Sacred Cows in the Library
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Evaluating and reconsidering the sacred cows of librarianship.
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So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?

So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Most people’s knowledge of librarianship is a mash-up of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Desk Set, some warm and fuzzy memories from an elementary school class visit, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even fuzzier memories of...
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An interesting read.

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Librarians on the Fly: Mythbusters

Librarians on the Fly: Mythbusters | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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10 myths about librarians, busted.

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Be a Leader | Scholastic.com

Be a Leader | Scholastic.com | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Become a school leader—without leaving the classroom.
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11 Ways to be a leader without leaving the classroom or library. More librarians need to do these things.

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Allergic to reading?  - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Allergic to reading?  - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Ten people contributed opinions on vocabulary development in Larry Ferlazzo’s recent b...
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Assumptions about reading.

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Epic fail - or epic challenge? - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Epic fail - or epic challenge? - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Leigh Ann Jones over at the Shelf Consumed blog has two posts well worth reading by all libraria...
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Are your policies keeping kids out of the library?

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MakingtheMostofaFixedLibrarySchedule.pdf

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Sometimes having a flex schedule isn't possible. This guide will help you make the most of a fixed schedule.

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Seth's Blog: The future of the library

Seth's Blog: The future of the library | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
What is a public library for? First, how we got here: Before Gutenberg, a book cost about as much as a small house. As a result, only kings and bishops could afford to own a book of their own. This...
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Questioning our role in the community.

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Read, Write, Reflect: AR, Lexile, and Reading Programs

Read, Write, Reflect: AR, Lexile, and Reading Programs | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Reflect on your role in these programs and how you can help get rid of them and promote recreational reading without "incentives".

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Libraries branch out in non-traditional ways

Libraries branch out in non-traditional ways | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
When it comes to offering their patrons something beyond the usual books, videos and music, local libraries stack up pretty well against their counterparts around
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A collection can include more than just books.

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Sunday Reflections: Renegade Library Thoughts

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Sunday Reflections: Renegade Library Thoughts | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Questioning the "truths" we take for granted.

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Kurt Squire On Gaming And Learning

Kurt Squire On Gaming And Learning | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Ideas for infusing gaming into the library.

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10 Great Companies That Lost Their Edge

10 Great Companies That Lost Their Edge | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
How to avoid three traps that ensnare even breakthrough companies.
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We can learn from companies that refused to change and suffered for it.

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Librarian-Provocateur - Sacred Cows Among the Weeds

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A long list of policies to consider changing.

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Working Together Is Working Smarter | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Working Together Is Working Smarter | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Infographic on collaboration

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Collection Development 2.0

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Library Girl suggests that collection development should be rooted in our goals for student learning, not on starred reviews.  Is that a sacred cow I hear falling over?

 

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make students your priority when you develop your collection

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Trendspotting: Know Your Weaknesses

Trendspotting: Know Your Weaknesses | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Image Courtesy of James Vaughan There is a famous line from the Lethal Weapon movies spoken by Roger Murtaugh: “I’m getting too old for this . . . .” It can be easy to feel this way when working wi...
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Librarians need to be aware of teen/pop culture whether you want to or not.

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Monique German's comment, March 22, 2013 5:06 PM
If you don't want to follow trends yourself, make sure you have a librarian friend or two who will keep you up to date.
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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Things I Never Learned In Library School: Weeping over Weeding

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Things I Never Learned In Library School: Weeping over Weeding | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Educate your teachers, admin, parents and students about why we weed.

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Six biggest library annoyances and how to fix them - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Six biggest library annoyances and how to fix them - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
The website Lifehacker this week had an article titled: The Six Biggest Media Center Annoyances (...
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Are you guilty of the six biggest library annoyances?

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Are Librarians, Not Seth Godin, The Ones Missing the Point on Libraries?

Are Librarians, Not Seth Godin, The Ones Missing the Point on Libraries? | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
Seth's Blog: The future of the library via kwout Twitter is lit up today with divergent responses to Seth Godin's post, "The Future of the Public Library."  I think Godin is spot-on with his though...
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Taking it to Twitter: Librarians Debate the Demise of Dewey | School Library Journal

Taking it to Twitter: Librarians Debate the Demise of Dewey | School Library Journal | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Dewey or don't we

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Summer Project: Kill Dewey - The Digital Shift

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Getting rid of Dewey.

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Awful Library Books

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Weeding guidelines, advice and funny examples.

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Hey Teachers! Integrate Technology Without Knowing How It Works

Hey Teachers! Integrate Technology Without Knowing How It Works | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
I work with teachers who don't like to look stupid in front of their class. This makes sense in their subject area.
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Dont' be afraid to try technology, even if you are not an expert.

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Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
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Advice from librarian leader, Joyce Valenza.

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Monique German's comment, February 22, 2013 8:54 PM
It is time to look at library policies and decide whether they are about patron service and academic achievement, or are those policies about staying in control of our domain?
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A Job Description for the 21st Century School Librarian

A Job Description for the 21st Century School Librarian | Sacred Cows in the Library | Scoop.it
I have to start by saying that I hate the term "21st Century ______" in education.  It really has become a buzzword that poorly describes what it is meant to describe.  It implies that on January 1...
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Do you fit the job description?

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