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Evolving the virtual school library: middle and elementary practice

In a recent post I took you on a short tour of high school library website practice.  Now let’s examine some of our colleagues’ efforts on the middle and elementary fronts. On the middle school front: Murray Hill Middle School (MD) Gwyneth Jones began her tech career when she created an electronic portfolio with Netscape [...]

Library of Congress: a "theme song"?

My students and I created a "theme song" for the Library of Congress. Sweet Primary Sources from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo. Here’s the back story: I was working on an application for the Library’s TPS Mentor program. The kids offered to help me with my required three-minute video.  Ian volunteered to produce.  The chorus and [...]

School library websites Part 1: a tour of high school practice

Here’s what I believe: A teacher librarian should be his or her school’s instructional CIO.  Especially as more of our schools move to one-to-one, a virtual library is an essential component of school library practice, and of a school’s learning culture. Through their library websites, librarians can apply and translate their traditional skills for instruction, [...]

Using social media to explain social media: a video

I am often dismissed, and yes, laughed at, when I try to explain the value of my PLN, especially the value of Twitter, to those who haven’t yet really experienced its powers for professional learning.  This morning (via Twitter, of course), I discovered Hans Mundahl’s video, A Social Media Reading List, in which he demonstrates  [...]

Let’s start #tlchat

It just occurred to me this morning that there’d be a very easy way to separate the important teacher-librarian tweets from the regular stream of hundreds of wonderful tweets many of us get each day.  Yes, I use lists as a tool, but sometimes I would like an even more focused discussion. In the spirit [...]

SKJ4ALA vote now!

I believe in Sara Kelly Johns–in her vision, her platform, her abiltity to lead.  I invited her to guest post today.  Please vote in the ALA Elections. Are You Suffering from ALA Laryngitis? Vote by Friday in the ALA Elections! In a speech Hillary Clinton gave as a First Lady. She said, ‘If you don’t [...]

SKJ4ALA: A guest post from our candidate.

I believe in Sara Kelly Johns and I invited her to guest post today.  Please vote in the ALA Elections. Are You Suffering from ALA Laryngitis? Vote by Friday in the ALA Elections!  In a speech Hillary Clinton gave as a First Lady. She said, ‘If you don’t participate, you’re going to leave it to [...]

TEDxNYED (and an idea: Why not TEDx for TLs?)

Fourteen remarkable TEDxNYED videos are now available and embedable via YouTube You may remember a while back I blogged about this professionaly focused version of the TED talks: TEDxNYED is an all-day event designed to bring leading educators, innovators, and idealists together to share their vision of education. This event will provide a platform for [...]

Creative Commons cartoons

My students are producing content at a rate that continues to astound me.  Through our pathfinders, we lead them to Creative Commons licensed content to use in their productions whenever possible. While I often remind learners that they can and should apply a CC license to their own work, I wished I had some cool [...]

Crisis Webinar tomorrow night!

Join us tomorrow night for a special TLCafé Webinar!      It’s no secret that–while this may be the most exciting time ever to be a teacher librarian–we face a serious crisis.  Actually, it’s the learners we serve who face a crisis, as across the nation teacher librarians see their budgets, their support, and their [...]