Archive | October, 2010

Isn’t our cover purdy?

28 Oct


November preview’s a bit late – that Summit and all.

The feature well:
The first national study of summer reading programs from the perspective of public libraries, by Susan Roman and Carole Fiore
Rutgers’ Carol Gordon debunks seven myths about reading and shares some must-know-about research.
An interview with gaming expert Kurt Squire, and the six games educators should pick up now

Technology: A district’s method for good tech integration; revisiting Bloom’s Taxonomy; the best video creation tools; and our first app review.

November issue of Curriculum Connections:
Cookbooks for Teens
“Fabulous Field Trip” series will look at art museums;
“(Re)Imagine That! Timeless Stories Retold” – teen novels

Series Made Simple, a supplement to this issue includes 167 nonfiction series in 16 categories, including:
 “Fanged and Furry: Vampires and Other Myths,” and “Bigger! Faster! Noisier!: Machines.”

“And the other news is that this is the first edition of the supplement in which we are covering ebooks as well as print ones,” says Henrietta (Etta) Thornton, editor of SMS. “Our back page column, “What’s Next,” is by Doug Uhlmann of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, who has been using ebooks in his library for the past few years. He discusses how the e-book and e-reader landscape is changing, and how his library is forging ahead, test-driving ipads and adding googlebooks to their offerings.

Trev Jones, book review editor, says they’re now “working on making sure we’ve covered the most important books of the year for the December issue, starting to think about Best Books of 2010 for the December issue, thinking about art for the December Focus on article: Steampunk.”

Is anyone having a baby? Why yes, Etta Thornton is expecting – like any day now.
Will keep you posted on all our new releases.


What’s on our iPad. #sljsummit10

21 Oct


Since folks were shy about checking out our staff iPads, I decided to add a few general apps to pique their interest. (Thank you to those who offered suggestions, some of which I still have to follow up on.)

The usual reading ones, Kindle, iBooks (loaded with a book so they can try that experience)

Flipboard, Wired magazine, NYTimes, TED


A Vook (Seth Godin’s Ideavirus)

Comics readers (Marvel and iVerse’s Comics)

An enhanced ebook: Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Monroe (lite version), just to see what that’s like 


Of course, several kids titles of various types, including the lovely Alice in Wonderland

Some staff are doing more exploring in the app store. This afternoon, I heard as I passed in the hallway: “What is this Angry Birds?”

And so it begins…

Kathy Ishizuka

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They’ve got something to say about the Future of Reading #sljsummit10

18 Oct


Nabbed the tentative program for the SLJ Leadership Summit happening later this week, October 22-23. The topic is no less than “The Future of Reading.” And it seems we’ve pretty much got it surrounded.

Stephen Abram (@sabram) will deliver the keynote. The copy for his preso:

“We have a window of opportunity today to invent the future we want and our learners need.  That’s an exciting opportunity!  So what do we want, where are the opportunities and, most importantly, what do our teachers and administrators need and learners expect?  Stephen Abram is a library strategic futurist who tracks the trends and identifies priorities and opportunities for al types of libraries around the world.  He willl explore the world of libraries and mobile technologies, the social web, e-books, emerging devices,  geo-IP & new measurements, strategies to increase virtual usage, the new textbook, new interfaces and the emerging database and knowledge portal models and more.”

Here are the other presenters, in alpha order:

Steven Bell  “Embedded E-Texts: A Stealth Approach to Stimulate Ebook Reading”

Gina Biancarosa, professor, University of Oregon

Patrick Carman (@patrickcarman) and Paul O. Zelinsky – An author & illustrator talk about their work and the Future of Reading

Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Education Technology, US Department of Education

Tom Corbett, Executive Director, Fisher-Watkins Library, MA “Reimagining a Library Without Printed Books: One Year Later at Cushing Academy”

Ernie Cox & Christopher Harris (@infomancy) will debate “Will the iPad Replace the Picture Book?”

Carole Fiore, Susan Roman & Carole Gordon – “The Endless Summer: Closing the Reading Gap”

Deborah Ford  “Redefining Reading: Comics in the Classroom”

Peter Gutierrez (@Peter_Gutierrez) “Reading, Media, and the Paradox of a Critical Fandom”

 Christopher Harris “Plotting Digital Resources: a purchasing framework for electronic resources”

Frances Harris, librarian at University Laboratory High School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrés Henríquez, Carnegie Corporation Research 

KT Horning, Director, Cooperative Children’s Book Center – “What We Learned from Harry Potter” 

David Jakes (@djakes)

Neeru Khosla (@Ck12Flex)

Don Leu, “The Future of Reading: Misalignments of Public Policy, Assessment, and Instruction in An Online World of New Literacies”

Dale Lipschultz, American Library Association 

Judi Morellian – “A Time for Skimming, A Time for Reading – or How to convince surfers to take up diving…”

Kathy Parker (@MariansLibrary) MariansLibrary’s Blog & Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) – “Re-Kindle Kids with a Passion for Reading-Implementing an E-Reader Pilot Program”

Dr. Catherine Snow, Harvard University

Junko Yokota, Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books


Kathy Ishizuka

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App reviews

12 Oct


We’ll be formally reviewing K-12 apps in School Library Journal, as well as enhanced ebooks. You can send any announcements to me, I’m in the masthead.

-Kathy Ishizuka


And the winner is…

7 Oct


“Holy crap, that’s my high school librarian that won the iPad,” is how Library Journal editor Josh Hadro reacted when winners were named in the raffle held during LJ/SLJ‘s recent ebook summit.

Needless to say, we were pretty jazzed that the Grand Prize winner was a school librarian, too.

She’s Judy Gressel of New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, and she received a 16 GB iPad tablet computer.

Hadro, who covers ebooks, reference, and academic libraries at LJ, and holds an MSLIS from the Pratt Institute, grew up in Glencoe, IL. Small world, ain’t it?

Other prize winners:

Second place winner: iPod Touch. 8GB. Retail value: $229.
Amy Edwards, Coordinator, Library Services Riverview Medical Center, John B. Movelle, MD Medical Library Redbank, NJ

(2) Third place winners: $50 gift card

Heidi Steiner, Distance Learning Librarian
Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Steve Floyd, Student
Trinity School, Atlanta, GA


Congratulations to all.


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