Making GREAT Makerspaces: The 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace

Making GREAT Makerspaces: The 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace

My work with schools across the nation on planning and creating makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can.

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Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning #HackingPBL

Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning #HackingPBL

This post is #10 in a series of 10 posts that serve as extensions of the 10 chapters in Hacking.

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The Ugly Brown Couch

The Ugly Brown Couch

“The couches in the hall are so ugly. We should just throw them away.” I don’t know how many times.

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Participatory Making

Participatory Making

My history with littleBits began in 2013 when my school created a littleBits bar in our makerspace, and our experiences. Read More
Transformation

Transformation

The induced or spontaneous change of one element into another. Transformation is the act of adapting, changing, improving, metamorphosis. All.

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Meme Generator

Meme Generator

Wonder how to get those new classroom guidelines to stick? Meme them! This free tool is user-friendly and will add.

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8th Grade Intro To Research Using Chromebooks

8th Grade Intro To Research Using Chromebooks

For many years, I have taught research skills to high school students. I have always wanted to make it a.

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Library Media Tech Talk August

Library Media Tech Talk August

Hello, friends! I have a few things I want to share as summer vacation ends, and we all prepare to.

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Literacy Tools

Literacy Tools

These tools are some of the tried and true resources we use on a daily basis throughout our district. You’ll.

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Personalized Learning Passion Coming To Life

Personalized Learning Passion Coming To Life

One of my favorite things to do is work with educators who are passionate about making school different. I have.

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HSMS Makerspace Journey

HSMS Makerspace Journey

The WHY, HOW, WHERE and WHEN of HSMS Tigers Makerspace Bringing this Makerspace to South Middle School would not have.

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Real Strategies to Address Fake News

Real Strategies to Address Fake News

By: Kristin Fontichiaro & Angie Oehrli We are living in the era of data, leaving little bread crumbs throughout our.

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Library Media Tech Talk July

Library Media Tech Talk July

Hello, friends! I just got back from attending the ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. It was amazing to see.

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MAKE Time for Learning in the Summer…At Home!

MAKE Time for Learning in the Summer…At Home!

For me, one of the most powerful pieces of the Maker Movement is that it is based on the belief.

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6 concerning trends in digital collection development

6 concerning trends in digital collection development

I recently joined an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) working group that will develop guidelines to help librarians make.

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Strategy for Evaluating Student Work (Cont.)

Strategy for Evaluating Student Work (Cont.)

In my last few Bibliotech.me posts, I reflected on what students understand and know how to do in terms of. Read More
Lunch Speakers at Hume-Fogg

Lunch Speakers at Hume-Fogg

by Amanda Smithfield, Librarian at Hume-Fogg (@asmithfield @hfalibrary) My library is in a new location this school year. Even though.

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Hunters Lane- Live in the Library Program

Hunters Lane- Live in the Library Program

By Todd Duncan @tgrantduncan Hunters Lane HS @hunterslanehigh Several years ago, after participating in the annual talent show we have.

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The District Teacher of the Year is a School Librarian!

The District Teacher of the Year is a School Librarian!

Balloons, banners and flowers filled the classrooms of three teachers at Chesterfield County schools today. School Board members and school.

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Makerspaces Around the World

Makerspaces Around the World

“You grow more when you get more people’s perspectives.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg One of the most rewarding parts about writing.

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Library Media Tech Talk

Library Media Tech Talk

Hello, friends! This month I have some cool websites and digital tools to share! I learned about most of these.

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From library to student union: Armstrong students thrive in transformed media center

From library to student union: Armstrong students thrive in transformed media center

By Kirsten Miller As technology and the internet take over as the preferred research tools for students, high school media.

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Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces

Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces

Don’t think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown One of the most rewarding experiences in writing.

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Fact Check Now Available in Google

Fact Check Now Available in Google

Written by Lori Gracey Fact Check by Google is another tool in our digital literacy arsenal that must be shared.

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5 Ways I Screwed up (and Fixed) Project Based Learning in My Classroom

5 Ways I Screwed up (and Fixed) Project Based Learning in My Classroom

About a month ago I was chatting with a colleague who was inspired to implement project based learning (PBL) in.

