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Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

AASL Launches Lesson Plan Database

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AASL just announced the launch of its Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, designed to be: a public, online database providing school librarians a fast and user-friendly way to create and share quality lesson plans with their peers. Building on the template provided in Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action, the Lesson [...]

TL Tips for Tight Times (Part 1: Rethinking Collection)

The vendors I do business with each year are beginning to call looking for commitments for next year and I don’t know what to tell them. We live in uncertain times.  Some of the best of us are losing positions. Some of us are covering multiple libraries.  For those of us lucky enough to be [...]

Action Hero update

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Holy image replacement! Sadly, the response to my TL action hero meme has been a bit underwhelming.  Nevertheless, it inspired my good buddy Daring Library, Gwyneth Jones to create this prototype–Super Daring Librarian.  Fierce, no?  Love it, Gwyneth, especially those fabulous pearls (of wisdom?). I also discovered that NJ already had its own Super Librarian [...]

Historical Newspapers Online

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Compiled at the Penn Libraries, Historical Newspapers Online is a table listing free online newspaper archives.  And, you are going to want to share this list with your history teachers and your serious young historians. Arranged by state, the list is curated by Research and Instructional Services Librarian Nick Okrent, who shares his strategy aggregating [...]

Design tools to die for

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We’re getting a little fussier about the way our stuff looks.  My students and I are coming to the realization that this read/write web thing makes us all not only writers, but designers as well. I am collecting a full range of tools on our New Tools Guide, but I thought I share just a [...]

YouTube launches Copyright School

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YouTube recently posted a video and short quiz designed to help young people better understand use of intellectual property relating to reposting and remixing. In the video, young pirate Russell copies a music video on his cell phone and posts in on YouTube.  He is warned that he could loose his booty and get banned [...]

Meme: Designing the new action figure

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I know the Nancy Pearl Library Action Figure is meant to be tongue in cheek.  I have three in my office–representing both the deluxe and basic variety. I absolutely admire Nancy and her work, but after years of watching visitors try her amazing push-button shushing action, the joke’s worn thin. I know that the folks [...]

On writing prompts (video and otherwise)

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If your language arts (media/social studies/science/health) colleagues are growing tired of their usual bag of writing prompt tricks, share these ideas with them. TeachHUB offers a wide variety of provocative prompts that are designed to inspire critical thinking and either written or verbal response. Among the goodies on the pages of prompts, with differentiated questions [...]

Library of the Living Dead!

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Even small academic libraries can be confusing for students. And so, the librarians at the Miller Library at McPherson College developed the super-cool, zombie-rich graphic novel, Library of the Living Dead, as a vehicle for introducing student users to their resources and services. The authors explain their mission, one designed to combat zombie-style research on [...]