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Blog break, but just for a bit

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Dear readers, The folks at LJ/SLJ just informed all of the resident bloggers of the news that our sites are migrating to a new server.  Yeah!  This will mean our back-end, old server woes will be resolved. This will also mean that the whole blogging crew will not likely be posting till the end of [...]

Sandy and media literacy

. . . one of the things that’s now becoming clear is the major role that social media played during and after the storm. Sites like Twitter and Facebook were, for some, incredibly useful tools. They were ways to keep up with friends and relatives and neighbors in a stressful time, but they were also [...]

One million tweet map

Cluster view without hashtag or keyword filter

Mommy, where do tweets come from? Now, there’s an easy answer thanks to the one million tweet map. Though this Mashable video ends with a Justin Bieber question, the map can be a media literacy tool, powerful for analyzing trends, how and where information flows, and perhaps, where and why it does not. It may [...]

Library 2.012 archive posted

Don’t fret.  In case you miss any part of the outstanding, free online Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference last week, the full archive is now available. Thank you (and curse you!) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University and Steve Hargadon, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, and the dedicated, generous group of [...]

Library 2.012 starts today!

Library 2.012 begins today!  The free, global event addresses the current and future unique state of libraries. The full (seriously full!) hour-by-hour schedule is posted here, with instructions on connecting and participating, no matter where you are on the globe. This year, the six major conference strands are: Libraries – Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces, [...]

Be the Change @ TL Virtual Café tomorrow night

It’s been a great year for the TL Café!  Visit our archive to relive the memories or catch up on the active.  But make sure you join us tomorrow night at 8 PM Eastern for the last Café of the school year. Inspired by the forward-thinking Minnesota MEMO colleagues, it’s going to be pretty fabulous [...]

Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!

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New York Times Learning Network editor/blogger, Katherine Schulten, wrote asking me to share news of what promises to be a big day in the bibliotwittersphere. Mark your calendars. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues.  Tell the kiddos. Let’s make this a huge international conversation. Let’s create the kind of  feed that even the most Twitter-resistant [...]

Flip this lesson! (a TED-Ed update)

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I talked about the launch of TED-Ed back in March.  The project, designed to inspire high school students with mind-altering video lessons presented by master teachers and amplified by talented artists, has grown way more collaborative and even more powerful for learning. The second phase of the initiative allows registered teachers to create and share [...]

On dear staff and flowers and maximizing equipment

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For so many reasons it’s nearly impossible to run a library without able staff behind you. They are the folks who make us look good and who allow us to teach and plan and make a difference with learners. This post is not about this serious issue. It is simply a tip for how to [...]

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 [...]