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Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back.

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Confession: I don’t know that I completely get the coloring craze. I recognize the value of stress reduction and mindfulness. I know there’s a certain nostalgia associated with coloring.  Last year, however, I did get super excited about one particular coloring project: #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week! And her it comes again! Organized by the New […]

Responding to Pew: The Myth and Reality of the Evolving Patron

At ALA I was honored to be invited by RUSA to respond to research presentation, The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, shared the latest data relating to how Americans think about libraries and information, their use of library services, and what […]

Shannon’s Padlet on change and our other BLC presos

Greetings from Boston where I’ve been learning and presenting with friends at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have much to report on, but first I want to share Shannon Miller’s Padlet asking folks to share their vision of library change–roles, responsibilities, physical spaces, collections, etc.–for the upcoming school year. The response was wonderfully […]

Pew offers new Libraries page

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I was about to write an alert about several of the interesting new Pew Internet & American Life Project studies, when I discovered that it is now easier to discover those studies. The Pew Project recently added a Libraries page to their site, gathering research especially relevant to our community, as well as updates from […]

Research and an infographic about research

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Infographics are viral. In my own PLN, one of us discovers an infographic relevant to learning or libraries or research and it’s all over the edtech/library world in a matter of minutes.  And many of us are now using infographics as a student assessment. But, like political or commercial messages, infographics are carefully-crafted media messages.  […]

Library 2.011: Not live, but very much alive and free

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Last week many of us had the opportunity to attend the free, online, global conference, Library 2.011.  But if school or sleep or life in general prevented you from attending a few sessions, the good news is they are all archived as a rich legacy of this inaugural event.  (Thank you Steve Hargadon and San […]

Child of the Library: Sing out and share!

Piers Cawley (programmer, photographer, singer, cook, geek) presented this moving protest song about the importance of reading and libraries in childhood at the OSCON 2011 conference back in July. He wrote it back in February when he discovered his own public library was under threat of closure and had only a few months left. When […]

On library mashups

Don’t you just love it when we build on each others’ good work? Here’s what happened.  Jennifer LaGarde, aka Library Girl, inspired by the work of Carl Harvey, created her Are You Ready? poster/infographic. Around the same time, a number of us discovered and were playing around with Thinglink. (I think I first discovered it […]

Tell me, what do you teach?

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In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was forced to consider what would happen to Bedford Falls had he never lived. Perhaps, like George, it is time for us to seriously consider our full impact on those around us.  Perhaps, it is time to explain exactly what our own Pottervilles might look like should short-sighted […]

Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards

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At a time when so many folks don’t have a clear enough picture of what libraries look like, or where libraries are going, or who librarians are, we need to point to vision.  The Salem Press 2011 Library Blog Awards literally does that kind of pointing with its nominated library bloggers.  It presents a cross-section […]