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TED Playlists: a librarian’s friend

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In searching for great examples of presentations for our seniors, I happened upon the TED Playlists. They’re not really new, but they’re new to me. And these curated collections of TED Talks are a treasure! Some are curated by TED, others are guest curated by thought and cultural leaders like Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, and Bono. [...]

School Libraries: What’s Next (an ebook project)

Share your vision for our future.  Please consider contributing to this exciting crowdsourced collaborative visioning project coordinated by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. To coincide with the 2011 Treasure Mountain and AASL National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are engaging in an ebook publishing experiment, and we want you to be a part of it! [...]

Follett Challenge for the Most Innovative School Library: Time to vote!

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Way back in January, I wrote of the announcement of Follett’s seriously generous competition to recognize innovative library programs. You can now view and vote on the 124 entries to help select the People’s Choice winner. Here is today’s press release and the voting rules: RIVER GROVE, Ill., June 23, 2011 – More than 100 [...]

The Seven-Keynote MLS?

In my last post I wrote of Buffy Hamilton’s  Crowdsourcing Recommended Reads for Issues in School Librarianship.  Inspired by a request from her mentor and friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, Buffy polled her PLN and compiled their impressive list of recommendations. That post echoed a post I’ve left in draft [...]

Godin’s Poke the Box and The Domino Project

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The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo. Seth Godin. Last year, inspired by the ideas in Seth Godin’s Tribes, I began rethinking how I worked (or might work) in groups at school, with my colleagues, in professional organizations. At the suggestion of Patrick Larkin, [...]

What librarians make. A response to Dr. Bernstein and an homage to Taylor Mali

In his Newsday article last week, Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent for the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District, suggested Steps to Take Now for our Schools; What Cuomo Can Do to make NYS Education More Efficient and Effective. Among the several steps Dr. Bernstein suggested Governor Cuomo take in this Internet age is, eliminating [...]