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Six tools to simplify cataloging

Over the past year, I’ve discovered a number of handy, free tools for cataloging those materials we receive that do not come pre-cataloged. Here are a handful of tools that could save you lots of time. 1. Classify offers automated advice for assigning classification numbers and subject headings. Searchable by standard numbers, author, title, and […]

I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading! I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners. A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video […]

Jane Yolen’s response to LAUSD’s firings

Children’s author, Niki Schoenfeldt featured a letter from Jane Yolen on her blog post today. Yolen, author of more than 300 books for young people, powerfully addresses LAUSD administrators who hired lawyers to question school librarians about their teaching skills. My favorite quotes: I have to commend you for closing libraries. You are turning out […]

Tell me, what do you teach?

In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was forced to consider what would happen to Bedford Falls had he never lived. Perhaps, like George, it is time for us to seriously consider our full impact on those around us.  Perhaps, it is time to explain exactly what our own Pottervilles might look like should short-sighted […]

Great Global Reads for Kids

Interested in international children’s literature? Elizabeth Greef recently shared her new Great Global Reads for Kids project on the IASL-Link listserv.  And she invites us to help populate and enrich what she calls her new wiki shell. The intention is: – to offer a growing book list of great children’s authors and titles sorted by […]

Google does reading level (and dictionary)

Google announced this one in December and I don’t know how I missed it. Today at edcampphilly, I learned that Google offers a newish feature in its Advanced Search.  (Thanks Dan Callahan!) You can now add a three-level reading level filter to your search using a pulldown.  Options are: no reading level displayed, annotate results […]

I’m just a book

It was one of those days. My students were hard at work creating their Civil War newsletters from the perspective of a northern or southern journalist.  They happily used our wiki lesson and pathfinders, but hundreds of relevant books on our shelves (and on the cart I dragged over) were going unused. The fact is, […]

Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards

At a time when so many folks don’t have a clear enough picture of what libraries look like, or where libraries are going, or who librarians are, we need to point to vision.  The Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards literally does that kind of pointing with its nominated library bloggers.  It presents a cross-section […]

Persecution of Teacher-Librarians (guest post by Rob Darrow)

Perhaps, no one expected a library inquisition. Just in case you haven’t been following the situation in California, I asked California colleague, Rob Darrow to describe the frightening situation in a guest post. (May 18th update: LAUSD librarians, fighting for their jobs, get a grilling | 89.3 KPCC Listen to this call in show from […]

History Animated

If, like me, you have a few students and teachers who fancy themselves fill-in-the-blank war buffs, if the Civil War, World War II, and the Revolutionary War are part of your curriculum, you’re going to want to share HistoryAnimated. The site brings to life those dashed and dotted line maps to depict key naval and […]