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Foote, Carolyn – School Library Journal, 2010
With budgets threatened in schools nationwide, students, parents, and educators have begun to realize that they cannot wait around for state or national organizations to act. Web applications have made grassroots advocacy a lot easier, and homegrown efforts on behalf of libraries have sprung up across the country via blogs, wikis, Facebook, and…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Libraries, Internet
Hill, Rebecca – School Library Journal, 2010
Remember when computers were mostly used in offices? They were big and bulky with about as much mobility as a beached whale. Forget about using them in the classroom. Forget about reading a book on them. Forget about an app, well, for anything. Today, computers are the number-one educational tool. In fact, no one can imagine a school without one.…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Educational Technology, Media Specialists, Educational Resources
Ishizuka, Kathy – School Library Journal, 2010
At its heart, social media has less to do with technology or a particular application than forging connections with others. How one creates those connections is the question the author posed to some insightful social media users. From a publisher of multiplatform books and a passionate educator to an Internet pioneer and a children's book author,…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks, Internet
Pritchard, Kate – School Library Journal, 2010
It's not always easy to get teens talking. But when the author became a young adult specialist at the Wilbraham (Massachusetts) Public Library four years ago, that's exactly what she had to do. Her main mission was to bring in as many high schoolers as possible. She needed to find out exactly what they wanted from the library. when she asked them…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Music, Reading Programs
Farmer, Lesley; Shontz, Marilyn – School Library Journal, 2009
This year's "School Library Journal's" spending survey showed that, despite the recession, the vast majority of media centers around the country have retained their credentialed media specialists. For example, almost 85% of elementary schools and more than 95% of middle and high schools have a full-time certified librarian. In addition, salaries…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Surveys, Financial Problems
Kroski, Ellyssa – School Library Journal, 2009
Today's new media tools are incredibly powerful communication vehicles that allow organizations to connect and engage with many different audiences. With more than seven million users, Twitter is growing at an annual rate of 1,382 percent, Facebook boasts over 250 million active members, and aspiring writers have started more than 133 million…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, School Libraries, Mass Media Use
Brisco, Shonda – School Library Journal, 2009
The author presents 10 best digital resources for 2009. As librarians prepare for the next school year--or as public libraries develop the budget for a new fiscal year--these are the products for children and teens that should be advocated to add to one's digital collection. These include: (1) American Indian Experience; (2) Animoto…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, American Indians, School Libraries, Computer Mediated Communication