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26 Mar
Brooklyn Biblio is a finalist in Syracuse University iSchool’s Future of Librarianship Pinterest Contest.  Voting is open until this Friday, March 30th, so please visit this page, pass it on, and vote for me (Brooklyn Biblio!).  If I know you from SU, Friends of the Greenpoint Library, ULU or the NYPL First 500, you may see a special cameo on my board.  While you’re there, check out all the boards and be surprised by what my iSchool colleagues envision for Libraries. (You don’t even need a Pinterest account to vote!)


FLT: LearningExpress Library

10 Dec

Learning Center Menu (click to enlarge)

FLT=Favorite Library Thing

I have the idea that “FLT” could become another recurring feature here at Brooklyn Biblio – a chance for me to highlight my personal favorite ways to utilize library resources.  Share some of your FLTs in the comments – and maybe it can become a future Brooklyn Biblio post!

The inaugural FLT will be about the LearningExpress Library.  I accessed the LearningExpress Library online through a database search at  However, the LearningExpress Library is not proprietary to NYPL as far as I can tell.  I did not need to enter my NYPL membership credentials, but I instead needed to create a username and password.

As you can see, the LearningExpress Library contains a variety of learning centers for varied levels and areas of education.  I found the LearningExpress Library as I was searching for resources to help me prepare for my upcoming New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE).  I purchased a Kaplan NYSTCE book and downloaded free study guides from the NYSTCE website, but I decided to register for a computerized test, and I wanted to have the experience of a computerized practice test.  Well, the “Teaching” section of the  “Jobs and Careers” learning center on LearningExpress Library has one I could take for free.  The free practice test also breaks down your score into the 5 focus areas of the exam and provides detailed explanations for each area after you score yourself.

Browsing through the other learning centers on LearningExpress Library, I see this as a great tool for school, university and public librarians to share with library users as well.

As you can see from the screenshot below, the LearningExpress Library offers test prep guides and practice tests for a number of vocational qualifiers, and includes Teaching Certification exam prep for various states and certification levels, including the PRAXIS, TExES, and even Homeschooling.

What are some of the best free test prep materials you have found on the web or at your local library?

Teaching Learning Center Menu (click to enlarge)

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