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  1. More than Words

    Tips for effective instruction with screencasting By Meredith Farkas Five years ago, I wrote about the value of screencasting software—software that films the action on your computer’s desktop—to create instructional videos on how to use the library and i ...

    bgoldberg - 05/27/2014 - 16:17 - 1 comment - American Libraries Magazine

  2. Knowing What Readers Need

    Done right, Common Core teaches texts, not tests By Ernie Cox The era of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in American education carries both promise and peril. Pundits readily discuss varied perspectives about CCSS in everything from traditional journal ...

    bgoldberg - 05/29/2014 - 15:13 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. Now Trending: Tech and People News

    By Laurie D. Borman This issue (May 2014) we invited Marshall Breeding to give us a status and trends report on strategic products of the library technology industry. His detailed investigation begins here. He has been reporting on technology in the indus ...

    LBORMAN - 05/05/2014 - 12:47 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. Going Beyond Google Again

    Strategies for using and teaching the Invisible Web By Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider It seems unlikely that people will give up their reliance on general-purpose search engines or their practice of beginning a search using Google or one of its comp ...

    LBORMAN - 05/29/2014 - 15:21 - American Libraries Magazine

  5. Reading Wildly

    One library staff's journey toward excellent readers’ advisory By Abby Johnson Can you provide excellent readers’ advisory without reading widely yourself? This question, posed to my Twitter followers   (whose replies shared a refrain of “No way”), l ...

    bgoldberg - 03/31/2014 - 09:50 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Emerging Leaders Poised for Action

    By Laurie D. Borman What’s it like to be selected an Emerging Leader? Find out about this year’s class of 56 up-and-coming librarians in our cover story. Once again this year we’re featuring each Emerging Leader on trading cards, which will be available a ...

    LBORMAN - 05/05/2014 - 13:16 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. The Constant Innovator

    When library workers expand their horizons, so do libraries By Megan Hodge A superior way to innovate is to gather a varied mix of people to think about problems and solutions in much the same way that variety enhances a species gene pool. But getting eve ...

    bgoldberg - 03/11/2014 - 17:00 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Just a Game?

    Library gamification encourages engagement and learning By Meredith Farkas Everyone grows up playing games. Whether it’s hide-and-seek, checkers, or Angry Birds, gaming pervades our culture and is an indelible part of our childhoods. Online gaming has bec ...

    bgoldberg - 02/24/2014 - 09:23 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. Contagious Marketing

    How libraries can get more word-of-mouth buzz By Peggy Barber We live in a world of communication clutter. From the internet to endless TV commercials, newspapers, magazines, signage, the inside and outside of buses—ads are everywhere. But consider: What ...

    geberhart - 02/10/2014 - 14:51 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. Taking Aim at the Reality of Guns in Libraries

    By Beverly Goldberg It’s been just over a year since 26 people were shot to death shortly after the school day began at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As it often does in the wake of a mass shooting, the national dialogue post–Sandy ...

    bgoldberg - 02/21/2014 - 12:38 - American Libraries Magazine