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Librarians and social capital

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Last week I was honored to address the incoming members of the Rutgers Chapter of the Beta Phi Mu (the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society). I decided to attack the theme of social capital. In preparing the talk, I did a little experiment. My audience was predominantly promising new practitioners.  I wondered if [...]

September networking (updated)

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Update: There’s even more September goodness!  At TLCafe’s Back to School Special–which was absolutely fabulous–Nikki Robertson announced the launch of TL News Night on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 PM ET. Here are the details: TL | News Night Anchors are: Michelle Cooper - High School Librarian Nikki D Robertson- High School Librarian [...]

Brickflow for hashtag-based storytelling

One of my favorite tools for curating a breaking story as reported in social media has been Storify.   It’s widely used by journalists to aggregate news photos, videos, and tweets. Conference goers use it to grab and archive memorable moments.  I found it particularly handy to make sense of the multiple feeds emerging from the IASL [...]

BiblioNasium: social reading for kids

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My high school readers (and most other serious readers I know) are obsessed with Good Reads. And if they’re not, they are connected on either LibraryThing or Shelfari. Socially connected readers seek and trust the recommendations and lists of their networks; reviews purchasing and borrowing opportunities, as well as the attractive shelf metaphors, fun quotes, [...]

Networking and the incoming class of 2017

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The deposit checks are in the mail but the college buzz is buzzier than ever. Having survived the arduous college admissions process, our seniors are now taking full advantage of their opportunities to negotiate the social landcape of their newly selected school well before they land on campus in late August.   They are so much [...]

#TLElem: starting a new conversation

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@cktechtl: I have been an elem teacher-librarian for 6 yrs. @librarianmissk: This is my 4th yr as a TL, but it’s my 1st year in elem. @cktechtl: Sometimes I feel that I can’t keep up with new ideas @librarianmissk: Sometimes I feel like I am on a island by myself. I’ve kinda immersed my grad [...]

Globalizing and Googlizing Science Fair

It’s your turn to change the world. It’s about time we remixed science fair for a networked, flattened, participatory world. Think of all those experiments year after year that lived for a few fleeting moments on a gym or cafeteria table, summarized on a cardboard tri-fold, only to be trashed days later. Think of all [...]

#tlchat was even more live last night

I’ve said it before, but last night was further proof of the power of our growing TL network.  The live Monday night twitter chat (#tlchat) we began back in September, ran on both Twitter and Google+ Hangouts last night.  And our intrepid team managed and archived both platforms. The topic was: Get Those Books Moving: [...]

PLN news: TLChatLive & our new TLChat Community

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On Monday, December 10th (2nd Monday of the month), the topic for our live TLChat was Supporting Teachers with the Common Core. In case you missed this nearly overwhelming share festival, visit the archive of nearly 500 tweets. Here’s a little summary of a few of my favorites: @NikkiDRobertson: TLChat is always going on 24/7 [...]

RebelMouse squeaks to me

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I’m getting a little bit hooked on RebelMouse. A bit of hybrid–a little bit Pinterest, a little bit Paper.li, a little bit Flipboard, a little bit Tumblr–RebelMouse first squeaked this summer, and now appears to be breeding prolifically . Founder Paul Berry, the former CTO of HuffPo, calls this new curation/aggregation/newspaper publishing tool, your social [...]