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“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 […]

Scholarship gets democratic: JSTOR launches register and read

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JSTOR is one of my students’ favorite databases. They are kinda JSTOR junkies. But not every high school can afford to subscribe to this not-for-profit full-text resource, offering access to scholarly content from more than 1300 journals and thousands of primary sources. And then, so many individual researchers and young scholars don’t happen to be […]

Curation tools & the databases

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I am getting ready to make two cases with my learners in the coming week. One is my usual advice about carefully selecting sources and making use of the riches we provide in terms of our subscription databases. The other will be the importance of new strategies for curation, both for school research and for […]

Free stuff from JSTOR

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My kiddos are true JSTOR junkies.  They rely on the scholarly database for their research in many areas, but particularly in history and lit crit. Alas, not every high school can squeeze this subscription into their budgets.  But cheer up, young historians and scholars . . . Earlier this week, JSTOR announced that they are […]

Web 3.0: We have so much stuff!

I’ve been looking for a strategy to describe the value of curation strategies to other librarians, my own faculty, and to my students. Last year we established that notebooks just weren’t working for us. This school year I want to be better able to address How can we better manage our information lives and why […]

ERIC gets social (5 new ways to do ed research)

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While many of us weren’t watching, ERIC, the granddaddy of education research, has grown a lot more social.  As we prepare for a fall filled with professional development, it might be a good idea to share some of ERIC’s new coolness with the faculty. In case you never had the pleasure . . . Sponsored […]

Mr. Database Man (a proof of concept)

This spring, I asked a few of my always game filmmakers to create a series of proof-of-concept films to promote the use of databases across industry and brand.  Maya, who is looking forward to a marketing career, delivered one of their products just as the school year ended.  It stars Matt as Mr. Database Man. […]