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.

Informational

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


Mystery

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

Turnitin.com 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 Turnitin.com 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 turnitin.com!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Copyright slider


The District Dispatch recently posted an add to purchase a Copyright slider.


Here is there blurb:


"Copyright laws are complex and can be very confusing! Is a work in the public domain? Do you need permission to use it? When does copyright expire? Find these answers and more at your fingertips with this handy, compact Copyright Slider created by the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).


This single, sturdy product provides instant access to copyright laws and guidelines. Simply align the arrows by date of publication and determine a work’s copyright status and term. And the “Permission Needed?” box provides a quick answer to this very important question."


The cost?


OITP Copyright Slider Prices
1 slider - $5
20+ sliders - 10% discount
100+ sliders - 15% discount
200+ sliders - 20% discount


Estimated shipping costs:
1 slider - 41¢
10 sliders - $2.67
25 sliders - $7.50
50 sliders - $13.45


I emailed our BOCES SLS director and asked her to purchase us all one!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

We are LIBRARIANS! Hear us ROAR!!

I have been spending my day catching up on my blog reading through Google Reader. Wanderings has posted a blog about the librarian stereotype called I Have a Dream!!! that struck a resonate note with me.

On my Geocities page I have this for my description:

Librarian. It conjures up images of spectacle wearing women stamping books for all they are worth or hushing people-Harry Potter’s Ms. Pince is a good example or Marion from the Music Man.

In this new age of computers this image of librarians is false. Being a librarian means collaborating with teachers to help meet both information literacy & technology goals. It involves training your teachers and students to embrace new technologies as well as new literature. It is a multifaceted job where every day is different.

No matter how many different titles we are saddled with-School Library Media Specialists, Teacher-Librarians, Information Resources Specialist, the simple truth is that we are librarians.

Our individual goals are varied but our basic mission statement remains the same: “To foster a positive environment that encourages inquiry and discovery through the use of organized accessible resources. The LMC program teaches students to be independent lifelong learners who are capable of information retrieval and who value libraries and learning. The LMC provides curriculum support, research guidance, and enrichment through literature appreciation, and other learning experiences to students, faculty, and staff.”

Sound the trumpets!

Still catching up on my blog reading and came upon this post at Annoyed Librarian with a description of the Best Careers of 2008 from the US News & World Report list:

"You may have heard by now that Librarian made the U.S. News list of "Best Careers 2008." The summary of Librarian begins where you would expect it to: "Forget about that image of librarian as a mousy bookworm." Ahh, yes, the mousy bookworm. Where are all the mousy bookworms of yore? They might be less annoying than the "high-tech information sleuths" we all must be who "may also go on shopping sprees" and "put on performances, like children's puppet shows." Ugh. The main attraction, though, is that "on top of it all, librarians' work hours are reasonable." That's why I'm a librarian. They say the national median pay is $51,400. I'm always on the lookout for another career, so I took a look through the list."

Again, the stereotype.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Library Thing Local

LibraryThing Local

Become a LibraryThing member to do more with LibraryThing Local:
Add your favorite bookstores and libraries
Keep track of interesting events
Connecting with friends, and more.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Free Oprah book download

The download version of Suze Ormond's book *Women and Money*http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200802/tows_past_20080213.jhtmlDownload your free copy of Suze Orman's book in English before 8/7c theevening of February 14.It's about 300 pages.This offer was made on Oprah's show on 2/12/08

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Great post on Course I wish I had in Library school

If you need a great laugh today, read this post by the Annoyed Librarian. The comments are great as well! Some of these course will even make the "hard-core" librarians chuckle!

LIS 501: Library Politics
LIS 502: Appearance and Deception
LIS 503: Doing the Work
LIS 504: Library Organization

From the comments:
LIS ABC123: Stirring the Pot
LIS 2112 Advanced Self-Promotion: Marketing "You", the Brand.
"Library Meetings,"
LIS 623: Abnormal psychology
LIS 1000 How Not To Deal with Perverts@ Your Library
LIS 583b Bandwagoning
L-ChiLib 101, how to be the Children's Librarian
LIS 5050: The Gentle Art of Negotiating
LIS599 Special Topics: Suburban Librarianship for Urban Librarians
LIS 509 Library Obsolescence
LIS 6666 - Defense against the Dark Arts - Cataloging and Technical Services
LIS 560: Library Productivity & Patrons
LIS 001 "Introduction to Actual Librarianship: Practice and Theory"
LIS 5233 Porn and You
LIS 4552 Managerial Support
LIS 4812 They Pay Your Salary
LIS 2546: My Cats Are My Children
LIS 666 - Subordinates Who Sabotage
LIS 911 - Coping with Committees
LIS 517: Strategies for Low Income Areas
LIS 516: Self Defence Techniques
LIB 609: Employee Relations-Post Menopausal
LIS800 Librarian Shabby Chic
LIS 666 How to become invisible
LIS 401/WHN 101: Theory and Practice of Whining "I'm a Librarian, so I whine, whine ergo sum"
LIS D0L3: How to Marry/Partner Well
LIS 505: How to Schmooze(Second semester to Library Politics)
LIS L1011: Rural Conservative Librarianship for the Urban Librarian.
LIS L1012: Urban Liberal Librarianship for the Real Librarian.
Dealing with Your Board
LIS 522: You're Here for Us!
LIS 434: Administrative Flattery
LIS 501: Creative Financing
LIS 561: Putting on Blinders
LS901/BA401- Identify and Acquire Essential Funding.
LIS 2713 Communicating with Trustees
LIS 2714 Long-Range Plan Communication: Persuading Administration to Share the Plan with the Staffmembers who Are Supposed to Be Implementing It
LIS 2715 Annual Report Communication: Persuading Administration to Share the Report with the Community that It Is Supposed to Be Serving
LIS 404: Information Technology for Librarians
LIS2001: Seminar on National Leadership: Administration of Professional Organizations
LIS 556: How to avoid land mines
LIS PU123: Identify that smell.
LIB 666: Surviving in the presence of Evil

You will have to read the descriptions to get what the "course" is about. A great laugh for anyone involved with libraries.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Book that make you dumb



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This is a visual image of SAT scores - based on a Facebook analysis (by Virgil Griffith via Tyler Cowen)






Friday, January 25, 2008

2008 direction

As a New Year's resolution for professional development I am going to try to keep up a little better with my blog. There are many fantastic new "things" out there as well as great "old" things to brush up on.

Videos to watch such as this:

curiosity Video:a short film by film-maker Nic Askew on the nature of curiosity. Starring the ever-curious Seth Godin. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid980097284/bctid1385253108

I can't wait to see where the gaming in education programs will lead. There are already libraries having game night. {I have a teacher with a PS2 hidden in his room...}

I worked today on my presentation for SLMS 2008 entitled Books for Boys. I am creating a wiki to go with it. It is easier than printing off all the handouts though I will print out the booklist that I am creating. There are a lot of good booklists that I am just linking in. This will be my third wiki. I created one for last year's presentation too. I love pbwiki.
 
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