Library Links

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


Websites/Databases for Decades Project

Here are some e-resources for pop culture/history (historical highlights, inventions, fads, fashion, sports, movies, tv, music, etc.) Might be helpful for a decades project. These links focus on American people and events, but will often have some relevance to a Canadian context.
(Thanks Annette Farmer via LM-NET)
For more Canadian content, check out the following:

 Archer Audio Archives

  American Cultural History: 20th Century

  20th Century: Media History Project: U of M

Best Practices for Pre-Service Teachers

"Just In Time" Curricular Preparation (for Pre-Service Teachers)  
Best Practices Series
...a SIGCT Webinar presented by Dr. Veronica McGowan on May 13, 2011
  • offers a more interactive classroom environment
  • promotes active learning and greater student performance
  • fosters a constructivist teaching practice
  • advances better assessment of learning
  • increases course retention rates
  • promotes instructional efficiency
Link to this recorded webinar is  here  (starts at 3min in)
Links to Dr. McGowan's presentation slides  and her paper


The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books

Literature's finest first words

"There's nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. As the first thing the reader reads, it's been said that the opening line sells a book whislt the closing line sells the author's next one. [S]tylist magazine put together a list of the "100 best" - and, in some cases, the most iconic - first lines from some favourite works of literature. From classics such as Little Women and Emma and landmark novels such as Virgina Woolf's A Room Of One's Own through to modern day works including Harry Potter and Atonement, these are lines to capture the imagination."

Click on the book cover to read the first line of each title. It might be fun to do the same thing with popular 'tween titles or a selection of books from the school library.

How to use "Inquiry" to develop the 21st Century Learner

AASL '09 - Nudging Toward Inquiry (55min video)

"Provides strategies for school librarians to gently move our K-12 instructional design closer to the inquiry approach outlined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. (Presentation from AASL 2009)"

An American perspective on Information Literacy - aka "Inquiry". (referencing Stripling's Inquiry Model  --  Connect, Wonder, Investigate, Contruct, Express, Reflect.)

JacketFlap - summaries, booktrailers, reviews, comments, interviews, and more

"This site contains a browsable and searchable list of pretty much every Children's book and young adult book ever published. You can filter the list, such as by Age levels, Subject, and Title. You can change the time period using the "Books Published Since" menu, e.g. just see books published in the last 30 days."

Barrie Bennet's graphic organizer book - study group notes

Building Brick by Brick - talking about Barrie Bennett
Nicole Painchaud has created a great blog (Building Brick by Brick) that she uses to extend the thinking done in her study group at Sullivan Secondary. Below, you'll find a link to her "Barrie Bennett" material, and some discussion and examples taken from the "Graphic Intelligence" book.

"This section of my web/blog is for discussion and examples of the works of Barrie Bennett from our Discussion Group at Sullivan Heights Secondary. The premise behind this group is that every two to three weeks we meet after all of use one of the techniques from the book "Graphic Intelligence - Playing with Possibilities."  At the start of the weeks we discuss which graphic organizer we will use in our classes.  We will include it in a lesson plan, and then come back together to discuss and show samples of the organizer completed.  The positive and negative aspect of the experience will be discussed with the group:  what went well, what did not, how things went, etc."

An argument for using more than just a Google search...

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

"As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy."

This is a very interesting presentation for teacher-librarians as we make a case for using a variety of search tools and resources. It's all about stepping outside the filter bubbles that may surround us.

Contagion - Harvard Library Digital Resource

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is a digital library collection that brings a unique set of resources from Harvard’s libraries to Internet users everywhere. Offering valuable insights to students of the history of medicine and to researchers seeking an historical context for current epidemiology, the collection contributes to the understanding of the global, social–history, and public–policy implications of disease. Contagion is also a unique social–history resource for students of many ages and disciplines.


What should I read next ?

The Book Seer - What should I read next?

A fun way to look for new titles. It seems to work better with adult novels than children's titles. (So, it may be best suited for the TL's own reading list!)
The results are pulled from Amazon and LibraryThing.


"Women Working" 1800-1930

Women Working, 1800–1930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University. This is a unique, virtual collection, comprising over 650,000 individual pages from more than 3,100 books and trade catalogs, 900 archives and manuscript items, and 1,400 photographs.


READING: Harvard Collection on the history of Reading and Readership

Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. For Internet users worldwide, "Reading" provides unparalleled digital access to a significant selection of unique source materials.


Broadsides from the 18th and 19th century

Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders

Just as programs are sold at sporting events today, broadsides -- styled at the time as "Last Dying Speeches" or "Bloody Murders" -- were sold to the audiences that gathered to witness public executions in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. These ephemeral publications were intended for the middle or lower classes, and most sold for a penny or less. Published in British towns and cities by printers who specialized in this type of street literature, a typical example features an illustration (usually of the criminal, the crime scene, or the execution); an account of the crime and (sometimes) the trial; and the purported confession of the criminal, often cautioning the reader in doggerel verse to avoid the fate awaiting the perpetrator.

The Harvard Library's collection of more than 500 broadsides is one of the largest recorded and the first to be digitized in its entirety. The examples digitized here span the years 1707 to 1891.

Digital Storage illustrated.

Physical Storage vs Digital Storage

An interesting graphic from the folks at that helps put the growth in data storage into some kind of perspective. From the Wax Cylinder to the iPod, and VHS tape to Youtube.

15 Incredible Libraries - images

Desktop image? Slide Show?

Looking for some great "classic" library images? This Funzug blog post has 15 stunning pictures from university libraries around the world.


Looking to explore ePubs?

Feedbooks - Your source of Public Domain ePubs

If you are beginning to explore the world of eReading, you can give it a try by visiting the FeedBooks site. You will find a number of public domain titles formatted with the ePub extension that many eReaders prefer. Download the title that interests you and read it on your Kobo (via a memory card transfer) or the Stanza app on your iPhone, iTouch or iPad.