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February 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Latest issue of School Libraries in Canada (SLIC)

Hello everyone,

The latest issue of SLIC is available online in HTML or pdf format. SLIC is the professional Journal of the Canadian Association for School Libraries (CASL)



Richard Beaudry

Added by Richard Beaudry on February 25, 2009 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Reflection on Social Bookmarking

Prior to exploring, I had only regularly used the bookmarking feature on the various browsers that I used. I often experienced the frustration upon opening a browser on a computer at work and then remembering that I did not have access to my bookmarks that were set on the home computer. Although I had used bookmark sites in college classes over the years as part of my course requirements, I had never actually used for personal use as I had found them complicated and non-user… Continue

Added by Kathy on February 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

"School Libraries Count!" survey from AASL

The survey may be accessed directly at The last day to complete the survey is March 12.

Added by Randi Wall on February 21, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

High School Research Process Wiki

Hi all -

I'm working on standardizing the research process in our school, and integrating it into the curriculum. The wiki is at

I'm tracking the history of the project at

The school library website is available from both.

If you take a look and care to comment I would appreciate it.

Ed Levin
Teacher Librarian
Downtown Magnets High School
Los Angeles, CA

Added by Ed Levin on February 15, 2009 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a sure winner! Two friends are lured into starving themselves with a bet they make to each other "to to be the thinnest." Lia is destroyed when her best friend, Cassie, is found dead in a motel room. After two times in rehab, Lia now lies to everyone about her disease, seeing and talking to the ghost of Cassie, hating her parents and being really,really confused. Anderson does a great job of letting the reader see the compulsive, secretive life of an… Continue

Added by bj neary on February 15, 2009 at 4:26pm — 12 Comments

Telling a Story at PETE & C

My seven days at PETE & C allowed me to see a lot of fabulous tools which our students can be utilizing in the classroom. Brilliant podcasts; terrific music compositions; professional-looking movies, cool virtual spaces for learning… Most of the technology, perhaps all, I had already used or had explored at some point prior to this conference. But then again, learning how to use a new piece of technology is not necessarily what this conference is… Continue

Added by Mary Schwander on February 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

HELP Need a Book

I need a book in the steampunk genre and I need it now. One of my students needs a book to read in lieu of library---on verge of getting kicked out!! He loves the Oppel series Airborn and was set to read the third in the series StarClimber but it doesn't come out til mid March. By then he may have completely irritated the librarian!!! Know of a great book in that genre?

Added by Nancy Bosch on February 11, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Information Fluency Online Classes Start Feb. 9

Powersearching in a Web 2.0 World Power-Searching In a Web 2.0 World

| 4 weeks | $99

This is a 4 week overview class suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced searchers.
  • We use discussions, open-book quizzes, interactive glossaries, and learning games to teach information fluency.
  • You will learn to search, evaluate, and ethically use online…

Added by Dennis O'Connor on February 3, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Giver - Best of the Best

The Giver by Lois Lowery is a book that I would love to teach as a part of a unit about utopias/dystopias. Although the reading level would suit an elementary-level reader, the themes presented in this novel would stimulate students' higher-level thinking. This book fits in the category of Best of the Best because it meets the six characteristics of great young adult literature.

First, it is written from the point of view of an adolescent (a twelve year old boy named Jonas).… Continue

Added by Miss Melis on February 3, 2009 at 12:47am — 1 Comment

A Very Old Place

I have a very pretty blog, A Very Old Place, that doesn't get much traffic. If you are interested in using primary source documents in the library or classroom, you might enjoy looking around.

Added by Nancy Bosch on February 1, 2009 at 7:42pm — No Comments

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