Archive for the ‘good stuff’ Category

I’ve been working on my Masters degree in School Library and Information Technology through Mansfield University, in Mansfield, PA, for quite some time now, and I’ll be finished in December.  A classmate of mine, Elizabeth Walsh, posted an article from Dr. Jamie McKenzie’s blog and publishing company, From Now On, that brings up some good points about why we need libraries and certified professional librarians in our schools. 

This got me thinking–I’ve been slowly but surely trying to update and improve my library for my students and staff, but it’s been slow going.  This year, it came to a standstill when my library suddenly became the repository for 19 SMARTBoards and their accoutrements in September.  They were supposed to have been installed at some point near the end of last year, but that’s neither here nor there.  The SMARTBoards are almost all gone, but I’ve been doing lots of reading and research for my classwork, and it has inspired me even further.  I’ll be posting updates on this blog, as well as on my school library web page, but I think 2010-2011 will be a year filled with changes.  It already ahs been anyway.  But my static little library could use a shake-up, if not a total renovation, and it has to start with me.  I’ll post more of my plan here.  Thanks, Beth and Dr. McKenzie!


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270 to Win

For all you Social Studies, American History, and Civics/Government instructors out there, one of my teachers has turned my attention to a rather nifty site called 270towin.com.  He has an entire worksheet that he made up to help his students with the assignment that involves this web site, but if you would like to peruse and possibly use this site yourselves, here’s the link:


And yes, as promised, I’ll be providing sweet, hot linkage to scary Halloween reads soon.  Until then, go out to my web site and check out what I linked up through Bartleby.com, or if you like, simply go to either Bartleby.com or Project Gutenberg and look for your own delightfully creepy titles.  But here’s my link (shameless self-promotion?  You better believe it!):


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Going Virtual

I’ve updated my school library web site, and I invite any and all interested parties to have a look-see. It’s linked up below:


I have done this to help my kids, my teachers, and anyone else who may need help with research, current events, or other school library-related stuff. I’m going to try and post more stuff for Halloween, Dias de los Muertos, and scary movies later on today.

I have also decided that, what with all this budget-crunching and truly frightening economic state, going virtual may be everyone’s best bet. I just wish I could afford to get e-books and link them up. I also wish I could find my OPAC on my server. Since Le Grand Reinstall earlier this month, it has since mysteriously disappeared. Or perhaps it’s taken that wee soujourn to Jamaica without me? Damned OPAC! Always up and bailing on us when we need it most!

Feel free to send comments about the updated web site, and also feel free to bookmark it for your own use, should the need arise.

Happy Halloween, Boo-Rattle-a-rattle-a and all that!

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FYI–I just received this in today’s mail at school, and this may be something for all you YA and school librarians, as well as some of you English teachers who enjoy educational web stuff and web reviews.  The web site is Flamingnet.com (http://www.flamingnet.com) and along with the cute, reading-bookworm graphic and the book covers of the most recently reviewed titles, it looks pretty good.  I was so impressed with it that I linked it here as well as on my own school library page, and I plan on making an announcement about it Monday at school via the school announcement sheets.  I’ve got kids who would love to get involved with something like this.  I highly recommend this!

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Monkeywrench in the works–our spring break is the exact same week as NLW.  By the time we get back, school will be almost over.  Seniors will have prom, then finals, then graduation–all in a three-and-a-half week span.  Then everyone else does WESTEST, finals, and I’ll do an inventory and put the orders for next year in.  So here’s my plan. . .

Next year, when all the freshmen get there, starting the very first week of school, as soon as I can, I’m going to start freshmen-wrangling, requesting that their teachers bring them to the library at least twice a week for two weeks so I can show them the basics of OPAC searches, database use, and how to at least start doing good, solid research online.   I’m even planning on starting my own research web site and linking it up to my library’s web site.

So many ideas, so little time. . .

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Though I’m sure you’ve probably already heard about this via Jessamyn over at librarian.net, in case you’re a plain old classroom-flavored teacher or you simply haven’t heard, the Library of Congress has done something extremely cool on Flickr.  They now have 2 photo slide shows, one which highlights news photos from the 1910s and a collection of original color photos from the 1930s and 1940s, many of which feature the Skyline Drive in Virginia and Lowell, Mass., home of Jack Kerouac.  I’ve already given the link to my social studies staff, so if you’d like to do the same, or simply want to check it out and see what all the fuss is about, go to:


Good stuff, indeed! 

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Okay, okay, so maybe Mark doesn’t see himself as a god.  But those of us who have done some of his trainings at WVDE do, and we are always awed and wowed by the nifty stuff he shows us.  Microsoft Office, SAS in Schools, Marco Polo training, MovieMaker stuff–heavens, is there anything this guy can’t do?  If you’re looking for sweet video trainings, then click the link below!


Enjoy, and thanks Mark, you’re da bomb!

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