Junior fiction – what’s hot and what’s not

It's a public holiday today, so instead of doing what I should be doing (making questions for the Readers' Cup), I've been ordering replacement FollettBound books - for the ones that have fallen apart and are now out of print.  Easier said than done. There's a reason (some) books go out of print. And junior … Continue reading Junior fiction – what’s hot and what’s not

It’s not (just) the book

This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. A long while. I'm a member of quite a few librarian and school librarian groups and invariably, at least once a month, a question will pop up asking for a "killer" book. Either one that is perfect for reluctant readers, or one that … Continue reading It’s not (just) the book

#1 Digital resources

In an attempt to blog more regularly, I've signed up for a challenge - so these posts will be in amongst all the other stuff I may be blogging. #FutureReadyLibs 10-Week #BlogChallenge Challenge #1: How did you get involved in the Future Ready Schools/Future Ready Librarians initiative? Are you involved in the district strategic planning … Continue reading #1 Digital resources

Frustrations of a librarian

And it's not the usual stuff about being poor misunderstood under-utilized bits of the school / community.  No, the frustration goes much much further.  It's about how information, knowledge, books, data, well just about anything is NOT being tagged and catalogued and made generally searchable, available. What prompted this?  Well my inbox. I subscribe to … Continue reading Frustrations of a librarian

Buying the future of research …

There's been quite a to-do on librarian sites recently about the acquisition of RefMe, an academic citation tool by Chegg, a purveyor of online textbooks and tutors (and more). Before you click past this, let's have a little look and think about this business model... The citation engine issue In the opinion of my peers … Continue reading Buying the future of research …

Books I wish would be published

I've been asked to be on a panel at the AFCC to chat about "Books Teachers Wish Authors Would Write" from a teacher / librarian perspective. So I put the question out on one of my teacher-librarian networks (an international one) and these were the responses I received: World war 2 in Asia- novel for … Continue reading Books I wish would be published

A tale of two systems

I've just spent the last 4 days at the #LKSW2017 where 80 librarians around the SE Asian region got together to learn and share (mainly teacher) librarian practise. I also hosted a Chinese lady from a school in China and gave a daily ride to another Canadian librarian working at a school in China. We had … Continue reading A tale of two systems

But I was born here!

One of my favourite UOI (Units of inquiry) has started for my G3 students - in our library lesson last week I introduced the theme through reference to (a somewhat dated, but still very clear) video Now one thing you can be certain about with students is that their responses will not be predictable. So … Continue reading But I was born here!

BWB where are we at?

After a flurry of research and completing my final paper for my M. Ed, one may think that it's all over with the inquiry into reluctant readers, boys reading etc. etc.  But it's not. Far from it in fact. I've been a little distracted with the library renovation, a series of unfortunate events with library … Continue reading BWB where are we at?

Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

One of the advantages of being on a tight budget with constraints, as I've written about before, is that it forces one into being thrifty and eco-conscious.  I just wanted to say a few words here about ways in which we managed to employ the 4R's in our library renovation. Library shelving is very very … Continue reading Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose