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Henry A. Giroux | The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries If the United States is to prevent its slide into a deeply violent and anti-democratic state, it will, among other things, be required fundamentally to rethink the role of teachers. Susan Grigsby‘s insight: A most sobering and frank Op-Ed piece and Truthout. A must read for teachers and [...]

Read more at: Henry A. Giroux | The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times
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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:53:52 +0000

The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries With over 10 million users, Pinterest has rocketed to pop-culture fame since its launch in beta in March 2010. This rapid growth makes it the fastest growing social media site of the past year. Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and [...]

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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:50:39 +0000

6 Types of Blended Learning [Infographic] – Edudemic

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries By 2014 50% of all post-secondary students will have taken at least one class online … not sure how this is measured but worth investigating. See on learni.st

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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:47:48 +0000

The Game of Books: Reward Your Imagination

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries Earn badges and RPG level-ups for the books you read. Susan Grigsby‘s insight: Could this concept be carried forward? Love the idea of badges as discussed at AASL 2 years ago! See on www.kickstarter.com

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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:18:07 +0000

Home | Artsicle

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries Artsicle is here to help you discover your personal taste in art, from the comfort of your couch. See on www.artsicle.com

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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:13:34 +0000

How To Address An Envelope

Nicely serendipitous with last week's reference question, the library recently received this envelope in the mail: I'm not sure if this was deliberately done by a person, or just a computer filling in empty fields - either way, this sort of thing can brighten my entire day. I hope everyone has a good holiday season [...]

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Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:54:06 +0000

2012 Year in Review: Conferences

Buckhead, GA: Outdoor fire pitNormally I can recite with ease the conferences that I attended in a year, but not this year. Wow...what a year! The joy of attending conferences is joy of learning something new.  With the number of conferences I attended, this year, I'm glad that I have notes and blog posts to help jog my members.  Here are the highlights.

January - SLA Leadership Summit in Atlanta (Buckhead), GA - One of the things about this mid-winter SLA event is that no matter where the conference is held, it is always colder than expected.  Atlanta was no different.  (Watch out Dallas this coming February!)

The Leadership Summit is exactly as it is named...a meeting of SLA's leadership from around the world.  It is hoped that every unit in the Association is represented at this meeting, in order to keep the units up-to-date on the Association's activities.  Those who are seeking leadership positions in the Association are also encouraged to attend.  Not only are new procedures discussed, but there are activities to help the leaders gain new skills.

This meeting was at the start of my second year on SLA's Board of Directors and what stood out to me was the information that unit leaders needed to be hearing or paying attention to.  Indeed, my perception of "what's important" has changed since being on the Board, including what meetings are important (like the open Board of Director meetings).  I recognize that every SLA member cannot attend this event, but I also know that more members should be there to meet with the leadership, discuss issues, etc.

In March, I spoke at both the NYS Educational Media Technology Association Spring Conference and the Computers in Libraries Conference.  Educational Media Technology Association Spring Conference is a small event that impressed upon me the role of school library systems.  The conversations and presentations were inspiring and informative, especially around the use of ebooks with young children.

Computers in Libraries in one of my favorite conferences in one of my favorite cities.  I found Michael Edson's keynote to be very thought provoking.  In talking about innovating, his thoughts were a whisper of what I would be hearing more of later in the year.  My notes say:
Keep in mind that this is an endurance sport.  Think Big.  Start Small. Move Fast.
I went to several sessions on ebooks and that topic repeated itself throughout the year. (If you're looking for a definitive answer in what is going with ebooks, suffice it to say that we are all still learning about them and that includes the authors and publishers.)

Leslie Reynolds presenting the SLA IT Divisionoutstanding member award to Jill
This year, I spoke at both the spring and fall SLA Upstate New York Chapter meetings (April and October).  While these are not conferences, it does allow me and others to talk about what occurred at the SLA conferences.  I'm pleased that as a member of the SLA Board of Directors I am able to bring information to my chapter that will be helpful to them. 

Not on my blog calendar was the #140Cuse Conference that was held in Syracuse in April. My presentation was on digital literacy, which also was a theme in 2012.  (By theme, I mean something that kept coming up in conversations or conferences sessions like change, risk, ebooks, and digital literacy.)

I spoke at three conferences in June: New York Archives Conference, NYS Higher Education Initiative, and HighEdWeb Syracuse. Each provided an opportunity to hear what was on the minds of others, which included thoughts around technology and change.  Our profession continues to be in the midst of change.  We might even say that change is truly a constant for us.  In order to survive as an information professional, you need to be able to thrive in an industry that is in a constant state of flux.

