April 29, 2017

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“Rock Star” Librarians Article Hits Sour Note | Opinion

A “Wall Street Journal” article profiling kid lit “rock stars” who are all white men angered readers. it also prompted soul-searching about diversity in the profession—and a push for solutions.

It’s Genius Hour!

Understanding genius hour and making it rock at your school.

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Fusenews: “I was at dog church!”

First and foremost, this: That would be Kadir Nelson’s tribute to the Schomburg Library in NYC. A couple things to note about it.  First, in an amazing bit of research you can see that he includes both the old Schomburg Library (now overrun with ivy) and the new Schomburg together at the bottom.  Second, the […]

Pictures of the Week | Librarians Tat Up

“Library Journal” Movers & Shakers and “Dr. Who” fans Matthew Winner and Sherry Gick show commitment to their profession with freshly inked tattoos that say “Mover and Shaker” in Gallifreyean.

Blog Tour Stop: Children’s Literary Podcasting Loves a Winner

On April 19th of this past year I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL called Podcasting Children’s Books: Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs. Unlike a lot of my Salons, this one was actually recorded and turned into a podcast here.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because that podcaster, one Matthew Winner, […]

Travis Jonker’s Five to Follow on Twitter

From the funniest children’s librarian on Twitter to the ‘Picasso’ of the medium, select recommendations of people to connect with in the kidlit/library sphere.

Kids Solve Global Problems, Buy Tractor for Village in Zambia | ISTE 2014

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The ISTE session “Teaching Kids to Harness Technology to Solve Global Problems” showed how a group of Michigan fifth and sixth graders used compassion, curiosity, and 21st-century skills to raise money and buy a tractor for a village in Zambia.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.