A Storyteller’s Guide to Library Branding

Let’s open the floodgates to today’s topic with this quote by branding guru Scott Bredbury: “A brand is a story that is always being told.” This quote literally stopped me in my tracks. A story! Of course. What a beautiful and succinct way to express my beliefs about school library branding. I believe that a […] ...

5 Summer Teacher Reads That Inspire

The light at the end of the tunnel is visible to teachers all over the country: summer vacation. The summer months are a chance to develop our proficiency in three different R’s: Reset, Revitalize, and Relax. In the same way that we teachers take different approaches to how we teach curriculum, these R’s are approached […] ...

My 4 Favorite Digital Literacy Articles of 2017

If every word published and uttered in the media this year could be encapsulated into a giant Wordle, two words would be dominating all others—those words are Fake News. Collins Dictionary announced that its word of the year for 2017 is, you guessed it, fake news! As defined by Collins, ‘fake news’ means “false, often […] ...

My Makerspace Re-education: From the Ground Up

Sunday is my writing day. The buzz I get from black coffee does something magical for my imagination first thing in the morning and I can usually get two solid hours of writing in before I even look up. That is how it has always worked for me. Until this morning. My bibliography laid open […] ...

Future Librarians: Pro-Literacy & Everything in Between

Chancellor:    “You are obsolete, Mr.Wordsworth!” Mr. Wordsworth:   “A lie.  No man is obsolete!” Chancellor:   “You have no function, Mr.Wordsworth. You’re an anachronism, like a ghost from another time….” –From “The Obsolete Man” episode of the Twilight Zone, written by Rod Serling The above dialogue excerpt is from an episode of the Twilight Zone (TZ) […] ...

The Case for Cursive: Analog Tool in a Digital World

I am an out-of-sync, eccentric, old soul and I love it. It gives me intense pleasure to know that I share this blessing with my artist of choice, my muse, my on-shuffle-24-7, Ms. Erykah Badu. She is known by many names but it is the moniker of Analog Girl in a Digital World that I identify […] ...

10 Educators on Twitter You Need to Follow

Truth be told, I came late to Twitter.  My Twitter Birthday is May 1, 2011. Yes, there is a site that can tell you this information. In my five Twitter-years, I have used it exclusively for professional purposes, e.g. networking, professional learning, etc., and only recently have begun to use it for news and communication […] ...