Books, Collection Development, Pedagogy

What age is right?

A while ago, Educating Alice posted about The Holocaust for Young Children. Since then, I've been mulling the question she poses: But is this intended child audience developmentally ready to really understand the Holocaust? I'd venture "no". I grew up in a "survivor" community, and my Jewish upbringing was basically God of Abraham-Isaac-Jacob/Masada/Holocaust. With some… Continue reading What age is right?

Conferences, Rants

More Things I Hate A Conferences

(part three of what I'm sure will be a series) Do not talk down to your audience. Particularly if they're a bunch of technogeeks - acting surprised that at least one of them is liveblogging, and there's chat activity, and possibly some VOIP action just means that you lose credibility. On the other hand, assume… Continue reading More Things I Hate A Conferences

Pedagogy, School Libraries

School Libraries, 2.0 and moving onward…

We knew going in that this was going to be difficult... there is so much confusion about exactly what School Library 2.0 really is. So, the task for our group is "define the vision." Michael Stevens spoke first - I've heard him before and he's usually very inspirational. It's interesting to hear from the academic/public… Continue reading School Libraries, 2.0 and moving onward…

Conferences, Pedagogy

Prescient or Curmudgeon?

Bill Joy, at the The Aspen Ideas Festival: Bill Joy on the Internet and education Joy, the cofounder of Sun Microsystems, dismissed the suggestion that the online communities formed around Internet games and LiveJournal pages could provide an educational boost for America’s young people. This all … sounds like a gigantic waste of time. If… Continue reading Prescient or Curmudgeon?