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Just released: A Common Sense Census

Common Sense Media just released a major study that will be of interest to any educator interested in understanding how kids actually use technology.  The results make fabulous fodder for faculty discussion.  It may help guide decision making in addressing instruction and issues of equity. The large scale study, Media Use by Teens and Tweens […]

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew)


This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people.  Unlike Pew’s previous surveys, which involved representative samples of teens interview by phone, this one was conducted online. These data are useful for us in deciding how […]

The database “thing” state-by-state

In my job teaching new librarians, mostly online, I get to meet new professionals from around the country, some from around the world, some who are utterly unsure where their first professional job will take them. Though I am very familiar with the state resources of PA, and I am getting to know those of […]

School Library Research Summarized (and newly updated)


(Note: I just realized that I created a draft of this post a few weeks back, but forgot to publish. Forgive me!) Deb Kachel, my colleague at the Mansfield SL&IT, just shared her latest revision of School Library Research Summarized. The revised booklet updates the work of Deb’s grad students in her Spring 2011 Advocacy […]

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 […]

School library infographics: research and advocacy


However compelling the research is, it can be hard to make the case with a 30-page study, or even a executive summary. Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen a research translated and chunked in the form of infographics.  We’ve also […]

Pew offers new Libraries page


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 […]

Sticky research metaphors?


This holiday weekend I bumped into a former student at the mall.  And she said, Thank you, Dr. V., for the metaphors. I’ve been keeping them in mind at college. When I looked at her puzzled, she reminded me of a couple of the goofy things I regularly say to make teenage sense of the […]

Wikipedia and JSTOR partner


In a Wikimedia blog post this week, Steven Walling shared news of an exciting partnership. JSTOR, that non-profit consortium-based database, beloved by high school and college students everywhere for its scholarly, authoritative content, will now provide the 100 most active Wikipedia editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR, including more than […]

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World


This morning, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. This one really speaks to the need for digital literacy skills and the type of instruction we are all about. Conducted by Pew, in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the […]