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July 2007 Blog Posts (18)

My first blog post

Having attended the Building Learning Communities conference two weeks ago, I've determined that, while I'm nominally in charge of technology at my school, I am terribly naive about social networking and what it means to my students. My experience with MySpace has been mostly attempts to see what our students are doing/saying on their pages. At the same time, our school blocks MySpace. I'm beginning to see a disconnect between what we (the school) teach, allow, and encourage and what our…


Added by Lisa Snyder on July 31, 2007 at 1:31pm — No Comments

A summer of online teaching...

I'm currently teaching 4 online classes. I haven't carried a load like this in years. typically I teach no more than two courses, but things snowballed and I find myself with a very full plate. It's been taxing and very interesting. Great people, great classes, and the pressure has helped me realize that I need to relax, step back and let people learn. (I just can't micromanage and save my sanity, so I'm forced to get more comfortable with my professed guide on the side role.)

When I… Continue

Added by Dennis O'Connor on July 30, 2007 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Librarians are part of a hip crowd

The New York Times reported last week that librarians are a hip crowd. But didn’t we already know that?

See NYT article here!

Added by Mary Schwander on July 25, 2007 at 5:09pm — No Comments


I'm going to spend my first blog talking about two tools I like. The first is If you are new to RSS, this is a great place to start. I follow about ten different blogs from this site. It makes it easy for me to keep up with my favority topics without having to look in different places.

Another tool that I'm really starting to like is Moodle. Moodle is an open-source classroom management system that allows you to offer classes online. I'm still developing some…


Added by Ross Teller on July 25, 2007 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

MidLink Magazine Call for Participation!

You are cordially invited to explore the July-December issue of MidLink Magazine the award-winning magazine for students ages 8 - 18. If you're looking for ideas for your upcoming year, you’ve come to the right place! Please email the teacher/editors of the projects below you would like to participate in with your students! You

and your students are sure to get inspired by the…


Added by karenklieg on July 23, 2007 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Global Library 2.0 week

The global librarian group is highlighting Global Library 2.0 week next week, so I have started a post on my blog asking for us to share posts and ideas for bringing web 2.0 tools into school libraries specifically.

Feel free to share your ideas either there, on your own blog, or here.

Ideas for:

library design and what it would mean…


Added by Carolyn Foote on July 20, 2007 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Any Takers?

Anyone interested in participating in a place-based storytelling

project I am creating? This will be a research project for a fourth

grade class studying Native Americans. My class will be focusing on New

York State tribes; I am looking for other classes from the original

colonies area. The project will incorporate:

  • research about the tribes
  • podcasting
  • locating and placing each tribe on an interactive Google map, with links back to podcasts and…

Added by karenklieg on July 19, 2007 at 6:43am — 4 Comments

Scheduling in My Library

I am putting together a proposal for my superintendent on what a 21st century elementary school library should 'look' like in a school of 600 students. My main concern is that I have so many classes, many of which are preps, that there is no time for teacher/librarian collaboration in my 1-3 classes. Presently, I am a 30-min. prep for grades 1&2, half the year (not changeable); a 40 min. weekly prep for grade 3,and not a prep for kindergarten.

I am OK with my 4th & 5th grade… Continue

Added by karenklieg on July 17, 2007 at 7:49am — 3 Comments

New to Ning


I am new to this but I hope to make some good friends and gain some new ideas to use in my library. I am a Middle School Librarian. We were a year-round school until last year. This is my first full summer off in 15 years. I have to say I really love having the time to play. This summer I am playing with a vengance. I have taken on the musical directorship of a local community theater's production of "Oklahoma". I am having a grand time!!!!!

Also my school has gone…


Added by Deb Dooley on July 12, 2007 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Great Resources/Websites

I've been collecting online resources and sharing them with students in my info lit class. It occurred to me today they might be useful for people on the Ning, too. Though I'm sure you already know many of them. Anyway, here they are, if you're interested!


Download greatlinks2.doc…


Added by Jeri Hurd on July 12, 2007 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Will I ever get this???

I thought I did post on my blog, but it's telling me I did not. So here is my first blog post I guess. As I look at this page, I think it's much too complicated. My 14-year-old daughter mastered her myspace page and it looked great. I thought I was computer literate...

Added by Louise Simons on July 10, 2007 at 8:38pm — 2 Comments


I found a great website called Footnote. It is created and run in conjunction with the National Archives and is all pirmary source documents. It is worth checking out. The website is

Added by C on July 10, 2007 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Authentic Assessment in the Library Classroom

I am interested in authentic assessment in the library setting. What I would like specifically is to hear about others who are interested giving students credit for the work they do in the classroom as a group. The problem lies in how we are to assess the work they are doing which is worth our attention and grading.

I have been researching how other teachers are dealing with the issue of authentic assessment and how they might be incorporating this type of assessment into the…


Added by Julianne Z. Cugini on July 9, 2007 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Links of Interest

Hello everyone,

I am always on the lookout for resources for my students at university. Here are some links that may be of interest to this group.

Library Outreach Wiki - From the Information Literacy Weblog

This wiki has been designed by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Lisa Sloniowski to serve as a collaborative tool for instruction librarians to share ideas on best practices in outreach activities for libraries and instruction… Continue

Added by Richard Beaudry on July 9, 2007 at 5:31pm — No Comments

My July 2007 Chicago Visit - The Sears Tower


Added by Cathy Nelson on July 8, 2007 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Playing with Toondo

I just spent the last two days trying to move into the 21st century. We are (and I blush) finally moving to an automated system. The cataloguers are hard at work in my library as I type. It's going to be a steep learning curve and as with all technology there will be glitches but I am excited about the new possibilities that will open up. I spent some time playing with Toondo today and offer my effort below. I think it will be a great tool for introducing kids to things on my library…


Added by Lesley Edwards on July 6, 2007 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

SLANZA conference - intersections and collaborations

I have just come back from 3 really buzzy days in Wellington enjoying the amazing knowledge sharing that occurs when school librarians get together. Awesome to hear Ross Todd and Pru Mitchell talking about information literacy in a Web 2.0 world. So challenging when you work in a school where the majority of teachers are still coming to terms with information literacy let alone Web 2.0!

Added by Clenda Wockner on July 4, 2007 at 6:25pm — No Comments


Has anyone else seen Zentation? I've been watching a couple of the presentations on it, wondering if it would be useful for the classroom, when I realized how powerful it might be for anyone trying to create a Library 2.0 website. Basically, the site is a mash-up, and allows you to post video that syncs with a Power Point. I'm wondering if it would work to tape yourself teaching a group, say, database searching, then post the video/PP, and link to it on… Continue

Added by Jeri Hurd on July 3, 2007 at 11:57am — No Comments

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