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The results are in!

2 Apr

Thanks for voting in the New Librarian Pinterest contest!  Brooklyn Biblio took top honors!  If you didn’t get a chance last week, check out the Elite 8.  I’m so proud to be in the new generation of librarians with a vision for what librarians can and should be.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the Women’s History crowdsourcing project! I’ve been a busy little bee applying to jobs because holy wow, I’m finishing my MLS in a month!  Stay tuned…


Vote for Brooklyn Biblio’s Pinterest Board!

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!)

Let’s crowdsource: Women’s History Month, ages 5-12

2 Mar
Whenever I talk about why I love librarians and why I’m so excited to be a librarian, I always gush about professional ethic of helping one another to help make the profession better and to better meet the needs of our communities.  It’s true!  I see little to no actual backstabbing and under-the-bus-throwing among my people.  I see so much helping, sharing, and supporting!  That’s my rainbows-and-lollipops library thought for today.

The idea:

That being said, I thought it would be fun to try some crowdsourcing here at Brooklyn Biblio.  Since my readership is still small, please help by passing this on through your own blogs and twitter accounts and Facebook and let’s see how many titles and great ideas we can gather here!  I will then compile the best ideas submitted along with anything I come across in my own research and follow up with a nicely organized, editorialized post that could be reposted and referred to in the future as a resource for school and public librarians going forward, with plenty of thanks and hat tips to individual contributors.

This is experimental, but if this works, maybe there can be monthly or quarterly crowdsourcing features here on Brooklyn Biblio!

Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Comp...

Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

The ask:

March is Women’s History Month!  I’m working on putting together a K-5 book display and read-aloud for Women’s History Month at the school library where I’m currently a practicum student.  While I’m researching this, I’d love to know what some of your favorite children’s titles, discussion ideas, and online resources are to use with elementary and middle school students or to use in planning learning activities for students during Women’s History month!


I look forward to seeing all the ideas and suggestions from librarians all over the country (or the WORLD?) and I can’t wait to put it all together.  Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Short Review: Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching…

12 Dec

Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital WorldChoosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World by Pam Berger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a great starting point if you want to integrate Web 2.0 tools in classroom or library instruction but aren’t sure where to begin. The book does a good job of overviewing some of the best of current web 2.0 tools, but remember that new tools are being created and existing tools are evolving at a rapid rate. I am interested to see if new editions of this book may come about to address this. In the meantime, this book gives teaching ideas and will walk you step by step through how to create an environment that encourages technological exploration and learning.

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Arrows In My Quiver: More thoughts on Internet filtering

16 Nov

You may remember in my last post, I opined about the importance of fighting for less restrictive Internet access in schools. 

Though it may seem counter-intuitive to some, I believe part of keeping students safe is to allow greater access to the Internet and social networking tools with proper supervision and guidance.  How else will students learn to use these tools safely and appropriately?  Continuing to pretend these don’t exist during school hours and then leaving them to their own devices on these sites is a non-solution (because they WILL still use them).

But, as LeVar Burton would say, don’t take  my word for it. Check out this great thirty-second interview with Helen Adams, chair of the AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee (h/t Dr. Marilyn Arnone)
Source: Adams, H. (n.d.). 30 Second Thought Leadership. American Library Association. Retrieved November 16, 2011, from ]

But the issue of Internet censorship goes way beyond the school library walls: It matters in your own home.  Did you know there is a bill on the fast track in Congress right now that could encourage governmental and corporate censorship of some of your favorite social networking sites?  Continue reading

Arming Myself for Battle: Internet filters in schools

13 Nov
Grayson County, Kentucky's high school filter ...

There are certain issues that I am aware will be a challenge as a certified school librarian, such as censorship challenges and making judgement calls on what is “appropriate” material at various grade levels. One particular issue that intersects with both of these concerns is Internet filtering at schools.

In a school environment, it is very common for administrators to take a very conservative position.  In order to meet CIPA requirements, many schools opt for strong filtering software.  In some cases, not enough people know how much MORE these filters keep out than is required by CIPA, not to mention how much inappropriate material can still be accessed with a filter.  In other cases, people are fully aware of how overly-restrictive filtering software can be, but they take a stance of “better safe than sorry,” meaning they’d rather block out too much than risk not blocking out enough.  Personally, I take issue with this because it is detrimental to the educational experience and worse, it is lazy.  I do not mean to diminish how busy and challenging the work of a school administrator, teacher or librarian can be or how important it is to protect students from unsafe material or individuals, but it is our  job to do what it takes to provide the best tools possible to students and to keep them safe.

Though it may seem counter-intuitive to some, I believe part of keeping students safe is to allow greater access to the Internet and social networking tools with proper supervision and guidance.  How else will students learn to use these tools safely and appropriately?   Continue reading

YouTube and Your Library

9 Oct

This week in my Information Technology in Educational Organizations class, we’re talking about YouTube and vlogging.  (That’s right, I linked to Wikipedia!) While with some time and preparation, you can produce professional-looking videos for your library website, with a webcam and a YouTube account, you can upload vlog entries within minutes to share with your library community.  With a little extra time, you can also add close-captioning to those videos to make the information within them more accessible.

So, I gave it a whirl this week.  Using ideas that we’ve discussed through the semester to integrate Web 2.0 technology into information literacy instruction, I typed up an outline and recorded myself talking about fun, October-y activities for my fictional school library.  Here’s the thing: I could have done this whole process in about 30 minutes.  Well, not me, personally.  Anyone.  Anyone but me.  I spent about 2 hours doing this because I am absolutely terrible on camera.  I tried this and re-tried it using a full script, an outline, and memorization so I could get the words out without stumbling over them, making weird faces, or forgetting to look at the camera.  I finally just left it as is, because the spirit of vlogging isn’t supposed to be perfection.  It’s supposed to be sharing.  It’s supposed to be immediacy.  With some practice, I hope to get better at being on camera, but also at not being such a perfectionist!

Here is my first-ever vlog entry below – and the comments section is open as always, so please be kind!

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