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News literacy is a hot topic these days, as it should be with the “fake news” buzzword flying around at every turn. I’ve been digging in on news literacy resources this year, as know that this is another avenue for librarians to step up and become experts in our schools in a topic that isn’tRead more

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I’ve been evangelizing about Twitter for years. Every chance I get, I tell people how Twitter changed my life and how building my PLN is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself professionally. Several years ago at CMS, I hosted a Twitter Boot Camp for my teachers. Over the past three semesters, I’ve workedRead more

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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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Collection Development - new lists to view! 1 Reply

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Summer! Tips for maintaining your mindfulness practice

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June 2018 - Spaciousness & Self-Awareness

Posted by Kristin McKeown on June 1, 2018 at 10:06am

Book Review: Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

by Christine Hurley Deriso

Pub Date: 18 Sep 2018

Read courtesy of www.Netgalley.com

I recently reviewed Christine Hurley Deriso's All the Wrong Chords, which I loved. I really wanted to like Things I'd Rather Do Than Die as much, but alas, I give it 4 instead of 5 ⭐. I also read Deriso's Acknowledgment section of this novel, and I'm glad she took the advice of her editor; having the main…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on April 22, 2018 at 4:26pm

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

courtesy of www.netgalley.com 

publish date: May 8, 2018

Sarah Crossan brought me into a world I don't think I'll ever encounter in my own life, but she brought me into it nonetheless. Great job helping me to be a part of someone else's life, especially when I'd have no understanding otherwise.

What it is like having your older brother on death row, having a…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 3:21pm

Book Review: What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey

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What You Left Me

by Bridget Morrissey

publication date June 5, 2018

courtesy of www.netgalley.com

Magical realism.  As a result of a drunk driving accident during their high…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 2:41pm

Book review: Whisper by Lynette Noni

I wanted to like this more than I did. I just felt like in our current social culture, it was another you-don't-know-who-to-trust and everyone-who's-not-like-you-is-to-be-approached-with-caution and look-what-we've-done-to-our-world... I know that's what dystopian fiction is, but this wasn't unique enough to wow me.  Noni did her best to make the reader flip flop as to 'who's to blame,' but it…
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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on March 25, 2018 at 2:10pm

Why Teachers Need to Be "Warm Demanders" Toward Themselves

Many educators, particularly those focused on having culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms, understand the value of being a “warm demander” for their students.  This term, originally coined in 1975 by Judith Kleinfeld, describes how teachers can hold their students to high expectations in a structured environment while still conveying a deep and sincere belief in, and care for, those students.  …

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Posted by Kristin McKeown on February 23, 2018 at 10:32am

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kvadiwala replied to Connie Anderson's discussion Elementary Book Club ideas
"wow this a great idea  how can use this in the school library  please if you have more suggestions or ideas please share  cheers "
Jun 11
kvadiwala replied to Claudia Pierce's discussion How can I connect with elementary school librarians around the world?
"Hi  Claudia we are a brand new K12  Indian community school in Kuwait and we have around 1000 student at the moment.  As you suggested the culture and students connect with each other ... its a great idea of exchanging the kids world…"
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kvadiwala replied to Karen Hornberger's discussion Collection Development - new lists to view!
"lovely ....awaiting the titles list & appreciate your help  thanks   "
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kvadiwala replied to Tricia Atkins's discussion Novice Needing Help with the Set Up of New Library
"Thanks very much for your kind reply and it's very useful for the librarian setting up brand new library but I would like to know if this company can support out side USA and if yes how to contact ty them for further enquiry  Your reply…"
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Summer! Tips for maintaining your mindfulness practice

After all the buildup, it is here -- SUMMER VACATION!Whether your school year is over or the end is right around the corner, I've recorded a "very special" practice for the beginning of summer (see below).  In addition to a 10 minute meditation, I've included an intro that offers a few practical tips for keeping up your practice now that your schedule is different.http://www.teachingbalance.com/blog/2018/5/28/summer…See More
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kvadiwala replied to Amy Skrovan's discussion Lesson plan resources for pre-k through 6th grade - New Librarian
"wow thanks very much for the great link  awesome "
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