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September 19, 2014

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Connected Librarians Day!

Connected Librarians Day!

I am thrilled to be keynoting at Library 2.014 this year (October 8-9).  I’ll be talking about the importance of building social capital in our profession. I am doubly thrilled to be organizing our second Connected Librarians Day, as a pre-conference on Tuesday, October 7th. Sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries [...]

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

I first wrote about Newsela nearly a year ago (Newsela: Making News Accessible for Learners).  Across the curriculum, my teachers and students loved it. This morning, founder and CEO Matthew Gross, shared the announcement of the expansion of the news platform that engages readers in news at their own level, with launch of the Newsela Sports [...]

Yale Photogrammar revitalizes and adds new context to the FSA-OWI images

Yale Photogrammar revitalizes and adds new context to the FSA-OWI images

Last week I was so excited to discover the Internet Archive Book Images project.  Yesterday (also via @infodocket) I discovered Photogrammar– a digital humanities project from Yale University. Exploiting Library of Congress metadata, the Photogrammar team created a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the [...]

Forms gets so much prettier!

Forms gets so much prettier!

If you’re a devoted Google Forms lover, take a new look. You’ll be excited and you’ll likely just want to create many more surveys and polls! Earlier this week the Google Drive Blog announced that, in response to user requests, they’ve added the ability to add your own personal touch to forms through custom themes.  [...]

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do [...]

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from

            Attention fans of history, historical images, book art, and archives in general: Georgetown University scholar, Yahoo fellow and developer Kalev Leetaru is currently working to create a searchable database of 12 million copyright-free images, from 600 million library book pages. The recently launched Flickr-based Internet Archive Book Images currently [...]

Beloit College Mindset List

Beloit College Mindset List

Yesterday, Beloit College released its Annual College Mindset List. Ever since 1998, the list has helped us understand exactly where the current freshman (2018) class is coming from.  (You can check out the webcast here.) The initial purpose of the list was to alert aging faculty to beware of hardening of the references–that the students [...]

How do you keep up? Part 5: Google+ Communities

How do you keep up? Part 5: Google+ Communities

In the past few posts about keeping up, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations, we looked at curation sites for current awareness, webinars hosted by practitioners and Pinterest as a new essential for making visual discoveries and organizing what you discover. Recently, Google+ Communities have found [...]

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

In recent posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness and webinars hosted by talented practitioners. I suggest that if you don’t regularly refer to Pinterest, or if your Pinterest experience [...]

Touch Van Gogh

Touch Van Gogh

Share this with your favorite art teachers and art-loving learners. I love that technology removes the theater rope.  That great art can be less guarded, more accessible, nearly touchable. And I sincerely hope that Touch Van Gogh, the newly updated, free, award-winning app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is only the beginning of [...]

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

In the past couple of posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness. Now let’s turn to the fabulous and nearly overwhelming array of webinar/conferency-type professional development available to you free [...]

Pinterest becomes more social

Yesterday, Pinterest announced a new collaborative feature–conversations/messaging around shared pins. Combined with the Send a Pin feature added last spring, users can now share and comment on visual discoveries with multiple friends, colleagues and students without having to leave the site or app they are currently exploring. To engage in a Pinterest converation, after choosing [...]

How do you keep up? Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

How do you keep up?  Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

In my last post I shared how presentation platforms/communities contribute to my professional learning, sharing, and growth. Also in my arsenal are tools that, in the old days, we would have called current awareness services. These curation tools allow you to follow others who share your interests and to push newsfeeds to your inbox after [...]

How do you keep up? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

How do you keep up, Joyce? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

Whenever I share at a conference, I get asked a couple of questions:  “How do you learn about all this stuff?”  “How do you keep up?” Most of us did not learn strategies for the type of keeping up we now need to do when we were in library school. New tools for current awareness, [...]

#saveedshelf: a new model. Helping the developers on our team.

No secret.  I am a huge fan of edshelf.  Not only as a curation platform, but as a source of reviews, as a discovery tool, as a lens on the apps and tools other educators I respect are using, as an attractive dashboard for my stakeholders–with the added value of descriptions, tutorials and so much [...]

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot.  There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare [...]

So you think you know your phone

So you think you know your phone

Confession: I love my iPhone and I thought I knew how to use it, until I attended Michelle Luhtala’s latest edWeb webinar. I couldn’t make the session live, but I am actually kinda glad I watched it first in archived form.  The recording allowed me to pause and take a good look at the features [...]

liberi.o: from Docs to pub

liberi.o: from Docs to pub

My favorite third party solutions for e-publishing include Issuu, FlipSnack, and ePubBud for kiddos. But, if you or your students do any serious writing using Google Docs, you’ve probably longed for an instant strategy for sharing your text masterpieces as ebooks. Liber.io, just out of private beta, may be a serious answer.  The program allows [...]

A round-up of interactive video options

A round-up of interactive video options

We take for granted that we can interact with text, but up until recently it’s been a challenge to interact (read/write/talk) with media.  I last looked at tools for annotating and interacting with video more than a year ago.  The field has changed a bit. Why interact with video? Being able to interact with video [...]

Why it’s important to smash a few apps (or what’s on your palette?)

Why it’s important to smash a few apps

Lately when I think about how I am going to accomplish a digital task, I find that I automatically consider the task as a creative process, a process that makes me dig into my digital toolkit or examine my digital palette, usually more than once, to discover new synergies. I’ve come to discover what I’ve [...]