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Audrey Borus, Column EditorOff the Shelf

Although it is a very busy time of year, the listserv has been buzzing during the past two months.

Many of us continue to grapple with the issue of e-readers, e-books and the like. On November 11, Librarian at Lincoln-Sudbury High Paula Myers, posted some interesting information ["eLearning: Results so far"] about what librarians around the state are noticing in terms of integrating technology into school curricula. Responses came from Medford to Weymouth. Just to give you a taste of what librarians are doing: at Abbington High the librarian reports that online classes are available through Virtual High School and library/information technology is taught via Wiki. Acton-Boxboro has a new program using Mobi, and Wayland High is piloting a one-to-one iPad initiative.

Audrey BorusA lot of us had thought-provoking articles to recommend. Valerie Diggs's post of October 21 points to an article in the Seattle Times about the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and his crusade against "truthiness;" that is, "truth" that a person feels intuitively "from the gut" or that "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts." Read the article and I'm sure you'll agree.  It's a familiar scenario: Librarian: "How do you know the Northwestern Tree Octopus is real?" Student: "I read about it on a blog." Rita Fontinha in her December 28th post called our attention to an ad in the December 21st issue of USA Today in which writer James Patterson squarely places the onus on parents (not schools) to get their children interested in reading. Along the same lines, someone in another library listserv to which I belong sent a link to blogs maintained by school librarians:

There have been questions about licensure. If you are going for an instructional technology license, see Carol Kelly's post of November 11 ("FW: Instructional Technology Licensure") for some information about what Salem State has to offer.

Another thread concerns online resources, in particular posts asking for suggestions regarding reference material. MK Eagle of Holliston High School sent out a post on November 29 inquiring about online reference subscriptions. Of the respondents, the majority seem to be continuing their subscription to Worldbook Online even though MBLC has ceased to provide it. For example, Medford High School, paid $1,127.00 for 1500 students in 2011. Britannica, Country Reports, and Grolier were also mentioned.

Annmarie O'Neill the librarian at Weymouth High posted on November 21 to ask for input regarding usage surveys. To date, she hasn't gotten any response, so if you do have some guidance, please write her at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Questions about converting legacy systems to Follet Destiny continue to pepper the listserv. People are still eager to know the nuts and bolts of conversion.

Finally, know that your comments are invaluable. I know I've gotten great advice from my peers and believe that it's our collective wisdom that makes us truly great. All the best for the New Year.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 January 2012 )

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