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Dear All,Follow the link for uptodate infromation, etc about Lis.RegardsNaveedLink:
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blogging on glogging

Hello, folks!I'm spending my winter vacation playing with a scrapbook-type website called Glogster. It has a very simple interface and some wild and cutesy graphics, but its real power lies in the fact that the the pages (called posters or glogs) can be embedded in another website. Since my HTML skills are at the cut-and-paste level, using Glogster and then embedding the result in my own website means I can create some nice effects. I made a page for a Europe project for my third grade students, and I'm working on a South America webquest.It reminds me of Scrapblog and similar websites, but the interface is simpler and quicker.
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Deep Web!

A while back Joyce asked people to find out what database our state used. Found out last week that via our public library we can use EBSCO! As a very poor excuse for a media center specialist, I was overjoyed!!!Maybe others can access similar databases in their states?
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MidLink Magazine Seeking New Teacher/Editor

MidLink Magazine, is looking for a new teacher/editor to join us! I have been an editor for 7 years and the experience has been so valuable! Our chief editor is Brenda Dyck, an amazing innovative educator from Canada who writes for Education World and who is the recipient of several major awards. New MidLink Editor will be added to the existing team of editors this spring. This is our call for submissions of applications which are due by March 16, 2008. Our editors work with international colleagues to create content for MidLink Magazine. MidLink’s mission is to highlight the exemplary work from your classroom as well as classrooms around the world. The Advisory Board includes founder Caroline McCullen, State and Local Partnerships, SAS inSchool, Cary, NC, Dr. Lisa Goble, Director of School Services, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, and Beckey Reed, Consultant, School Services, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.Download Application by going to the link above and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. E-mail completed applications to Glenn Gurley - by March 16, 2008.Please note: This is not a paid position. However, we do occasionally receive funding to meet, usually in Raleigh, NC, for planning and for providing workshops or giving presentations at conferences.Questions? Leave a comment for me.
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Koha---who is using?

I am very eager to learn more about the Open Source code for Circulation Systems. Koha. Who out there is using this software? What do you like? What needs to be changed? Does it really work?
Send information!
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Hello everyone, I had the opportunity to attend the OSLA/OLA Superconference in Toronto, Ontario last week. It is considered to be one of the best librarian and teacher librarian conference in Canada. Mother nature threw us a major snowstorm of 20+ cm on Thursday but we managed well in the conference centre. I was present at two important launches while I was there. A group from the Ministry of Education in Ontario and the Ontario School Librarian Association have just tabled a draft document for study: "Together for Learning: Transforming School Libraries in Ontario". The province of Saskatchewan and now Ontario have now drafted new language for teacher librarians in their provinces. In Ontario, this is the first significant school library document drafted since the early 1990's and it recognizes the importance of school libraries and school librarians in Ontario schools. TALCO, (The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario) will reviewing the draft. I have been offered the opportunity to offer feedback on behalf of CASL. OSLA is hoping that the draft will be the official document for teacher librarians in Ontario by this fall. The other launch was Ask Ontario. From the website: Ask Ontario is the Knowledge Ontario project focused on delivering and implementing real time, collaborative virtual reference services for the province. AskON is the name of the online research help service being launched by libraries, in collaboration with Ask Ontario, in January 2008. This is there website: Other than that I picked up some newly printed books for teacher librarians that I have brought back to share with the teacher librarians in my school district: Rosenfeld, Esther. Loertscher, David V. (2007) Toward a 21st Century School Library Media Program. Scarecrow Press Inc. Stephens, Claire Gatrell. Fraklin, Patricia (2007) Library 101: A handbook for the School Library Media Specialist. Libraries Unlimited. Kuhlthau, Carol C. Maniotes, Leslie K. Caspari, Ann K. (2007) Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. Libraries Unlimited Loertscher, David V. Koechlin, Carol. Zwaan, Sandi. (2007) Beyond Bird Units: 18 Think Models – Unit Planning guides – Fresh Unit Ideas. Thinking and Understanding in Information Rich and Technology-Rich Environments. Hi Willow Research and Publishing. The next major librarian conference in Canada will be the Canadian Library Association Conference in May in Vancouver British Columbia. Hope to see some of you there.
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A New Twitter

"I'm all a twitter!" Doesn't this sound like a line from a teen movie?
Guybrarian finally talked me into taking time to "twitter" yesterday so now I am curious of how this tool is being used by other school librarians. Twitter (if you are new to what Twitter is) posts your 160 characters-or-less messages on what you choose to type in. So some folks tell everybody when they are washing the dog to actually sharing links to a great lesson for students. You can add your brief messages to the Twitter network board. You decide who's comments you want to follow.

I also like what I have read so far at:

Stay tuned for my notes on twittering.

I can be found at twitter as "lsummers" you are out there on the twitter network. If not, sign up at

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Budget cuts

Thanks to the Governator and his quest to balance the state budget (hey, he's only been in office four years to do this) California education seems to be in full swing panic mode. There's a list being put together in my district of proposed cuts. One of them of course being the elimination of the Teacher Librarian position. Our school board proposed to eliminate these four positions (yes, there are only four Teacher Librarians for a growing district that includes two high schools, three middle school, four K-8 schools, and 13 elementary schools) in March of last year as a way to balance the budget during contract negotiations with our teachers union. A month later after tremendous support from parents and the media (I am a former TV producer for a local news station) our positions were reinstated. Now it seems to me that my job is at stake again and I don't know if I could fight it as much as last time because the cuts that need to be made are so great (9 million dollars in our district).

Our union/bargaining team has asked for input on what can be cut. Here is my list...

Getting rid of....
-Plato (a drill and kill computer program that is too slow and too many technical problems)
-Nettreker (rarely used)
-Teachers preps
-Avid programs

# of school counselors
# out of town professional growth seminars
# of K-8 schools
# Athletic transportation (Hanford is too far)
# of Security
# of ELD classes

No longer purchase...
-Promethian boards (too many times used as a expensive projection screen)
-laptop carts (too expensive for the amount of wear and tear put on them)

-Have Middle School Teacher Librarians split time between the middleschools and the elementary schools that feed into them (District woldbenefit from the library skills that could be taught by the TeacherLibrarians and maybe the salary cost could be split up between all theschools).

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