Well, one of the watchwords for the new year is change, and change is coming for our very longtime columnist Linda Joseph and her web sleuth CyberBee. Linda has been filling our pages with CyberBee’s discoveries—fabulous web resources to complement your teachers’ and your curriculum—for 12-plus years, and she tells us that "they" are ready to retire from creating the CyberBee column. We’ll miss them greatly, and we thank them for their years of successful web mining. Linda’s columns of resources going back a number of years are available online, by the way—many for free and some for a modest charge. Just surf to www.mmischools.com, scroll down, click on "Cyberbee" at the left for a list of column titles, and make your choice! And, of course, you can always access current web resources for the curriculum directly from Linda’s CyberBee website at www.cyberbee.com. She and CyberBee plan to continue updating the site.
And who will replace CyberBee? It won’t be easy, but teacher, librarian, and consultant Johanna Riddle is going to step up to the task with her own column. More on that next issue, but for a taste of Johanna’s creative writing and teaching, have a look at her MMIS features The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer Down Time from the January/February 2008 issue and Bookbinders: Fusing Technology, Image, and Literature from the March/April 2006 issue. Both are available online for free.
Internet@Schools East 2009 Advance Program Now Available
We’ve built the program for the March 30–31 Internet at Schools East 2009 conference in Arlington, Va., and posted it online at www.infotoday.com/I@SE2009. Have a look! Pew Internet & American Life Project director Lee Rainie will give the keynote address to a combined audience of Computers in Libraries/Internet at Schools attendees, after which our specialized program for K–12 media and technology specialists will begin. This year it features, among others, Johanna Riddle, Sheila Gersh from City College of New York, Art Wolinsky from WiredSafety.org, and Lori Bell from Illinois’ Alliance Library System. And we’ll experiment with a bonus hands-on workshop for those with laptops in tow. Workshop leader Dave Fontaine will preside over the session How to Work With Widgets and Gadgets.
Register at www.infotoday.com/cil2009/registration.shtml. Note that there are group discounts available. We hope to see you there.
David Hoffman , editor