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Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

Helen

I am nearing the end of my visit to Australia where I was honored to speak and offer a MasterClass at EduTECH 2014.  Among the nine strands offered was the K12 Library Managers Congress where I met and reconnected with movers and shakers who are rethinking library, engaging learners, and inspiring each other.  I hope [...]

Embedit.in

embeditin

Every once in a while you discover an app that simply and quietly makes your life just a little easier.  An app that ought to be on your virtual Swiss Army knife of apps.  Aviary, Zamzar, Picnik come easily to mind.  I could gush about them all day long. Recently I added Embedit.in to that [...]

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 [...]

On building a guide for research skills

researchguide

Returning to those Spring semester reflections . . . It’s been around ten years since we launched our school-wide research initiative.  A number of us on the faculty felt that we needed a little boost.  While I was migrating my pathfinders to LibGuides, I decided to pull together a number of research tools to make [...]

Follett prizes innovative practice (seriously!)

follett

You know who you are! I meet you at state and national conferences.  Your students are achieving.  You are effectively engaging learners and you teach and integrate information fluencies. You tweet and blog and present about your discoveries and successes.  Your work is replicable. And you deserve to share virally and to be rewarded for [...]

2011: The year to be FIERCE

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I checked the Urban Dictionary.  It lists three definitions for the word fierce. 1. term that gay men used in the late 1990s and early 2000s to describe absolutely everything that was of “exceptional quality”. 2. being bold, displaying chutzpah, especially relating to fashion, clothes, hair or makeup. Girl, work those heels! fierce! 3. term [...]

Celebrating Castilleja and on library websites

castilleja

Castilleja School Library won the 2010 Edublog award last week in the category of best librarian/library blog. I felt awful that I’d never before seen this exemplary blog, a blog that really is the library’s website.  (And by the way, don’t miss the also fabulous runners-up: Bright Ideas (yeah, Judith and the Victoria librarians!) and [...]