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Child of the Library: Sing out and share!

Piers Cawley (programmer, photographer, singer, cook, geek) presented this moving protest song about the importance of reading and libraries in childhood at the OSCON 2011 conference back in July. He wrote it back in February when he discovered his own public library was under threat of closure and had only a few months left. When [...]

On library mashups

Don’t you just love it when we build on each others’ good work? Here’s what happened.  Jennifer LaGarde, aka Library Girl, inspired by the work of Carl Harvey, created her Are You Ready? poster/infographic. Around the same time, a number of us discovered and were playing around with Thinglink. (I think I first discovered it [...]

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 [...]

Persecution of Teacher-Librarians (guest post by Rob Darrow)

Perhaps, no one expected a library inquisition. Just in case you haven’t been following the situation in California, I asked California colleague, Rob Darrow to describe the frightening situation in a guest post. (May 18th update: LAUSD librarians, fighting for their jobs, get a grilling | 89.3 KPCC Listen to this call in show from [...]

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 [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

It’s about the people: Spread the words!

I discovered this little promotional video on Dave Lankes blog.  In an excellent example of branding, the Edmonton Public Library demonstrates how it sells what it does best. Can we do one of these for school libraries?  I want all parents, teachers, administrators, stakeholders to know who we are, what we do, how we can [...]

Thanks for the videos, Mike!

Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of Washington iSchool and co-founder of Big6, shares a growing series of video conversations that should provoke both understanding and discussion of topics and issues near and dear to the hearts of teacher librarians, topics and issues that should matter to everyone involved in learning. In [...]

Revising Ranganathan

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Well-respected Indian librarian Shiyali Ranganathan (1892-1972) contributed his Five Laws of Library Science to our profession in 1931. Books are for use Every reader his/her book Every book, its reader Save the time of the reader A library is a growing organism Most of us learned about these as ideologies in library school and they [...]