Mackin Educational Resources has launched MackinVIA-Connext.com, a website that aims to create an active and engaging community for teachers and librarians to comfortably share ideas about education. Learn more at www.mackin.com.
Congratulations to reviewer Holly Whitt who has been named a 2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator. After a nationwide search, a group of 100 diverse educators was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning. This is another way Holly contributes to all school librarians. We are so pleased that she also shares her insights with our readers.
Major kudos to LMC reviewer and Farmington, NM High School Librarian, Kyla Johnson. Kyla has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom next spring. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. This is a well-deserved honor; the school library profession and LMC readers benefit greatly from Kyla’s work and experience.
Reviewer Brenda Dales compiled the annotated bibliography of international literature for the February issue of School Library Journal. The selections are to be found on the USBBY’s 2014 Outstanding Books List.
Reviewer Barbara Johnson has been selected to participate in the Governor’s Common Core Task Force in Connecticut. This is another way that Barbara and other school librarians can contribute to their state’s educational excellence.
Congratulations to reviewer Elizabeth Andersen who has been awarded Teacher of the Year at Westbrook (Maine) High School. One of the nominating letters cited Beth as one who “enthusiastically and tirelessly works to assist both students and faculty…” and as “a willing and enthusiastic collaborator in anybody’s classroom, is always excited to co-teach…” Thank you Beth, you make all school librarians look good and advance the profession.
Big congratulations to reviewer Leslie Preddy on her election as President-Elect of AASL. In addition to Leslie, Sue C. Kimmel, also a reviewer for LMC, was elected Secretary of the Educators of School Librarians Section of AASL.
A big thanks to Spanish language reviewer Esther Spear who donated the books she has reviewed for LMC to her local school library in Chandler, AZ. The librarian and her students were very appreciative. Esther’s generosity shows another way our reviewers impact school library colleagues and their students.
We would also like to invite our reviewers to join the new edWeb community, LMC @ the Forefront. It is another place to share your “spotlights” with colleagues.
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced the launch of InterLink, a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals with contextual reference content found within eBooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale's eBook platform. You can visit their website for a demo.
LMC congratulates all of the Youth Media Awards recipients and the committee members who work to make these choices for the delight of young readers everywhere.
hoopla digital, aka “Netflix for Libraries,” announced a new partnership with Boopsie, the industry-leading mobile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider for over 2,500 library locations worldwide. Launched last summer, hoopla digital is a new service that allows card holders to enjoy on-demand content from their smartphones, tablets, PCS and Apple TV and eliminates the age old problem of late fees. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and on their website.