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Just in Time for Back to School!

I got wind of a recent study by the department of education through the New York Times. The headline, which seems designed to grab an educator’s attention, reads: “Learning Online May be Better,” and the article details findings that “on average, students in online learning conditions performed...

School Library Technology in the New York Times

Much of the discussion on our blog centers around public and academic libraries, and we often neglect an extremely vital player in the library technology world--school libraries. School librarians are, in many respects, the gatekeepers of library technology. They help teach basic technology skills, particularly library technology skills to our future public and academic library patrons (and...

On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 2): LIS Students in a 2.0 World

I've just finished my semester at Dominican as an adjunct—the version of LIS 753 Internet Fundamentals & Design I teach is taught over three fun-filled and information-packed weekends—and turning the students in the class on to online social tools and the bigger picture of what's happening online was a highlight for me. We ended the class with group presentations, a discussion of the Newsweek...

Rock On! Celebrating the Library and Learning

From a constructivist perspective, Rock ‘n' Roll Library, a mini-video project produced by some Pitt library grad students for National Library Week (which starts this Sunday), could be a shining example of a constructivist-learning activity. "We've had a whole lot of wild experiences," reports Rick Samuelson, a twenty-something library-studies Pitt MLIS candidate, who stars in the nearly five-...

Contemplating the Library

“Libraries are…" I can't finish that sentence; I can't seem to come up with an encompassing term or pithy phrase to finish it in a way that would do justice to the notion of the library, the value libraries provide to humanity, and all the library facets we encounter in the Information Age. In less than two weeks we will be commemorating the library during National Library Week (NLW), and its...

On the 2.0 Job Description: Part 1

Evaluating Our Institutions and EducationThe posting of a job at Wayne State University Libraries back in January was worthy of note to me because it was the first time I'd seen Web 2.0 tools specifically mentioned in a job ad. The 2.0 meme was indeed unfurling into many facets of libraries. A few weeks later, Jenny Levine posted about another job—this time for a school media specialist with...