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Who Owns This Work? An Overview of Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

How Do I Copyright My Own Work? According to the United States Copyright Office (2012) document “Copyright Basics,” an original work enjoys copyright protections from the time of its creation. There is no need to register it with any government office (p. 1).  The work does not need to be published. Simply put, if you made […]

Use List.ly for Interactive, Collaborative Book Lists!

Trying out @listly for my #SocialMedia class at @SJSUiSchool: Adventure Reads for Junior High https://t.co/h0j4dmNBhn @Jen_Jumba #edtechchat — Amy McMillan (@amyjmcmillan) July 2, 2016 Here’s a recent library school assignment: Try out a social media tool, one you’ve never used before. Make a Prezi with a voice over to explain how the tool works and […]

Recommended! Outstanding Books for the College Bound

*This post was originally published in the course blog of INFO 266: Research and Discussion Forum I’m sure many teachers and librarians are well-acquainted with the Young Adult Library Association’s online list Outstanding Books for the College Bound, but you may not know there is a book by the same title. The book version expands on […]

Are School Libraries Providing Adequate Collections of LGBTQ-Themed Literature?

The original version of this post was published on the course blog for Information 266 (SJSU iSchool).  Right now I’m in the middle of a collection development course at San Jose State’s iSchool where I’m working on a teacher librarianship credential. As part of my studies, I read a report about the state of lesbian, gay, […]

Teacher Librarianship Here I Come

For me, the journey toward teacher librarianship has been surprising—surprising in a very good way. Having taught seventh and eighth grade English for seventeen years, I thought I knew what was possible in a school library. In short, I did not. The discipline is both more robust and more specific than I expected. I am discovering librarianship is more […]

Are Engineering and Robotics the New Cool?

Bascomb, N. (2011). The new cool: A visionary teacher, his first robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts. New York: Crown Publishers. Summary: The New Cool tells the story of high school teacher and MacArthur Genius Award winner Amir Abo-Shaeer as he mentors a “band of high-IQ students” training to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Hailing from the […]