The Unquiet Library Annual Report 2011, Part 1

I’m happy to share with you the first part of my annual library report that I created in Microsoft Word.  Each media center in our district is mandated to submit an annual report; in the past, we shared program highlights related to each of the four roles under Information Power, but I’m excited that we […]

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Nurturing Transliteracy with Vook

Inspiration has arrived this afternoon via friend and colleague Mark Moran who Tweeted about his newly minted Vook on marathon running.  What is Vook? “A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story. You can read your book, […]

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New Published Articles on Participatory Libraries and Learning

I am honored and pleased to share the publication of two new articles this month! “What Kind of Teacher Are You?”, May/June 2011 issue of Knowledge Quest  A sidebar companion mini-article on the social media streams and Learning Commons for AASL 2011 in Alice Yucht’s “Conference-Going Strategies, Redux” in Knowledge Quest. I’ll be writing more in […]

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Are Librarians, Not Seth Godin, The Ones Missing the Point on Libraries?

Seth’s Blog: The future of the library via kwout Twitter is lit up today with divergent responses to Seth Godin’s post, “The Future of the Public Library.”  I think Godin is spot-on with his thoughts and observations, particularly the idea that libraries “…ought to be the local nerve center for information.”  Note he doesn’t see […]

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Ushering in the Era of “Validation”: Gaining Authority in the Age of Digital Overload

“Curation” is a hot buzzword right now in circles of people interested in information and how it is created, organized, distributed, digested, and self-filtered.  As someone who has been and continues to be interested in the changing nature of authority, social scholarship, and helping people learn how to develop their own “information filters”, I was […]

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Now share Google Docs and Google Calendars (via WordPress.com News)

This news is not only exciting for me as WordPress.com user, but also has implications for instruction since I teach both WordPress and Google Docs to our students. For many of you, your WordPress.com site isn't just about communication, it's about collaboration, too. We're taking collaboration and sharing one step further today at WordPress.com by […]

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Transliterate Libraries: Creating Conversations for Portable, Participatory, and Personalized Learning

I was extremely honored to present “Transliterate Libraries: Creating Conversations for Portable, Participatory, and Personalized Learning” yesterday at the 79th ABQLA Conference in Montreal (please see http://www.abqla.qc.ca/).  I am most grateful for this opportunity to share and learn with others as well as the incredible hospitality from everyone who participated in the conference—thank you for making […]

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Participatory Learning and Librarianship, NYLA-SLMS Spring Conference 2011

I had the pleasure of joining the amazing school librarians of New York at the New York Library Association-SLMS Spring Conference 2011 this past weekend in Buffalo, New York.  Words can’t thank the conference organizers and attendees enough for their incredible hospitality and warm words of encouragement!  My luncheon keynote slidedeck is featured at the […]

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The Dangers of Search Algorithms as Curators of the World: Eli Pariser TED Talk

Check out this fascinating TED talk by Eli Pariser that I discovered last evening through my friend and wise colleague Heather Braum.  Here’s the abstract of this nine minute talk: As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped […]

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Peer Review of Digital Research Projects, Spring 2011

We are in the final week of our digital research project that the Media 21 students have been engaged in now for about six weeks as they have investigated issues facing our veterans who have served or who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We began the first of four days of peer review […]

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