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The CLA Conference in St. John's Newfoundland.

So much for promises to write during the conference. I discovered that being the new president of the Canadian Association for School Libraries meant that I had a lot of meetings and social gatherings to attend. This is rather late but here are some highlights.

School Libraries in Canada

Western Canada is holding its own with strong provincial associations in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Manitoba's provincal association is lacking members but the government still supports… Continue

Added by Richard Beaudry on June 7, 2007 at 12:04am — No Comments

NING for Louisiana Librarians

Seeing the wonderful work that Joyce has done in creating her Teacher-Librarian NING has inspired me to create a Ning for Louisiana librarians. As a result, I've started the Louisiana LMS Ning at the following URL: It is dedicated to Library 2.0 and how we, in our state, are using it in our classrooms. It is in its early stages and needs members and input, but it is our beginning. I hope to debut it at our state… Continue

Added by Jan McGee on June 6, 2007 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Podcast ideas

I am looking for some podcast or vodcasts ideas to get my teachers hooked next year on trying this out with their classes. I love the vodcast that Joyce Valenza's students made called Prepositionitis, check the posting on May 24th. I will show that to teachers as an example. I also plan on having my young adult literature club make monthly booktalk podcasts of the books they are reading. Anyone else doing podcasting with their high school students?

Added by Sally Daniels on June 4, 2007 at 5:07pm — 2 Comments

2007 Quill Award Nominees

At BookExpo America, they announced this year's Quill nominees. It's the third year for these consumer-driven awards. The last two lists helped me plan my summer reading and helped me to discover new authors and titles to include on our high school shelves. Scroll down to the bottom of the list for youth titles.

Added by Joyce Valenza on June 3, 2007 at 7:26am — No 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

Added by Diane Cordell on June 2, 2007 at 2:09pm — 9 Comments

Library 2.0, Part B

I've been reading articles on virtual libraries and making the virtual library space as cozy, comfortable and inviting as the physical space. I've also explored several impressive examples of best practice and "borrowed" some great ideas. Having mapped out the schema for the website, before I starting writing content I thought it would behoove me to organize this wealth of information into some sort of hierarchical set of principals to guide the development. I was talking to my Info Lit prof… Continue

Added by Jeri Hurd on June 1, 2007 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

Year end... how is your mood?

Yesterday was my last day for the year, and it certainly ended in a rush. I repeatedly told teachers it was fine to keep whatever they needed until the last school day. Wow, when they did that it was great for relationship building and making them feel welcome. However, I didn't think about all the books that would show up needing to be reshelved. Whew!! Foolishly I thought I would end the year with things all neatly put away, and that would be a first. No, that didn't happen. I don't mind at… Continue

Added by Lisa Hunt on June 1, 2007 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

Is blogging for me?

I've heard about blogging but never really understood what it is. I've perused what a few people had to say in the TeacherLibrarian Ning and their comments were interesting and food for thought. As one completely new to blogs, my initial concern is that there is so much to say and millions of opinions to be heard! I also feel like I did when I first went online. There is sooo much information and so many people, it is difficult to navigate through everything.

I'm trying to figure out…


Added by Lisa Archuleta on May 30, 2007 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

23 things in California

I am currently working my way through the "23 Things" on the California School Library Association's School Library Learning 2.0. It is an interesting experience and we are all trying to find new and amazing things to use at school in our libraries. Not everything will be useful, but we will sure know about a lot more when we are finished.

Added by Librarymum on May 29, 2007 at 2:34am — 4 Comments

Building a Culture of Collaboration Group

Dear TeacherLibrarianNing-ers,

This is to invite you all to join this newly formed group at: Building a Culture of Collaboration Group

It is my belief that as teacher-librarians we must continually develop and refine our collaborative skills and strategies in order to serve as effective instructional partners.

Share your successes. Share your challenges.…


Added by Judi Moreillon on May 28, 2007 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Greenville Zoo

Here is a personal blog post. I am taking my son to the Greenville Zoo today. I could have gone out of town since I have family in Charleston, and my husband's family lives in Charlotte. However, I did not feel like dealing with the traffic on this Memorial Day weekend.

