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MDS - like DDC

A quick, clickable classification

I came across this LibraryThing shortcut to generating an approximate DDC-like number for specific titles.


You simply click on the boxes that correspond to category of the book in front of you and it builds a DDC-like number. (They use "Melvil" because "Dewey" is copyrighted.)

Then it generates a list of titles in LibraryThing that have that number, and some categories at the bottom of the page that probably overlap ("Far friends"). You can also see a bit of a word cloud/tag cloud to the right that gives you a sense of what topics the real DDC number would likely address. (If you have a LT account, you can even see which of your own books fit the category.)

 Not as accurate as some other tools, but rather a "quick and dirty" guide.


(It's also fun to click through and see what titles come up.)







John Green keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

The importance of caring adults in the lives of students.

Author John Green opens the 2017 SLJ Summit in Nashville, TN, and speaks about many things, including the role of TLs as the last best defence against the false information, and the importance of teachers who extend caring to students with struggles.


Author Shaun David Hutchinson keynote | SLJ Summit 2016

Diverse books are bridges.

Shaun David Hutchinson, author of 'We Are the Ants' and 'The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley' delivers a moving keynote at School Library Journal's 2016 Leadership Summit on October 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. He speaks passionately about the bridges that diverse books can be in the lives of teens, and how teacher-librarians are the caretakers of those bridges.


Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List

Check out what teens should be reading!

"Pump up your summer reading with our Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List. Check out what teens should be reading - as chosen by the readers themselves!:"


How do we teach students to identify fake news?

Fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish

TLs have a particular interest in teaching both students and staff the tools to be more critical consumers of news and media in general. This article (plus the downloadable "factsheet" from EdCan will help!

In a "post-truth" era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.



YA Smackdown – Pro-D for Secondary TLs

Networking with other TLs

Teen Services Underground has this great idea for TLs who work with teens. The "Smackdown" is a fun truth-or-dare type activity that prompts participants to share ideas, give opinions and tell stories about their work with teens. It might be fun as an icebreaker or opening session on a Pro-D day for secondary TLs.

"YA Smackdown is a grassroots meet-up and idea generation tool for anyone providing library services to teens. Participants pass a cup or hat or receptacle of some sort, and pull out different challenges related to teen services.It is fun, informal, and a clear ripoff not at all reminiscent of the fantastic Guerrilla Storytime."



Boston Children’s Museum Lunch & Learn, Dr. Robert Brooks

On being resilient

Listen to Dr Robert Brooks as he talks about the key ingredients students need in order to be resilient:
1. Connection. The need to belong,feel welcome & connected
2. Control. The need for self-determination & autonomy
3. Contribution. Making a difference in the lives of others 
4. Competence. Areas of strength

We can do so much in our work in libraries to give students opportunities to find these four Cs. Think about your library page program, or how we encourage kids to pick books, or setting up buddy reading, or the many other options we provide.


Speech bubbles for your books

Jazz up your displays

This PDF file is courtesy of the book wrangler. You can print the speech bubbles on colourful card stock (laminated is better!) and tape/glue them to Starbucks stir sticks. There is one for each one of the Dewey classifications, so you can pull and feature books from all over your collection. Go crazy!



Try Green Screen in Miniature

Doing it "tiny" : Green Screen on a small scale 

Video explanation and demo, screen shots and parts lists, ideas and apps, a movie set in a pizza box:

"Traditional Green Screen MovieMaking can be overwhelming involving setup, equipment and even software. Thanks to the iPad, we can bring this editing process down to a manageable size for use in the classroom. The smaller scale also provides for quick and easy setup/breakdown of equipment and supplies when you have multiple classes or limited space in your classroom."

Note: Conni Mulligan's original post was on wikispaces, which unfortunately is no longer active. Here's the version (but some images are not archived) with some suggestions and links-> 

Another video to explore with some additional ideas:



Best Practices for Creating a User-Friendly SLLC Website

Newsflash! Students Find Library Websites Difficult To Use.

Check out this article to get some tips to make your library site more accessible:
"According to a 2015 EBSCO survey on undergraduates' research workflow, 40 percent of students rate their library websites moderate to very challenging and 15 percent never use them. A challenging library website is a research roadblock to an already time-constrained student."



Reality Check by MediaSmarts

Videos, tip sheets and activities

"To help Canadians develop the search, authentication and critical thinking skills that are needed in the digital age, MediaSmarts and Facebook Canada have partnered together to develop the Reality Check! program. Over the course of this two-year public awareness and education initiative, we will be developing a series of videos, tip sheets and activities that will give Canadians of all ages the tools they need to verify different kinds of online information and to help them understand why it's important to double-check before they share information online. Come back often to see what new resources have been added."



Transforming Student Learning Through Virtual Reality

ERAC session at 2018 IT4K12

Learn more about virtual reality in your classroom. This presentation "Beyond Engagement: Transforming Student Learning Through Virtual Reality" by Isabella MacQuarrie gives you a good overview, and a number of ideas to try.



DIY Book Trading Cards — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

Trading cards to promote reading, programs and libraries

Karen Jensen test-drives some apps and techniques for creating "bookish" trading cards:

"So the other day I tweeted and said, what if we made book trading cards? I liked the idea so much that I then started obsessively figuring out ways to make trading cards and exploring the best tools, as I have a tendency to do. Here's a look at 5 tools I used, the trading cards I created using them, and then at the end of this post I have a few ideas for ways that we can use the idea of trading cards to promote reading, programs and libraries in school and public libraries."