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5 Ways to Avoid Project Based Learning Fluff #HackingPBL

5 Ways to Avoid Project Based Learning Fluff #HackingPBL

This post is #3 in a series of 10 posts that serve as extensions of the 10 chapters in Hacking.

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How we Made the Shift to a Culture of Making

How we Made the Shift to a Culture of Making

I suddenly find myself dumpster diving for that container, paper towel roll, or tin can. I see potential in every. Read More
AASL’s Social Media Superstars!

AASL’s Social Media Superstars!

TYSL Advisory Board Members are being recognized! See how many are nominated as Social Media Superstars, with the committee chaired.

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Twitter is the New Business Lesson

Twitter is the New Business Lesson

In November, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released the executive summary of a study they had worked on for.

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How to Grade 75 Bibliographies in a Jiffy

How to Grade 75 Bibliographies in a Jiffy

This is super quick and a little sloppy, but super helpful. Sydnye Cohen and I started this system back in.

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Promoting a Reading Culture- Part Two

Promoting a Reading Culture- Part Two

Last week I shared the RHS Reading Challenge and wanted to share a little more about how we are attempting.

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Reading Challenge – Promoting a Reading Culture Part 1

Reading Challenge – Promoting a Reading Culture Part 1

I’ve had a couple of requests via Instagram and Twitter to explain my 2017 Reading Challenge. This reading challenge started.

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TeachRock

TeachRock

Someone shared this site with me during our Elvis week in January. It is full of resources and lessons for.

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We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection

We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection

Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming Makerspaces. Our.

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Media Literacy:  Fake News, Part II

Media Literacy: Fake News, Part II

On the weekend of Thanksgiving 2016, a Tweet caught my attention with the word “Truthiness.” Originating from one of of.

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A Maker’s Imagination: The Beauty of Homemade Fun

A Maker’s Imagination: The Beauty of Homemade Fun

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My Story: From a Job Cut to Becoming School Librarian of the Year

My Story: From a Job Cut to Becoming School Librarian of the Year

Kristina Holzweiss of Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY, was named School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year.

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Create an Amazing Low-Tech Library Makerspace With These Easy Ideas

Create an Amazing Low-Tech Library Makerspace With These Easy Ideas

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware.

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Stop Thinking and Start Doing — A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Stop Thinking and Start Doing — A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Take the leap and start your makerspace by getting your students involved. You’ve no doubt read countless blogs and articles.

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Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a Makerspace?

Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a Makerspace?

In a recent blog post, I presented the 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace. These attributes are meant to serve.

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Agile Makerspaces

Agile Makerspaces

The Challenge Great Makerspaces democratize learning. They make materials, supplies, and concepts available and accessible to all learners. By properly.

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Training Wheels: From Replicator to Maker

Training Wheels: From Replicator to Maker

See that bad boy up there? Well that bike up there looks just like the one I learned to ride.

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Media Literacy Part I

Media Literacy Part I

During my edWeb.net webinar today (5PM, eastern), I will interview Greg Toppo, the National Education Writer for USA Today, and.

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Admin Advocacy: Where Do I Start?

Admin Advocacy: Where Do I Start?

By: Sarah Summerson $500. I blinked my eyes. I only have $500 to run an elementary school library program? Are.

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Making GREAT Makerspaces

Making GREAT Makerspaces

My work with schools across the Nation on planning and creating Makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can.

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Connecting Through Skype In The Library

Connecting Through Skype In The Library

The 2016-2017 school year has been the most powerful for connections using Skype in the library. Several classes have utilized.

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Kick Off A BYOT Initiative In Your Makerspace!

Kick Off A BYOT Initiative In Your Makerspace!

The current generation of students has grown up with technology and uses it in every aspect of their daily lives.

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STEM Challenge of the Month

STEM Challenge of the Month

Are you thinking about starting a Makerspace but have limited funds or just are not quite ready to take the.

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Moving Beyond Lego Walls

Moving Beyond Lego Walls

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I.

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Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

BY MERIS STANSBURY School and district leaders should consider a Future Ready Librarian framework to better enable innovative strategies and.

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Culture In A Transformed Library

Culture In A Transformed Library

Think your library needs a renovation? You might be right, but before spending unnecessary money on a major overhaul, you.

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Student Techsperts Manage Makerspace Resources!

Student Techsperts Manage Makerspace Resources!

