Friday, August 31, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I'm not about to argue with a chance to rest, so I lie on my back on the bare mattress, stare at the lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, and wonder how long my parents have been planning this." Bootcamp by Todd Strasser 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago, rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packing tape, exactly as I had received it. But now addressed with a new name. The next name on Hannah Baker's list." Thirteen reasons why by Jay Ascher

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"After a while Katsa forgot about defiance. It became too difficult to imagine."  Graceling by Kristen Cashore 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"It stole my breath and swallowed me whole, and I tumbled into darkness."  Article 5 by Kristin Simmons 

Monday, August 27, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I didn't realize until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going."   Insurgent (Sequel to Divergent) by Veronica Roth 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Inhelder at Marshalltown's experience with Nooks

Sue Inhelder at Marshalltown High has been threatening to post a summary of her e-book experience for a few months. I read it eagerly!

Let me try to summarize - She went with the Nooks and pre-loaded popular books on them. They were a hit. Read the rest of the post to get the best info!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Later - how much later he had no idea - Teresa spoke to him again. Tom, something's wrong." 
Scorch Trials (Sequel to Maze Runner) by James Dashner

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"My name is Thomas, he thought. ...that was the only thing he could remember about his life." 
Maze Runner by James Dashner

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"May the odds be ever in your favor!"  Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How do eBooks fit into your collection?

Recently I met with the YA rep at the local Barnes & Noble store. She wanted to share with me a new program B&N was offering that would allow me to trial six Nooks for 45 days. (More to come on that subject in a future post.) 

As a member of the ILA Conference Planning Committee, the subject of eBooks was also a hot topic. In fact, IASL is sponsoring the appearance of an expert on eBooks and e-content at the October conference in Dubuque - Christopher Harris. (Watch for more on this as well)

As you know, most of us either have eBooks or are considering whether we should add eBooks to our school library collections. What role do they play in school libraries? That's something we all are trying to figure out.

New IASL board member, Carol Van Hook, proposed we use a Google survey to gather information about eBooks and the board wholeheartedly endorsed it. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the survey went live and you can do your part by completing this survey. We plan to use this information to help all of us better serve their learning and reading communities in the future.

Please help us help you by clicking here: eBook Survey

Becky Johnson, 2012 IASL President

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A day at SAI

Over 1,500 principals, superintendents, curriculum directors and other officials attended the School Administrators of Iowa annual conference August 7-9 in DesMoines and a few of them stopped by to talk to IASL board members Shannon Miller, Van Meter Community School District and Kathy Kaldenberg, Solon Community District on Wednesday August 8th.

Many conversations were supportive, with administrators acknowledging and praising the work done by their Teacher Librarians. Other administrators were unclear of what role the TL plays during this time of educational change. It was a great opportunity to highlight some of the positive and innovative initiatives taking place right in their own state.

In July, SLIK-12 and IASL list members were invited to ask their administrators for a statement about the role of the teacher librarian for inclusion in a slide show to be used during SAI. The slide show embedded above ran non-stop in the IASL booth and a link to the slide show was shared via Twitter several times during the day.

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