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Choosing Choice Boards

The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of […]

Launching SchoolLibraryNJ (and some models beyond)

We’re exited to launch SchoolLibraryNJ, a evolving project designed to address inequitable access to resources for K12 schools and libraries and to present the value of librarians in digitally curating resources for teaching and learning.

Reading is Self-Care

I suppose it’s something we simply know. But I suspect it’s something we don’t explicitly teach. Reading is more than an enjoyable and enriching experience. Reading is self-care. At a time when they don’t see their friends . . . At a time when some are reluctant to turn their cameras on and share their […]

TeachingBooks Launches Free Chrome Extension

It’s never been easier to explore those questions you have about authors and illustrators and books. TeachingBooks’ new free Chrome extension makes moving from your Google search about anything, including children’s or young adult lit, to its rich and engaging digital content. And because founder and publisher Nick Glass has made access to TeachingBooks available […]

Enough with the CRAAP: We’re just not doing it right

It’s not the web it used to be and our traditional approaches to teaching about it no longer make sense. In fact, we teach strategies that often fail our students.

Reach out!: Web-Based Advice Service for School Librarians

At a time when a professional version of a Dear Abby is most needed, our past AASL presidents offer to personalize and scale their leadership, providing timely advice and time-honored vision.

New from the Library of Congress: Newspaper Navigator

Historical researchers rejoice! We can now freely search more than 1.5  images from American newspapers dating from 1789 through 1963.    LC Labs’ newly launched  Newspaper Navigator leverages machine learning and the substantial digitized resources of the Library’s Chronicling America website. For decades, Chronicling America has allowed users to discover the text of newspapers in its […]

New from Netflix: Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

In what felt like a very different, and very inspiring kind of binge-watching, I just experienced all 12 episodes of the new Netflix series, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. It was indeed a celebration. The series features prominent Black authors, artists and celebrities reading children’s books that highlight the Black experience. Books were carefully selected around […]

The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond

Just published: a fabulously useful tool for back-to-school professional learning and professional development. With the excitement of a tech-tools smackdown, it promises to have far longer legs and far stickier value. The Epic eBook of Web Tools & Apps, will serve as a digital palette or dashboard to remind you and your partner educators of […]