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9/11 Resources

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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that [...]

Back to school with the TL Café (and bonus ppt!)

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We’re back! Join us on September 12th @8PM Eastern, for the first TLCafé webinar of this school year. We’ve planned a casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech [...]

InfoLit instruction: a few good portals

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As we open our library doors–both virtual and physical–this fall, we are less alone than ever.  Librarians (and others) are sharing when it comes to info lit learning activities. I’ve been trying to aggregate some of my favorites in this Guide.  And with the understanding that the best infolit instruction is integrated infolit instruction, I’ll [...]

Share Story Snoops with your community

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Developed by four moms from the San Francisco Bay area a little over a year ago, Story Snoops is a rich and attractive resource you’ll want to share with your parents, teachers and kiddos–both the eager and the reluctant. These moms of a cumulative total of nine, describe themselves as passionate readers who strive to [...]

But what does it look like? Colorado paints the picture

Becky Russell, School Library Senior Consultant, Colorado Department of Education wrote this week to share an exciting project relating to the State’s retooled Power Library Program. The program and its competencies are closely tied to the newly revised Colorado Academic Standards, which integrate 21st century skills across grade and content area. It is a highly [...]

It was Shannon!

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The article Casting a Wide Net for Mentors appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s USA Today.  (Here’s the link to the online version.) The article begins: Julia Albaugh’s high school in Van Meter, Iowa didn’t have a course that would teach her about marketing and public relations.  So a librarian in the school helped [...]

ERIC gets social (5 new ways to do ed research)

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While many of us weren’t watching, ERIC, the granddaddy of education research, has grown a lot more social.  As we prepare for a fall filled with professional development, it might be a good idea to share some of ERIC’s new coolness with the faculty. In case you never had the pleasure . . . Sponsored [...]

OneBookOneConference: Join the discussion on The Shallows

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Every other year, when AASL comes around, I get excited about the idea being able to think and grow with our people.  Though Minneapolis is a couple of months away, no need to wait. Start Conference early by joining the AASL Conference Ning and by joining the discussion on the provocative OneBookOneConference selection, Pulitzer Prize [...]

Google Search Education Evangelism

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It’s been around since February, but I just discovered Google’s Search Education Evangelism site, a space dedicated to improving the skills of searchers from middle school through adult. For teachers librarians, it’s a rich source of instructional content for use with young learners and with colleagues in professional development. Lessons fit into four categories: General [...]

On keeping up with search

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During my presentations I always try to provide a little update on the world of search.  And folks often ask, how did you discover that? One of several things that separates TLs from other techie types in our buildings is our interest in things searchy.  I want to function as a scout in that arena. [...]