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April 16, 2014

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Doctor Who… Librarian?

Doctor Who… Librarian?

… the gateway to countless worlds of pure fancy intentionally looks pedestrian—one has to transcend the importance of “surface” to be rewarded with the riches that lie beneath.

Book Giveaway: Informational Text Par Excellence… ‘American Comic Book Chronicles’

So does this sound like something that could get the teen and tween comics fans you know into nonfiction? Sure it does.

Book Giveaway: Informational Text Par Excellence… ‘American Comic Book Chronicles’

So does this sound like something that could get the teen and tween comics fans you know into nonfiction? Sure it does.

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

“A narrative experience like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is compelling in part because of the great bones of Austen’s story and characters, for sure. But equally compelling is the story form, the opportunity for consumers to engage deeply with those characters…”

Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

“Fans will not only have the opportunity to interact with the story, but actually be a part of it.”

This Weekend Forget ‘Gatsby,’ and See ‘The World Before Her’ Instead

…the most riveting film about gender I’ve seen in a looooong time.

Why At First I Didn’t Think I Could Write About ‘Citizen Hearst’

Why At First I Didn’t Think I Could Write About ‘Citizen Hearst’

So why am I so on the fence about recommending this well-produced and often engaging film?

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

Superman, with a 75-year canon to draw upon, should be included in any curriculum that covers science fiction.

433 Words on Why Fandom Doesn’t Belong in Schools

433 Words on Why Fandom Doesn’t Belong in Schools

A key part of the power of the fandom is precisely that it lies outside the realms of codified hierarchy we find in school and in the workplace…

When Curriculum is Media: The Important Lessons of ‘The Revisionaries’

When Curriculum is Media: The Important Lessons of ‘The Revisionaries’

Students are provided with curriculum in much the same way that religious adherents are provided with scripture, as something whose source and authorship are not be discussed, much less questioned.

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

After Earth Day, Who “Speaks” for Nature?

Aren’t most of our public policy debates about the environment informed by factoids/partial data/dramatic images supplied by media coverage rather than the relevant research?

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

On top of everything else that they do, libraries with collections of thoughtfully published art books are also, essentially, museums.

Why ‘Marble Season’ is My Favorite Book of 2013 (So Far)

Why ‘Marble Season’ is My Favorite Book of 2013 (So Far)

As far as outside-of-school literacies are concerned, “Marble Season” is possibly a definitive treatise on the subject without even intending to be…

Crowdfunding, Fandom, and Media Literacy: One Key Thing We Should Be Teaching Kids

Crowdfunding, Fandom, and Media Literacy: One Key Thing We Should Be Teaching Kids

It’s not just dollars that are getting invested in the crowdfunding process, but fans themselves.

With ‘42’ in Theaters, Here’s a Free Movie Starring Jackie Robinson

With ‘42’ in Theaters, Here’s a Free Movie Starring Jackie Robinson

Alfred Green’s 1950 film, made at the height of Robinson’s career, is in the public domain…

Book Giveaway… Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen

If I can appreciate all the work that authors Nightingale and Palmer put into this book, imagine how genuine fans might feel…

In Memory of ‘Script Frenzy’: Some Free Resources for Writing for Media

An array of free resources related to writing and producing media… to use yourself, or make available to others.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

5 Reasons ‘Blancanieves’ is the Most Thrilling ‘Snow White’ Ever

5 Reasons ‘Blancanieves’ is the Most Thrilling ‘Snow White’ Ever

From Spain, a true new classic…