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Bravo Long Cane Middle School Media Center!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 27, 2009

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Yesterday I visited the media center of Long Cane Middle School in LaGrange, a 2008 Exceptional Media Program. Media specialist Pam Murphy and her staff (Judy Beach, Chris Miller, and Terry Tucker) collaborate with teachers in her school to create innovative student products. Recently, Long Cane students communicated on a Ning with other kids from five different countries. The students contributed to a wiki and collaborated with each other in their research on digital citizenship in schools. Students also used a webcast to collaborate with students in a nearby county and compare water usage, making comparisons to online data provided by schools from around the world. The media center hosted a Curriculum Fair to display resources available for teachers to integrate into their curriculum. A Technology Expo provided teachers with an opportunity to observe demonstrations of new technology equipment and technology integration ideas. The media center provides twenty-first century learning opportunies via blogs, wikis, digital storytelling via MovieMaker, Flip camera video productions, Web 2.0 applications, podcasting with Audacity, student response systems, and other materials. In cooperation with Georgia Tech, the school also provides a Lego Robotics program and other technology initiatives including a state-of-the-art video production studio. Their Lunch Bunch, Strive for 25, and other reading promotions keep students reading across the curriculum. Congratulations to Long Cane Middle School Media Center for their devotion to children and their dedication to the ideals of twenty-first century education.

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“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Library!”

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 5, 2008


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At 1:00 I will be live blogging again. Speaker Michele Gorman will be presenting “This Ain’t Your Mama’s Library! Creating a New Generation of Library Services for a New Generation of Library Users.”

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Get Your Staff Development Here!

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 3, 2008

Be ready for a live blog from our Media Specialist Staff Development on Tuesday, November 4.
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Library Cards–More Popular Than Ever!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 2, 2008


Guess what? Library card registration is at an all-time high! Why, you may be asking yourself? Because people know that libraries are an important educational resource. According to a new American Library Association poll, 72 percent of respondents said that libraries are a pillar of the community. Seventy-one percent said that they are a community center, seventy percent said that they are a family destination, and sixty-nine percent called their libraries a cultural center. Midwesterners and Westerners register for library cards more than Easterners and Southerners, and women register more than men. What do most cardholders check out at the library? Books, of course! In total, 76 percent of Americans visited their public libraries in the past year and 41 percent visited their library’s online website. For more information, you can view an article from School Library Journal.

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Read All About It!

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 30, 2008

First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager read their new book Read All About It to a group of children and adults at the National Book Festival Saturday at the National Mall in Washington. The book, inspired by one of Mrs. Bush’s former students, is about a young boy who at first did not enjoy books until he got caught up in the stories. Mrs. Bush is a former librarian and reading advocate, and Jenna is a teacher. The two combined their effort to publish a book about what they knew–kids and reading. The book reading to about 300 children looked like it was going nowhere until the mother-daughter team decided to forego security concerns and move the children in closer for a cozier experience. After the reading, the authors signed answered questions and signed copies of the books. The annual book festival, organized by the Library of Congress, has grown from around 30,000 attendees in 2001 to over 120,000 last year. Go to the Library of Congress website’s page for the 2008 National Book Festival for more information.

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Do You Know What Time It Is?

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 24, 2008

Well, now I just feel totally bored with the clocks in our library. A new clock at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England, cost over a million pounds, which is about $1.8 million to you and me. Plus it’s more like a work of art than a mere clock. It doesn’t even have hands like a real clock, and it’s designed to run in an erratic fashion, slowing down and speeding up whenever it’s in the mood. Kind of like people. Which is sort of the idea behind the “Corpus clock” designed by inventor John Taylor who built it with his own money in honor of British genius John Harrison. In 1725 Harrison invented the “grasshopper” escapement, a device that helps regulate the movement of clocks. As a visual pun on the grasshopper idea, Taylor designed a whimsical grasshopper which sits atop the clock. The grasshopper is called a “time eater” or chronophage. The long needle teeth and barbed tail of the insect are vital components of the clockworks. The grasshopper’s jaws begin to open halfway through each minute and then click shut at fifty-nine seconds. Its eyes, which are usually a lackluster green, sporadically flash a bright yellow. The clock has become the showpiece of the college library, which was also donated by Taylor. Taylor made his fortune with his other inventions, which include controls for electric tea kettles. Not nearly as exciting! To learn more about the clock, and how it is supposed to remind us of our own mortality, read an article at the FoxNews website.

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How Much is Your Library Worth to You?

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 7, 2008


Thanks to the Monroe County Library and the Massachusetts Library Association, you can calculate the value of your library’s services to you. Just go online and enter the number of times you use each service you use. The form automatically calculates the cost per service, the total for each service, and then the final total for all services. The results may surprise you! Libraries really do provide valuable services to their communities, and now you have proof. Just click on this link and follow the directions to see just how true this is.

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Sure You Know MySpace, But What About TeenSpace?

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 12, 2007


The Internet Public Library has a cool new “branch” called TeenSpace, and it’s made just for you. What does IPL TeenSpace have to offer? For starters, it has great Research and Writing Tips to help you write your research paper. It also has a Poetry Wiki if you’re into writing poetry, or maybe just because you like poetry, so be sure to tell your friends in the Live Poets Society. For all you Blatant Bibliophiles, there’s a Graphic Novels Guide. There are even FAEQs. You’re probably thinking I’m a bad typist and I actually mean FAQs, or frequently asked questions, which most websites have. No way, dude. IPL TeenSpace has FAEQs, frequently asked embarrassing questions, things teens need to know, answered by doctors, psychologists, dropout prevention experts, Planned Parenthood, and yes, even piercing experts! Yes, I said piercing experts from the Association of Professional Piercers. If you’re going to defile your body, at least do it safely, people! And did I mention the Homework Help?  Whatever you do, just don’t go to the Procrastinator link because it has cool, fun stuff that will distract you from doing your school work and your teachers will come in and try to hurt me for telling you about this website. In addition to their major links, the site has directories for clubs and organizations; health and sexuality; money and work; technology; reading and writing; school and homework help; sports, entertainment, and the arts. Sadly, the IPL’s Ask a Question Reference Service will be closed for the holidays from December 17, 2007 through January 7, 2008, but other features of TeenSpace will be available during the break.

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Chile Returns Books to Peru’s Libraries After 126 Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 16, 2007


In 1881,  during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific, Chilean soldiers captured Lima, Peru, and pillaged its library. This Tuesday, Chile returned 3,778 books via DHL to Peru, more than 126 years overdue. The books, most in excellent condition, dated from the 16th to the 19th centuries,  and were written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish. Some included full-page colonial-era maps. The books were presented to Peruvian officials at a ceremony by Nivia Palma, national director of libraries, archives and museums in Chile. Palma called the return a “concrete expression of our deep commitment to building a relationship of brotherhood and cooperation between our countries.” Peru’s Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde thanked Chile for returning the books and said the two countries must work to strengthen their friendship. Border disputes dating back to the 19th century war in which Chile captured territory from Peru and Bolivia–including Bolivia’s only coastline–had undermined relations between Chile and Peru. The books are scheduled to be returned to Lima’s national library.

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Libraries for Sale?

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 7, 2007


While news articles bill it as the salvation of the Jackson County, Oregon, public libraries, is privatization really the answer? In a recent Associated Press article, Julia Silverman praises outsourcing and claims library patrons won’t notice the difference in service. If libraries are being staffed with fewer librarians and less professional staff, the service is sure to suffer. For more information, see the article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. What do you think about “selling” public libraries to private companies to keep them open?

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