Thursday, April 29, 2010
These two books have discoloration on their covers. We wanted to try and rule out mold by placing the books in the sun for a while. (The brick is merely preventing the pages from being blown open, since it was an extremely windy day.)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The word can be broken into seven parts which derive either from Latin or Greek roots. Pneumon(o)- means 'lung' (Gr.); ultra- 'outside, beyond; extreme' (Lat.); microscopic(o)- 'microscopical' (Gr.); silic(o)- 'stone' (Lat.); vulcan(o)- 'volcano' (Lat.); koni- 'dust' (Gr.); and -osis 'condition' (Gr.).
None of the works in our library are specialized enough to include medical terms this minute, but we do have a respectable collection of dictionaries. They can be found downstairs at REF 423, and upstairs on top of a small book case near the biographies.
Of course, we also have etymological dictionaries (REF 422 SKE and REF 422.03 CLA). Some intriguing special dictionaries include the Metaphors Dictionary (REF 423.1 SOM), The Dimwit's Dictionary (REF 423.1 FIS), and Words to Rhyme With, a rhyming dictionary (shelved at REF 423.1 ESP). My favorite, perhaps, is the Illustrated Reverse Dictionary (REF 423.1 ILL).
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
P.S. Did you notice students walking around in green clothing that day?
Monday, April 26, 2010
The shelves need to be wiped periodically to protect the books from accumulating dirt and dust. We also take the opportunity to dust all the books. This way the dust won't 'burn' onto the books during the hot summer months. We do this to prolong the shelf life (pun totally intended!) of our materials.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Erupting volcanoes are events of wonder and awe, bringing to mind Pompeii and Herculaneum, places far away, and very long ago. But, as we have seen in the last week, volcanoes continue to erupt in our world today and affect us in very real and troubling ways. Thousands of people trying to get places will be taking weeks to sort out their travel plans. Not to mention the worry of air quality for those on the ground. The scariest part is that despite our cutting edge technologies in so many areas of our lives, predicting volcanic eruptions (and earthquakes!), continues to be an elusive endeavor. So, mankind watches and wonders, and continues to track these earth shattering events, in the hopes of one day making predictions.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Here at the Pescosolido library we teach students to do more than find their way around the information ocean. We teach them to analyze the validity and credibility of web pages so they can become critical thinkers, able to find not just information to answer the question posed, but to question the information they find and use what they learn to create new information. Our juniors recently finished a year-long thesis project designed to help them connect bits of information to create new understandings of our American past. Some of these papers may be published. Last year, junior Lyle Nelson won the Cum Laude Society Paper Contest for his thesis. We hope that each student's experience will lead them to see how they can be innovators and information creators, constantly discovering new ideas, making them valuable in tomorrow’s labor market.
A final gem that from the conference, shared by Mr. Schroeter and originally penned by John Dewey: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow.”
Thursday, April 15, 2010
That title, McSweeney's No.33, may not sound very exciting or enticing but 33 reflects the number of the current quarterly issue of the McSweeney's publication. And I say "publication" because each quarter it's a surprise to see in what format the topic at hand will arrive. The most recent issue took the form of the classic Sunday paper, with all the requisite sections, sports - including a special with Stephen King on the World Series - the magazine with an article on Sub-prime loans, and a section on Marijuana plantations in Mendocino County CA, and don't forget the "funnies"!
McSweeney's publications take on and share out a variety of topical issues, along with cutting edge fiction from nationally and internationally recognized authors of every stripe. Recent issues have taken the form of a graphic novel, a book on "Where to Invade Next" and the "Joke Book of Book Jokes". If you are looking for something a little different to read this could be just what you're looking for.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Day two of the Computers in Libraries 2010 and Internet@Schools conference was packed with information and ideas I’ll be bringing back to school to implement. Gary Price of The Reference Shelf showed us many new Internet resources. Cheryl Lederle-Ensign and Erika White of the Library of Congress introduced us to their newly updated website and the myriad new resources for teachers. Paul Barron, director of library and archives for the George C, Marshall Foundation, talked about Google’s ranking system and how important it is for students to understand why the top three results may not be the best results. He said “bad decision making is usually the result of an inability to locate information.” For this reason, it’s imperative that school libraries teach students to locate the best information available so that they will be able to make informed decisions now and throughout their lives.
Krista Godrey, liaison librarian at McMaster University demonstrated how open-source applications like Libx and Zotero can assist students in searching, collecting, citing, and sharing their research source materials. Rebecca Jones (Dysart and Jones) and Deb Wallace (Harvard Business School) were exceptionally persuasive when they discussed how we can use critical thinking skills to make the decisions that will help us to progress inside our organizations.
The evening program was a lighthearted look at “hot” and “not” technologies. Sorry, ipad users, but that one’s a “not.” Html5 and anything that helps people to work better collaboratively came out with high marks in the “hot” category. The highlight of my day, however, was hearing the archivist of the United States and "Collector-in-Chief" share that the book he's presently reading is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Computers in Libraries and Internet @ Schools 2010
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
• Screen literacy – understanding graphics and symbols
• Navigational literacy – giving students tools to understand where (in virtual space) they happen to be and to determine where they need to be and how to get there
• Connections and Context literacy – because web pages break everything into snippets of information linked to each other, students must learn to understand the context in which the information they are viewing is presented
• Skepticism – learning to look for accuracy and authority in the sites they visit
• Value of Contemplative Time – helping them to understand that it’s not enough to find a piece of information, but we must spend time with it and think about it to make connections with our world and determine what best to do with that information
• Content Creation – how to become publishers and creators of digital information; creating rather than collecting information
• Ethical behavior in this new world
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The new movies are incredibly popular. As I'm writing this, only one of the titles in the picture can be found on the shelf. Come in to get yours while you can!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
"The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring."
The quotation above is from p. 77 of The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (811 DIC - at the moment on this display, though). Fitting for today's gorgeous spring weather, don't you think?
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Hands-on activities in the foyer included calligraphy and making Chinese hacky-sacks, dragonflies, and clay figures.
The outstanding performance that followed included many forms of Chinese dance and folkdance, drumming performances, lion and dragon dances, and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations. While the Chinese Fold Art Workshop claims that its members range in age from 12 to 18, their performances were professional and exceptionally entertaining. Small children in the audience, high school students, and adults alike broke into spontaneous applause throughout the performance as we were delighted and transfixed by the myriad talents of these young people.