I have attended every SLA Annual Conference since 1992 and this was the first one to be held in July and in Chicago.  It was HOT!  The keynote speaker was Guy Kawasaki, who had recently published the book Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.  I never did write up notes from his talk, so here are notes from Chris Vestal, who did an excellent job capturing Kawasaki's main points.

The session that had the biggest impact on me was a talk given by Robin Bew from the Economist Intelligence Unit on the world economy.   We tend to think about our own regional or national economy, however, Bew provided a world view that I think we need to hear.   I recorded a podcast after Bew's talk, which will give you an idea of what thoughts he raised in me.

Here is a video of Robin New speaking in China in May 2012. While this is not the same speech that he gave at SLA, I think it is still worthwhile hearing the perspective that he gives. Start around the 5 minute mark, after his introduction to the event itself.  Part way through, he begins talking specifically about the Chinese economy.  While that sounds like it may not be relevant to you, it is interesting to hear what he says about business in China.

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Chicago was an interesting venue for the conference.  All of the sessions were held at McCormick Place, which must be one of the largest convention centers in the world. There is talk every year among SLA members about what venue, location, etc., would be best for the conference.  Perhaps because I've been to over 20 SLA conferences, I know the positives and negatives of every option people put forth.  Every conference attracts those for whom it - and its location - make sense.  For some, that means going to a easy-to-reach location, etc., while for others it means traveling to an out-of-the-way  location for a very different experience (a la R-Squared below).

I didn't attend a conference again until September and the R-Squared Conference in Telluride, CO.  I wrote several blog posts during and after that conference, and you can read them here. For me, this was the most important conference I attended all year.  Why?  First, because I learned brainstorming and other techniques (e.g., community surveys and action briefs) that I have already been able to use and will continue to use.  Second - and more importantly - because it was a conference that dared to do things differently from where it was held, to having interactive keynotes, to unconventional sessions/tracks, etc.  This conference proved that we are hungry for events that feed us in different ways than what has become traditional.  I fully expect that other conferences will implement some of what was done at R-Squared and I'm sure they will be the better for it.

The two keynote speakers at R-Squared - Josh Linkner and Tamara Kleinberg - are both authors and their books are available for purchase.  I really appreciated the various brainstorming techniques that Linkner taught us in his interactive keynote session.  I have used several of them since then (role storming, brand storming and the long list).
 

In November, I attended the New York Library Association Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. I blogged about NYLA here and here. If I counted correctly, 20 students from the SU MLIS program attended the conference this year, which is 6-8 more than last year.  For me, that is one of the highlights of the event - watching the students interact with library practitioners (and future colleagues), listening to their observations, and hearing what they have learned.  Some wrote blog posts about the conference and I've linked to them from mine.

The keynote was given by David Weinberger. Here is a 3-minute video of MLIS student Pamela Gardner talking about both Weinberger and the session given by George Needham.



David Weinberger has written several books and I've provided links to them below. It was wonderful to see how his thoughts resonated with the NYLA attendees and I look forward to hearing him speak again.

       


If you've been keeping track, then you know that there are only four months this year where I did not attend a conference (February, May, August and December).  I am very fortunate that my employer helped me attend those conferences that were not in the Central NY region.  And I am also fortunate that a number of conferences were held "in my backyard."  That always makes getting to a conference much easier!  I also know that not everyone is so lucky.  For those who cannot get to a conference, we owe it to them to bring back what we have learned and to share it!  That sharing may be through tweets, blog posts, presentations, write-ups, or conversations.  If we come back from a conference and keep what we have learned to ourselves, then we have not helped our profession or society.  So if you have not yet talked about what you learned this year at a conference or educational event, please take time to do so.  Consider something you need to do to wrap-up 2012.

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Posted: 2012-12-19T09:30:00.000-05:00

the person you can’t say no to

I think in one’s life most of us will find at least one other person that we can’t seem to say no to. There’s some sort of attraction happening that renders us unable to follow our own goals because we’d do anything for this person if they asked. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a [...]

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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:36:09 +0000

Is This Hans Christian Andersen’s First Fairy Tale?

