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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

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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, [...]

My grad students’ questions

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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

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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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Tell me, what do you teach?

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In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was forced to consider what would happen to Bedford Falls had he never lived. Perhaps, like George, it is time for us to seriously consider our full impact on those around us.  Perhaps, it is time to explain exactly what our own Pottervilles might look like should short-sighted [...]

Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards

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At a time when so many folks don’t have a clear enough picture of what libraries look like, or where libraries are going, or who librarians are, we need to point to vision.  The Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards literally does that kind of pointing with its nominated library bloggers.  It presents a cross-section [...]