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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 […]

Persecution of Teacher-Librarians (guest post by Rob Darrow)

Perhaps, no one expected a library inquisition. Just in case you haven’t been following the situation in California, I asked California colleague, Rob Darrow to describe the frightening situation in a guest post. (May 18th update: LAUSD librarians, fighting for their jobs, get a grilling | 89.3 KPCC Listen to this call in show from […]

Why I need my library: Check out these videos!

It may be too late to enter, but it’s not too late to enjoy and share some of the fabulous submissions in ALA’s Why I Need My Library Video Contest. Here’s just one of the many true gems. Check out this professional produced music video from New Canaan High School. (Directed by Nicola Scandiffio. Production […]

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 […]

It’s about the people: Spread the words!

I discovered this little promotional video on Dave Lankes blog.  In an excellent example of branding, the Edmonton Public Library demonstrates how it sells what it does best. Can we do one of these for school libraries?  I want all parents, teachers, administrators, stakeholders to know who we are, what we do, how we can […]

Thanks for the videos, Mike!

Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of Washington iSchool and co-founder of Big6, shares a growing series of video conversations that should provoke both understanding and discussion of topics and issues near and dear to the hearts of teacher librarians, topics and issues that should matter to everyone involved in learning. In […]

Revising Ranganathan

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Well-respected Indian librarian Shiyali Ranganathan (1892-1972) contributed his Five Laws of Library Science to our profession in 1931. Books are for use Every reader his/her book Every book, its reader Save the time of the reader A library is a growing organism Most of us learned about these as ideologies in library school and they […]

A revised manifesto

Thank you all for the kind feedback you offered for my rant a few days back.  As I wrote that response, in the back of my mind I considered a few realities: 1. Some administrators have never seen a vibrant library program. 2. In tough times moving forward is more challenging. Not moving forward is […]

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 […]

Thanks, Gale. And I want more of these.

Thanks to a Cathy Oxley’s post on our TL Diigo group, I just discovered Gale Cengage’s new YouTube video promoting AccessMyLibrary School Edition. Here’s why this matters. It matters because the market for this little video is not librarians. The market is kids.  The story is why kids need reliable information and how easy it […]