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Baby Boomer, K - 12 Librarian, Wife and Mom, newly returned to knitting, enthusiastic latecomer to 21st century skills and technologies
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New ISTE Standards

Diane Chen's link to the new ISTE Standards doesn't appear to be working. Click on NETS-S 2007 on the CNETS - ISTE site to access the 6 Standards.

Posted on June 27, 2007 at 1:51pm

Do We Need Libraries?

Laura Pearle has posted a link, on the AASL blog, to a Washington Post column asking "Do We Need Libraries?"

The extensive comments on this article are enlightening and heartening, as citizens voice their opinions on the value of libraries in the digital age.…


Posted on June 23, 2007 at 9:23am

What's up with edublogs?

I've just begun reading Will Richardson's "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts..." and really want to amp up my tech tools for next school year. For the past few days, my blog at edublogs has been unavailable for editing. The site assures users that their blogs are preserved - somewhere - but doesn't give any specifics on when things will return to normal. At this point, I'm considering copying and pasting my posts into another blog (I'm trying to compile an online record… Continue

Posted on June 22, 2007 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

A Challenge and an Opportunity

Yesterday I received my tentative teaching assignments for next school year (in addition to my duties in the LMC). I am now scheduled to instruct a mixed class of high school students in current events. I don't have any details yet, but the high school principal said this scheduling is a direct result of my advocating for more (any!) 21st century fluency skills in our district. My hope is the students and I will explore - and master - things like podcasts, blogging, etc. The first hurdle will… Continue

Posted on June 2, 2007 at 2:09pm — 9 Comments

Is Blogging good for the brain?


watching a TV report on brain stimulation and its value to an aging

population, I began to wonder whether writing a blog would qualify as a

beneficial activity. I found an article by Drs. Fernette and Brock

, physician-parents with a national referral practice for children

with learning difficulties (and co-authors of the book, "The Mislabeled

Child") that concludes… Continue

Posted on May 18, 2007 at 9:55pm

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At 9:00am on February 3, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Diane, 

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 1:24am on May 28, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Diane,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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At 9:36am on July 8, 2007, Debra Warren said…
Hi Diane, I understand the challemges of being a K - 12 librarian very well. I was the K - 12 librarian at Kingston School for five years. Now I am at Berryville Middle School with 4 - 8th grades. Yes, that is an unusaul age. You either love them or hate them. Seems to be no good in between. And luckily those you dislike can change on a dime and the next time you see them you wonderwhy you didn't like them before and of course goes the same way with the ones you like. They either walk in the library doors as little angels or little devils and usually does not take but 1/2 second to figure out which one. But I enjoy them most of the time.
At 10:18am on June 3, 2007, Karen Land said…
Glad you liked visiting The Vineyard...we were at a wedding in Cancun Mexico that weekend and enjoyed it too...K
At 7:51pm on May 18, 2007, Sara Kelly Johns said…
Hi, Diane--I live n Saranac Lake, my husband is from South Glens Falls and his father was in The Orchards near Fort Ann until he died so I am VERY familiar with where you live. Frank's cousins, Dan and Monelle Cottrells and Pete Crotty, teach at Queensbury HS! Nice to know there is a Ning friend close by! Only 1.5 hours away!
At 7:08am on May 17, 2007, Karen Land said…
Hi Diane
I live in NY too ...on Long the new wine country...we have more than 40 wineres here...where is Queensbury...I just retired from running 2 full libraries in Greenport school and have begun writing...wrote a book on the pitfalls of childhood obesity for primary is newly publish

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