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Sticky research metaphors?


This holiday weekend I bumped into a former student at the mall.  And she said, Thank you, Dr. V., for the metaphors. I’ve been keeping them in mind at college. When I looked at her puzzled, she reminded me of a couple of the goofy things I regularly say to make teenage sense of the […]

Wikipedia and JSTOR partner


In a Wikimedia blog post this week, Steven Walling shared news of an exciting partnership. JSTOR, that non-profit consortium-based database, beloved by high school and college students everywhere for its scholarly, authoritative content, will now provide the 100 most active Wikipedia editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than […]

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World


This morning, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. This one really speaks to the need for digital literacy skills and the type of instruction we are all about. Conducted by Pew, in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the […]

Rutgers’ RIOT & other infolit tutorials


Rutgers University’s RIOT (Research Information Online Tutorial) is a sweet suite of five animated and interactive information literacy modules. Our friendly host Kate is just about to graduate from library school and needs to train you to take her tutoring position in the library.  You’ll have to  help some animated college students with a series […]

New tricks for academics


I am kind of excited about the changes I’ve been noticing in academic search. Subscription databases rock, no question about that. And they will likely be the best starting point for the full-text needs of scholars young and old. But new academic search options are appearing as real players, reaching beyond search as location and […]

Twiplomacy and tools for social network research


A couple of years ago, while our students were engaged in a Middle East peace simulation, we discovered that Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.  In fact, we discovered that at least three folks who called themselves Benjamin Netanyahu were tweeting. Once we distinguished the real Bibi from the imposters, the students representing him were golden. They were […]

New info-infographics from EasyBib & Turnitin


Over the past couple of weeks, two companies released informative information literacy infographics. 1. EasyBib shared You are What You Write which revealed: Students don’t always outline, they like citation management tools, and they tend to procrastinate when writing research projects. Plagiarism is on the rise, according to an iParadigms/Turnitin study. Of the ten most […]

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA […]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition


You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute […]

Curation, the musical!

I asked some of my kiddos and my music teacher colleague, Monica Femovich, to help me explain our very new efforts in teaching curation.  Usually game for anything Glee-ish, our singer/actors brilliantly and generously created an introduction I can use for instruction and in upcoming workshops. This may be the first song about digital curation. […]