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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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Sorry for the Delay

I’ll try and update more than every 2 years or so, I promise!  I have been quite busy with graduate school and working on my Masters.  I will be finished officially in December.  I will update more frequently upon graduation.  I have much to blog about, and much to say.  Thanks for still reading!

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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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Black History Month @ My Library

Since I was hired in my library in 2003, I’ve been doing a Book of the Week campaign, trying to get more people to come in and check out what we’ve got.  This week’s BOTW is Toni Morrison’s Beloved.  It’s because of this that I got inspired, and started cruising the web for even more appropriate Black History Month titles, lesson plans and ideas. 

I was originally going to direct you to Infoplease.com’s Hip Hop History Quiz, but all the annoying pop-ups for E-Bay and Zwinky dissuaded me from such boorish behavior.  Teachervision has done something quite nice, though, as have the nice people at Gale Cengage and Middle Tennessee State University.  I think the MTSU site is my all-time favorite, because they have so many nifty links to so much other cool stuff.  And, as always, I’m encouraging you to wander on over to the Library of Congress, simply because you should.  In fact, why haven’t you bookmarked that one into your favorites folder yet?   

Teachervision site


Gale Free Resources

Middle Tennessee State

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Special thanks to Amy Hughes, librarian extraordinaire at my alma mater, Fairmont State! 

Article originally published in the LA Times.  Uploaded because the LA Times web site wants registration, and most of us simply can’t be naft.

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