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Launching lovely little labels (way more than eight solutions)

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Not a week goes by when I don’t find myself looking for a label to represent a blog post, to pin an image-free article or post on Pinterest, to add visual interest to a quote for a slide or our LibGuides. I find my students and teachers seeking similar solutions. Here’s a round-up of my […]

2013: a round-up of wrap-ups

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When we return to a new year in school and approach the customary looking back and thinking forward rituals, here are a few models that might inspire reflection and creativity. Google’s #Zeitgeist2013 shares trends relating to the stuff we searched.  You may also explore the Zeitgeists by categories.  Use the pull-down menu to shift to […]

On metaliteracy and ACRL’s coming standards update

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They’re coming and they (will/should) affect us. I hope they affect our seniors, especially those used to using social media thoughtfully, as they meet new librarians and instructors in their college years. The focus of the new ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards will be metaliteracy, a reframing of the […]

Top ten tech trends (expanded)

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A week ago I shared ten digital tech trends within the confines of a word count.  Here’s an expanded version with all the links and details. For a profession situated at the intersection of metaliteracy, education and emerging technologies, forecasting is kind of exciting. For a profession threatened by severe cuts in educational spending and […]

Jennifer’s perception flowchart

Perception Flowchart

I was extremely flattered and newly inspired by Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde’s thoughtful perception flowchart, in response to my last post. (In fact, if you haven’t read her blog, or seen the eloquent way she visually transmits concepts, please stop reading and take a trip there right now.) Jennifer reminds us:  Your work has to […]

School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

School Library Story from joyce valenza on Vimeo. I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time. My very talented student friend, Walter Lynch, offered to help me tell it. A day doesn’t go by when I am not inspired to action by the inventive ideas I discover from my generous teacher librarian colleagues who […]

British Library expands The Commons with Public Domain Goodness

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The British Library recently uploaded one million scanned public domain images onto The Commons, the world’s largest photo archive hosted by Flickr. Taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books, and digitized by Microsoft, the first set of public domain images–Highlights from the Mechanical Curator–is available for use, remix and repurpose. The set includes: […]

Free-range scanning

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The other day my desktop printer/scanner decided it would no longer scan. Panicked, I wondered if I could simply take a picture of the page I needed with my smartphone camera. That sorta worked, but the text didn’t look as clear as I hoped it would, so I searched the app store for options. That’s […]

Eric offers a new list of TL look-fors

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Thank you, Eric.  Thank you for sharing your vision for a library program, as well as some concrete examples of a teacher librarian’s contribution to a school’s learning culture. In a blog post yesterday, Eric Sheninger, the highly-respected, highly-networked principal/leader of New Milford (NJ) High School, shared how to search for, how to court, and how to empower a teacher librarian/change agent: In […]

Common Craft goes to school

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For many of us, Common Craft has been a learning fixture.  We’ve relied on those delightfully simple and brief introductions to explain complex ideas from apps to zombies. We’ve shared them in professional development sessions. We’ve used them to introduce concepts in digital citizenship.  They helped us introduce new technologies to classes. When we needed to […]