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On research transparency and inadequate containers

Yesterday, I walked around the library watching our seniors work.  They are two weeks into their graduation projects and it occurred to me that things look very different from the way they looked a few years back. This year the prop I am using to illustrate the shift towards research transparency and interactivity is the […]

Kindle for the Web (Beta)

Kindle for the Web Beta launched today.  The new feature allows folks to sample first chapters of Kindle books on web browsers, preferably Firefox 3.6, Safari 5, or Chrome 5. To sample titles: click the “Read first chapter FREE” button while shopping for selected books at to view the sample in your browser window. […]

eCurriculum and eTexts

A couple of days ago a post on Curriki inspired me to take another look at the world of digital texts.   I got so inspired that I pulled together a little digital text pathfinder for our high school faculty.  Immediately, I got positive response. In two or three years since I started dreaming about the […]

Stephanie love Pages

When a student volunteer volunteers to write and share a review of her favorite piece of software, you gotta pay attention.   This week, Stephanie shared with me her love of Pages for the iPad.  And she wants to share that love: With the 2010-2011 school year now in session, the biggest problem facing students is […]

Rachel meets and conquers the bearded dragon: guest post from a second-year librarian

This summer, while attending a Library of Congress program, I met Rachel Goldberg, a middle school librarian about to begin her second year in the profession.  I was impressed by her passion and enthusiasm and I asked her to share in a post something I can no longer myself share–the TL experience from the lens […]

Wondering where WonderWheel went?

Of all of Google’s post-search refinement features, WonderWheel has been my personal favorite. It’s the kind of feature that my high school students need no real pushing to use.  They see the immediate value of being able to break a large or vague topic into subcategories and immediately see their results shift as they click […]

Celebrating the ebook mess

I am leading a panel at the Library Journal Virtual Summit, ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. Our panel description: School Library Without Walls: New Content, New Collections In the school environment, ebooks provide new opportunities for curriculum support, allowing content to be accessed from the library to the classroom to the home. This panel […]

Digital wishing reprised

With the help of our lovely PTA, last year our library was able to add four Flip camcorders to our collection.  We paid for two.  They were in constant use. This year Digital Wish and Flip offer the same sweet deal to nonprofit K12 schools.  Buy one Flip Ultra HD, get another free, $150 for […]

Faster than a speeding searcher. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Google Instant!

Google engineers promise that the new Google Instant–a super speedy search-before-you-type enhancement–will shave 2-5 seconds off each of our searches. Currently available to all searchers in the U.S., the feature fills in predicted queries in light gray type and instantly shows results as you type, appearing to beat you to your own search. Just look […]

Glogster plays even nicer with Wikispaces (and vice versa)

My colleague, Kevin, just stopped in with a cool poster project for his German class. He asked me for advice in embedding widgets onto his class wiki. I started to explain that he needed to tell the students to select other in the embed options, when he shared with me that he noticed a […]