November 17, 2017

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Carolyn Foote

About Carolyn Foote

Carolyn Foote is a “technolibrarian” at Westlake High School in Austin, TX.
She blogs at Not So Distant Future.

Gale Databases Integrate Google Apps for Education 

Most kids don’t exactly leap at the chance to use a reference database. But now Gale is leveraging students’ penchant for Google to quell their common objection that databases are hard to use.

Giving Data Some Soul | Project Advocacy

Presenting data persuasively is an important advocacy skill for librarians.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Think Like a Futurist | Project Advocacy

When we envision a future for our libraries, we shape the present, writes Project Advocacy columnist Carolyn Foote.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Library Redesigns are Advocacy Opportunities | Project Advocacy

The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Advice from a Changemaker: Let’s All Get Connected | Project Advocacy

President Obama honored 10 educator Champions of Change in November. As a grateful recipient of that award—and the sole school librarian in the group—Carolyn Foote feels even more inspired to bring librarians and educators together online.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Everyday Advocacy: Making a case for libraries is easy with web tools. Here’s how to get started.

We should all be fighting mad. I’m tired of reading headlines about the obsolescence of libraries and cuts to school programs. Librarians, students, parents, teachers, and community members—all of us should be incensed because our students deserve better. Now more than ever, libraries have become dynamic learning spaces where students develop information literacy skills, conduct research, collaborate, create, and read. It’s time to use the tools at our disposal to demand equity for students in our own districts and […]

Looking to Ramp Up Your Library Web Site? Try a Blog.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Does your library Web site feel a bit flat or just plain boring? Do you wish you could interact with students on your site and share more of your passion for learning? Then consider turning your site into a blog.

Blogging software lets you update your site easily and keep it current. LeighAnn McCready, teacher librarian at Milpitas (CA) High School, converted to a blog three years ago. “I created it when I initially arrived on campus […]

It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a new take on text, try this fun word cloud generator

A Wordle of Features, Columns, and departments in SLJ’s July Issue

Nation. New. Common. Generation. These are among the most frequently used words spoken by President Barack Obama in his January 2009 inauguration speech as seen in a fascinating visual display called a Wordle.

It’s simple, really. Just feed text of your choosing into the free online application Wordle, and with one keystroke you’ll have a graphic representation of your content, sized according to frequency of use. It’s “a picture’s worth […]

See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom

Chat with authors, record podcasts, and cover reference—all online and for free—with Skype

“Who’s your favorite character?” “Where do you get ideas?” Imagine your students having the opportunity to ask an author these questions directly—without breaking your library budget. You can do this—and a whole lot more—with the free Internet telephony service called Skype (www.skype.com).

Through Skype, my students at Westlake High School in Austin, TX, were able to “visit” with Cynthia Leitich Smith, award-winning YA author of Rain Is Not My […]