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Tips requested!

I’m writing an article for LMC on managing digital resources in school libraries. My premise is that we need to follow the same steps we do with print materials:

  • Needs assessment/Collection development
  • Selection
  • Acquisition
  • Promotion and display
  • Circulation and control
  • Inventory
  • Evaluation
but that digital resources present some unique challenges. While I have more than a few ideas about this, I would love to hear of any effective strategies you have used in any of these management areas that would be helpful to other SLMS! I will fully credit your contribution should I use it in the article.



A pet peeve

As serious, earth-shaking, life-or-death issues go, this problem is pretty low on the list. But it bugs me all the same.

Does the picture of the presenter in your conference program ever look like this?


But in person, look like this?


To conference presenters everywhere, please update your professional photo every ten years. We were all pretty cute 20 years ago.

Now I have a different problem. I have a high-maintenance apperance:


and a low-maintenance look for easy summer living on the lake, on bike rides, and when the airlines ban hair gel and shaving cream in carry-on luggage:


I am thinking of asking that conference organizers put a disclaimer by my photo, "This presenter may have gotten sick and tired of shaving and combing his hair and might just be appearing in his low maintenance mode. You've been warned."

With spring teasing Minnesota with its presence, my whiskers are starting to grow back...


Moving from kitchen to livingroom reading

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.  -- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

Thanks to Tim Stahmer at Assorted Stuff for first introducing me to the above quote. (At least I think that is where I remember seeing it.) I've read Huxley, Orwell, and Postman, but it's been awhile. I was going to comment that if I ever rename this blog, it would be called the "centrifugal bumblepuppy." But I believe someone has already taken it. Anywho...

In a recent post, I reaffirmed my description of blogs as mental junk food.  But I also like Scott Schwister's analogy that "the blogosphere is the kitchen of educational research and writing, and traditional journals and publications are the living room."

Since the posting I have had a couple readers ask what I would consider "livingroom" resources. And at about the same time, Dr. Carol Gordon, Associate Professor in the Rutgers' School of Communication, Information and Library Studies sent an excellent list of readings "that captures the current climate in American education" to an AASL listserv. Reprinted here with her kind permission

  1. Partnership for 21st century skills. "Are they really ready to work?: Employers' perspectives on the basic knowledge and applied skills of new entrants to the 21st century U.S. workforce"
  2. National Center on Education and the Economy. "Tough choices or tough times: The report of the new Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce." (Executive Summary)
  3. Educational Testing Service. "One-third of a nation: Rising dropout rates and declining opportunities."
  4. Education Development Center, Inc. "Literacy matters: What matters most in today's classrooms."
  5. Educational Testing Service. ICT Literacy Assessments.
  6. National Resource Center. “Equipping students to succeed in an information-rich technology-based society.”
  7. Educational Testing Service. “ETS research finds college students fall short in demonstrating ICT literacy: National Policy Council to create national standards”
  8. U. S. Department of Education. "Building on results: A Blueprint for strengthening the No Child Left Behind Act."
  9. Article: Reading Comprehension on the Internet: Expanding Our Understanding of Reading Comprehension to Encompass New Literacies Journal article by Julie Coiro; The Reading Teacher, Vol. 56, 2003
  10. Book:  “Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension” CE Snow,  2002 Review and Purchase:

So, Dr. Gordon's students, now you know what will be on the final exam! I need to get reading many of these. And here are a few that came across my radar over the past year or so (without the professor's bibliographic finesse, I am afraid):

  1. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century{CD911571-0240-4714-A93B-1D0C07C7B6C1}&notoc=1 
  2. Educating the Net Generation.
  3. Ensuring the Net Generation Is Net Savvy
  4. Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-19 Year-olds
  5. Horizon Report ( 2007)
  6. How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics: A PORTRAIT OF “GENERATION NEXT”"
  7. Pew Internet & the American Life Project  reports - dang near all of them.
  8. Phi Delta Kappan journal - every issue.
  9. Rogers, Michael What is the worth of words?Will it matter if people can’t read in the future?
  10. Spady, Wm The Paradigm Trap: Getting beyond No Child Left Behind will mean changing our 19th-century, closed-system mind-set. Education Week, January 10, 2007
  11. Technology in Schools: What the Research Says
  12. Tech-savvy students stuck in text-dominated schools

I have a book on order that comes highly recommended by our curriculum director that I am excited to read called Sixteen Trends, Their Profound Impact on Our Future: Implications for Students, Education, Communities, Countries, and the Whole of Society by Gary Marx.

There will be a quiz over the assigned readings on Monday. Enjoy your weekend. 

Oh, what would be on your livingroom reading list?