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Affirm your community’s love of libraries with a signing

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When I hear heart-breaking news like this recent story of the closings of the libraries at Philadelphia’s two top academic high schools, following the closing of so many others,  I recognize that my own community likely takes our own libraries for granted. Really, how often do we as communities stop and acknowledge that we value [...]

Celebrating another meaningful declaration

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It’s the 4th of July and I am delighted to share another important declaration.   Our new ALA President, friend, former school librarian, and Syracuse iSchool professor, Barbara Stripling declares that libraries are essential to a democratic society. She shares: My presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, will focus on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries, [...]

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013

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Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected  because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value [...]

New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

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I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning. These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and [...]

Barbara for president

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The polls are open. If you are an ALA member you can vote for our ALA President. Likely you were notified by email and provided with your passcode and you will have until Friday, April 27 to vote. When you vote, I urge you to support my friend and mentor, Barbara Stripling for ALA President. [...]

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 [...]

Share your cutting edge practice!

Note: I am a member of this OITP committee and I urge my brilliant TL friends to apply for this recognition! OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for [...]

School Libraries: What’s Next (an ebook project)

Share your vision for our future.  Please consider contributing to this exciting crowdsourced collaborative visioning project coordinated by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. To coincide with the 2011 Treasure Mountain and AASL National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are engaging in an ebook publishing experiment, and we want you to be a part of it! [...]

Why I need my library: Check out these videos!

It may be too late to enter, but it’s not too late to enjoy and share some of the fabulous submissions in ALA’s Why I Need My Library Video Contest. Here’s just one of the many true gems. Check out this professional produced music video from New Canaan High School. (Directed by Nicola Scandiffio. Production [...]

OITP seeks cutting-edge technology practices for 2010

Last year not a single school librarian submitted a nomination for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) inaugural Cutting Edge Technology Practices recognition.  I know this for a fact.  I was on the Committee and helped develop the program. Let’s turn it around this year and point to school library practices that are ahead [...]