August 26, 2016

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Anime 101: A Primer for Librarians

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Children’s librarian Marissa Lieberman presents an introduction to Japanese animation (a.k.a. anime), with recommendations for running anime clubs, doing collection development, and picking out strong starter series.

In “Book Club For Kids” Podcasts, Tween Talk Is Front and Center

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Kitty Felde’s podcasts feature middle schoolers talking about books by authors from Roald Dahl to Laurie Halse Anderson. Each episode also features a celebrity reading, background about the title, and often an author interview.

Twenty-Five Vlogs for Teens (and Teen Librarians)

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Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta presents 25 notable channels and vlog series—covering categories such as gaming, beauty, and science and technology, and more—that may be of interest to teens.

Vlogging, Teens, and Literacy: Engaging Youth

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Media and literacy scholar Antero Garcia explains why educators and librarians should be paying attention to vlogs and what it means for today’s teens’ literacy.

Top Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Put on Your Radar

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Media and popular culture expert and founder of TheYoungFolks.com Gabrielle Bondi presents some of the upcoming book-to-film adaptations that teens (and librarians) should put on their to-watch lists.

Podcast Party: A Curated List of Nine Teen-Friendly Podcasts

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In celebration of The Yarn podcast, created by SLJ blogger Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, teen librarian Robin Brenner has curated a roundup of podcasts to recommend to young adults who are both new to and well-versed in the format.

The Story Behind Adele Griffin’s Hybrid Novel, ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone’

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Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn

Many Ways to Tell a Story: How Transmedia Is Transforming Education In and Out of Classrooms

SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

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Expanding the universe of the book

Last week, I attended Laura Fleming’s session on Storytelling in the Digital Age at the West Essex WeTech Conference.  Laura’s talk updated her 2010 Edutopia post, A Primer on Interactive Books. For Laura, it is all about the story and how we experience it.  She contends: Many children expect a different reading experience now.  And […]

Transformation Through Effective Collaboration | SLJ Summit 2013

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School librarian leaders from across the country made their way to the Austin, TX, aka the “Live Music Capital of the World,” on September 28–29 to attend SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit, where they discussed the future of libraries and how partnership is a necessary ingredient for stakeholder success. Throughout the weekend, participants—speakers, sponsors, panelists, and attendees—honed their conversations around the transformative power of collaboration.

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.”

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Teaching Transmedia with Comics: A Conversation with Tyler Weaver

“By allowing students to create with a medium, you give them the chance to explore the potential of the medium and of themselves. The exploration of potential is beautiful…”

YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium Considers Fandom, Contemporary Fiction and Transmedia

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What are the next big trends for teenage readers? Fandom, contemporary fiction, Australian lit, and transmedia, according to experts leading panels on these subjects at the third biennial YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium in St. Louis, MO, held November 4-6.

“Convergence,” DIY Transmedia, and Librarians

I used to think that understanding transmedia required media literacy, and of course it does to some extent, but now I realize that I might have had the cart before the horse…

A Lesson about Text and Toys from a Franchise No One Likes

Why do we assign greater respect to media products based on games versus toys?

Talking Transmedia with Laura Fleming

Talking Transmedia with Laura Fleming

“As a school librarian, I feel I have a responsibility to teach my students how to read and write across media and to provide a learning environment that allows for the freedom to think about story in less conventional ways.”