Digital technologies create new opportunities for accelerating, expanding, and individualizing learning. Our members and students are already actively engaged in building the schools and campuses of the future—including quality online communities. Increasingly, teachers, faculty, and staff are becoming curriculum designers who orchestrate the delivery of content using multiple instructional methods and technologies both within and beyond the traditional instructional day. Teaching and learning can now occur beyond the limitations of time and space. NEA embraces this new environment and these new technologies to better prepare our students for college and for 21st century careers.
via @shannonmmiller about Van Meter Library Voice: Learning With SoundCloud….Look What It Brought To Us Today! building community #tlchat
Shannon McClintock Miller of Van Meter, Iowa inspires teacher librarians to expand the library beyond four walls. In her latest post, Shannon shares how she uses social tech tools, such as SoundCloud and Symbaloo, to facilitate her student’s knowledge creation and share their work with others to expand their learning as they connect to a vast community of students, teachers and teacher librarians with the same passion and vision. What would be a fun in-school poetry activity becomes an opportunity share and learn with the rest of the world. Shannon blogs about her own and her student’s creating, collaborating and sharing experiences to inspire other teacher librarians to do the same. Check out her blog, the Van Meter Library Voice, for more ideas.
Reading is not purely academic and I hope that there is resurgence of positivity toward reading. Young people are getting distracted at their most distractible time—middle school, and never returning to reading. But they are eager participants when they are hooked. So we have to be more adventurous in the ways we engage in reading instruction and advocacy.
I was reading books when I was 13, 14 just coming up. I was living in the hood, but I went to the library and I checked out music books. I just read that shit because I wanted to be in the music business. But I felt like, if I’m going to be in the music business, I got to know about the business. I knew I had talent; I was talented as fuck. I could DJ, I could make music, I could produce beats, I could rap. But I needed to know the business part. So I went to the library, checked out a bunch of books. Well I had my mom check me out books; I was young. I was 13. I had her check me out a bunch of books from the library and I just read almost like six or seven books. Then I would check the books back in, and I would check them back out for another two weeks just to read the same thing over and over again so I could understand it.
Rapper Juicy J talks about how libraries educated hime in a Vice interview (via lowscoreattack)
I took a kid (a DJ-hopeful) to the library once and dropped him off with the music librarian. He wanted to learn how to copyright his beats. He came back overawed with a) how kind the librarian was and b) “yo she knew everything!”
(Source: Vice Magazine)
Headline says it all.
This is an actual article in the actual newspaper in the actual institution from which I received my degree. For some reason, that is the actual pull quote.
Oh those poor books.
THE SPINES WERE BROKEN?!
This gif makes it all worth it.
Inherent in the digital book is the promise of change, and I want that promise realized. I no longer expect a blanket model from all publishers and accept the messiness this brings.
I trust my readers, and want them to help choose what titles we should license. Patron-driven acquisitions has received its share of attention in the academic world; it’s time to experiment with popular literature.I want to serve my community. I want publishers to thrive. And I want libraries to flourish.
I want a New Year.
Brian Kenney, “ALA Preview 2013”
We are going to keep repping Brian Kenney because this man knows his stuff.
Dear Mr. Dewey,
Thanks for ALA and Library Journal. Though I must admit, I don’t prefer your system and I really don’t appreciate your ”persistent inability to control [your]self around women.”
But thanks for organizaing things anyways. It WAS actually pretty helpful in middle school. Don’t grope women
who aren’t your wife in public.
The Library Journal Book Review needs writers!
Miss your chance to give in the Tumblr vs Twitter Race to $1k for EveryLibrary? Be a social media sport and help Twitter reach their goal! I know you’re on Twitter, too. Both platforms have done an amazing job, blowing the initial fundraising deadline (1 week) out of the water.
If that’s not your thing, please PLEASE consider directing donations to libraries affected by Sandy. Urban Libraries Unite is in need of cash donations, as is the New Jersey Library Association Relief project.
Let’s keep making it happen for libraries!
Yes, we beat Twitter handily, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still donate! DO IT FOR THE LIBRARIES.
EveryLibrary is working to build a full national report on library ballot pass/fails. Help us out by replying with what happened in your races. The next step is voter segmentation and message analysis. We need more wins for libraries in 2013 and 2014.
Every library matters.
(h/t to ALATTer Juli Davis)
Looks like my kind of pool party.
Professionally? I’m a librarian, not a curator of a collection of books. Books are just one (sometimes small) part of what I do for a living. Further, being a librarian means I get rid of books sometimes. I get rid of books that are duplicates or inaccurate or damaged or smelly. I get rid of books to make space, to improve the look of the collection, and to make sure I have up-to-date information. I get rid of books that were donated to the library but for which the library has no use.
The solution is in our school libraries.