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Share with school leaders: Douglas Reeves video

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School Libraries in the 21st Century came across the AASL listserv a couple of days ago. It’s a bit different from the other advocacy videos we’ve been sharing. Douglas B. Reeves, founder of the Leadership and Learning Center, speaks to school administrators about a place you might not have been very recently, and that’s your [...]

Karen Bonanno’s ASLA Speech: We are far from an endangered species!

Tweeting it out yesterday was just not enough to highlight the brilliance of Karen Bonanno’s talk at the Australian School Library Association Conference: A Profession at the Tipping Point: Time to Change the Game Plan. Some random nuggets you will take away: We are only an endangered species if we allow ourselves to be!  This [...]

Mobilize for help and hope: Petition Obama & Twitter bomb Senate!

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It’s time to act!  This week, promise to raise your political voice by participating in two political activities to save libraries for young people! 1. Sign this petition now. I share this email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us yesterday: My friends [...]

What’s it like to be poor in America? (a game for developing empathy)

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Over 14 million Americans are unemployed.  Now imagine you’re one of them. Your savings are gone.  You’ve lost your house. You’re a single parent.  You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Spent is a simulation designed to introduce young people to what it means to truly be down on [...]

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 [...]

CLSA Bookstore

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Jane Lofton, librarian at Mira Costa High School, asked me share Jackie Siminitus’ new promotional flyer for the Cafe Press Library Store (cafepress.com/csla). The online store features art donated by book illustrators in support of the new California Campaign for Strong School Libraries. You don’t have to be from California to appreciate and use these [...]

Six tools to simplify cataloging

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Over the past year, I’ve discovered a number of handy, free tools for cataloging those materials we receive that do not come pre-cataloged. Here are a handful of tools that could save you lots of time. 1. Classify offers automated advice for assigning classification numbers and subject headings. Searchable by standard numbers, author, title, and [...]

TL Tips for Tight Times (Part 1: Rethinking Collection)

The vendors I do business with each year are beginning to call looking for commitments for next year and I don’t know what to tell them. We live in uncertain times.  Some of the best of us are losing positions. Some of us are covering multiple libraries.  For those of us lucky enough to be [...]