The more I teach, the more I learn. This year I began a Student Techspert team to help manage the.

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Teaching Students To Understand Bias

Teaching Students To Understand Bias

By Jackie Whiting Students frequently ask: can you help me find a source that’s not biased? When they ask that.

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Live Chat- #MakeyMakey Q&A Educator Series

Live Chat- #MakeyMakey Q&A Educator Series

By Colleen Graves I’m stoked to be a part of the Makey Makey Jedi Series next week! Join in live.

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Are Librarians The Key To A Future Ready School?

Are Librarians The Key To A Future Ready School?

By Meris Stansbury School and district leaders should consider a Future Ready Librarian framework to better enable innovative strategies and.

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Teaching Our Students To Read Fearlessly

Teaching Our Students To Read Fearlessly

By Ann Morgester When I entered the first grade, I was reading at the fourth grade level. If I had.

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Chat Virtually with Santa Claus

Chat Virtually with Santa Claus

What’s the biggest present Santa has ever had to carry in his magic bag? If Rudolph’s nose is red, what.

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Conference Convergence Zone

Conference Convergence Zone

What a perfect storm! WLMA (now formally known as the Washington Library Association School Library Division) has much to be.

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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

By Katrina Schwartz Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning.

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Heard and Seen at the SLJ Summit

Heard and Seen at the SLJ Summit

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending School Library Journal’s 12th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit in our nation’s capital..

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Connecting with TCEA

Connecting with TCEA

In her blog post, “The Power of You at TCEA,” Shannon Miller told us about this exciting conference and noted.

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Getting Ready for Future Ready!  Part 3

Getting Ready for Future Ready! Part 3

John Carver reports that The Alliance for Education Excellence is in partnership with the USDE and has been doing the.

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Using Invention Literacy for a Research-Based Makerspace Project

Using Invention Literacy for a Research-Based Makerspace Project

By Colleen Graves Last spring I really wanted to work with a teacher on a maker-focused research project in my.

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Getting Ready for Future Ready!  Part 2

Getting Ready for Future Ready! Part 2

Culture Shift Towards Future Ready Change: Change is difficult. Here are John Carver’s comments about the culture shift necessary for.

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Getting Ready for Future Ready!  Part 1

Getting Ready for Future Ready! Part 1

Our own TYSL advocate, John Carver, has been a part of the U.S. Department of Education Future Ready initiative for.

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Flexible Scheduling for the Library

Flexible Scheduling for the Library

One of the things I get asked about the most as a presenter and speaker is to talk to librarians.

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What Common Core and OER Mean to You

What Common Core and OER Mean to You

1) My Favorite Research Sites UnboundED offers more than 5,000 free, high-quality standards-aligned resources for the classroom. Users can choose.

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Transformation: The Importance of Stakeholders

Transformation: The Importance of Stakeholders

When I think about transformation, I think about people, not the facility or the stuff. Don’t get me wrong, those.

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My Elementary 1:1 Must-Haves!

My Elementary 1:1 Must-Haves!

This year we have embarked on an adventure that would make Captain Cook jealous. At Rock Valley, uncharted territory is.

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TYSL during Hispanic Heritage Month

TYSL during Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th was International Dot Day. With the theme of “Celebrate Creativity, Courage and Collaboration” it gave us a chance.

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Orientation for Mackin TYSL

Orientation for Mackin TYSL

As teacher librarians, we are always learning about new ideas, skills, and ways of doing things that can enhance learning,.

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Back to School and Your Transformed School Library

Back to School and Your Transformed School Library

So many ideas. So much to do. So little time! Let TYSL help you get started! As always, summer has.

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6 Tips for Successful DonorsChoose Campaigns

6 Tips for Successful DonorsChoose Campaigns

What is DonorsChoose? DonorsChoose is a website dedicated to matching donors to classrooms (and libraries!). As the teacher, you will. Read More
Lists For Transformation: Lists and Apps

Lists For Transformation: Lists and Apps

I love lists! I make one every night before I go to bed of the things I want to do. Read More
Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps

Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way. Read More
SLIME – Students of Long Island Maker Expo 2016

SLIME – Students of Long Island Maker Expo 2016

MackinTYSL Advocate, Kristina Holzweiss-Bay Shore Middle School, shares this video.

