Category Archives: Article

100 Helpful Blogs for School Librarians

It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their ready reference list. The blog features book recommendations, professional commentary, and so much more resources designed with librarians in mind.


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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Article, Reading List, Searching Tools


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Resourceshelf ( is a weblog created Gary Price. In the beginning of 2001, Price turned his vast knowledge of search engines (and much more) into Resourceshelf. Every day, contributors posts articles, press releases, and web sites (usually before everyone else finds out) for a vast readership.

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Article, Reading List, Technology, Uncategorized


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Education Libraries

The newest issue of Education Libraries is now available at

Education Libraries (ISSN 0148-1061) is an electronic, refereed journal of the Education Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). It provides a forum for new and challenging ideas in the education field as well as in the field of library and information science education. It also deals with the new technologies as they affect the library profession and their changing role in the library and information curriculum. Education Libraries is indexed in ERIC, EBSCOhost’s Education Collection, Education Full-Text, and Library Literature.


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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Article, Teaching Tools


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Visualization Tools – Microsoft Word’s SmartArt

You can use Microsoft Word’s SmarArt as a visualization tool. The SmartArt feature can create all kinds of diagrams to illustrate concepts and processes in your document. Word 2010 includes several diagram types from which to choose, including list, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, matrix, pyramid, and picture (see examples below).
Tips from Marcy Phelps’ Article:
Always begin with the end in mind. First decide what information you want to convey, and then determine the best graphics for your purpose.
Know your audience. What are their goals? How do they like to recieve information, and how will they use it?
Make sure your diagrams serve a purpose besides adding color or other decoration to your slides or documents. Use them only to help readers.
Keep it simple, and include only what’s needed to convey the information. Effects such as 3D can distort the data and cause readers to draw incorrect conclusions. Keep grid lines and text in titles and labels to a miniumum, and let the graphic tell the story.
Phelps, Marcy, “Visualization Tools for Turning Information Into Insight”. Online: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals. 36.5 (2012): 15-19. Print.
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Article, Teaching Tools, Technology


What is Big Data?

Big Data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems ( Billions of people and the popularity of internet accessible devices contribute to the large amount of data available today.

Recommended Reading on Big Data

Anderson, Janna and Lee Rainie, “The Future of Big Data”, July 20, 2012 (

Avanade, “Global Survey: The Business Impact of Big Data”, November 2010 (

Hswe, Patricia and Ann Holt, “Transforming Research Libraries: E-Science Guide to Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy”, Association of Research Libraries (


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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Article, Reading List, Technology


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Library Connect Newsletter

The Library Connect Newsletter is about marketing the library and features a number of articles from fellow librarians about what they’re doing to promote to their various constituents. It’s a free publication (ISSN 1549-3725) that comes out three times per year for any information professional who’s interested.


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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Article


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