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Freebook Sifter - A Resource for Free eBooks

We search for and display free ebooks for your reading device, updated daily
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Organized by category, and with options to search, order by average ranking, or filter by language, FreebookSifter makes it easy to peruse all the free books available for your Kindle or eReader.

Please pay special attention to the Added Today category. That’s where you can find the real treasures, which are only free for a limited time. FreebookSifter also offers a daily newsletter and RSS Feed with the newly added free books.

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The tipping point Education, learning and libraries a report to the OCLC membership

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'And we will need libraries—prepared to support the needs and aspirations of online learners'

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Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System

Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System | SCIS | Scoop.it
Pushing between snack time and reading group, Zack, a third-grade boy, ducks into our school library while another class is beginning to check out books.
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Students and staff expect to search in only one place
to find school resource. 

The school library catalogue is in most schools the only place where users can search for school-owned/licensed resources all in one place.

The student or staff member seeking books, information and learning resources expects to do one search and for that search to return all relevant material available to them, regardless of its format or its location.

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Arohatia te reo - cherish the language - Marlborough Express

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Marlborough Express
Arohatia te reo - cherish the language
Marlborough Express
A celebration of New Zealand's indigenous language begins today with Te Wiki o te reo Maori, or Maori Language Week, which starts today.
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A celebration of New Zealand's indigenous language

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School libraries as Learning Commons – physical & virtual

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Even in Australia: School libraries as Learning Commons – physical & virtual http://t.co/CPCEnvLYzM
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@Camilla Elliott on School Libraries as learning commons

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World Cup

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Sqworl makes it easy to organize and share multiple links with just one url. Easy and clean visual bookmarking.
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Here is a compilation of resources and activities for the classroom based around the World Cup

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | SCIS | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.
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Libraries increasingly want their catalogues to offer a one-stop search box that searches all the databases / collections.

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Mandie Petrucci Socialmedia's curator insight, June 17, 11:56 PM

Ideal search tool we are all dreaming of

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Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians

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The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and informed by an advisory group, focus groups and surveys of library users, non-users, and librarians. The Pew research is rich in data that librarians can use to inform internal planning and support advocacy efforts. The Pew data is nationally representative, however many libraries are seeing examples of how the Pew findings reflect changes and trends in their own libraries. The foundation has developed the following advocacy toolkits (one kit for each report) that include materials librarians can customize and use in their own communities. The tools will help librarians effectively talk about the Pew data to stakeholders and share information about library services. For guidelines and best practices on how to use these tools, please reference the Resource Box below.
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Advocacy toolkits developed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 11:53 PM

Advocacy toolkit for teacher librarians and school library media specialists.

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American Teen Online Activity

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American Teen Online Activity
http://lonewolflibrarian.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/american-teen-online-activity-02-21-14/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Interesting study of American Teens habits online - How close will this be to the Australian and New Zealand perspective

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CONNECT with this OZ Reading Challenge from Barbara Braxton for 2014 Bookweek

CONNECT with this OZ Reading Challenge from Barbara Braxton for 2014 Bookweek | SCIS | Scoop.it
Your challenge should you decide to accept it:Read the previous winners of theChildren's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award.
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Oz Reading challenge from Barbara Braxton Emeritus Librarian

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Audrey Nay's curator insight, March 1, 11:21 AM

Aussie challenge :)

Ros Peters's curator insight, March 30, 3:22 AM

The fabulous Barbara has come up with another great idea for sharing books with children.

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The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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The basic building blocks of storytelling
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The Periodic table of storytelling covers all the elements - a lovely infographic looking at the structure of story

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Australia: Library Book Borrowers Stay True to Their Favourite ...

Australia: Library Book Borrowers Stay True to Their Favourite ... | SCIS | Scoop.it
In school, TAFE and university libraries, it was Mem Fox's evergreen Possum Magic that dominated bookshelves in 2012-13, followed by Emily Rodda's Rowan of Rin and Marcia Vaughan's Wombat Stew. The tables are ...
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Media report on the results of the Public Lending Rights and Education Lending Rights survey.

