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InfoLit instruction: a few good portals

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As we open our library doors–both virtual and physical–this fall, we are less alone than ever.  Librarians (and others) are sharing when it comes to info lit learning activities. I’ve been trying to aggregate some of my favorites in this Guide.  And with the understanding that the best infolit instruction is integrated infolit instruction, I’ll [...]

But what does it look like? Colorado paints the picture

Becky Russell, School Library Senior Consultant, Colorado Department of Education wrote this week to share an exciting project relating to the State’s retooled Power Library Program. The program and its competencies are closely tied to the newly revised Colorado Academic Standards, which integrate 21st century skills across grade and content area. It is a highly [...]

It was Shannon!

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The article Casting a Wide Net for Mentors appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s USA Today.  (Here’s the link to the online version.) The article begins: Julia Albaugh’s high school in Van Meter, Iowa didn’t have a course that would teach her about marketing and public relations.  So a librarian in the school helped [...]

Dear ISTE: How about NETS TL?

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Dear ISTE, I’ve been attending your conference since the early 1990s, before the Web was born.  I was a founding member of SIGMS, which has grown, under the stewardship of so many of my TL colleagues, to one of ISTE’s more powerful SIGs. At this year’s conference in Philadelphia, you released three new sets of [...]

More on ISTE: the Feud, the Forum, the Final Keynote (updated with slides)

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Who says panel discussions can’t be fun? After the seriousness and pressure of preparing for my TEDxPhillyed talk on Saturday (more on that in a future post), several good friends and I presented the Learning Tools Family Feud at ISTE.  Click on the Unlocking Potential image below to view the hour-long session. Perhaps we did [...]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads

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(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Meme: Designing the new action figure

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I know the Nancy Pearl Library Action Figure is meant to be tongue in cheek.  I have three in my office–representing both the deluxe and basic variety. I absolutely admire Nancy and her work, but after years of watching visitors try her amazing push-button shushing action, the joke’s worn thin. I know that the folks [...]