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Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

guidefortls

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 [...]

Moving new tools

newnewtools

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked with my practicum student Jenni to pack up my very messy New Tools Workshop wiki to new, much neater space. (And happily, our Tech Director, Kirsten Swanson, just joined the fun!) It’s not perfectly ready-for-primetime, but I am pretty excited about our new New Tools Guide and [...]

Pursuing the perfect pathfinder platform

sqworl

I wanted to share just a little of the piece I just posted for VOYA on my epic quest for the best pathfinder platform. My exploration involved creating pathfinders of pathfinder platforms.   Here’s one using Sqworl And one using LiveBinders: And one using Weblist: And one using Jogtheweb: See the VOYA piece for more details [...]

On LibGuides (and the dangers of relying on free lunch)

libguidesdatabases

It’s a new semester here in Springfield and I’ve been reflecting again.  (This post is kinda connected to the next, so please read on. It will be up soon.) I am a huge fan of free apps for creativity and productivity and dynamic information gathering. No surprise that in this blog I frequently celebrate the [...]

A flake-free future :-(

french

There’s no free lunch.  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Always back up your work. I should have learned those lessons years ago. But when PageFlakes died and came back and died again over the past couple of weeks, I was devastated.  Right now, the site seems most sincerely dead. I loved Pageflakes [...]

New views of news

timespace

One of the things I find most challenging and most exciting is sharing with my students the growing number of options for examining the news and for discovering that not all news is western.  I practically jump up and down like a crazy person when I see my students habitually returning to the same limited [...]

Finding documentary and nonfiction films

docpath

One of those little ways I work with students and teachers nearly everyday is helping them find media to support their learning. The usual suspects, YouTube and Google Video, often present too much video noise.  In my efforts to make my pathfinders just a little sexier, I started playing with Only2Clicks. (See this post from [...]

Only Two Clicks and Weblist: For presentations, lessons, pathfinders

one2

At the BLC Conference this week in Boston, David Jakes introduced me to Only Two Clicks and I can’t believe I didn’t discover this three-year-old project earlier.  It presents all the sites you plan to share as handy clickable thumbnails on a start page. Here’s the start page I am getting together for a workshop [...]

Pathfinder swap?

pathfinderswap

After years of creating web-based pathfinders, it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one out there doing this work.  As a profession, we continue to reinvent wheels when we could instead build on each others’ best work, discover new resources more quickly, and share models of effective practice. A number of us are [...]