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November 25, 2014

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Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

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With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

I Tried, I ‘Liked,’ I Shared: How Travis Jonker handles social media

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If there’s one thing you can say about all school librarians: we’re cat people. The other is: we like trying things. And when it comes to social media, I’ve tried it all.

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

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Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school’s Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development “Boot Camp” session for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School librarians on how to use Twitter.

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work. K.C. Boyd, is the Library Media Specialist at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School  (Chicago [...]

Pin it! SLJ Reviewers Share Their Favorite “Book Hooks”

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SLJ’s reviewers share their favorite recent titles, along with “book hooks” —mini-booktalks—on our Pinterest board. Guaranteed to make these titles fly off your library shelves!

Pin your resolutions with ASCD

Pin your resolutions with ASCD

With its 17 boards (including Best Pins of 2013 and Education Infographics) and hundreds of pins, ASCD has built a huge professional presence on Pinterest. And it presents a solid curation model for other professional organizations. ASCD’s new Pin to Win 2014 Education Resolutions with ASCD ups and crowd-sources those curation efforts. Educators are invited [...]

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

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How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?

Bragging Rights | Consider the Source

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Using Pinterest, online students at Rutgers have been curating boards for students on civil rights and robotics with the Common Core State Standards in mind. Take a peek at their efforts.

STEAM, a Pinterest Board

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Curious about STEAM? Check out School Library Journal’s Pinterest board, curated by children’s librarian Amy Koester, author of our October 2013 cover story, “Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM.”

Promoting new titles with Pinterest (Check out Alida’s boards)

Here’s one Pinterest rabbit hole well worth falling through. I discovered Alida Hanson’s wonderfully comprehensive and attractive Pinterest boards promoting the new books and media at Weston High School (MA) Library, via a recent AASLForum discussion. When I asked Alida if she’d allow me to share her process for organizing those boards, she generously agreed. [...]

Why hair salons need to curate

Why hair salons need to curate

Please forgive this little journey about curation and life outside of school. I’ve been doing some thinking about curation and hair. Here’s my sad story and my proposed solution. I hadn’t had a hot shower for a week after Hurricane Sandy.  I was beat.  And my hair was full of knots.  When I got to [...]

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest

Melissa Techman has great ideas. So School Library Journal asked the K-5 librarian at Broadus Wood Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA, to guest curate a board of “cheap and cheerful” ideas on Pinterest.

Focusing in on authors who pin

We’ve followed their blogs and tweets.  Now many of us are following their boards. Through Pinterest, some of our favorite authors are sharing fan art; previewing book covers and chapters; allowing us a lens on the inspirations for their writing; illustrating the background and locations for their books; suggesting literary extension activities; revealing their hobbies [...]

Fusenews: Bets lists towards best book lists

The best books lists are abundant and here!  So very exciting, yes?  I do love this time of year, and so it makes sense to begin with the cream of the crop.  I refer, of course, to NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2012.  Split into seven different categories (Picture Books, Folk and Fairy [...]

Soapbox: Not Fast Enough

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SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that school librarians need to master a new game.

News Bites: Join Candlewick’s ‘We Believe in Picture Books’ Campaign

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On August 31, Candlewick launched a yearlong video celebration of picture books in honor of their 20th anniversary. Every day for 365 days, as part of the We Believe in Picture Books campaign, Candlewick will offer a video shot by authors, illustrators, staff, and friends, sharing what picture books mean to them, recommending a favorite story, and more. Librarians and teachers are welcome to post these videos on their own websites to share with students. You can also submit your own video to the publisher in which you informally talk about your favorite picture book, what the format means to you, or why it matters.

Now with Apps, Curation Board Learnist May One-up Pinterest for Education

Now with Apps, Curation Board Learnist May One-up Pinterest for Education

Learnist, a new curation tool that’s been gaining traction among educators, including librarians, has expanded its social learning platform to mobile, with apps for the iPhone and iPad released today.

Pinterest for bulletin board anxiety

For me, the beginning of school is made even crazier by bulletin board anxiety.
It has nothing to do with my artistic talents. Granted they are limited.  It has everything to do with idea deficiency.
And then it also has something to do with the need to get something pretty up there even though you know there [...]