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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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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 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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Curl Up With a Good…Ebook!

Last month I wrote about e-readers and buying vs. checking out eBooks. While doing some related research, I gained a new appreciation for the vast amount of information available on eBooks and libraries. So this month I’m sharing some of what I discovered about eBooks, along with a few useful articles and blogs that might […]

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3D Printers and Changing My Mind

I went to Philadelphia a couple weeks ago to speak at a library event about makerspaces, maker-culture, and co-working in academic libraries. My presentation was about the design studio we built in the GT Library using very little high-end technology. One of the things I say whenever I’m talking about this space is “I am […]

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E-books: Amazon vs. OverDrive

Last year I received my first e-book reader, a Kindle Fire, as a birthday gift. I had long promised myself that I would never own an e-reader. I have nothing against technological advancement and the so-called progress of our digital world, but I like my books—real books with coffee-stained pages and glossy covers.  However, I […]

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The Expanding World of 3-D Printing

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am fascinated by—nay, in love with, the concept of 3-D printing technology.  My first exposure to the world of 3-D printing was last year at a Tech Boot Camp sponsored by the Georgia Public Library Service where I had the opportunity to watch a Maker Bot create several […]

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Grab bag: A few of my favorite (tech) things

  Last month, I focused on different methods to enhance your learning and professional development. This month, I’m just going to share some of my favorite tech tools. Some of these are really simple (Snaggy, a screencapture editing tool) and some are more complex (Audacity, an audio editor) but all of are useful! Teaching & […]

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