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On telling the story and keeping the record

Someday, our children’s grandchildren will ask them, “What was it like during the Pandemic of 2020?” As they live through history, our students are now, intentionally or unintentionally, creating pieces of our historical record. We might be able to encourage and guide those efforts. And we may consider adding to the record ourselves. While these […]

Coronavirus: A book for children (and other worthy titles)

UPDATE: Pat Sarles is maintaining an excellent LibGuide on free children’s ebooks about COVID-19. It begins like this: There’s a new word you might have heard.You might hear people talking about it or you might hear it on the news.This word is the reason that you’re not going to school. It is the reason youcan’t […]

#TLstrong: Is the our moment?

#TLStrong

A small group of friends and colleagues thought it might be good to gather colleagues around the country for a little check-in. On March 26, we brought around 85 folks together for some sharing and learning–a bit of a check-in. Melissa Thom of Connecticut and Craig Seasholes of Washington stepped up to co-host. Others–Michelle Luhtala, […]

Investigating coronavirus media messages through magazine covers

This morning media literacy expert Frank Baker (@fbaker) shared a new resource posted on his Media Literacy Clearinghouse. Frank’s gathering of March 2020 Pandemic Magazine Covers offers a simple and powerful way for us to engage learners in deconstructing media messages shared by covers from the U.S. and from around the world. He invites us […]

Resources for learning at home while we’re keeping each other safe

Many of us will find ourselves isolated during this unprecedented time.  Like many of our librarian colleagues, I’ve been curating. Here’s a Wakelet list of free learning resources and tools to enjoy with kids and as a family, while were are at home. Note that this list points to resources made freely available by a […]

On Librarians and Point Guards

It’s March, so I suppose it makes sense to talk basketball. The more I read about point guards, the more I think the comparison makes sense. How do you manage the space of the largest classroom in the school?

The Joy of Search

Back in 2001, Roy Tennant famously said, “Only librarians like to search, everyone else likes to find.”

Dan Russell’s new book, The Joy of Search takes a deeper dive for both camps, perhaps making search–in and beyond Google–just a little more fun for us all.

Considering and teaching privacy with help from Library Freedom Institute

At ALA Midwinter, privacy was a major theme. It was a presence across sessions and on the exhibit floor. In fact, LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel changed its pattern of asking folks to simply choose their favorite trends to transforming the panel to a conversation exclusively focused on privacy issues. At that session and on […]

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

The rally Led by PSLA leaders, Deb Kachel and Cathi Fuhrman and Robin Burns, with the expert guidance of EveryLibrary’s John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney, supporters from around the city and around the country gathered in front of the School District of Philadelphia Administration Building. The goal was to bring attention to the fact that […]

Super Bowl Literacy: For post-game learning

This week presents an opportunity to host a different kind of post-game show in our classrooms and libraries. You may want to prepare to revisit SB LIV with many of the videos, data, instructional resources, scaffolds, and portals available to support some engaging media literacy experiences. To get started, Super Bowl Ads.com offers a handy […]