October 9, 2015

Astonishing Public Service

Last night I dined at the bar of a run-of-the-mill chain restaurant. On the road for business this is my usual modus operandi, with the variant of dining in the hotel bar instead. You get the picture. So my bartender in this instance turns out to be flat out awesome. She’s there when I want her and not […]

IPFS: The Most Interesting Internet Technology You’ve Never Heard Of


Slinging across my Twitter feed came this: “HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for the distributed, permanent web.” Intrigued, I went to take a look. It wasn’t long before my jaw dropped open. What the post was describing was a nascent technology and protocol that was like a combination of the best parts of BitTorrent and […]

SLJ Reviews Kid-Friendly Robots Dash and Dot | Test Drive

Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.

What I’m Glad I Didn’t Know Upon Graduating

While writing my last post about what I wish I had known upon graduating (from library school), I decided that I wanted to write a companion piece about what I was glad I didn’t know. Perhaps the reason for this will soon become clear. So here we go: You know nothing. No, seriously, you don’t. […]

What I Wish I Had Known Upon Graduating


One of my daughters graduated from college last week (see pic). Call me a proud Dad, as she graduated with top honors (Summa cum laude) from Tulane University in New Orleans. This, while holding down two jobs in her last semester. So like many people who have college, high school, middle school, or whatever graduations in […]

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

Challenging the Open Source Religious Viewpoint


I’ve been involved with open source software projects since at least the 1990s. I even saved a Unix application from certain death that I still use today. But that doesn’t mean I’m all rosy-eyed about all open source software projects. They are not all created equal. To be clear, there are “open source” projects that […]

Want To See More Women in Tech? Mentor Someone


I was not much more than a newly-minted librarian when my greatest professional mentor gave me a chance at something that would launch my career beyond the confines of my institution onto an international stage. It was in the early 90s, when the Internet was just beginning to take off at large research libraries around the United […]

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.