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New Book Video Trailer Awards!

On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Voters will be asked to select the best video in six categories: Publisher/author created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Publisher/author created for Secondary readers (7-12) Student created for  Elementary readers (PreK-6) Student created for [...]

POWER Library: A shadow of its former self

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The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most [...]

Hooray, the feed is back!

Please excuse this very quick post tagged “shameless self promotion.”  I am happy to announce that SLJ has resolved its feed issue.  If you’d like to have this blog sent to your feed reader, the RSS feed is once again working: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/SLJNeverEndingSearch (For other SLJ RSS feeds, check out this page.) To those of you [...]

Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting)

In a blog post today, Scott McLeod shared whathesaid’s list of the 10 things he believed teachers should unlearn. Scott and whathesaid got me thinking about what ideas or beliefs our own subset of educators might also want to lose.  (I got carried away and I will probably continue to add to this list.) A [...]

Touring: Museum and tour apps and what they may mean for learners

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This morning my husband and I visited the Late Renoir exhibit at our Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While enjoying the audio tour led by two distinguished curators, I wondered if the museum also had an app for that. I wondered, if beyond those temporary exhibits we regularly tour, if our museum offered tours of the [...]

On returning from Oz

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I’ve just returned from nearly three weeks in Australia. It’s been a long time since I was away from home for so long. During the first leg of my trip, I spoke at the Winter(!) conference of the librarians of SLAV (School Library Association of Victoria).  I’ve never met a more intrepid, creative, energetic and [...]

Essential research apps? Creating a library

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As iPhones and iPads and other mobile devices enter our classrooms and our learners’ backpacks and pockets, I’ve been wondering what types of little libraries they might be building to support their learning.  And how we as  librarians might help them select and build those libraries.  This gathering of worthy apps may be especially timely [...]

Library of Congress Virtual Tour App

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The Library of Congress, recently launched a virtual tour app, mirroring its fabulous Library of Congress Experience, an award-winning group of exhibitions and features that has drawn record numbers of visitors. I had the privilege of visiting the interactive exhibit live earlier this summer as a member of the TPS Mentor program cohort.  Granted, it’s [...]

TL Cafe: Our Fall Learning Commons Kick-off

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Don’t miss our TLCafe’s fall (eek!) kick-off event.  We are honored to host a session on the New Learning Commons with guest Dr. David V. Loertscher and host Marie Slim, on Monday, August 9th and 8PM Eastern. This important session will address: How can the Virtual School Learning Commons become the center of Teaching and [...]

New York Times Learning Network Revisited

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Yesterday I came across a pretty fabulous NYT Learning Network Blog Post: 10 Ways to Use the New York Times for Teaching Literature.  I plan to share it with our Language Arts Department. But  the  great ideas in the post reminded me of how much I really love the whole New York Times Learning Network [...]