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Bay Shore Middle School Library Makerspace

Bay Shore Middle School Library Makerspace

MackinTYSL Advocate, Kristina Holzweiss-Bay Shore Middle School, shares this video.

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Bay Shore Middle School Libratory Year in Review

Bay Shore Middle School Libratory Year in Review

MackinTYSL Advocate, Kristina Holzweiss-Bay Shore Middle School, shares this video.

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Collaboration with Public Libraries

Collaboration with Public Libraries

from Dawn Nelson, School Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School Here in Hennepin county we have a public librarian, Nina Shimmin, who. Read More
Top 10 Chrome Extensions

Top 10 Chrome Extensions

Found within the Chrome Web Store are these gems sure to make life a little easier. Here are my top. Read More
The Transformation of a District

The Transformation of a District

As the coordinator for 58 school libraries in Lincoln, I don't have the typical transformation story.  I don't have a. Read More
Top Five Resources to Help Get Your Makerspace Up and Running!

Top Five Resources to Help Get Your Makerspace Up and Running!

from Andrea Trudeau If you’re interested in creating a makerspace in your library but are overwhelmed or just unsure where. Read More
Infographic: Mindset for School Library Innovators

Infographic: Mindset for School Library Innovators

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Use Glass Walls For Student Collaboration

Use Glass Walls For Student Collaboration

“...there’s innovation everywhere: we have glass walls outside of one of our librarian’s offices. So the staff put out glass. Read More
Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines Libraries

Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines Libraries

The Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) district in Tennessee serves 83,000 students in more than 150 schools.  True 21st Century literacy. Read More
Hello Summer!

Hello Summer!

Hello TYSL Friends! Happy End-of-School-Year and Hello Summer! We hope you had a great school year and that you are. Read More
The #SWVBC: Connecting Library Clubs Across the Country

The #SWVBC: Connecting Library Clubs Across the Country

For five years now, my school library club at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA, and I have. Read More
Transformation is How You Are Changing the Status Quo

Transformation is How You Are Changing the Status Quo

What is transformation? Exactly what are we trying to do? What is a transformed library ? How do we know. Read More
How to Get the Word Out About Your 3D Printers

How to Get the Word Out About Your 3D Printers

Display prominently! Set up on mobile carts, and use and store near the front door or other prominent spot if. Read More
Using PebbleGo and MackinVIA

Using PebbleGo and MackinVIA

Testing got you doing library a la cart? Don't worry, with MackinVIA and PebbleGo these 2nd graders @Sanislo have the. Read More
How Can I Change Anything When I’m Overwhelmed by Everything?

How Can I Change Anything When I’m Overwhelmed by Everything?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? You want to get started. You have so many great ideas but you never take. Read More
Extended Your Reach @ PSLA 2016

Extended Your Reach @ PSLA 2016

I just wrapped up an exciting weekend with some amazing Pennsylvania librarians at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association annual conference. This conference. Read More
No Cost Makerspace: Supports STEAM, Problem Solving, Math, Writing

No Cost Makerspace: Supports STEAM, Problem Solving, Math, Writing

One of the easiest Makerspaces to set up in your library is an art center. I am sure you have. Read More
Use a Google Doc to Spur Collaboration

Use a Google Doc to Spur Collaboration

Last year I created a Google chart and shared it with all the grade levels. This allowed me to be sure. Read More
Make Writing

Make Writing

I know I'm a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace. It's getting bigger - and. Read More
If This, Then That – IFTTT: Multitask Your Social Media Postings

If This, Then That – IFTTT: Multitask Your Social Media Postings

This is a great tool that allows you to multitask your Social Media Postings. Want to have a presence on. Read More
Paper Plane Engineering

Paper Plane Engineering

from Michelle Griffith Paper Plane Engineering Serves: STEM, STEAM, standard and nonstandard measurement, problem solving, data collection, Google Sheets Portion. Read More
The Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2016

The Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2016

Last week was the Texas Library Association Annual (TLA) Conference in Houston, Texas. This conference is an annual highlight of.

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Genrefying #ReedyLibrary

Genrefying #ReedyLibrary

This year at #TCEA16 there was much talk about fiction collections moving to being genrefied. I had been considering genrefication.

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Making Makers

Making Makers

Our school library programs are thriving and growing in all sorts of new and exciting ways. School libraries are supporting.

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