A number of great articles have been shared about the impact of budgetary restrictions on libraries, Our future in the face of E-books, and the impact of technology on education.
Let’s put a few of those in one place so they’re easy to find:
The New York Times issue from 9-19-10 has a selection of fabulous articles about technology in the classroom. There are a number of great reads to be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2010/09/19/magazine/index.html?ref=magazine
A blog entry on the state of literacy in the 21st century has some hard-hitting statistics about American reading habits as well as scathing commentary on our unfortunate downward spiral toward an actual enactment of the dystopian view in Bradbury’s Farenheit 451: http://theburningplatform.com/blog/2010/09/20/those-who-don%e2%80%99t-build-must-burn-featured-article/
The Committed Sardine blog has a great infographic comparing books to e-books that sums up the cost pretty succinctly: http://www.fluency21.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=1412
Here’s the latest ticked off murmurs in the halls: Oprah Winfrey has been advocating the upcoming documentary, “Waiting for Superman. ” Many to whom I have spoken assert that the information provided is slanted, incomplete, and blames teachers for the problems in education. Make your own decision and post a comment before the follow-up show airs: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Waiting-For-Superman_1
ADVOCACY: Call for Photos and/or Video:
We are working on another video, aimed toward parents, which focuses on what happens in the library. We want to show how librarians are teachers, collaborators, and mentors. Please send photos or video clips that show learning and fun activities in your library to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and location so we can properly credit you.
And now for some fun stuff:
Librarians do Gaga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_uzUh1VT98
Librarians will Survive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8QjjKrEK7Y
And of course, the moderator’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/bibliophile80224?feature=mhum