Sorry I missed September – here’s two month’s worth!
Books, Reading, Etc..
- Who doesn’t love a good fairy-tale update?
- In case you missed it, my old friend Jandy links to Neil Gaiman’s defense of libraries.
- A recent project about the Republican Party’s ideas about debt and fiscal planning led me to give my “sometimes, it’s ok to use biased information” speech. This time I also added “but if you use social media, you’re going to need to verify what you’re reading”. Of course, as always, Joyce puts it far better than I. And HT @lbraun2000 for 10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Research.
- One goal for the year is getting colleagues (some, not all) to see us as “embedded” in their courses, and much of the work will be done on-line. This article about feedback will help me work with both students and faculty. We also need to work on improving the library experience for them.
- Don’t you love the video tours here? Think we need to try doing some for my library!
- As I begin to play with my iPad and watch students intently focused on their iPhones, I’ve begun deleting that which is not used. Cleaning the crap makes it just more usable – and I’m not alone in this thinking. (I’m also working on learning to type – thx Doug for these tips!). That won’t stop me from seeing which of these apps I should recommend to everyone!
- Research season is fast approaching, which makes this the perfect time to revisit what Archipelago said about her Adventures with E-books. Even better (from my viewpoint) is the opportunity to test-drive some of this with students and talk to vendors at AASL and ALA Midwinter.
- The Atlantic gives advice about the iPhone signature far too many people haven’t yet changed. Go now and be creative.
- Usually it’s my librarians who give away the good Google search tips. This time, it’s Wise Bread (so maybe now more people will get the hint[s]).
- Badging is becoming a big thing these days, and I’m inspired by Laura’s blog to consider ways we can integrate badging and library skills.
I bookmarked this a while ago, and having just finished meeting several parents during Families Weekend, it’s worth remembering that not everyone is, or thinks like, a librarian.