School Media Podcast

February 28, 2007

School Media Podcast  A new podcast is available from St Cloud State for school media center staff. Check it out if you haven’t already done so. This podcast features Kathy Lewin a media specialist at Hassan and Otsego Elementary in Elk River, MN.  In this podcast, Kathy talks about how she worked with her administration to receive SMART boards and elaborates on how to use them effectively in the media center. This conversation was recorded using Skype and My MP3.


An Evaluation of the MN Voluntary Certification Program

February 28, 2007

The MN State Library Advosry Council to State Library Services recently received, and accepted, a report evaluation the MN Voluntary Certification Program.

Report is quite lengthy (80 pages) but contains a good evaluation and a set of recommendations about the Mn Voluntary Certification Program. As a first step in implementing the recommendations, the CLIME comittee has been reconvened and they, along with Suzanne Miller, will begin the process of implementing the recommendations of the report.

NLLN Continuing Education Scholarship Reports

February 22, 2007

Scholarhip Reports

NLLN offers continuing education scholarships to staff in NLLN member libraries to attend events that will help them in their work. These are very popular and have been used by a wide variety of people in all types of libraries.  Each scholarship recipient is asked to write a brief article about the event the attended. Most reports include something that was particularly significant to the recipient.  To view the reports received, click on the link above.

You will find all of them interesting, and they will give you a sense of the event. Sometimes just hearing about someone else’s experience will help you decide if this is an event that would be useful to you.

Thank you to all the scholarship recipients for such great reports!

YouTube – Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

February 8, 2007

YouTube – Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us
Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

This is an amazing video that “demonstrates” or explains Web 2.0. It is done by Michael Wesch of Kansas State University Dept of Anthropology and is part of their Digital Ethnography project. It’s 4 minutes of very interesting stuff, cleverly presented.

Center for Children’s Books names Gryphon winner, three ‘honor books’

February 8, 2007

Center for Children’s Books names Gryphon winner, three ‘honor books’
“The True Story of Stellina,” written and illustrated by Matteo Pericoli, has won the 2007 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature.

ALA | Current Notable Childrens Books List

February 8, 2007

ALA | Current Notable Childrens Books List
2007 Notable Childrens Books

Go to this site to see an annotated list of notable children’s books. Also at this site is notable video and software choices. This is a treasure trove for selection purposes.

Marcia Avner

February 7, 2007

Marcia Avner

Reading the blogs from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits provides timely insights into this world. Of particular interest is Marcia Avner’s blog and her comments on public policy, the political process, and grassroots efforts to maintain a strong and vital society. It is timely, pertinent, and always thoughtful.