Sunday, March 03, 2013

Curriculum and Libraries

If you are teaching Information Literacy, there is a great grade-friendly curriculum available at Common Sense Media. It is easy to follow and very student friendly. At the Corning Painted-Post Middle Schools, we have been teaching a class this year to the 6th grades called Library and Information Skills. This site has had some great resources we have used. Another site we have used for resources is: ReadWorks. Their stories are mostly non-fiction and align to the Common Core.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Personal Branding for Librarians

This article has just been published in American Libraries: Personal Branding for Librarians By Karen G. Schneider Distinguishing yourself from the professional herd It brings up an interesting idea on how librarians should brand themselves to better sell themselves to the profession but also warns about pigeon-holing yourself into a job you may not be qualified for or desire to work in. I am currently an Middle School Librarian. I was involuntarily transferred from the high school this year-they moved 6 out of 8 of the district's librarians. I wonder how branding would work with school librarians. This article is a very interesting read. I found it through LinkedIn, the professional site which may give it more weight.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Policies target Student-teacher cybertalk

If this passes-what a huge impact on education!

Louisiana is trying to pass a law monitoring student/teacher communication. I don't know about you but I have my students email me papers that need to be converted, book reviews, etc. If they are doing research, I forward them article that might help. What a mess this will make! Hopefully legislators will think twice about this one.

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Big Read

Our community is doing The Big Read-which is a partnership between the school district and the public library. The last Big Read we did was To Kill a Mockingbird. The school district librarians got together and chose elementary appropriate books that our high school students came over to read. We handed out bookmarks and discussed the book with anyone who wanted to listen. Books with a similiar theme were ordered for all the school

This year our book is Love Medicine. The school librarians have been excluded from any of the events. There will be no books ordered. I asked what time the author would be visiting to receive a - What business is it of mine? (Well...I was thinking....books, authors, this certainly sounds like something the library supports.)

How have we come to a pass when a community reading event is taking place and the school librarians are excluded?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Summer Reading lists

There have been some great summer reading lists for teachers posted on LM_NET recently. Here is one that I thought was especially well done. I do wish they had included some YA literature as well though.


How Doctors Think-Jerome Groopman

Best American Food Writing of 2007

The Art of Aging- Sherwin Nuland

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the

Supreme Court- Jeffrey Toobin

Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert

Girls of Tender Age- Mary Ann Tirone Smith

Three Cups of Tea-Greg Mortenson

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman

Goes Behind the Veil-Rodriquez and Ohlson

The Glass Castle- JeannetteWalls

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh

The Zookeeper’s Wife-Diane Ackerman


New England White- Stephen L. Carter

Shoot Him if He Runs- Stuart Woods

T is for Trespass- Sue Grafton

Sweet Revenge- Diane Mott Davidson

The Miracle at Speedy Motors-(Series- #1 Ladies Detective Agency-Alexander McCall Smith)

Santa Fe Dead- Stuart Woods

Fearless Fourteen- Janet Evanovich

Beverly Hills Dead- Stuart Woods

The Appeal- John Grisham

I Heard That Song Before-Mary Higgins Clark

Newer Fiction

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted-Elizabeth Berg

The Third Angel-Alice Hoffman

Off Season-Anne River Siddons

Skeletons at the Feast-Chris Bohjalian

Skylight Confessions-Alice Hoffman

What Matters Most- Luanne Rice

The Double Bind- Chris Bohjalian

Run –Ann Patchett

Bridge of Sighs-Richard Russo

The Almost Moon- Alice Sebold

Songs Without Words- Ann Packer

Family Tree-Barbara Delinsky

Past Perfect-Susan Isaacs

The Plague of Doves- Louise Erdrich

The Girl With No Shadow-Joanne Harris

More Great Fiction!

Change of Heart- Jodi Picoult

The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett

The Lady Elizabeth-Alison Weir

The Blood of Flowers-Anita Amirrezvani

Across a Hundred Mountains- Reyna Grande

Those Who Save Us- Jenna Blum

The Kommandant’s Girl- Pam Jenoff

Belong to Me- Marisa de los Santos

The Gathering-Anne Enright

The Edge of Winter-Luanne Rice

Light of the Moon-Luanne Rice

The Book Thief-Zusak

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Simply Perfect (and others in this series) By Mary Balogh

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan-Lisa See

World Without End- Ken Follett (sequel to Pillars of the Earth)

The Secret Between Us-B.Delinsky

The Kindness Of Strangers- Katrina Kittle

Did you miss these?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Betty Smith

A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

Daughter of Fortune-Isabel Allende

The Red Tent- Anita Diamant

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan-Lisa See

The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Poisonwood Bible-B. Kingsolver

Empire Falls-Richard Russo

Girl with a Pearl Earring-T. Chevalier

A Lesson Before Dying-Gaines

House of Spirits- Isabel AllendeÂ

A Thousand Acres- Jane Smiley

The Accidental Tourist-Anne Tyler

Mozart’s Sister- Rita Charbonnier

Plain Truth- Jodi Picoult

The Pact- Jodi Picout

Pillars of the Earth- K. Follett

Water for Elephants-Sara Gruen

One Thousand White Women-J. Fergus

Black and Blue- Anne Quindlen

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 and copyright

"Students at McLean High School in Fairfax County, Va., and the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona filed a lawsuit in October 2006 arguing that committed copyright infringement when it stored digital copies of students' essays in its database."

This case has finally been settled. The federal courts have decided that it is not against copyright to use these papers for comparison. The whole story is here.

Very interesting! Especially if you are a school who uses!
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