Trend Forecasting: Fake News and Teens

Jessica and I worked together to identify trends from 2017 that impact teen services.  One of the trends we selected was fake news.  It’s safe to say we’ve all heard the term “fake news” at least one hundred times during the course of this year.  It was such a popular talking point that it became … Continue reading Trend Forecasting: Fake News and Teens

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Notes on Teens and Tweens and Who Creates the Popular Scene

Being a teenager today in this technological age is very different from growing up in our generation, and school curricula should reflect that. (Haddix, Garcia, and Price-Dennis, 2017) There is an interesting connection between feminism and tweens and it can sometimes be problematic to assume that tween girls are manipulated by marketers and commercialism because … Continue reading Notes on Teens and Tweens and Who Creates the Popular Scene

Children’s Comic Books: Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles

Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso GRAPHIX [2008] ISBN: 978-0439903226 Price: $7.39; 144 pages. Grade level: 4 - 8 Lexile:250 Accelerated Reader: IL: LG, BL: 2.2, AR Pts: 1 Genre: Juvenile graphic novels, humorous comics Summary: Artie King is new at Camelot Middle School, and things aren't going his way. The … Continue reading Children’s Comic Books: Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles

Annotated List: Science Fair Resources For Elementary School Students

Science experiments can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas or figure out where to turn to for help. Here is a handy guide of some resources that can help make your science project award-winning! Books All About Earth: Exploring the Planet with Science Projects by Sara L. … Continue reading Annotated List: Science Fair Resources For Elementary School Students

Digital Media Evaluation

Spina, C. (2014). Finding, evaluating, and sharing new technology. Reference & User Services Quarterly 53(3), 217-220. This article describes the different steps librarians can take in order to find out about the latest technology and how to share the information with patrons. Spina emphasizes that librarians should first analyze their patron demographic. Appropriate apps and other digital … Continue reading Digital Media Evaluation

The Importance of Diversity in Collections

Library collections should be seen as resources that support all patrons and the communities that they serve. Young patrons especially need a collection that represents character diversity and subjects that promotes equality for all races, as well as people with disabilities, religions, and members of the LGBTQ community. Children are at a critical time of … Continue reading The Importance of Diversity in Collections