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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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Let’s Talk About What’s FAIR

This week, I enjoyed leading a spirited discussion with a Georgia school district’s media personnel about the topic of copyright and fair use. I was interested to hear the questions these P-12 media specialists had regarding what can and cannot be done regarding copyright law — in other words, what is FAIR?   A few of the […]

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Library Blogs to Follow

While looking for inspiration for my GLEAN post this month I started perusing the interwebs for what other interesting tidbits fellow library bloggers were writing about. As always there is much to do and not a lot of time in which to do it, and in the crush of all that I am currently involved […]

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Lost in [Cyber] Space…

It has been said that our opinions of others are formed within the first few seconds of meeting them. For example, take librarians… I look at one dressed in their interesting clothing with hair exploding, glasses crooked, and inquisitive eyes and think, hmmm, that must be an academic librarian. I look at another dressed in […]

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How Do We Turn All Library Lovers Into Library Users?

I recently came across a quote from a blog post by the Annoyed Librarian in Library Journal that gave me pause and made me stop and think for a second. “What people like about libraries is all the stuff they think libraries do, like providing books and educational opportunities and stuff like that. Even if […]

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Get out there: Devices & apps to help keep New Year’s resolutions

 As rumors of the Apple Watch continue to bounce around the internet, it might be time to take a look at existing devices or health and fitness apps that work with your phone —  many of which are free! So on that note, let’s check out some technology and perhaps, keep a New Year’s resolution […]

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Shaking the Magic 8 Ball – technology trends 2015

My original idea for was to do a little crystal ball gazing, but looking at projected trends for next year, the landscape seems to be more a progression of existing technology rather than new technology.  So maybe it is more akin to shaking the Magic 8 Ball – will it work? How well? How can […]

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Reader’s Advisory in a Pinch

“I’m looking for a good book. Can you find me something…NOW?!” More and more often we frontline librarians are dealing with patrons who want whatever it is they are looking for “right now.” Reference interview? Only if you can do it in 1.5 seconds. In this age of immediate accessibility to information it helps to have tools […]

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A Meta Research Question

A phrase that’s making me crazy at work is “virtual browsing.” We know we need to have it (our books are going into high-density storage as part of a massive renovation and renewal) but it has become clear over the past few months that we need to figure out what “virtual browsing” actually means. Is […]

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Open Your Mind to Open Access

Open your mind to Open Access! This week libraries, schools, colleges, universities and others are celebrating International Open Access Week (October 20 – 26, 2014). Are you still not sure what OpenAccess? Why should libraries and librarians even care? Let’s start with the basics: what is it? Open Access focuses on free, unrestricted online access […]

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