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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 [...]

A revised manifesto

Thank you all for the kind feedback you offered for my rant a few days back.  As I wrote that response, in the back of my mind I considered a few realities: 1. Some administrators have never seen a vibrant library program. 2. In tough times moving forward is more challenging. Not moving forward is [...]

What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali

In his Newsday article last week, Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent for the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District, suggested Steps to Take Now for our Schools; What Cuomo Can Do to make NYS Education More Efficient and Effective. Among the several steps Dr. Bernstein suggested Governor Cuomo take in this Internet age is, eliminating [...]

Thanks, Gale. And I want more of these.

Thanks to a Cathy Oxley’s post on our TL Diigo group, I just discovered Gale Cengage’s new YouTube video promoting AccessMyLibrary School Edition. Here’s why this matters. It matters because the market for this little video is not librarians. The market is kids.  The story is why kids need reliable information and how easy it [...]

OITP seeks cutting-edge technology practices for 2010

Last year not a single school librarian submitted a nomination for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) inaugural Cutting Edge Technology Practices recognition.  I know this for a fact.  I was on the Committee and helped develop the program. Let’s turn it around this year and point to school library practices that are ahead [...]

POWER Library: A shadow of its former self

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The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most [...]

Library of Congress Virtual Tour App

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The Library of Congress, recently launched a virtual tour app, mirroring its fabulous Library of Congress Experience, an award-winning group of exhibitions and features that has drawn record numbers of visitors. I had the privilege of visiting the interactive exhibit live earlier this summer as a member of the TPS Mentor program cohort.  Granted, it’s [...]