Job opening: Empire State Library Network Projects Coordinator

What a great part-time job opportunity. A terrific chance to learn more about library systems in NY and network with lots of library folks.


Empire State Library Network (formerly the NY3Rs), an organization comprised of nine systems that serve all types of libraries in New York State, is seeking a part-time Projects Coordinator. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016.

Empire State Library Network PROJECTS COORDINATOR

The ESLN Projects Coordinator conducts tasks to support the various projects sponsored by the Network Continue reading

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Instagram Landing Pages

Instagram Landing PagesDoes it make you nutsy when you want to know more about something really interesting on Instagram and the account’s profile link simply dumps you on the main page of a web site or blog, with no sign of what you’re looking for? Worse yet, is when the site has no search features. It frustrates me and I’m sure it frustrates others.

I was prepping for a Social Media & Marketing workshop today and checking library Instagram accounts, when it struck me how easily this can be solved with a dedicated Instagram landing page Continue reading

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Teaching with Infographics Workshop

infographicsI’m looking forward to leading two workshops on Teaching with Infographics on Friday March 11 at Rockland BOCES School Library System.

The resources for our workshop can be found on the Teaching with Infographics Workshop page.  I’ll also post the presentation slides after the workshop.

Update: Workshop slides here

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kiddle, kidrex, search engines for kids?

kiddle(update: March 2, 2016 – Check the comments below for updates and additional links)

Lots of folks are sharing links to, supposedly a new kids search tool and touting it as an answer to a parent’s prayers, so to speak.

It’s not that new, the domain was registered in 2014 and the service was mentioned in some blog posts back then. But it’s getting new press this week, initially from some business magazines that should do more fact checking before they report. This tool is most definitely not some long-awaited release from Google that they describe. Continue reading

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Nearpod is launching 3D Virtual Field Trips

Nearpod is launching 3D Virtual Field Trips and also offering an opportunity to apply for classroom viewing kits. This Wall Street journal article, Virtual Reality Learns How to Get Into the Classroom, provides some interesting background on the project.

Google cardboard

Of course, Google Cardboard is in the 3D Virtual Reality biz too. There are lots of apps and services producing content for these viewers. The New York Times is promoting their 3D content by sending subscribers a viewer for free. Which is how I ended up with one. Continue reading

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Teen Tech Week & Triller App

Teen Tech Week

YALSA’s Teen Tech Week is coming up soon – March 6-12 This year’s theme is Create It At Your Library. Lots of fun resources on the Teen Tech Week website including a Creative Writing & Art Contest    Explore ideas from other libraries and share your events on the Showcase page.

Triller: Seemed like serendipity that I had info on this fun app open in a tab right next to the TTW info.  Pick a song, record some video clips, get your friends into the action and Triller will stitch your video together into a cool music video. No, I didn’t try it. Yet. 🙂  A fun Teen Tech Week activity! iOS and android.

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