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On keeping up with search

pandia

During my presentations I always try to provide a little update on the world of search.  And folks often ask, how did you discover that? One of several things that separates TLs from other techie types in our buildings is our interest in things searchy.  I want to function as a scout in that arena. [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

guidefortls

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 [...]

The Seven-Keynote MLS?

In my last post I wrote of Buffy Hamilton’s  Crowdsourcing Recommended Reads for Issues in School Librarianship.  Inspired by a request from her mentor and friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, Buffy polled her PLN and compiled their impressive list of recommendations. That post echoed a post I’ve left in draft [...]

Buffy’s Poll: Crowdsourcing the Critical Reads

Buffy Hamilton  (Unquiet Librarian and new Mover and Shaker) recently posted: Crowdsourcing Recommended Reads for Issues in School Librarianship.  Inspired by a request from her mentor and friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, Buffy polled her PLN for recommendations for a recently published single book: a paradigm shifter sort of book [...]

Moving new tools

newnewtools

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked with my practicum student Jenni to pack up my very messy New Tools Workshop wiki to new, much neater space. (And happily, our Tech Director, Kirsten Swanson, just joined the fun!) It’s not perfectly ready-for-primetime, but I am pretty excited about our new New Tools Guide and [...]

My big duh (and Patrick Larkin on reinventing PD)

At TeachMeetNJ yesterday, I attended Patrick Larkin’s session, Professional Development Doesn’t Have to be an Oxymoron. Patrick described some of his PD strategies as the Principal at Burlington (MA) High School, (see his post A Professional Development Day that Worked and the Google Doc for the session), and engaged the rest of the participants in [...]

A great guide for newbie social educators

Michael Zimmer (@MZimmer557), a Technology Integration Specialist in Western Kentucky, shares Tools for the 21st Century Teacher, a wonderful little e-guidebook offering a basic introduction to most things social media and discussion about how they may be effectively integrated into instruction.  Among the many tools covered are Twitter, Diigo, Prezi, Evernote, Wallwisher, Skype. I am [...]

Gwyneth’s At-A-Glance Comic Tutorials Rock!!!

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Need another holiday gift?

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 [...]