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News literacy tools: Advice, four sites and a new app (Swiipe)

One of the reasons our students find and use news that is less than credible is that their news habits are less than energetic. Among the ten key trends Pew researchers gathered from among their research reports on social and news media were: Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow. Two-thirds of Americans […]

My secret search/curating weapon

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When it comes to search, your favorite search engine and your favorite databases may not necessarily be the right places to launch inquiry. And when it comes to curating, I’ve recently discovered I don’t have to do it all myself.  I do not have the knowledge, or power, or talents, or time. Neither do you. […]

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA […]

Share your cutting edge practice!

Note: I am a member of this OITP committee and I urge my brilliant TL friends to apply for this recognition! OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for […]

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 […]