December 10, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Authors “Heartened” by Seuss Museum’s Removal of Mural

A mural at the new Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, prompted three authors to pull out of an event there. The museum may now use the art as a “teachable moment.”

Treasures from Four Historic Kid Lit Collections

Curators shared the history and scope of their children’s literature collections at a recent New York City event.

The American Writers Museum | Pictures of the Week

A number of librarians made time during the ALA 2017 conference in Chicago last week to stop in at 180 Michigan Avenue, the home of the new American Writers Museum.

Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back.

Confession: I don’t know that I completely get the coloring craze. I recognize the value of stress reduction and mindfulness. I know there’s a certain nostalgia associated with coloring.  Last year, however, I did get super excited about one particular coloring project: #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week! And her it comes again! Organized by the New […]

At the Intersection of Libraries and Museums

For librarians promoting information literacy and the evaluation of resources, museums—however unconventional—are fertile grounds for incorporating primary sources in lessons and activities.

Excitement Building for 2016 #AskaCurator Twitter Initiative

Dozens of museum curators worldwide are taking to Twitter on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 to field as many questions as they can.

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Playing around in 3D museums from Smithsonian and Google

Lately the digital galleries we visit have gotten a little more real.  3D scanned images allow us to get really up close and personal and around every bend. Recently launched, Smithsonian X 3D presents a variety of 3D collections. The objects are viewed in the sophisticated Explorer browser that allows incredible opportunities to manipulate, measure, […]

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 […]

Summer Badges and More from the Smithsonian

Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

Early last month, I wrote about the big news from Getty Images. Last week, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly […]

Digging dinosaurs digitally

I can see so many young scientists getting very excited about this. I can picture a new type of digital eureka as archeologists on their digs check their cell phones to identify or verify a newly discovered artifact. The University of Michigan’s Online Showcase of 3-D Fossil Remains is a collection 20 years in the […]

Books to Enhance Class Trips and Learning Adventures | Focus On

The books presented in this month’s collection development column have been selected to support and enhance expeditions to favorite preschool and elementary-aged destinations: farms and other food-producing enterprises; museums (both natural history and art); nature reserves and outdoor-observation areas; community institutions; and zoos and aquariums. A mix of fact-filled offerings and fictional adventures, all of these titles give kids a break from the routine and encourage interactive learning experiences.