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Get ready for the Smackdown!

On Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TLCafé hosts our 2nd annual Smackdown/Open Mic night.  Please plan on visiting or participating! You don’t have to be a librarian to play.  We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! I’ll be sharing my trend list and some of my favorite discoveries and [...]

Sticky research metaphors?

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This holiday weekend I bumped into a former student at the mall.  And she said, Thank you, Dr. V., for the metaphors. I’ve been keeping them in mind at college. When I looked at her puzzled, she reminded me of a couple of the goofy things I regularly say to make teenage sense of the [...]

On returning from Doha

I was honored to be asked to keynote at last week’s IASL Conference in Doha, Qatar–The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship. My first full IASL was an experience I will never forget.  It was an opportunity to develop new relationships, to share with school librarians from all over the world, to discover our commonalities, and [...]

Wikipedia and JSTOR partner

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In a Wikimedia blog post this week, Steven Walling shared news of an exciting partnership. JSTOR, that non-profit consortium-based database, beloved by high school and college students everywhere for its scholarly, authoritative content, will now provide the 100 most active Wikipedia editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than [...]

Sandy and media literacy

. . . one of the things that’s now becoming clear is the major role that social media played during and after the storm. Sites like Twitter and Facebook were, for some, incredibly useful tools. They were ways to keep up with friends and relatives and neighbors in a stressful time, but they were also [...]

I love my phone. Suburban survival tips. Siri rocks. Sandy sucks.

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It’s been one of those weeks.   (I know, I know.  People have it far worse. I have no real right to be grumpy.  But it really has been one of those weeks.) Following the SLJ Summit on Saturday I returned to my car in the very dark Sheraton parking lot only to discover that my [...]

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World

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This morning, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. This one really speaks to the need for digital literacy skills and the type of instruction we are all about. Conducted by Pew, in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the [...]