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The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership
The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership

As innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information & library media at Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Bass has long demonstrated his commitment to 21st-century learning. He believes…


The New Librarian: How I created a makerspace
The New Librarian: How I created a makerspace

As an elementary educator for most of my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of learners—from inner-city students in North Carolina to university-level students in Chicago—but…


Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work
Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work

Ed. note: Today’s students have too many tests to take—but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove…


Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?
Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

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Great ways library media and IT departments can work together
Great ways library media and IT departments can work together

Library media specialists are aligning with their IT departments to help create dynamic, engaging hubs for students and instructors.


This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation
This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation

Despite being pressed for time and resources, one librarian shares how her profession can serve as change agents in their schools' digital transformation by keeping priorities where they belong.


Campus libraries use tech to streamline student searches, staff work
Campus libraries use tech to streamline student searches, staff work

A smart-phone application has ended the days of database searches at Boston College libraries, and staff members at Eastern Illinois University’s library can take inventory in two hours instead of…


Study explores the future of digital libraries
Study explores the future of digital libraries

Reluctant faculty members, challenges in scanning old texts, and conflicting ideas about whether information should be commodified or made free online have been barriers to educators and librarians who advocate…


Questia School Debuts with 27,000+ Full-Text, Standards-Aligned Books Available Online for Students and Faculty

Questia Media, Inc. announces the launch of Questia School, a dynamic online collection of 27,000+ books, assembled to support English/Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum, advanced studies, and professional development.


Crestron Opens Design and Technology Experience Center

Grand Opening Celebration Draws Hundreds of Eager Attendees


Feds want Google to rewrite book deal

The U.S. Justice Department advised a federal judge on Sept. 18 that a proposed legal settlement giving Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books threatens to thwart…


Digital book search isn’t limited to Google

Though Google Book Search has the largest collection of digitally scanned books of its kind, and the initiative has captured a great deal of attention, researchers should keep in mind…


Experts debate relevance of ‘social search’

Researchers attending a conference on internet searching were divided on the use of social networking for serious research, with some saying traditional search engines are the more practical choice. Others,…


Experts debate relevance of ‘social search’

Researchers attending a conference on internet searching were divided on the use of social networking for serious research, with some saying traditional search engines are the more practical choice. Others,…


Digital library saves vital web documents

Web pages have an average lifespan of 77 days, meaning documentation of historical events can vanish with a single click. Critically important documents are moving exclusively to the internet, and…


Why open-source library software is a trend

At a time when the nation's economic future seems shaky, many school and public libraries are moving to open-source library management systems, which tend to be cheaper, more flexible, and…


ALA: Spend stimulus funds on school libraries

As school leaders prepare to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, the American Library Association (ALA) is lobbying to have some of those dollars used to keep school…


Rethinking research in the Google era

As the internet replaces library databases as students' primary research option, a new discussion is emerging in academic circles: Is the vast amount of information at students' fingertips changing the…


School libraries try to do more with less

This fall, school libraries across the country will be working to implement new standards for learning in the 21st century--but many will be doing so with fewer resources at their…


Public libraries struggle with internet demands

New studies by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) find that America's public libraries are serving more people online, including students. But as more patrons…


School library research makes the case for more targeted support

A new survey on the state of school library media centers (LMCs) in the U.S. shows that although school libraries are connected as never before, overall they fall short in…


Questia library helps high schoolers develop their research skills

Questia Media introduced a new course management system for high schools. Offered at no additional cost to schools purchasing Questia's online library, the Questia Classroom enables teachers to create, plan,…


Are Students Learning "Media Smarts"?

Washington, DC–More than 60 percent of educators said that their schools are not putting enough emphasis on media literacy, and 80 percent said they have to learn about how to…


Resource helps build information literacy

Teachers and library media specialists searching for new and innovative ways to educate their students about effective research practices now have a new online tool at their disposal: S.O.S. (Situations,…


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Teachers using cell phones for class lessons

Ariana Leonard's Spanish class at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Fla., is one of a growing number around the country that are abandoning traditional policies of cell-phone prohibition…

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