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Librarians unite! Create a Harry Potter Alliance Library Chapter

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Mess with libraries and you mess with democracy!  Dumbledore’s Army has got your back.      Andrew Slack. At ALA yesterday, Andrew Slack (activist and kid from the neighborhood) suggested that librarians join forces with the HPA to revolutionize civic engagement by starting chapters in our libraries. Not only did Andrew lend his support to Barb Stripling’s [...]

Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier

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Among my personal modern struggles are the tough decisions about which formats to buy which books in.  This is both a personal and professional struggle. Sometimes I want a print book.  When I travel, I want my book on my Kindle.  When I drive and cook or clean, I want professional audio. When I buy [...]

Librarians in the digital age and an infographic round-up

The USC Master of Library and Information Management program recently published, Librarians in the Digital Age,  an infographic that describes what librarians and library services look like today and may serve as motivation for young people to consider library school at USC and beyond. I spoke with Jaclyn Lambert, who worked with the University of Southern [...]

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year

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While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this [...]

Google search by usage rights

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It just got a lot easier for students to find copyright-friendly content using Google Image Search. Here’s how: After entering a search term, click on Search Tools.  A pull-down menu appears offering a variety of options: not filtered by license, labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for commercial [...]

TEDEd Clubs

Thinking about you can inspire the young people you teach to think more deeply and communicate more powerfully? Wondering how you can provide kids space and time to pursue their passions and share their voices? Interested in sponsoring a club that will truly make a difference in children’s lives?  That may encourage them to make [...]

A tip to Barbara’s hats

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I met Barbara Braxton when I was traveling in Australia a couple of years ago, but I’ve admired her voice for so many years. When I think about it, she may have been the first of the truly networked librarians. An ACTIVE member of LM_NET from the beginning, she continues to be both visible and active on [...]

Follow a scholar?

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Because we subscribe to ActiveHistory, we get active updates from site publisher and history teacher, Russel Tarr (@activehistory). A little while back, Russel shared his list of professional Historians on Twitter. The caused me to think about PLN building in an expanded way. As educators, many of us follow other educators, and perhaps, the journals [...]

YALSA’s Call to Action!

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It is a moral imperative for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to effect positive change and better the lives of millions of teens. In turn, libraries will be providing an invaluable service to their community and position themselves as an indispensable community resource. Executive Summary: The Future of Library Services for and with [...]

Frank Baker on libraries and media literacy

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Each year around this time, I reconnect with media literacy guru, Frank Baker (@fbaker) about his resources for thoughtfully examining the media messages surrounding those two, too-interesting-not-to-analyze big winter television events–the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl Yesterday, we had another chat. Although Frank is a strong supporter of our work, he believes that it is [...]