We agree with library supporters at BuzzFeed, “The libraries of the world are under threat. Here are some reasons to care.”
Although the majority of the photographs are quite traditional (beautiful, although a little disappointing as it can give the wrong idea about modern libraries), the quotes are great! My favorite is the Keith Richards quote….”When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you”
How about you, what is your favorite?
Check it out…….http://tinyurl.com/kqpvysh
The free, online content just keeps coming! In March alone, the Open Education Database (OEDB) folks share 46 possibilities. From what I have seen, most are available in archived format, and don’t even require registration! So, go for it, you deserve to improve your skill set to make you even more awesome than you already are!
Get the full March 2014 list at http://tinyurl.com/p3ncdmq
Never got to review the list of February offerings? It’s not too late….see our previous post from February at http://tinyurl.com/p2lkbfu
Here is your chance to try out some tools you have been hearing about and provide feedback too that could impact the selection of statewide e-resources. Thank you Minitex for the work you do on behalf of libraries, schools, and the citizenry of Minnesota!
Trials Available for Proposed Statewide Electronic Resources!
Attention libraries and schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota!
The electronic resources listed here were submitted in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the University of Minnesota on behalf of Minitex for licensing statewide access to eresources for Minnesota (i.e., ELM), North Dakota, and South Dakota. Although trial access to these e-resources will be available through at least April 10, 2014, the Minitex Electronic Information Resources (MEIR) Task Force needs your feedback no later than April 2.
Information about trial access, names of products, and links to vendor/product information are available. A link to our feedback form can be found at the bottom of each vendor section.
School media centers and libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota may open this trial access to users.
As per the guidelines of the RFP, Minitex staff and/or MEIR Task Force members cannot answer questions or discuss products/vendors under consideration. While vendors may have submitted e-resource “packages” for consideration, please be aware that contracts may be awarded for individual products or for complete packages as offered.
Your feedback is important, so please complete an evaluation form for each of the e-resources you examine during the trial period. The MEIR Task Force will consider your feedback during the evaluation process on April 7-9, 2014.
Your participation will impact the selection of statewide e-resources.
Thank you for contribution to this important process!
This post is a part of an original series created by librarians/media specialists across Central Minnesota featuring books. Please share your take on books you have read recently. If you have a book you would like to showcase, please send your review to our offices
Review by Maria Burnham, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Library Media Specialist
I read this book because I have been following the books that my local Chapter and Verse book club are discussing. For the month of February, we were set to discuss our favorite award winning books. In an attempt to branch out from what I normally read, I picked up and started to read all of the award winning elementary level books.
This book, in particular, stood out to me as an interesting non-fiction read. I’ve always been a person who loves art (even though I’m not very good as an artist). I enjoy the creativity, the story behind a piece, and how a visually-pleasing piece can add to a room. So I was interested in reading about George E. Ohr, a.k.a. The Mad Potter.
This book is a great choice for any elementary-aged student. You do not have to “like” or appreciate art to enjoy the life of George Ohr or the creative genius of his work. The text is a well-told and fast-paced story and the pictures are fascinating!
No matter your age or your interests, be sure to pick up this book. George E. Ohr is a fella you won’t soon forget!
Try to remember waaaaayyyyy back to January. I know we have all been through a whole lot of winter since then, you may be sitting in a snowbank as you read this, but winter is a perfect time to hunker down, let the wind howl, and take care of some of your online learning needs. When spring finally arrives it is often much harder to stay inside….but with the 23 Mobile Things program, you will be able to be outside with your device still working your way through the program.
Many of you are doing well, and are well on your way. Some who registered are still struggling to move beyond that first post! We want everyone to reach their learning goals in this program, whether that is learning one new thing, or completing all 23 to be in the drawing for prizes. Share your successes, struggles or frustrations in your blog posts, and our coaches will try to encourage or assist in whatever way helps you feel successful! See you online…
According to the folks at MakeUseOf, “The time has come where we all make promises to ourselves that we’ll be better, harder, faster, and stronger by the end of 2014. Twelve months is a long time, though, and it can be easy to lose steam over such a long period. What can you do about it? Our approach: break the year down into months and dedicate each month to a particular change. This method lets you internalize one change at a time before moving onto the next one. Front loading all of your resolutions together is just a recipe for being overwhelmed. A common resolution for most working people is to be more productive. If you do it right, by the end of the year you’ll be doing more work in less time!” Credit for the content of these monthly posts goes to Joel Lee, MakeUseOf.
March’s Bad Habit: Working Too Long
“There are two forms of working too long: 1) working so much that it detracts from your rest and recreation and 2) working over long stretches of time without any breaks. For the most part, there’s nothing you can do about the former since your job is your job, but there’s a lot you can do about the latter.
Solution: Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? Essentially, you divide the work day into 30-minute chunks: 25 minutes of work followed by 5 minutes of break. You can personalize it to your own needs (e.g. 45 minutes of work and 15 minutes of break). The point is that you’ll be more productive working in short bursts than long crawls.”
Note: Please consider whether your employer is onboard with this technique before you drastically change your work habits!
This excerpt is from 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year by Joel Lee, MakeUseOf, Jan.1, 2014
From now until the end of the school year, each week we will be including a post called “A Mindful Moment.” Mindfulness is an emerging topic in libraries as it relates to our own personal wellness, but also as it affects good customer service. If you are at all like me, if you get a list of 12 things to consider at one time, it is just too overwhelming. Therefore, in these weekly posts, we will be providing small bits of information to assist you in moving toward a more mindful life. All credit for the content goes to Leo Babauta at Fast Company, who beleives “a mindful life is worth the effort.” I really, really love the introduction Leo gave to his 12 piece tool set and his explanation of a mindful life. Today, we feature his first tool …..
Meditation. “ Meditation is where mindful living starts. And it’s not complicated: you can sit still for even just one minute a day to start with (work up to three to five minutes after a week), and turn your attention to your body and then your breath. Notice when your thoughts wander from your breath, and gently return to the breath. Repeat until the minute is up.”
What is this business about a mindful life? Read Leo’s introduction, it will take like one minute and is well worth your time to frame this subject!
Interested in other posts CMLE has done on mindfulness recently?