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My new toy

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Note: This is not a review. A real review would have comparisons and specs and far more seriousness. This is just me doing a little happy dance about my new toy. As a result of some not-so-subtle holiday hinting, Dennis gave me the 3M MP225 Mobile Projector and a cable this week. Yes, this cute [...]

In the wild

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She did it again.  Back in October I shared that Kristin and Buffy crowd-sourced and edited the wonderful School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come? Just a couple of weeks back, Kristin Fontichiaro gathered the writings of the diverse group of grad students–pre-service librarians and educators–in her University of Michigan School of [...]

Great Web Sites for Kids Redesigned

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Earlier this week, members of ALSC (ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children) announced the redesign of the Great Web Sites for Kids site via the #alscgws hashtag. For as long as I can remember (actually since 1997) this hard-working committee has been evaluating and compiling its list of  exemplary sites for children from birth [...]

Where there’s always a place at a table

For those kids in Ohio, the choir room may be the softest place to land.  But for many others, even those who really can sing, the library is the sweet and soft spot. When I read Suzie Day’s guest post, Being queer friendly in your library, in the GayYA blog last week, I was touched. [...]

Join the SomeWhatVirtualBookClub on Twitter (#SWVBC)

It’s time for the voice of student readers to be heard on Twitter! After our first few synchronous SomeWhatVirtualBookClub meetings, it occurred to us that we could expand our discussion to include more clubs and more kids if we moved some of our discussion to Twitter.  We hope your clubs will join us! After a [...]

School Library Trendspotting

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‘Tis the season for trend spotting–for considering what we learned in 2011 and what it means to our programs in 2012.   Audrey Watters, of Hack Education, concluded her five-part Ed-Tech Trends series with The Digital Library.  And a couple of weeks ago, Joe Murphy shared Technology Trends for Libraries 2012 and recently Kathy Ishizuka, of [...]

On our somewhat virtual book club

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I’ve been meaning to share about what’s happened to our book club since it grew somewhat virtual.  My friend and colleague Jane Lofton beat me to it with this post.  I asked her if I could re-post with a few comments to describe what it looked like on the Springfield end. From Jane: Connecting Our [...]

Google ebooks get “notable”

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On Thursday, the Inside Google Books blog announced a couple of powerful new features for Google ebooks.  You can now highlight–with a variety of marker colors–and take notes in many of the Google ebook in your Library.  That includes books you’ve purchased as well as the free books you’ve grabbed. Here’s what it looks like [...]

Shifting the power in the room @TLCafe Open Mic/Smackdown!

Too big to know:rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room. (Title of David Weinberger’s upcoming book) Lately my imposter syndrome has kicked into even higher gear. The talent in our field is astounding. Experts are emerging everywhere, every day.  I [...]

#highschoolchat (Let’s help Erin get the student hashtag rolling!)

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For a couple of years now, my students doubted me when I passionately shared the many ways Twitter helps me connect and learn.  Those kids who have been exploring real-time search with me are beginning to see it.  And Erin believes. I’ve been guiding Erin’s recent efforts as a blogger through her independent study with [...]