Category Archives: Reading List

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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Teacher’s Resource: How to Teach History in Digital Age

This is a book review by Lincoln Mullen on Mills Kelly’s book, Learning How to Teach History in Digital Age.

Fun Example:


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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Reading List, Teaching Tools, Video


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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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Online Portfolio

One way to create a portfolio is through It’s free which is important for job seekers or students. You won’t have quite the level of customization as you would with WordPress, but it has a more plug and play feel. Here are a couple of librarian examples from the site: and This information was shared to me by a colleague on a group discussion board. I created a professional portfolio using WordPress.

Additional Information:

“ePortfolio HOW.” ePortfolios For All: A Roadmap for Success. City University of Hong Kong, 2009-2011. Web. 19 Apr, 2012. <>

Cambridge, Darren.Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact.Sterling: Stylus, 2009. Print.

Foster, Bill. A Beginning Teaching Portfolio Handbook: Documenting and Reflecting on Your Professional Growth and Abilities. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. Print.

Friedman, Delores. Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio: A Reflective Approach. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2012. Print.


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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Reading List, Teaching Tools, Technology


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Technology in Education

Helpful Books about Technology in Education

Jacobs, Heidi. Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Alexandria: Assoication for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2010. Print.

Orlando, John. How to Effectively Assess Online Learning. Madison: Magna Publications, 2011. Print.

Manning, Susan. The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.

Bates, Tony. Managing Technology in Higer Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.


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Apathetic Students

Dear Colleagues:
I thought you would appreciate the following post by Professor Isaach Sweeney, an assistant professor of English at Richard Bland College in Virginia.  Sweeney talked about “Apathetic Students” ( in his March 26th post and shares one student’s response to his comments in today’s post:  

“As a student who pays for my own education I view myself as my teachers’ employer. I am paying for a service and I should be able to consume as much or as little of that service within the pre-determined bounds that I am paying for. It is your job as a teacher to make class-time engaging and necessary for success in the classroom. I have been through far too many classes where everything covered in the lecture was in the book and attendance offered no tangible benefit to me in terms of achievement on the exams. In these cases as long as the teacher doesn’t score points for attendance, which by the way is absurd, I would simply elect not to attend class on many occasions and still get an A in the class.”

How did Professor Sweeney reply?    

Read “Dear Student” (

Suggested additional reading:

Barkley, Elizabeth F. Student engagement techniques : a handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.

Wootan, Fred C. Not in my classroom : a teacher’s guide to effective classroom management. Avon, Mass: Adams Media, 2007. Print.

Warner, Jack. The unauthorized teacher’s survival guide : an essential reference for both new and experienced educators! 3rd ed.Indianapolis : JIST Works, 2006. Print.

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Article, Reading List, Teaching Experience


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