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The Most Challenged Books of 2011 | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

The Most Challenged Books of 2011 | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hunger Games make the American Library Association's list of books receiving the most complaints in 2011. See the top ten.
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Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica. Windows Did

Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica. Windows Did | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

I have never owned a print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. After the Britannica company's announcement that, like the Oxford English...

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Publishers Hustle to Make E-Books More Immersive

Publishers Hustle to Make E-Books More Immersive | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"...“The conversation a year ago was, ‘Oh my god you’re going to kill my book sales’ and ‘You can’t release e-books simultaneously’ and ‘Don’t do an app, no one will buy my book if the app is $2.99!’” said Lorena Jones, the publishing director behind Chronicle Books‘ digital initiatives, in an interview with Wired at the company’s San Francisco office.

Now book publishers know they must evolve: 21 percent of Americans say they’ve read an e-book, according to a Pew Internet study released last week, and the Association of American Publishers says 114 million e-books were sold in 2010 (the most recent year for which numbers are available). Some 48.3 million iPads, Android tablets and e-readers were sold to U.S. consumers in 2011, and about half that many were sold the year before, according to NPD Group. With so many tablets flooding the market, demand for e-books is only going to grow.

Though the rewards promise to be great, the adaptation book publishers must make is far more complicated than that faced by the music and movie industries, which essentially needed to digitize their current products. Bookmakers must become multimedia companies — creating audio, video and interactive components for their immersive, built-for-tablets offerings..."

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DoJ sues Apple, publishers in e-book price fixing antitrust suit

DoJ sues Apple, publishers in e-book price fixing antitrust suit | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
The DoJ is suing Apple and five major e-book publishers as it begins an antitrust investigation into the alleged collusion of e-book price fixing.
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13 ways to turn talk into action | New-Tech Librarian

13 ways to turn talk into action | New-Tech Librarian | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
We are all teachers by degree and experience with a strong identification with that role. We see ourselves as general experts across the curriculum; possibly the only one in the building other than the principal.

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The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries

The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.


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The pros and cons of social media classrooms

The pros and cons of social media classrooms | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
How social media platforms can be used as a learning tool - and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are.

Via Gust MEES, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Infographic: Information Literacy Issues

Infographic: Information Literacy Issues | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
Developing information literacy skills is perhaps the most important issue in 21st Century Learning and yet the struggle to do so is an uphill battle. We asked our friends in the library world what...
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What’s our future – school libraries and librarians

What’s our future – school libraries and librarians | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
It disturbs me that we are not seriously thinking about the future of school libraries. This statement will receive incensed objections; teacher librarians are, after all, talking about changes in ...

Via Lourense Das, Dennis T OConnor, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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What Blogging Has Taught Me

What Blogging Has Taught Me | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
I was kind of cynical about starting a blog back in the day but I’m glad I did–here’s why: Blogging makes me see my life differently. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve see...
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20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic

20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

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Home - Guide for Teacher Librarians - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School

Curating and remixing the tools that define current professional practice...
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Why I’m going to Harvard to argue that libraries are obsolete and why you should help me do it » Virtual Dave...Real Blog

Why I’m going to Harvard to argue that libraries are obsolete and why you should help me do it » Virtual Dave...Real Blog | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"ou may have seen the announcement that I’m part of a debate at Harvard on the proposition that libraries are obsolete. The twist is (at least it was for me) is that I’m arguing for the proposition – that is that libraries are obsolete.
So why the hell am I doing it? Do I really think that libraries are obsolete? What’s more why should you help me?
First I do not believe that libraries are obsolete. I do, however, believe that it is very worth debating that point. Part of that is my scholarly training. I believe in the Socratic method where you assume opposing sides of an argument (even, as in this case, you don’t agree with the stance) and then argue to the truth. But there is a much more compelling reason I took this on.
We must inhabit the arguments of our detractors if we are to refute them. More than that, to be true to our professional ethos, we must enter this debate with intellectual honesty. If we are here to support conversations, we must support those we agree with and those with which we disagree. Also, if we are to remain relevant we must enter into conversations with the community as whole – whether they agree with us or not..."

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College Students Now Prefer Reading Digital Books to Print, Survey Finds | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

College Students Now Prefer Reading Digital Books to Print, Survey Finds | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"Looking closer at readership of digital books, here are some of the findings:
Seven in 10 college students (70%) have read digital textbooks, compared to 62% a year ago.
Six in 10 high school seniors (58%) have read digital textbooks, compared to 41% a year ago.
Among those students who had previously read a digital textbook, eight in 10 college students (81%) and two-thirds of high school seniors (66%) have read a digital textbook this school year (since September 2011).
Almost six in 10 college students prefer a digital format when reading books for fun (57%) or textbooks for class (58%), while one-third say that they prefer print. This trend can be seen among high school seniors as well, and is mostly driven by an increase in the preference to use tablets for reading.
Other studies have found that e-textbooks still face several obstacles to overcome before digital textbook distribution models become mainstream on college campuses..."

