October 10, 2015

Librarian Cites ‘Concerning’ Trends in Digital Collection Development


Librarians are uniquely positioned to handle the acquisition and management of digital content. But Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library, sees some troubling trends, reflecting misconceptions about econtent among librarians and administrators alike.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube


Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Quiet: Speaking Out on Introversion | Links of the week

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An interesting convergence on the web has more than a few people talking about quiet contemplation.

Resources for Digital Learning

Melissa Techman presenting at the SLJ Summit

Technology integration isn’t confined to a single 24 hours, of course. To help inform your practice on Digital Learning Day and beyond, we offer related stories featured in SLJ and the Digital Shift, including the insight and expertise of Joyce Valenza, Richard Byrne, and other contributors.

An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet


A new app for the iPad and Android devices uses a highly visual format to provide a different search experience for the tablet user. More than just a pretty interface, Izik—which debuted last month as the top reference app in iTunes—is based on Blekko, the search engine that boasts higher quality results based on human curation.

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun


From ebooks to digital literacy, there was plenty to debate at the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. But the unconference on January 25 revealed clear consensus on one topic: maker spaces. They’re red hot.

Annotate the Web with Popcorn Maker | screencast tutorial


Popcorn Maker, a tool for enhancing and remixing Web video from Mozilla, gets the screencast treatment by Linda W. Braun, who says the free, browser-based application would help librarians, both school and public, curate the Web.

School Library Journal 2012 – A Year in Review


From the Hunger Games, the Common Core, and maker spaces, to Gangnam Style and the ongoing ebook wars, a look at the highlights and key themes of 2012, according to Twitter.

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

Melissa Techman rescued some discarded monitors to repurpose for library signage.

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.

Four Tools for Determining Web Cred | Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch

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When it comes to measuring the authority of an online source, there’s more than Klout, according to Joyce Valenza. In her latest post on her SLJ blog NeverEndingSearch, the teacher librarian examines some tools that researchers of all ages can use to assess social influence.