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Tackling the questions in 2014

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I love Jennifer LaGarde’s idea of beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions. Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.) The lovely part about this whole social media thing is that we can attack […]

I am a {social} librarian

In case you missed it when it was posted in August, here’s a cool infographic published by the folks at Elsevier, that describes the way I see my position. The original post explained: Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric […]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

It’s the close of the school day. I am sitting at the circ desk looking out at our library where our kids have access to more than 85 computers and assorted devices and tools for reading, research and creation. I am thinking about the great week we had: scanning curation sites for breaking news, honing filtered searches […]

September networking (updated)


Update: There’s even more September goodness!  At TLCafe’s Back to School Special–which was absolutely fabulous–Nikki Robertson announced the launch of TL News Night on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 PM ET. Here are the details: TL | News Night Anchors are: Michelle Cooper – High School Librarian Nikki D Robertson– High School Librarian […]

Shannon’s Padlet on change and our other BLC presos

Greetings from Boston where I’ve been learning and presenting with friends at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have much to report on, but first I want to share Shannon Miller’s Padlet asking folks to share their vision of library change–roles, responsibilities, physical spaces, collections, etc.–for the upcoming school year. The response was wonderfully […]

Celebrating another meaningful declaration


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, […]

My grad students’ questions


I launched a new online course for the Mansfield University’s SL&IT program this fall. Information Fluency for Digital Landscapes is designed to provide school librarian candidates with opportunities to identify, evaluate, and thoughtfully integrate current and emerging information and communication technologies to promote inquiry and learning in the K12 environment. While most of my 15 […]

Syracuse poses a Pinterest challenge

What are you doing to define librarianship of the future? What do you envision the future of libraries to be? What are the ideas that have inspired you? If you are a librarian, a student of librarianship, or if you have a passion for the future of libraries, we want to hear from you! I […]

Library 2.011: Not live, but very much alive and free


Last week many of us had the opportunity to attend the free, online, global conference, Library 2.011.  But if school or sleep or life in general prevented you from attending a few sessions, the good news is they are all archived as a rich legacy of this inaugural event.  (Thank you Steve Hargadon and San […]

Library 2.011


Even before I process and share all I learned at AASL, I must share about this week’s Library 2.011. Scheduled for November 2nd through the 4th (depending on where you are), the line-up for this free, international event, sponsored by San Jose University, is going to be outstanding. Register here Steve Hargadon, conference organizer and […]