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New draft guidelines in Western Australian schools to tackle homophobia - Perth Now

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New draft guidelines in Western Australian schools to tackle homophobia
Perth Now
making sure homosexuality is a part of the school curriculum. * stocking library books with gay and lesbian characters.
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Encourages  'stocking library books with gay and lesbian characters'

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Australia's history via a new lens - The West Australian

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The West Australian
Australia's history via a new lens
The West Australian
The result is a highly readable and compact yet wide-ranging work of reference ideal for school, public and domestic libraries as well as for the office.
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'Volume 1 Indigenous and Colonial Australia takes the reader up to Federation in 1901. Here one finds chapters such as The past 50,000 years: an archaeological view by Peter Veth and Sue O'Conno'

 

Australia's history did not start in 1788

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Motivational Attributes of Children and Teenagers Who Participate in Summer Reading Clubs

Motivational Attributes of Children and Teenagers Who Participate in Summer Reading Clubs | SCIS | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Levitt Shaulskiy, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University; Janet L. Capps, Assistant Professor, School of Library and...
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An American study which looks at the motivation of children to take part in Summer Reading Schemes

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Exhibition honours war heroes' sacrifice - New Zealand Herald

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Exhibition honours war heroes' sacrifice
New Zealand Herald
Against the sound of artillery fire, the faltering voice of an old soldier recites the poem all New Zealand kids learn at school and which a nation associates with Anzac Day.
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Learned architecture: Australia's best new libraries for 2014 - Architecture and Design

Learned architecture: Australia's best new libraries for 2014 - Architecture and Design | SCIS | Scoop.it
Learned architecture: Australia's best new libraries for 2014 Architecture and Design Back in February, Hamilton Wilson of Wilson Architects described a new design focus needed for contemporary education architecture, one that re-engaged students...
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'In 2014 we have seen a number of completed library buildings by Australian architects that endeavour to connect students back to the learning community that the library has traditionally inspired.

Here are nine ten Australian library projects, nine of which are featured in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architecture Awards.'

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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium | SCIS | Scoop.it
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Karen Bonoanno identifies

 

Key trends over the next one to two years:

Rethinking the roles of teachers

 

Shift to deeper learning approaches

 

(Opportunity to demonstrate the changing role of the teacher librarian & the learning spaces/strategies of the school library)

 

 

 

Technology developments one year or less

 

BYOD

 

Cloud Computing

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Infographic2_FINAL.pdf

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Infographic - What Public libraries do for teens

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Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia?

Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia? | SCIS | Scoop.it
Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue…
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Surely the arguments about Wikipedia are well and truly over?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 10:30 AM

Information fatigue is an interesting way of understanding what is happening. The torrents can overwhelm.

Helen Lynch's curator insight, April 9, 2:16 AM

Today's students practice digital information literacy skills all the time

Linda M's curator insight, June 10, 3:20 PM

Very interesting ideas.

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Summary of Findings

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The World Wide Web turns 25 on March 12, 2014. It is one of the most important and heavily-used parts of the network of computer networks that make up the
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Looks at the impact of the World Wide Web on the US market as it celebrates 25 years

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The quality of e-book records: a case study

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By Penny Bardenheier, University of Auckland Library

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Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?

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Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?
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From stephenslighthouse.com Reading: Why Are Those 20 Minutes a Day So Important?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 25, 10:45 AM

This is an excellent visual. An analogy would be to meditation where we set time aside for reading or meditation and adhere to it.

Mike Woods's curator insight, June 16, 4:52 PM

Keep reading folks...

 

Biblio Teca's curator insight, June 17, 11:18 PM

That's actually a very interesting way to break down or demonstrate the cumulative effects of time spent reading on literacy. Great stuff!

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New Zealand school library blogs, wikis, startpages

New Zealand school library blogs, wikis, startpages | SCIS | Scoop.it
...Russell Street School Library
St Brendans School Library Blog
... Library Blog - new in 2010
Verdon College Library News (under construction)
Wainuiomata High School Library
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A very useful list of NZ school library blogs and wikis

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Promoting your school library - YouTube

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives...
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Published on Jan 6, 2014

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 10, 12:17 PM

Let's video-write our ideas - youtube's last fashion :)

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 25, 8:19 AM

Well-made and very well thought out presentation.  The importance of a trained librarian is very evident here.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 11:50 PM

ALIA Schools promotional film advocating the role of school libraries and teacher librarians.

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Excellent Classroom Poster on How to Cite Information from Internet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Classroom Poster on How to Cite Information from Internet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | SCIS | Scoop.it
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How to cite sources from the web MLA style

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Audrey Nay's curator insight, January 20, 2:07 AM

Citation Poster #copyright #digital_citizenship #tlchat #nswdecbyod #ozteachers

Jo Laretive's curator insight, January 21, 12:42 PM

Great visuals to assist teachers and students.