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EDITOR'S NOTES: The Year Ahead, in Print and in Conference

By David Hoffman - Posted Jan 1, 2008
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It’s still 2007 as I put this issue to bed, but I’m looking ahead to 2008, to upcoming editorial and conferences. As usual, we’ll be covering a wide range of technology-oriented topics and socio-technological phenomena of relevance to the library media specialist community. Perusing the 2008 editorial calendar—located at, if you’d like to submit a proposal—I note we’ve planned articles on Widgets and Widgetry; Wikis, Nings, and whatever’s next in tools for sharing; Virtual Worlds; Games and Simulations; and a series on Teaching 21st Century Skills, just to name a few.

On the conference front, Internet@Schools East is planned and ready to welcome you. The event will be held in Arlington, Va., in early April. You can link to the preliminary program from Here are some of the highlights: Terry Cavanaugh on BookMapping—the Longitude and Latitude of Reading Through Geo-mapping Activities; Nick Glass of on Virtual Author Programs and Book Connections for 21st Century Schools; Dave Fontaine on The Wikitext; Chris Harris on Fish4Info, A More Social Library Experience; and Dale Hilton of the Cleveland Museum of Art on live, interactive, customized lessons with videoconference content providers. We hope to see you there in person.

Focus on the Present

Of course, looking ahead doesn’t mean ignoring the here and now. In this first 2008 issue, Johanna Riddle returns to MMIS with another highly visual-learning-oriented story. Her last article, Bookbinders: Fusing Technology, Image, and Literature in the March/April 2006 issue, garnered lots of attention for the creative student work it featured, and I expect the same will be true of this one, The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer Down Time  (p. 8). In it, Johanna describes how she shared the adventure of her Fulbright Grant-funded summer trip to China with her students. But more than that, she shows how she effectively leveraged the trip and blog in the spring and the fall to get her students excited and, of course, learning about China.

Also this month are features on what RSS can do for you and your research students—The Power of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches (p. 14), by Steven Cohen—and a novel way to teach website and other information evaluation skills—Is That Really True? Urban Legends and Information Evaluation Skills (p. 18), by Debra Gniewek. Add to these Charles Doe’s A Look At … Supplemental Classroom Electronics roundup (p. 30) and you’ll see we have a strong start on the year.

David Hoffman , editor

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