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Library Report on E-Book Lending: Publishers and Libraries Don’t Understand Each Other | Digital Book World

Library Report on E-Book Lending: Publishers and Libraries Don’t Understand Each Other | Digital Book World | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"...What I see happening is that some eBooks may not be available as eBooks themselves. Publishers may pull them back and create an app for an entity of titles, maybe by the same author or content that is the same. They do that, you’ll be buying apps instead.

Or the boycotts continue, which lets admit is a knee jerk reaction and one that won’t really solve anything. Not to mention, you have now taken content from your users, the same users that pay the taxes for you to buy the content. They are not being served, they have now lost access. Pubs need to pay attention to this and get things back on track, but everything is pretty much going to get ugly, just wait for ALA, it’ll be an interesting conference this year.

In the end what’s going to help, honest conversations, none of this we want and they want. It needs to be here’s a list from both of needs, wants, etc. Then be prepared to scrap about 50% of it and give in on that much, because there is no way that one is going to walk away with the larger percentage of their list intact, just can’t happen."

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The Unsung Heroes in our Schools

The Unsung Heroes in our Schools | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
In our schools today, there are many Mrs. Spicers, teachers who work away from the spotlight, going about the business of inspiring their students to aspire to greatness. This is especially true of our school librarians.

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Learning with 'e's: Libraries without walls

Learning with 'e's: Libraries without walls | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet. Libraries are shaking off this image, and embracing new technologies and approaches to support learning in the 21st Century.


Via Dennis T OConnor, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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What do High School students want from mobile tech? [Infographic] | ZDNet | Diigo

What do High School students want from mobile tech? [Infographic] | ZDNet | Diigo | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Schools, in general, consider mobile devices a distraction and a way that more children experience bullying. However, students do not want to be able to use such devices only in order to go on Facebook or watch YouTube videos — instead, a third of middle and high school students would prefer that schools provide such tools to electronically communicate with their teachers.


Via Donna Browne, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Seth's Blog: Don't give up (you're on the right track)

Wrestling with a puzzle, a project or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can't be done. What's the point of persevering if it's actually impossible to succeed? "It can't be done," we say,...
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Essential research apps? Creating a library « NeverEndingSearch

Essential research apps? Creating a library « NeverEndingSearch | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

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Stevenson: Kids relate to 'Hunger Games' because they play them in Texas schools

Stevenson: Kids relate to 'Hunger Games' because they play them in Texas schools | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it
You can learn a lot about a culture from observing what teens are reading. When Harry Potter was the rage, students were attracted to ideas of power and magic but also to proving their own uniqueness.
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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

Using Evernote to create portfolios.


Via Louise Robinson-Lay, michel verstrepen, Juergen Wagner, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Advocacy

I found a new blog from SLJ written by Sara Kelly Johns, librarian at Lake Placid Middle/High Schools. Her post was about advocacy for the library in schools. She starts by talking about an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about fewer schools having trained librarians. I know California is having budget issues but the state is making a huge mistake replacing librarians with aides in schools. According to the article "California has 6,000,000 students, 9,000 schools, and 895 credentialed librarians in the 2010/2011 school year". That works out to be 6703 students per librarian in the state. And I thought I had a lot to keep up with!

Her article goes on to talk about the importance of advocacy. She says, "Everyone working in a school library needs to step back, reflect on what your program and you do for your students, how that relates to the needs of your school, and make a plan…a promotion and marketing plan. It’s our job to market and promote our program, no one else’s." Words to remember! And she gives some links to some of the tools available to us from ALA to help make the job easier.

Texas isn't as bad as California yet......and that's the key point. YET. We are easily headed that way and we need to be advocating now. I know it's hard....this year I've lost staff and gained responsibilities so I know what lack of time means. And this article was the perfect reminder of what my priorities should be.

Thanks Sara for the great post and I look forward to reading more in the future!

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How to get out of bed | Plan B Nation

How to get out of bed | Plan B Nation | Literacy Instruction | Scoop.it

"And right then, it hit me. I was onto some­thing. This idea of “look­ing for­ward to”—what role did it have in my life? It occurred to me that per­haps I’ve grown looking-forward-to deprived.

The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Life in Plan B Nation tends to be focused on get­ting things done, on keep­ing the nose to the prover­bial grind­stone, on being respon­si­ble, plug­ging ahead, and keep­ing emo­tions in check. It’s easy to feel that we don’t deserve spe­cial rewards and treats—not when we’re so far behind where think we ought to be."

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