Anyway, we are going to the zoo. It is a nice zoo because it is small. It only takes an hour to an hour and a half to see all of the animals. There is a great playground right beside the zoo, too. Probably later this… Continue

Added by Susan Myers on May 28, 2007 at 7:48am — No Comments

Library 2.0

As I've studied this year and, more recently, read Joyce Valenza's blog about library websites, I've been thinking about the implications of Web 2.0 for both libraries and education. I always saw myself as pretty advanced along the tech integration pathway, at least compared to other teachers in my school. I used list-servs and webquests and digital storytelling/documentaries as a regular part of my classes. I even had a (fairly disastrous) foray into podcasting. (grin--nothing in Egypt is ever… Continue

Added by Jeri Hurd on May 26, 2007 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Post number 1

OK, here goes.

I'm Becky and I'm a little stressed at the moment because this is graduation eve for my stepson. There are about a million family members at our house right now and they're not likely to leave any time soon. The good news is that we'll get to see Stefan play in the 2A HS All Star Baseball game on Sunday.

I'm librarian for Center MS/HS/Public library. It's pretty tiny, but becoming mightier all the time. Looking forward to reading my cohort's posts.

Added by Becky18 on May 26, 2007 at 12:00am — No Comments

I put in my application

I have finally "gotten" up the nerve to put in an application for a teacher-librarian job. We have a new school opening up in our district, and I am really excited about it now. I haven't wanted to put my application out yet, because I am feeling guilty about leaving my present job (one that I love). However, if I got this job, then I could still be at my job for the beginning part of the year and have everything set up for my students, then leave. I have some how justified this in my mind as… Continue

Added by Kirsten on May 25, 2007 at 8:07pm — No Comments

AASL Committee Appointments?

I am busy making committee appointments and would love to involve AASL/Ning members! Of course, anyone who is not an AASL member yet is welcome to join and get involved right away in working for our students and our profession.

There are a few that are filled (NSLMPY, Advocacy Special Committee, Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy, 2008 Annual) but lots are not and that's what I

am doing this weekend--and the next few weeks. The awards and award subcommittees are… Continue

Added by Sara Kelly Johns on May 25, 2007 at 2:26pm — No Comments

End of year

Wow! It is almost the end of the year and I can't believe that there is so little time left.

Not only is my district reconfiguring the 7-9 schools into K-8 in two years, I move to be TL in a new school in September.

I am trying to decide whether purchasing texts for grade 9 is worth it for one year....and wondering where the middle schools are going to put the K-6 collection, plus thinking about shelving, tables, etc.....

Added by Tracy Richards on May 25, 2007 at 12:44am — No Comments

Librarians: Fair Use Champions, or Grouchy Performance Rights Police?

I'm sharing this post from my blog, because I'd really like to get some input on this topic. I'm noticing a distinct go gettum attitude when it comes to students and teachers breaking copyright, even in the most innocent and mundane ways. It feels like a true departure from librarianship and a distraction from the skills and concepts I want my students to learn about, like intellectual freedom, critical thought and the democratic process. And I'm not sure how we got here. It's clear that… Continue

Added by Pam Burke on May 24, 2007 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Beyond the LMC

The past two school days I have spent "in the field" with science students gathering photos and video for a class project to post podcasts, and vlogs on the PORTS web site, which is hosted by Ca. State Parks. It was an interesting exercise in gathering visual information - what was important, and who was the audience. It was fun to get out of the library, we had beautiful weather (which is significant up here) and it was refreshing. But it also got me… Continue

Added by Mary Ann Harlan on May 23, 2007 at 2:40pm — No Comments

21st Century Information Fluency: Special Operator Videos on YouTube

A while back I created a series of YouTube based videos on Google's Special operators. TeachLibrarianNing seems like the perfect place to post the links!

There are two ways to view these videos.

  • You can login to the 21st Century Information Fluency site, which give you access to all of the videos without actually login directly into you tube:…

Added by Dennis O'Connor on May 23, 2007 at 12:49pm — No Comments

First time...

This is my first time on this blog. I have to say that I think blogging is interesting but not something I have found much time to do. I have a blog with the March of Dimes since this organization has been a big part of my life. However, I found myself blogging for a few days and then realizing that I do not seem to have enough time to continue with a blog.

So I guess this blog serves two purposes... One it is for a course I am taking in my graduate program and two to see what I can… Continue

Added by Jessica Bachus on May 22, 2007 at 10:32pm — No Comments

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