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MORE Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

In my last post, I included some great ideas for K-12 library media specialists as they collaborate with classroom teachers about quality online tools for instruction. Here are a couple of others, along with lesson plan ideas, that work well for some of my students. (Posted with permission) HSTRY: (Middle School level) Students will be required […]

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Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

I’ve discovered that some of the best advice I have to share with practicing school library media specialists comes from my own students at the University of West Georgia! For example, my Ed.S. students provide some excellent examples of developing student engagement through use of web 2.0 tools and apps. I’ve pulled (with permission) some […]

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Computer Basics: Resources for Staff Training

There are so many amazing resources available for helping your staff members grasp the fundamental concepts of computer basics. I’ve compiled a few of my favorites here: Computer Basics: lynda.com custom playlist (9 hours, 44 minutes; 4 separate courses) Included on this list: Computer Literacy for Windows, Computer Security and Internet Safety Fundamentals, Up and Running with […]

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Movin’ and Shakin’: The P-12 Media Center Transforms For More Collaboration and Participation

So, what’s the difference in a P-12 library media center and a P-12 learning commons? I’m glad you asked! Perhaps the best word to describe the difference is “moving.” The traditional P-12 library media center is certainly a place filled with resources, technology, personnel, and learning, but it is often based upon the concepts of […]

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Library-Vendor Partnerships

Librarian-vendor relationships are a crucial part of any library’s operations, but often are seen as annoying or even adversarial. We need our vendors and their products or services and we know that they need us, but sometimes it seems as if our goals don’t align with their business requirements. My experience with vendors has been […]

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The More Things Change…

Browsing through a pile of notes and drafts, I found this introduction to an article that I never wrote: Confronted with the alarmist metaphor of “The Digital Revolution”, some university libraries have transformed their traditionally quiet, austere spaces into social, service-rich areas to counteract the diminished headcounts caused by ubiquitous digital resources. The transformation appears […]

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The Surprising Delight of a Project Management Workshop

NB: This is not a sales pitch so I will not recommend any classes or teachers by name. This is simply an ode to the experience. A few weeks ago, I participated in a day-long workshop on project management, led by a big university’s IT project manager — someone who runs big, year-long, multiple-facet projects […]

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The High School Library: Portal for STEM Programs Through ROV Support

When my 16-year-old grandson started talking about being on the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team a couple of years ago, I knew he was referring to robotics of some sort. It was certainly not an area of expertise for this Grandmother librarian, so I didn’t realize the full impact of what he was explaining. Two […]

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Can Librarians Crack the Code?

Two recent articles in American Libraries magazine – “Get Cracking on Code” (March/April 2015) and “Learning to Code” (May 2015) caught my attention and got me thinking about how learning to write code could help me in my job as a librarian. After reading these articles and doing some research I discovered that libraries are […]

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Making it – New technologies & how libraries can use them

In the last few weeks, I’ve attended several conferences, presentations, workshops, some face to face, others virtually — you know, all of that stuff we do to keep up. Here are a few trends and products that I find interesting (and some of which my library will be supporting in their technology lab): Wearables – […]

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