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Podcast Profile

podcast profileEver want to know what podcasts your friends are listening to? Or share your own favorites?  Podcast Profile is a simple way create a nice list of your podcasts, complete with cover art and links back to the podcasts themselves.

Lists can be arranged in any order you like and you can write notes about each one too, telling people why you like a particular podcast or share a favorite episode.

Right now the profile only appears on the Podcast Profile website. But it sounds like they developers, who hacked this together at a recent weekend hackathon, are planning to develop it further.

Make your own profile

  • Export & save your podcast playlist. In iTunes this is easy:
    • File menu –> Library –> Export Playlist –> Save as .opml or “podcast playlist” file format
  • Create account: Use your twitter account to create account on Podcast Playlist
  • Upload your playlist file. Wait a few minutes and you’ll see all your podcasts.
  • Manage Playlists: Write annotations and hide selected podcasts.
  • Reorder: Drag and drop to rearrange. A bit tedious. Don’t forget to save.

Your public page is linked to from the Profile link at the top right and includes your twitter name. Here’s mine:

Create a lists of podcasts about your town, school or community. For students, create a list of podcasts related to school projects or general topics like current news, environment, science, etc. Students could curate a list for their school.

Love that this was created at a weekend hackathon. Just reinforces how great is it to be able to code and create new tools. #getcoding


sunflower to colorWhat fun! A growing list of libraries, archives and museums are creating coloring pages for the #ColorOurCollections event running from Feb 1 to 5.

Started by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library there are over 50 organizations participating. So many fabulous images to print and color!

Follow the twitter hashtag #ColorOurCollections for links to images.


ZEEF for Curation and Discovery

zeef: find information through people

zeef: find information through people

While updating the Cool Tools for Schools lesson on Curation today, I ran across ZEEF, a curation platform that in some ways harkens back to early days of web directories like Yahoo’s subject guides and DMOZ.

Though it appears that anyone can create a curated collection page on ZEEF and share it with others, only the best collections/directories are included in their official directory listings. A nice combination of options, letting members create pages that are useful as resources for limited groups or just for themselves. And also encouraging subject experts to put in the effort to create valuable subject listings.

I created a test collection for the Cool Tools workshop to see how the process works. Each page you create contains blocks of content containing RSS feeds or individually entered links.  I added the RSS feed from our Cool Tools news feed in one block and links to some of the lessons in the workshop in another. I could imagine adding other blocks with lists of my 5 or 10 favorite tools from each lesson.

A handy feature is the ability to use blocks of content from other pages. I found a nice page on education tools and added a block on Virtual Field Trips and Presentation Tools. There’s a feature to share a block of content via social media and also to embed content within other web pages. Other members can also suggest content for your pages.

A Subjects page lists the officially published collections. And the search box surfaces all public pages, whether they’ve achieved “published” status or not.

ZEEF has a very strong technology and web development focus, but it wasn’t hard to find some interesting education oriented pages too. For example:

I don’t expect that my Cool Tools page will ever get officially published, in fact I might be disappointed in the quality control if it did get published! It’s too much of a special purpose collection and draws too much on content from others.

Whether you create any content or not, add ZEEF to you list of discovery tools, lots of great stuff here.

(and if you’re wondering why “zeef” – it means sieve in Dutch!)


Amazing Seeds: A Kids Guide to Strange and Wonderful Garden Veggies

From Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Is your library or school running a gardening program for kids? Are you homeschooling and have kids interested in gardening? Baker Creek is offering a gardening booklet for kids – free multiple copies.

From an email:

“Baker Creek has published a kids’ gardening booklet? Yes! This fun and informative publication, Amazing Seeds: A Kids Guide to Strange and Wonderful Garden Veggies, contains 32 color pages of interesting facts and how tos for growing veggies. And the best part? We are happy to send quantities of booklets for FREE to schools and homeschool groups, as well as to libraries and special events. Just send an email to,“Attn: Free Kids Book” in the subject line.”

Dreaming of summer and seed starting? The Voorheesville (NY) Public Library has started a Seed Library. Stop by the library and check out some seeds. I understand some of them were donated by Baker Creek! The library has a fun Pinterest board for seed library ideas.

Cool Tools for School Online Workshop

Once again, we’re offering the Cool Tools for School online workshop. This year there are 14 NYS School Library Systems offering this to their school librarians and in some systems, other school staff as well.

Last year we increased the number of lessons to 30. And this year, due to popular demand, we’ll have 40 lessons. Which means there are people who are doing this workshop for the 4th time. Wow! They deserve extra credit!

This first lesson in this year’s newest Cool Tools track is Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice, and was inspired by conversations that started at a recent workshop by Jennifer LaGarde on creating more effective annual reports and collecting more meaningful data. And also by the work of Ross Todd, Lyn Hay and Joyce Valenza (among many others!) on Evidence Based Practice.

Some of our participants asked us to put together lessons that would give them time and resources to think about using Evidence Based Practice (EBP) to help improve their library program and help them show how they and their library’s services help students succeed.

We’ll get them started over the course of two lessons, the first one serves as an introduction to Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and the next one will cover tools and ideas for collecting data. Up for the challenge??

Snapdrop for Easy File Sharing

SnapdropSnapdrop provides a simple way to share files between devices on the same wifi network.  Open a browser and visit    There you’ll see icons for devices on your wifi network that also have the Snapdrop web page open.

Select the device and the file you want to send. (more…)