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TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

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After nearly five years, led by a devoted team of volunteers, TLVirtual Café is still going strong. You can be a star at our next event.  Please consider adding a slide to our 5th annual EduTech Open Mic Smackdown, sharing your best ideas and discoveries for teaching and learning. Then, on Monday, December 8th at [...]

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

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In the past couple of posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness. Now let’s turn to the fabulous and nearly overwhelming array of webinar/conferency-type professional development available to you free [...]

Rethinking library with Carolyn and Shannon

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If you were busy doing anything else last night, lucky for you this particular TLCafé was archived.  (Well, they all are.) But, last night Shannon Miller and Carolyn Foote were truly inspirational as they discussed their own experiences and shared images about rethinking and improving the space we call library.  Tiffany Whitehead moderated expertly. Our [...]

Tackling the questions in 2014

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I love Jennifer LaGarde’s idea of beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions. Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.) The lovely part about this whole social media thing is that we can attack [...]

Our 3rd Annual Open Mic Smackdown!

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The end of the year draws year.  And it’s that time again! That’s right. Put the Thanksgivakkuh dishes away and get ready to smackdown. Librarians and teachers and other friends are invited to join me, Gwyneth and Tiff this coming Monday night for another exciting virtual, karaoke-style, smackdown! This is an opportunity for you to [...]

#tlchat launches intensely (and archiving tweets)

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We launched #tlchat last night.  And wow. Worried that we’d have to fill in the lulls with prepared tweets, our small group of organizers had a full page of them ready to go. There was no need to worry. In fact, the chat needed no nurturing at all.  Most of us struggled to keep up [...]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café

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We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat [...]

Shifting the power in the room @TLCafe Open Mic/Smackdown!

Too big to know:rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room. (Title of David Weinberger’s upcoming book) Lately my imposter syndrome has kicked into even higher gear. The talent in our field is astounding. Experts are emerging everywhere, every day.  I [...]

Back to school with the TL Café (and bonus ppt!)

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We’re back! Join us on September 12th @8PM Eastern, for the first TLCafé webinar of this school year. We’ve planned a casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech [...]

TL Cafe: On Indispensability. Join us.

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Don’t miss our September TL Cafe session:  Making You and Your Library Indispensable. When: Monday, September 13th @8PM EST (Yes, we normally meet the first Monday of each month, but we’re making a Labor Day holiday adjustment.) Guests: Gwyneth Jones, Shannon Miller & Keisa Williams  (Each is an outstanding practitioner with oh-so-creative ideas!) Host: the [...]