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EDITOR'S NOTES: School's In, and the Library Is at the Center—Part 2

Posted Nov 1, 2006
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Coincidentally, this November/December issue has turned out to be the issue of sequels, follow-ons, or, better put, "Part 2's." Last time in this space, "School's in, and the Library Is at the Center" was the subhead I used for my remarks that focused the back-to-school section of the issue. Well, school's still in, and the library is still at the center, and this issue's features and columns not only inform those of you who run that center but include several "second in a series" pieces.

* What's technologically hot and new is surely central to the success of any 21st century library media program. Hence Erika Thickman Miller's cover story last issue was a primer of sorts on Internet2 for school librarians. And this issue's cover story by Robert Lackie introduces you to Web 2.0. Robert's Web 2.0 and Its Technologies for Collaborative Library Communication (page 9) focuses on new Internet tools and new Internet literacies, as exemplified by Blogger, Bloglines, del.icio.us, and PBwiki.com.

* Robert Congleton's series covering what the classic as well as newer content vendors are offering through the LMS is concluded this month in Database News: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 4 (page 13). (OK, it's not technically a "Part 2," but it is the second in the 2006 series!) This time, Robert describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by seven of the vendors reviewed in 2005 in Parts 1 and 2 of the series: Greenwood Electronic Media; netTrekker; NewsBank, Inc.; ProQuest Information and Learning; Thomson Gale; H.W. Wilson; and World Book, Inc.

* Stephen Abram finishes a very creative report on forward-thinking teaching/learning ideas in Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 2 (page 26). Last issue, he touched on YouTube; photo sharing services such as Flickr, Picasa, and Riya; sites supporting the hobby of genealogy; blogging; and podcasting, and tagging with shared bookmarking utilities such as del.icio.us. This time, see his suggestions for dealing with (and capitalizing on) the popularity of the social networking phenomenon; for harnessing video games and sites such as Second Life, Teen Second Life, and Active Worlds; for getting your learners to search databases and use the OPAC (hint: think treasure hunts and Easter eggs); and for tapping the Web sites of popular games or game shows such as JEOPARDY!, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Trivial Pursuit, and others.

* And finally, Barbara Fiehn's Part 2 offering is Library Automation in K-12: A 2006 Update, Part 2 (page 30), in which she introduces Softlink and provides news of Follett Corp.—including its acquisition of Sagebrush's library automation products—SirsiDynix, and Mandarin Library Automation, plus a sidebar, "What's Happening To the Rest of Sagebrush?"

David Hoffman, Editor


 
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