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries A historian in Denmark may have discovered Hans Christian Anderson’s first fairy tale ever Susan Grigsby‘s insight: "The Tallow Candle" was discovered at the bottom of an old box in Denmark’s national library. Wow. See on blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Read more at: Is This Hans Christian Andersen’s First Fairy Tale?
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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:11:27 +0000

Mythical Particles, Goldilocks Planets and More: Top 5 Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries From the Higgs Boson to the Curiosity rover, 2012 was a major year for science See on blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Read more at: Mythical Particles, Goldilocks Planets and More: Top 5 Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012
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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:05:33 +0000

New Online: Israel’s Antiquities Authority and Google Release 5,000 Digitized Images of Dead Sea Scroll Segments | LJ INFOdocket

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries Susan Grigsby‘s insight: I saw the scrolls in person and watched in awe as a little 8-year-old girl read them to her grandfather. Thanks for the link, @Garyprice See on www.infodocket.com

Read more at: New Online: Israel’s Antiquities Authority and Google Release 5,000 Digitized Images of Dead Sea Scroll Segments | LJ INFOdocket
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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:03:40 +0000

Nikon Patent Shows a Digital Back That Turns 35mm Film SLRs Into DSLRs

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries Whoa… Big news on the camera patent scouting front today: Nikon appears to be tinkering with the idea with creating a special 35mm SLR replacement ba See on www.petapixel.com

Read more at: Nikon Patent Shows a Digital Back That Turns 35mm Film SLRs Into DSLRs
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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:30:18 +0000

The 12 Learning Principles Video Games Promote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

See on Scoop.it – K-12 School Libraries Susan Grigsby‘s insight: Referencing James Paul Gee & his arguments for the importance of "good video games in learning." See on www.educatorstechnology.com

Read more at: The 12 Learning Principles Video Games Promote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:59:43 +0000

Wrapping Guide

Are you guys wrapping presents this week? Give this neat guide from Movoto Real Estate tells you what you’ll need to wrap a house … or just your presents. The New Alternative to Christmas Lights: Gift Wrap Your House By Movoto Real Estate

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Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:14:32 +0000

New Year, New Library: Digital Preservation on the Cheap, Book Mount Edition

As we've gained staff this year, we're able to work on some projects that had been on the back burner in previous years, such as taking stock of our woefully neglected rare books room. As far as I can tell, there hasn't been a proper accounting of what's in there, and we now have eager part-time librarians and interns who want to learn about preservation, digitization, and the original cataloging that comes with those topics. I repeat: you have not properly preserved nor digitized an item until there is robust metadata to go with it. End rant.

One of our part-time librarians has a nice camera, and has been trained to catalog, so what's left is to train this staff member to preserve and digitize. Book mounts can be remarkably expensive for being a few pieces of foam, but we have a trick up our sleeve: Michael's. Yes, the craft store.

My first library job was in preservation for a small theological library in New York City, where I blew a bunch of money on Mylar, and my third was guillotining and digitizing books at a large Midwestern university (yes, I was there for Double Fold, in which two of my bosses are quoted out of context), so I have some background on this area of librarianship. If you are into preservation, Michael's should be your best friend.

That large foam board is $5.99. The four cones are $3.99 each. Placing two cones on each side, slide them closer or further depending on the angle you want. Those three sheets of felt, with sticker backing, are $.99 each. Use them as needed, on the cones and on the board to reduce slippage and to protect the book or pamphlet. The sum of these materials is $26.42, including Maryland state tax. A book mount costs approximately ten times this. Budgets are tight. Get creative.

Read more at: New Year, New Library: Digital Preservation on the Cheap, Book Mount Edition
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Posted: 2012-12-18T09:36:00.000-05:00

Bookmarks for December 17, 2012

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Freebooksy Free Kindle and Nook Books Digest powered by RSS Digest

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Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:30:46 +0000

Year in Review

It’s the year in review! Below are my favorites from 2012, just because.  I did this last year too (2011′s version): Book – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Movie – Iron Sky Band – The Album Leaf Song – “This is How It Ends” by Devotchka Serious Technology – Nexus 7 tablet Less Serious [...]

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Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:01:49 +0000

Leaving Comments in Koha 3.6

Another video for our patrons. This tutorial will walk patrons through leaving comments in the OPAC. As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

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Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000

A lesson to be learned?

On Friday, as the news reports from Connecticut continued unabated, I turned off my tv.   Because I was working on a project that required internet research, my access to twitter and Facebook was still there and I read people’s reactions and thoughts as I continued to do my research. One student (well, former student; she [...]

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Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:11:01 +0000

Reference Question of the Week – 12/9/12

This is actually a "personal experience" reference question - I liked it because it was a fun challenge, but also it made me laugh because it shows you what I get up to in my free time. Earlier this week I received an envelope in the mail at my house, and it was obviously a [...]

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Posted: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:16:38 +0000