Sunday, July 22, 2007
Blogs that I follow that have postings on all things Harry:
Chair, Fireplace & Tea Cozy More Even More
Chasing Ray (a little different perspective?)
Chicken Spaghetti (NY review issue!) Jim Dale info
Educating Alice More Sweathog Parody
Miss Rumphius More Even More
and here are some web sites with all kinds of information...background, fun, educational...whatever!
Harry Potter Official Site (Warner Bros.)
J.K. Rowling Official Site
Harry Potter Lexicon
Muggle.net ALL kinds of stuff
Leaky Cauldron Another comprehensive site
Harry Central from kidsread.com
If you have come across anything else worthy of "filing," comment here and I will update!
I KNOW I haven't even made a dent in the mountain of information, reactions, reviews...
...and I hope it is meeting all of YOUR long-awaited expectations!! Happy reading!
Friday, July 13, 2007
STOP...as the saying goes (or at least my paraphrasing of such saying)...nothing in life is really "free!" Look at the small print...and if at first you don't see it...look again just to be sure. There may be COPYRIGHT issues attached to the resource...i.e. the owner of the material may have strings attached to the use of the material.
Case in point: Free Children's Music.com...a website full of just what its title implies...all kinds of children's songs and dittys...in Mp3 format...easy for downloading. Cute, colorful website just screaming "Bring the kids and listen!" The home page states:
This is the place for great free songs for kids! Download all the terrific
children's songs you want to. There are no guarantees how long any of them will
be here, so grab them while you can. Have fun exploring!! And don't forget to
click on the artists' names to visit their web sites!
At the bottom of the home page is an even more important statement "Hey can I use this music to..."
It is intended to be downloaded and listened to on computers, MP3 players,
custom CDs for personal listening, etc. It is NOT intended to be played on your
web site, mixed with video or graphics and posted on another web site, played in
public as warmup music for a paying audience, burned to CDs intended for resale,
used on TV shows, etc.
The website author goes on to explain that it is not his music so he can not grant use. Anyone wanting to use it in the ways listed above should contact the actual owner of the music. Yes, email the artist and ask if the music can be put on in PPT, on a web page, in a photostory presentation, etc.
The ability to download the file does not give us the right to use it the way we want.
And those stacks of CDs we all have with all the "perfect background" music for that special welcome-back-to-school PPT program or campus TV news program aren't "free" for the using either...unless the artist/owner states so!!
Be careful...our kids are watching!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
How to hook the reluctant boy reader Gags, gadgets and adventure — sure fire recipes to make boys (and girls) read by Denise Hamilton
If you have spent 15 minutes in a library with boys at this point in ther lives, these titles will be well known to you…Alex Rider, Capt’n Underpants, Wayside School, Hank the Cow Dog, Ender’s Game, Crispin, Lighting Thief, Cirque de Freak…
So if you need an idea for one of your display corners when school opens back up…this article is a good place to get some inspiration.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
At the beginning of class, because they are a new group pf students, we popcorned out what comes to mind when you say the word "LIBRARY." Their answers included...resource, book, books, information, technology, FUN, interactive, access, reading.... What are your thoughts?
One of the students brought a very important question? What do you do if parents of your students do not want their picture on the web? (we had been viewing the video from the elementary school's student blogs). I suggested doing audio podcasts only in the beginning or making blogging an after school elective! What suggestions can you give this person for her concern?
The students are looking at different types of blogs and noting the similarities and differences found in blogs. I will post some of their findings at a later date.
I had fun...I hope they did too (and I hope they learned a little something about blogs as well!)
Sunday, July 8, 2007
What we didn't count on...and what continues to this day...about these group gatherings for doing something that most School Librarians (and probably a lot of others as well) put at the bottom of their to-do lists...is that THEY ARE F-U-N!
We found out that it is MUCH EASIER to share the "pain" of learning cataloging rules, learning the system, learning the software we had selected, and learning not to repeat someone else's work. Quite often the same items show up in several people's piles. We help each other interpret things in Spanish, decide if the call # should be this or that, and figure out just what is the exact terminology for all the "funky" subject headings that seem to pop up every year.
But...in the meantime, we have bonded...laughed more than you can imagine (and some of it even about cataloging!)...shared our lives, our recipes, our goals, and even some of our fears (snakes, cockroaches, spiders). Collaboration and team-building at its best...all with a dash of chocolate! O, yes...summer staff development can NOT be held without the mandatory chocolate. It helps get thru the rough times...when the Internet is sluggish, the AC suddenly goes off, or there just does not seem to be a category for that cantankerous kit.
An of course, many of us digital immigrants can remember first hand all the hulabaloo there was over the Kennedy-Nixon televised debate and the “famous” shadow problem. And how we all were riveted to the TV during those terrible days in November only 3 years later.
Why would we expect them not to use the latest (and greatest?) methods of communicating to reach as many voters as possible with their plans for our country’s future?
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
American Libraries, the magazine for the American Library Association, is celebrating 100 years and produced a 3-minute video reflecting its history.
[try as I might, I can not get the code to embed correctly on my html page so go here to see the video]
There is a pdf time line available as well. And their A CentenniAL Blog covers interesting things about library hisitory.
Although I have spent all of my professional library career in the school setting, I was a child of the public library and many of the things portrayed here are nice reminders (and funny reminders as well) of many happy hours on both sides of the check out desk in the public and school libraries of my life!
The leaders in the blogging world and some other bloggers I found responding to the call can better list the reasons why and the advantages of this change in educational thought.
My contribution to this plan is this...I will provide the links to these important thoughts
Chris Lehmann, a principal who may not have been writing today directly for this purpose, but had some relevant thoughts for all of us proposing these changes nevertheless including:
"...I do think that the educators in my aggregator can change the world. But I think we all have to understand that a) change is slower than we'd want, and b) to change the world, we have to be as close to the ideal versions of ourselves as we can. We have to be passionate and dedicated and smart and inclusive and tireless and humble. We have to be better tomorrow at being who we are than we are today. Our ideas and work can change the world and make a difference, but only if we are willing to constantly change ourselves...."
Coordinator's Office, a blogger since 2004
Jeanette Johnson, a principal who speaks from the other side and lists things for US to be sure and consider!
... and I will kindly ask anyone in an administrative position who happens to read my blog for whatever reason
...to PLEASE take a few moments to read what these learned and well-versed folks have proposed for the benefit of all our students.
...and to please think about how they, in their various positions of administrative authority, can bring about the necessary changes to allow this type of learning to take place in our schools.
...and to ask questions and to ask for samples and to look for these types of learning opportunities that might already be going on in their sphere of influence.
I promise you will not have to read much, look far, or be afraid. Good "stuff" is happening!
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