Wednesday, December 26, 2007
By the way, a piece of information: In order to be a librarian in the Philippines, you need to pass a national examination. In the most recent examination, they had 868 test-takers. Out of that 868, only 278 passed. That is 32%! Apparently, it is a difficult task to become a librarian in that country. I wonder why that might be. Perhaps it has to do with job availability.
While it is difficult to tell from the video, this is a group of librarians in a parade in the Philippines doing a take-off on "Deal or No Deal." It is interesting to listen to the speaker who discusses the same issues that we champion in the U.S.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I know, I really know that I need to begin to understand this whole Second Life thing. The library program at SJSU already uses it in their instruction. This will only continue. I wonder how generational this is (and whether my 46-year-old self can handle it).
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I think it is safe to say that the same quality in the residential program will manifest itself in the online one as well. They will be offering both the credential and the master's degree in that 100% online format.
You can find information on the program here. While it does not mention anything yet about going online, the first cohort will start in May 2008.
If you are looking for an exceptional program, I would encourage you to take a look.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I have spent the last two weeks handing out paper for the contest. Students turned them in last Friday and they have been judged. The students were very enthusiastic about participating in the contest. Part of that enthusiasm was certainly due to the lack of access to art in our middle school. Getting big pieces of paper to draw on is, apparently, very cool.
Some good that came out of it:
- I got students into the library that I do not know (because it was announced every day).
- Students go to do art.
- I got wonderful posters with which to decorate my new section.
Response was so good that I may have a second contest in the spring where I have the students create their own graphic novels.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Bellevue schools book dispute ends in firing
I think ultimately Partington's undoing was his not meeting with the principal. As an employee, he does not have that choice. Given that article, I don't believe we have the entire story yet. Will we? Hard to tell.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Cardiff (Wales) Public Library and Kansas City (MO) Public Library