It is now official, Michelle Kiley has joined me in a permanent capacity at CMLE! People often forget we are a two-person office, charged with providing support services to staff in 319 libraries in 12 counties in Central Minnesota. It is a tall order, but I feel confident that Michelle is the right person for the job. Michelle is an alumna from St. Cloud State University which is quite helpful in navigating the university system in which we reside. Michelle also has solid background in strategic planning, marketing, and event logistics, and has more than demonstrated her social media writing skills during the past year too. Michelle and I will be further exploring our skill sets going forward, which presents exciting possibilities!
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This time of the year, surrounded by holiday sweets and treats, you may be looking for tips and tricks to stay in shape. MakeUseOf posted an article you might find helpful, while at work.
Just for fun, here are 8 Easy Exercises to Help You Stay Fit at Your Desk (October 2013)
The best writers are able to adjust the style of writing to fit the intended audience. Blogging is a web-based, log of information generated by a user(s.) It is often reflective and a less formal medium for writers to share content and deliberate.
In an article by Edudemic, Dr. Patricia Fioriello talks about how blogging helps improve general writing and critical thinking skills at any age. Fioriello encourages this medium to engage reluctant writers stating, “Blogging helps students find their voice.” She further discusses the positive influences it has on writing in the article, How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers (August, 2013.)
Blogging facts according to Social Media Today;
- John Barger coined the term “blog” in 1997
- 12 million people blog via social media networks
- 77% of internet users read blogs
- The Blogger has over 46 million unique visitors each month
Tip: Check out this year’s top ranked blog for school libraries, Blue Skunk.
Don’t forget, about the 23 Mobile Things Program starting soon. Participants from the library profession will be asked to blog about their experiences testing new apps. Click here to learn more about this program.
Tis the season-for lists! Over the next month, CMLE will highlight the “best of” 2013 books.
This week, we would like to share the Library Journal’s list of top picks for graphic novels, published in 2013. Graphic novels are a continuation of the popular superhero comics from the 1940′s and 50′s. According to Internet Public Library 2 (IPL2), one of the first novels recognized in this genre was, A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories, published in 1978 by Will Eisner.
Packed full of dynamic illustrations, with minimal text, these quick reads are also resources for librarians/media specialists to engage reluctant readers. Additional information about graphic novels can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/6q6rjca.
Tip: A free webinar on graphic novels will be held on December 13th. Click here to learn more.
This week, CMLE links members to an online resource that combines technology, literacy and learning by capturing simple stories. TeachThought developed a list you can use to create books with apps including; Story Buddy 2, Book Creator and Scribble Press. Follow the link to review the complete list of 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad (July 2013.)
Tips: Incorporate one of these apps with a community activity in the public library. Collect stories from a classroom instruction to share with parents as they stop by during conferences. Capture success stories to help demonstrate value added programming.
Adding to Doug Johnson’s long list of career achievements, this author-librarian-director’s blog landed on the list of the top 50 blogs for school libraries/librarians. Blue Skunk came in first place, ranked according to the site’s popularity and social media engagement.
Here is the complete list of Top 50 Blogs.
Tip: Take a moment to read a few blog postings-see what your colleagues are writing about.
Mark your calendars, 2014 MN Library Legislative Day
Minnesota Library Legislative Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Base of operations for the day will be Room 400 N in the State Office Building, in St. Paul.
Additional details will be made available as that date draws closer.
Jim Weikum, 2014 Chair, MLA Legislative Committee
Arrowhead Library System Mountain Iron, MN