular topic or need, and WebList automatically creates a thumbnail [...]

Word Sift

I discovered Word Sift through Jen Dorman’s blog.  Below is Karen Thompson’s demonstration of some of the ways the tool might be used in the classroom. WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials. We especially hope that this tool is helpful in supporting English [...]