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Free Jigsaws online

I am partial to a good and great jigsaw so couldn’t resist when I found that the Smithsonian had some awesome free online jigsaws based on fantastic art. Go on and have a go.

assorted puzzle game

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Un-silencing the silent voices

Great skill building here for increasing diverse search results.

Information Literacy Spaces

Our information literacy research has highlighted the importance of bringing minority or indigenous voices into our research conversations with students and colleagues. I previously posted on information literacy’s (IL) role in decolonising the curriculum. As I reflect on that post, two key questions have emerged:

  • How can we, as teachers and librarians, ensure our students are being exposed to a range of perspectives on any issue?
  • How can we support students to find a range of diverse voices in Google, Google Scholar and academic databases?

In this post, I want to share some ideas for how I have been addressing these questions in my first-year business communication course.

QUESTION 1 – Exposing students to various perspectives

I suggested that we could look more closely at the sources we use ourselves and those we provide to students. This means being aware of current research and continually extending our own understanding…

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Wolverine: The Long Night podcast

This is one of the best Marvel stories, well acted, and the plot just keeps getting better and better.

Graphic Novelty²

Although I am a fan of Marvel and especially the X-Men, I have read remarkably few graphic novels about them recently. I heard about this Wolverine podcast during a commercial on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast that I listen to, so after I wrapped up season three of that podcast, I decided to give this one a try. I’m so glad I did!

The set-up of this ten chapter series: following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye.

A Thousand Ways To Die In Alaska

In this first episode, FBI agents Pierce and Marshall arrive in Burns, Alaska to investigate a fishing boat massacre that seems to be more than a drug run gone bad. When slash marks are found in the boat hull, we know that Logan…

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Where have I been?

So I injured my knee quite badly at the beginning of November last year.  Then I had to undergo surgery, then rehab, and in between all of this, we decided to sell our beloved old house, I got a second job, my child started secondary school, we bought and moved into a new home…..

I swear to the Universe, that I will never again try and pack all of the above into four and half months. It was stressful, painful and sometimes full of insane laughter, but we got through it. Though just as I’m now getting back onto two feet – down from a silver walking frame, and now a single crutch, the world is shrinking again.

I hope that you and yours remain safe and healthy.

Take care and I will try and pop in again to say hullo soon.

When Fear Rules

Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

A great post on Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

That Was Then….

 

A great view of the change and evolution occurring in staffed school libraries in That Was Then….

Children in the machine: Lewis Hine’s photography and child labour reform

This great post from Europena shows some startling photographs of Children at work in the US.

Banned Books Week: Graphic Novels

Celebrating freedom of expression, this is a list of Graphic Novels that have been Banned and Challenged. Have you read them?

Graphic Novelty²

Banned Books Week this year runs from September 22nd- 28th, and I’d like to take this time to shine some light on how many graphic novels have been challenged over the years. The site Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is an outstanding resource on how to fight censorship and this particular page guides you through specific cases of challenged comics and graphic novels.

As a librarian, it is important that we provide books on ALL topics for ALL people. While sometimes we might choose not to order a book or to place a book in a location that we feel is age-appropriate, patrons should have full access to books that they wish to read. I have read many challenged books, in all genres, over the years and am a better person for it. The following five graphic novels are but a few that have been challenged over the years.

Batman:…

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How We Talk to Our Kids

A reminder that we need to provide our children with positive messages….

Empty Nest, Full Life

I’ve spent a lot of my adult life with little kids. I was blessed with three kids of my own, and now I am the daycare provider for my two grandchildren.

In between those lucky adventures, I’ve also been a teacher, a speech pathologist and a babysitter for a few extra kids.

I’ve been to dozens of professional development classes, countless meetings about child development and a ton of visits with friends and their kids.

In all that time, I’ve learned a lot.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the way we talk to our kids. I’ve been paying attention to what we adults say to our children in everyday interactions.

I’m not impressed, truthfully.

Let me put it this way. Let’s pretend that the words we say to our kids every day were said to us instead.

Pretend that you are about to head off for a day at work…

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