By Elizabeth Wroten
On 28, Dec 2012 | In Reading Round Up | By Elizabeth Wroten
These links have nothing to do with the holidays except for the fact that this post is published between Christmas and New Years. Sorry to disappoint.
Google Search: I found this one Stephen’s Lighthouse. It is a set of Google search tips for students. I know kids like to think they are good at finding stuff on the Internet. And they are. What they find just isn’t always relevant. I love ridiculous videos as much as the next person, but these tips can help them find what they really need.
In keeping with Google Search, I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before, but Google has premade lesson plans for teaching search techniques to a range of age and skill levels.
Library/-ian Stereotypes: A great infographic about what librarians actually do and what libraries can do for you. I know we all know how important librarians and libraries are, but sometimes the public forgets or doesn’t know. From eBook Friendly via Stephen’s Lighthouse (of course).
Library Extension for Chrome: There is a nifty little extension for Chrome that will tell you if an item you are looking at on Amazon is available at your local library. I’m giving it a try in the next couple weeks. I think I found this one through someone on Twitter, but I hate to admit I’ve forgotten who.
I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s Eve and a happy, healthy 2013. Hope to see you back here in the new year.
By Elizabeth Wroten
On 17, Dec 2012 | In Reading Round Up | By Elizabeth Wroten
Here is a collection of links (with comments, because it wouldn’t be complete with out my blatherings) of various things that I have been reading online over the past few days. They are all things I have found interesting and pertinent.
Oops, I did it again: Forbes article on the war over eBooks. I know I’m fed up with hearing about eBooks, but they are important. I know I don’t have experience as a purchaser of eBooks for libraries, but I can certainly see and understand how problematic it is. I do tend to agree that we need a new model for purchasing them and I also agree that the status quo (and the stalemate) are not doing anyone any good.
I would also like to add that, I wish book publishers would also stop thinking about eBooks as physical books. Let’s not have a legacy culture in eBooks, with pricing or with format. The technology we have now and will have can open up the book experience. (Upcoming post about how I think children’s eBooks are busting out of the mould).
Yes, just yes: Oh how I want to have a drink with these ladies. I also want to start up a Sacramento chapter of their book club. Any takers? This blog is now added to my reader.
Timely: I thought this was a timely article given the post I wrote a few days ago to the Octagon. I’m not sure Facebook in schools can really be considered intellectual freedom, but if you begin encroaching on one thing it’s easier to get to the next. I would rather err on the side of caution. Personally. I also know there are a lot of reasons for not.
Brain Pickings: Okay, I subscribe to this weekly email. They review books and talk about stuff. Existential, brainy, think-y stuff. Sometimes I skim it, sometimes I read it top to bottom. It is always thought provoking and I love it. Found this particular article reviewing a book about how to talk about books you’ve never read. I think, as the skill is described, it is a skill all librarians need to have and need to continually fine tune. There (sadly) isn’t enough time to read everything, but we need to sell it and we need to be able to place it in a framework (as the book/article suggests). Take some time with this little piece. I think it will resonate with librarians.
By Elizabeth Wroten
On 06, Dec 2012 | In Reading Round Up | By Elizabeth Wroten
Three great articles I came across at lunch today. Three very different topics, but I couldn’t agree more with any of them.
From the School Library Journal enewsletter: Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian’s Gal: Making Technology Work For You
From the blog Not All Bits: Censorship You’re Just Making Yourself Look Stupid…Again
From Jenica Rogers on her blog Attempting Elegance: Plant Your Flag