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The database “thing” state-by-state

In my job teaching new librarians, mostly online, I get to meet new professionals from around the country, some from around the world, some who are utterly unsure where their first professional job will take them. Though I am very familiar with the state resources of PA, and I am getting to know those of […]

Databases: making the case

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Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

JSTOR is even more librarian- and classroom-friendly

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This news from JSTOR makes me want to be a high school librarian again! If like me, you work or have worked with high school students and teachers who crave a challenge or lean toward the scholarly, you’ll be interested in the new developments from our friends at JSTOR. Officially launched in September, Research Basics […]

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 […]

Shannon’s holiday gifts and Lisa’s very useful printables

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Two inspiring/handy ideas came across my network yesterday.   My dear friend, Shannon Miller shared the mashed-up Smore newsletter she is preparing for her students as a holiday gift. When it’s complete, My Teacher Librarian Gave to Me will offer Van Meter families 20 days of awesome library and technology tools and resources. Shannon embeds several Tellagami introductions […]

QR Codes for (y)our Apps

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I am on a serious mission to push our library out onto the platforms my kiddos love most–their phones, and to a lesser extent, their tablets.  I so want our library to be in the pockets. As I finished preparing our QR code handout, it occurred to me that most of the codes, in fact […]

“It’s about time, Dr. V!”: On maximizing database use with the one-login MackinVia app

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Frankly, our password sheet has always been a royal pain. I’ve long been in search of an authentication solution–a relatively barrier-free strategy for out-of-school database access. For Mackin customers, MackinVia creates a single hub for e-books and database content–a one-user ID and password to your database collection (and your MackinVia ebooks) accessible from any internet-connected […]

On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach

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A few questions continue to keep me up at night. Among them:  How can I get my students and teachers to discover and use our e-resources to the max?  What does face-out shelving look like in an e-collection? We are fortunate, I know it, to have a wonderful collection of subscription databases and e-books. We […]

Cleaning the closet, database style (with kid talent)

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Confession: I collect databases like I collect clothes. Problem: When I get dressed in the morning, I have trouble scanning my crowded closets for available outfit options.  Or, I have trouble finding that one adorable top or dress that I woke up thinking I’d wear. The  database situation has become pretty similar for our students.  […]

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 […]