May 27

Virtual Learning Commons

Check out this recording of a webinar conducted by David Loertscher and San Jose State University students, where they ‘describe the creation and implementation of real Virtual Learning Commons that turn a static library website into a giant and collaborative learning space at the center of teaching and learning in the school.’

To view/download the recording, click this link:  the Blackboard Collaborate recording

May 26

P2PU School of Ed offers FREE ProfDev for K-12 educators

"The P2PU School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional learning for K-12 teachers.

It's about hands-on learning driven by each educator's particular needs and classroom situations. It's about connecting, collaborating, and creating, not just reading or studying. All courses in this school are free, open-licensed (CC BY), and online. You can use the content in them for any purpose you like as long as you cite the source."

Go to to see what's being offered this summer!

May 25

Gale/LMC TEAMS Award deadline June 30, 2012

“The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award program recognizes and encourages critical collaborations between teachers and media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement. Nominations are evaluated based on demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers, effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement, support received from school leadership, and ability for others to replicate this best practice.
All K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to enter. Three winners will receive a $2,500 cash award, $500 of Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and an Educator’s Professional Bookshelf (approximate value $500) from Linworth Publishing. For more information and application guidelines visit the Gale Schools website.”

May 10

Free EBSCO Boot Camps this summer

NJSL and LibraryLinkNJ are offering two dates and two locations for a free summer EBSCO Boot Camp for School Librarians. Pamela Erickson, Librarian and Implementation Specialist for EBSCO Publishing, will conduct distinctly different morning and afternoon hands-on training sessions, emphasizing Curriculum Integration, student interfaces and database content that supports research across the curriculum:

  • The morning session (Part 1) will explore the basic features and functionality of the interfaces including lexile searching, developing an activity, and content of the databases.
  • The afternoon session (Part 2) will cover advanced searching techniques, including creating a personal folder, using alerts and search history.

Register for the either the morning or afternoon sessions, or both, by clicking on the links below:

May 08

Best Buy Grants deadline July 1, 2012

In order to give teens access to opportunities through technology, Best Buy seeks applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies that have tax-exempt status, including schools and libraries.  Grant amounts will average $4000-$6000 and will not exceed $10,000.

For eligibility criteria and online application, see

May 07

Free Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC Summer 2012:  2 free downloads each week from June 14 – Aug 22.
“Teens can get two free audiobook downloads each week this summer for ten weeks through SYNC, a joint venture between audiobook publishers and AudioFile Magazine. Each week, kids can listen to one popular young adult title paired with a classic that connects with its theme from the top audiobook publishers absolutely free. Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by Overdrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible. Each audiobook will be available for download for only 7 days, but once downloaded can be listened to at any time.” (SLJ)

Titles included:

  • June 14-20: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (Scholastic Audiobooks) and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, adapt. by Frank Galati (L.A. Theatre Works)
  • June 21- 27: Irises by Francisco X. Stork (Listening Library) and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Tantor Media)
  • June 28-July 4: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (Listening Library) and Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang (Naxos Audio)
  • July 5-11: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (AudioGo) and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (AudioGo)
  • July 12-18: Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka (Harper Audio) and The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Recorded Books)
  • July 19-25: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (Oasis Audio) and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare (AudioGo)
  • July 26-Aug. 1: Pinned by Alfred C. Martino (Listen & Live Audio); and a title to be announced (Brilliance Audio)
  • Aug. 2-8: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Hachette Audio) and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Blackstone Audio)
  • Aug. 9-15: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, (Harper Audio) and Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard (Galaxy Press)
  • Aug. 16-22: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (Bolinda Audio) and The Call of the Wild by Jack London(Naxos Audio)


Get the promotional toolkit at

May 04

High Seas Animation Contest – entries due by May 27

“Help celebrate the release of The Pirates! Band of Misfits by creating your own swashbuckling adventure and the pirate treasure could be yours! Enter the High Seas Animation Contest by uploading your own pirate-themed animation to the official page on SchoolTube before midnight on May 27th,  for a chance to win a trip for two to a North American Animation Festival, the same software used to film The Pirates: Stop Motion Pro Studio HD, and more.”

Sponsored by ISTE, this contest is open to students ages 7-18 in K-12 schools.
See  for details