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Library Confessions: I’m a terrible book talker

I’ve been feeling a bit ‘meh’ about some things lately, and perhaps putting some library confessions out there might at least make me feel more honest about where I feel I am professionally and what I’m doing to improve myself. … Continue reading

Banned Books Week Display

One of the things I love about working with 6-12 grades is that I have such a large range of books to highlight during Banned Books Week! Look here for resources from ALA on Banned Books Week. Last year, I … Continue reading

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –This follow-up to the popular “Grisha” trilogy and its companion “Six of Crows” duology is a collection of atmospheric short stories and an excellent introduction to the Grishaverse for new readers and a satisfying expansion of the world for seasoned fans.

“American Born Chinese” Opens Windows and Shines Mirrors | SLJ Summit 2017

At the SLJ Leadership Summit, Gene Luen Yang and students and educators at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, discussed how Yang's American Born Chinese helped develop their racial literacy.

Joe’s Violin | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –When New York City radio station WQXR put out a call for donations of instruments for schools, thousands responded. Every instrument has a story, but this documentary follows just one, Joe Feingold’s violin

SLJ’s October 2017 Popular Picks

An aspiring ninja tries to catch Father Christmas in the act; 16-year-old Ruby Karp pens a guide to teenage survival; a new action-packed fantasy from Holly Black in this month's Popular Picks!

Fostering Good Citizens, Online and Off

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OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“Cutting edge” refers to tested and successful implementations of technological advancements used in services such as:

  • Improvements in traditional services and processes by inventing/re-inventing/twisting technology
  • Introduction of new, innovative services that are flexible and responsive to community needs
  • Methods for connecting libraries to their communities
  • Funding initiatives or organizational models that ensure library information technology will remain current
Nominations may be may for work in any of the following sample areas:
  • Application development (apps)
  • Architecture and design
  • Circulation (sorting, remote distribution, materials handling, delivery mechanisms)
  • Collections
  • Community services (to include equity, outreach, programming and assessment of services)
  • Curation
  • E-resources management services
  • Instruction/information literacy
  • Knowledge creation
  • Open source
  • Pathfinders
  • Patron services (to include self-services and privacy protection)
  • Participatory services (e.g., student-created content, community polling, wikis)
  • Professional development
  • Readers’ advisory
  • Reference services
  • Staff management (use of self-scheduling, recruitment and evaluation)
  • Unique missions
  • User interface
  • Web services
  • Other

Nominations should include the following:

  • A description of the project/service
  • An explanation of how the service/procedure is cutting-edge
  • Information about the evolution of the project (identification of need, why it is novel, funding sources/options, challenges, how success was measured, and recommendations)

Applicants may also submit supporting materials in a variety of media, such as Flickr, YouTube, video, audio, blogs, etc.).

Nominations:

  • Must involve the use of technology
  • Must be a novel idea or implementation of a service
  • Must be able to be documented for replication
  • Must be for a library that has been involved in the development of the service or product (can’t just buy something off the shelf) or has enhanced the product for added value

A joint committee of members from the Subcommittee on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century and LITA will review all nominations and may conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or most innovative service.  Libraries or library service areas will be publicized via the OITP and LITA websites, as well as highlighted through ALA publications and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in 2012. 

The nomination form (.docx) is available online and may be emailed or faxed to Larra Clark at lclark@alawash.org or fax 202-628-8419.

Learn more about the program and past winners on the OITP website.

 

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Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle with Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school.  The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important.  What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired.

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Posted by Kristin McKeown on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm

The Comic Book Story of Video Games - book review

The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack Mcgowan, published by Ten Speed Press, publication date October 3, 2017.

This is my first non-fiction review, so be gentle on me :o)

I'll begin by saying how surprisingly interesting I found the subject to be; I intended to read this to see if my high school Manga-loving students would like this. I've decided that, even if they wouldn't, the…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on July 8, 2017 at 2:55pm

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Boy Nobody (The Unknown Assassin, #1)" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371269975m/18068100.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody">Boy Nobody</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/683191.Allen_Zadoff">Allen Zadoff</a><br/>

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Posted by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:20pm

The weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie Mclemore

The Weight of Feathers The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Oh did I love this audiobook, one of my favorites; the… Continue

Posted by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:05pm

Found (Mickey Bolitar Book 3) by Harlan Coben

Found (Mickey Bolitar, #3) Found by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I will enjoy discussing this mystery with #Yearofya on 4/26 at 8pm. If you love mysteries, join in this twitter chat! I… Continue

Posted by BJ Neary on April 7, 2016 at 6:03pm

Havana Motor Club Lesson Plan - U.S. Cuba Relations

…Hope you will be willing to share with your teacher and student populations, particularly in light of President Obama’s recent visit to Cuba.

 

The groundbreaking documentary movie Havana Motor Club will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films 8 April.

 

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Posted by Tom Adamich on April 6, 2016 at 8:53am

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