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Edublogs (discovery) time!

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It’s Edublogs Award time. While we have an opportunity to vote for our faves on List.ly, I see this, more importantly, as an opportunity to make discoveries relating to important voices in the larger field. As you look at the nominees, be sure to look at and beyond the Librarian list. These nominees represent leadership. [...]

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

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“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors [...]

Carolyn goes to the White House

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It’s not every day a teacher librarian is invited to the White House. Last week, our own Carolyn Foote spent a day there as a Champion of Change. In her reflection, Carolyn contends that leadership begins with sharing your voice, with being connected: Any one of us can lead–any teacher– any librarian–any administrator and any [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

Buffy’s Poll: Crowdsourcing the Critical Reads

Buffy Hamilton  (Unquiet Librarian and new Mover and Shaker) recently posted: 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 for recommendations for a recently published single book: a paradigm shifter sort of book [...]

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, [...]