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Write for Your Favorite Professional Journal

Is there a particular journal that you really enjoy reading? Your favorite journals are always looking for writers. Why not write an article, on a topic that you are passionate about, for that special publication? AISL bloggers explore current library … Continue reading

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Publications Group, Conferences and You

You have expertise. Yes, you! And there are librarians and classroom teachers out there who want to learn from you.  Perhaps you’ve considered writing a proposal to present at a conference. There’s a support group for that! Similar to an … Continue reading

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The Place for Fandom: Celebrating Star Wars Day in the Library

  Last week was Star Wars day – May the Fourth be with you! Getting more involved in fandom is a great way to connect to our school community, but it can be difficult when we don’t get to do … Continue reading

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Culture and Approachability in the “Heart of the School”

Last week I was preparing for the first meeting of a new book club that had been reading  The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. I hadn’t (and still haven’t) read the whole thing, but … Continue reading

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Why We Do What We Do

Recently I had the opportunity to attend an Institute at St. Mark’s School of Texas, a peer institution here in Dallas, Texas. The keynote speaker for the Institute was Jim Burke. Mr. Burke is the author of numerous books on … Continue reading

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on a mid-research pause, reflect, share, and go…

Sometimes, as the saying goes, “It’s better to lucky then good.” This is a story about one of those times–a research and information literacy experience that was totally planned and developed by non-library faculty that further our program’s information instruction … Continue reading

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Curation and Curiosity

The librarian’s role as curator was the topic of a TxLA conference session by Joyce Valenza. For anyone who has attended one of Joyce’s high-energy presentations, you know that you leave with your brain whirling with new ideas. This session … Continue reading

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Watermelon Rhymes

Plant a watermelon vine upon my grave And let the juice, slurp slurp, seep through. Growing up, my family maintained a huge garden in our backyard and watermelons were one of our best and favorite crops.  My mom would sing … Continue reading

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A-musing on magazines

I’ve read the recent email thread on print magazine subscriptions with interest; like many of you, I waffle between wanting to honour this format while aiming to ensure budget dollars are well spent. I’ve felt particularly guilty as we ordered … Continue reading

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Curiosity killed the… wait, what?

  The Curious Classroom by Harvey Daniels (2017), aptly subtitled 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry, is one of those professional books you can read on the beach, in a busy airport, on the train, or anywhere else, really. It’s practical … Continue reading

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