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A Musical Tribute to the Modern Librarian (Plus a Game!)

Addy Will Know: A New Song for the Modern Librarian 
“Librarians have appeared in pop culture as shushers, spinsters, even sex symbols. What about solvers of great conundrums, masters and mistresses of organization, purveyors of intellectual freedom?!
‘Addy Will Know’ avoids the stereotypes. Serving as a musical tribute to the modern librarian, it is about  a real [...]

Turning States Around and Around

Proving that even testing your knowledge of the placement of U.S. states can be a fun game, Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff points us to Stateris-USA. I finished in 11 minutes on medium, mainly because I wasn’t sure which way to turn Rhode Island. You can also test your knowlege of Africa, Europe, France, the [...]

Teaching Information Literacy Is No Longer “Static and Predictable”

A Personal Tour of Learning
“I’m not saying that my schooling was worthless, nor that there aren’t things that need to be taught. Absolutely not. I’m just saying that education’s job, in the 1950s and ’60s, was to prepare students for a future that was static and predictable.
I believe that we [...]

Fluency in the Digital World

I’m intrigued by Karin Dalziel’s Chart of 4 Types of Information Literacy, although I would add “evaluating” to the first “information literacy” box.
Sadly, most libraries don’t teach her third and fourth types - media literacy and digital literacy. For several years, I’ve highlighted Illinois’ Project Next Generation in my presentations and how it creates collaborative [...]

Where’s the Library??

A Kid’s-eye View of Laptop Design
“A group of kids from one of our local elementary schools has formed a ‘mini-laptop club.’ They don’t use electronic machines. Instead, these first-, second- and third-graders draw their own laptops on construction paper and pretend to e-mail each other. They dedicate a surprising amount of time to [...]

New York Times Figures Out Aggregators

This must be some kind of a tipping point. Users won’t know this as “RSS,” but the mainstream march continues.
http://my.nytimes.com/
aggregator, feed reader, finally, new york times, rss

Great Phrases Just from the Intros at SCS2007

Microsoft’s Social Computing Symposium, September 17-18, in Redmond
Social Genius game to introduce people – http://txtst.com/sg/ (note to self: must try this in the context of ALA!)
for MSR interns originally
works better for small groups who come together for a short time

“social network fatigue” and moving to meaningful and protected networks
“connections for a purpose”
conveying “emotional fidelity” and [...]

SCS2007 Panel on Presence

Liz Lawley:
saw Twitter becoming a conversation like IM away messages that didn’t require a response, could
happen over a period of time
students building a typology of Twitter users
these kinds of communicating presence
Linda Stone sees these tools de-emphasizing your relationships
Liz sees them as strengthening ties
communicating day-to-day lif - the patterns, the nuances of it – is difficult [...]

SCS2007 Panel on Wired Teens

(shouldn’t this be *wireless* teens??)
Linda Stone:
youth patterns show us where things are going
anil dash said email isn’t used by the 20-year olds at Six Apart (they use Basecamp)
right now we’re doing what the computer does well and we haven’t figured out what to make the computer do to enhance our lives, which we will crave [...]

SCS2007 5-minute Blitz Talks (Day One)

Life: If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong - Elan Lee
we should all be carrying buckets with us everywhere we go
they are the key to entertainment because you can just walk in anywhere with one (even doors with “unauthorized persons” signs on them)
described the games “toast” and “sandbags” (floodboarding)
can find fun all around us if [...]