November 17, 2017

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Guest Post: Marc Aronson and the Design and Flow of Nonfiction

It is difficult to pin down the first time I became aware of the work of Marc Aronson.  The likelihood is that it occurred when I read his books.  Or was it his work as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University?  How about his support of international […]

Refreshing you on- and offline spaces with a bit of library eye candy

There’s redecorating and there’s just plain old decorating. When it comes time for a bit of library refreshing, in the form of posters and bulletin boards, there are so many wonderful shared options. In the spirit of fall refreshing, I thought I’d refresh on of my posts, Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) […]

More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

A lot of imagination, a little elbow grease, and the right tools can yield dramatic results like these.

Reimagined Cover Art for Classic Books Coming to Schools, Libraries Nationwide

Schools and libraries can play host to the Recovering the Classics exhibit of re-imagined covers of well-loved novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Call of the Wild.

IDEO shares Design Thinking for Libraries

Need a fresh approach for rethinking your library program? Want to engage your learning community in the rethinking/planning process? Look no further.  Developed by IDEO, and funded by the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Design Thinking for Libraries is the inspiration you’ve been waiting for to brainstorm possibilities, reflect on […]

Simplifying production, with a one-button lab

This week I attended the PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, where I connected with school and academic librarians and discussed evolving visions of literacy. (More on that coming!) At the Pattee Library,  I was treated to a tour of the Knowledge Commons by Associate Librarian Joe Fennewald.  Joe showed several of us around a variety […]

Font smashing (or pairing): it’s a thing too

I don’t know exactly how or when it happened, but I’ve become fussy about fonts.  And I find the proliferation of free fonts both satisfying and confounding. It goes like this.  I shop a font, usually through the options in Canva, Picmonkey and the frenzy of open source selections that pop up under More fonts […]

A little titling fun with Type to Design

For years I’ve returned to Erik Kastner’s  Spell with Flickr to help me create slides and titles. I just discovered that Type to Design curates letter designs from Instagram.  It’s a by-product of the 36 Days of Type project which challenged designers and illustrators to explore the endless graphic possibilities of type and upload those possibilities […]

Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

I am nearing the end of my visit to Australia where I was honored to speak and offer a MasterClass at EduTECH 2014.  Among the nine strands offered was the K12 Library Managers Congress where I met and reconnected with movers and shakers who are rethinking library, engaging learners, and inspiring each other.  I hope […]

Five new(ish) presentation and publishing alternatives

PowerPoint is robust and Google Presentations is very sweet for collaboration, but some of us simply crave beautiful new design options for our presentations and publications. Here are four worthy options, and another one about to be born. Canva allows its users to create beautiful slides, posters, Pinterest covers and headers for Facebook and Twitter […]

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.

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library

Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.

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

Rethinking library with Carolyn and Shannon

If you were busy doing anything else last night, lucky for you this particular TLCafé was archived.  (Well, they all are.) But, last night Shannon Miller and Carolyn Foote were truly inspirational as they discussed their own experiences and shared images about rethinking and improving the space we call library.  Tiffany Whitehead moderated expertly. Our […]

A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced by educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.