Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


"You Are the Future of Libraries: No Pressure"

"You Are the Future of Libraries: No Pressure" by David Lankes
Path to the Future, a University of Maryland Libraries Speaker Series, College Park, MD.
Abstract: If libraries are obsolete in 10 years, it's your fault. It's my fault too. As Alan Kay once said "the best way to predict the future is to invent it." So since we are the people ultimately responsible for creating the future, we are the future of the library. Assume for a moment "they" are right ... you know, them. The ones who say that the Internet/ Mass Digitalization /Search Engines/ Wikipedia/Document Right Management/ Whatever is going to put libraries out of business. Assume that the stacks are bare, the coffee bars are empty, and the ivy is left to run riot over the columns. Is there still a library? If that strikes you as an odd question, let me ask you another one. Is the future of the library a question of stacks, coffee bars or ivy?

"How-to" guide for creating Booktrailers

A big thanks to Naomi Bates for her great blog.
Here's a link to her slideshare on creating Book trailers.

National Gallery of Art - digital tools

Here's a range of fun tools to do "digital art" inspired by works of the great artists.

Each tool can be linked to individually.
(Works best on a Mac with Safari.)

Collage Machine • Mobile • PixelFace • 3-D Twirler • Cubits • Diamonds • Dutch House • Photo Op
PaintBox • Wallovers • RiverRun • SwatchBox • Flow • Jungle • BRUSHster • Still Life • Faces & Places


Culturally Responsive Instruction - podcast from the IRA

Literacy 2.0 – Closing the Literacy Achievement Gap Through Culturally Responsive Instruction,
Presented by Kathy Au, President, International Reading Association

Many teachers today are challenged to efficiently respond to the cultural and linguistic differences presented in their classrooms. Tune in to IRA Reading Radio and hear IRA President Kathy Au present specific strategies and techniques to help effectively teach second-language and culturally diverse students. Click here to listen to the program.